New Home for Rural Charity

HD8 Network People in their environment April 2021 Denby Dale Centre Westleigh HouseDenby Dale charity who coordinated the local Covid Community Response has moved it’s Head Office and Transport Office up a hill for a commanding view of Denby Dale and the famous viaduct.

The Denby Dale Centre has operated it’s offices, a drop-in-centre and charity shop in Springfield Mill for the past 15 years; it is only the offices that have moved to this wonderful welcoming site at Westleigh House.

The charity shop and drop in centre remain in Springfield Mill, however the charity shop has down-sized into just one unit in the mill, making it more manageable as a shop, and making a larger space for the drop-in-centre, so games and fitness groups can run from the mill.

Read more here – https://www.ddc.org.uk/post/new-home-for-rural-charity

The Mayor must support small businesses to boost the West Yorkshire economic recovery

The Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) has published a manifesto for the Mayoral Election being held on 6 May. The manifesto, which is being sent to the West Yorkshire Mayoral candidates, states that the post-COVID recovery in West Yorkshire will be led by small businesses. To be successful, the first directly elected Mayor for West Yorkshire must support small businesses. The manifesto outlines 14 ways the Mayor can do this and also calls for small businesses to be considered in all big economic decisions.

The FSB is the UK’s largest business organisation. In West Yorkshire there are over 4,500 FSB members. The FSB is a cross-party, non-partisan member-led organisation whose mission is to create the best environment for businesses to start up and thrive in.

Read the full article here

Welcome to Auto Solutions Auto Locksmiths

I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself – my name is Craig Nettleton and I am the business owner of Auto Solutions, which is a Skelmanthorpe based Auto Locksmith.
Auto Solutions HD8member 600x400I’ve been in the vehicle key trade since 2012. This has given me over 15 years experience in vehicle servicing & repairs, providing me with a good background and solid base on which the Auto Locksmith business was created.

Auto Solutions specialises in factory vehicle key & remote systems – whether you require a spare car key, remote fob or you have a lost key situation I can help in most cases.

 

My aim is to make the process as quick & as easy for the customer as possible. I can come to your home, work place or anywhere convenient to you and do everything on site – I am fully mobile & have national coverage.

 

I do regular work all over the country for many Facebook based car owners clubs such as the VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, BMW, Mercedes, Ford & Vauxhall groups. This shows the quality of my work and how respected I am throughout that community.

As with a lot of other businesses the last 12 months have been difficult trying to work through the Covid pandemic. Being in the motor trade my work load has been reduced by almost 40% due to a vast amount of people not using their cars due to either being on  furlough, working from home or losing their jobs.
As restrictions are slowly being lifted my work has started to pick up.
We got through 2020 & I am positive about 2021.

Get in contact with Craig by visiting his listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/auto-solutions/

 

Branding Photography by John Steel

Merewyn Sayers Sayers Solutions Leeds March 2021Monday this week was the first day that John Steel was officially allowed out to shoot.  So what better way to celebrate than going out and having a little personal brand shoot with Sayers Solutions in Leeds City Centre.
People worry about having their pictures taken.
Just have fun is John’s advice!
A good people photographer should be able to get folk to relax and enjoy the session, they should make it seem effortless.
There is no need for a photographer to tell someone about shutter speeds, ISO, aperture, and the inverse square law.
Build a relationship, find places to shoot and make it enjoyable.
If you want some pictures taken but are worried, give John Steel a shout and he’ll make sure the shoot is fun and effortless but with fab results.

John Steel Photography is currently offering an amazing commercial shoot offer – but be quick, he only has 25 spaces available!

Find out more information here – https://johnsteelphotography.com/commercial/special-offer-personal-brand-shoots-west-yorkshire/

Or visit his listing on our website and find out more –

Startup in a Pandemic

The pandemic has, and still is causing so many disruptions and difficulties within businesses, you probably wouldn’t think to even try and start up a new venture, in these uncertain times.

Half Inch Seam Faye at her machineYet this is exactly what Faye from Half Inch Seam, has done.

After being made redundant in July 2020, she started making face masks for family and friends, soon, through word of mouth the demand increased and she began to sell them online.

Having an academic background in textiles and a love for sewing she started to offer other sewing services and realised that the demand was out there, and that’s how the business began.

Half Inch Seam offer all kinds of sewing services,

  • Clothing and Curtain Alterations and Repairs
  • Made to measure Curtains, Roman blinds and cushions,
  • Small production runs of handmade goods for other businesses.

If there’s anything to learn from the pandemic within business, it is that we have to be adaptable to change.

Find contact details and more information here on her directory listing – 

Half Inch Seam

 

Your feedback is important to us

For us to make continual improvements, we need to hear from you.

Would you like to –

  • Email or message us your thoughts?
  • Have a chat on the telephone or Zoom?
  • Fill in a survey?
  • Take part in observational learning?
  • Take part in peer groups?
  • Other?

These are some of the many ways that we are considering collecting feedback from you.

We are currently asking –

What do you know about the HD8 Network?

Complete your answer here – https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/FiCsFG

Find us onIf you would like to book a telephone or Zoom call, we have started using Calendly to book the sessions, if you are comfortable using that please click here

However otherwise please email info@HD8network.co.uk or message us through social media (or whatsapp if we are already connected).

Tech 24/7 Business in a Box

Are you a solo entrepreneur, micro-business, or a business start-up?

Are you stuck for time or at your limits with your IT?

Tech 24/7’s Business in a Box includes:

  • Domain
  • Microsoft 365 Subscription
  • Remote Device Monitoring and Security Updates
  • Cyber Security and Backup
  • Helpdesk

If you would like more information download this info-sheet

Click here for the Tech 24/7 Business in a Box info sheet

Or contact Tech 24/7 by visiting their directory listing here

Technology Support 24/7 Limited

 

 

LIGHT UP FOR LOVE ❤

Tis Sunday 14th February – VALENTINES DAY. ❤

Join us, in whatever way you can by lighting up your door, house, windows or garden with some Valentine hearts, spreading love and kindness to all who passes.

You can use what you have or create something new with things you have at home already.

Do anything you like and please share any creative ideas here.

Please spread the word and we look forward to a little bit of sparkle on Sunday.

Find out more here –

Light up for Love

Contact details can be found on Made in Clayton West’s directory listing on our website –

Made in Clayton West

Clayhouse Interiors provides a totally bespoke service

Over 20 years’ experience in the Kitchen & Bedroom industry,  Marc provides a totally bespoke service, from concept to completion.

No two designs are the same.

With access to beautiful showrooms and direct accounts with major manufacturers.

From traditional designs to Italian inspired contemporary design, whatever you choose, Clayhouse Interiors deliver to the highest of standard.

Aconbury Porcelain Establishing Shot

Clayhour Interiors  use ArtiCad 3D design to help you visualise your space and deliver innovative design.

With a choice of over 150 different cabinets in any colour, together with a full range of doors, with the option of bespoke creations.

They pride ourselves on the quality and workmanship of our service.

 

Marc offers a full personalised client led service getting to know you and your vision.

“Having already worked with Marc on our new kitchen, we had no hesitation in engaging him to design our bespoke bedroom furniture. We are not disappointed with the results and again benefitted from Marc’s attention to detail and fantastic customer service.”

Simon, Huddersfield

 

Visit Clayhouse Interiors directory listing for contact details and more here –

Stockist wanted for Jane Middleton Art

Shout out to greetings card and print stockists:

Hi, I’m a local illustrator from shepley and I design and produce greetings cards and giclee prints.

I have some new designs that I sell via my Etsy shop www.Etsy.com/shop/janemiddletonart

My work is quirky and humorous, and the card quality is to a high professional standard and had stamped with my logo on the back. They are blank inside and nice and big (A5) so there’s plenty of space for a message.

I’m looking to stock my cards with local businesses that are currently permitted to remain open.

If you’d be interested please contact Jane Middleton Art  –

Jane Middleton Art

To my Valentine

Jane Middleton Art Valentine Better TogetherJane Middleton Art Old and wrinkly love

 

 

Enterprise Print Special Offer – Vouchers

Enterprise Print LogoEnterprise Print have been printing for local businesses and individuals for over 30 years.

They specialise in Digital Printing – which is the most economical way to print stationery items in colour in small quantities.

Most of their work is things like Business Cards – Loyalty cards – Vouchers – Posters – Leaflets – Booklets and Brochures and Marketing Packs for the Marketing side of a business,  NCR Sets, Books and Pads for the administrative side of a business and then Invites, Greetings Cards, Books & Calendars for the general public.

They use the latest digital technology using the very best Xerox equipment and have two machines to ensure that they have the capacity to hit deadlines and not let their customers down – Much of their work is turned around for the following day.

Since 2013, Enterprise Print are part of the LGP Group based in Leeds, who has the very latest Litho equipment for those bigger jobs – and they also have a vast array of specialist finishing equipment for things like Laminating Foiling Embossing and stringing.

Special Offers

Enterprise Print Example of Gift Voucher 400x193Enterprise Print are currently trying to help out many of our local business that have been badly hit through Covid by doing a special offer on Vouchers – particularly for businesses in the beauty industry – Hair, Nails Make up or general wellness.

Vouchers are a great way for these businesses to still generate some income NOW whilst they have to remain closed.

Enterprise Print can do lots of different kinds of vouchers – from special offer vouchers offering discounts to ones that have an immediate monetary value – or for specific treatments.

And they have ways of ensuring levels of security that makes it impossible to copy or reproduce – from a basic number system – to more elaborate things like holographic foiling or micro imaging.

 

Contact Enterprise Print for any questions or enquiries. 

They are here to help

Enterprise Print

Marvel in the beauty of Iceland with your Travel Counsellor

A three-night actioned packed trip to Iceland to look forward to in February 2022.

Tick off a bucket list trip with us on this exclusive trip with James Houtby Travel Counsellor. Northern Lights

We start this trip with a welcome dinner in a restaurant not far from Reykjavik harbour which is our next port of call as we embark on a search for the Northern Lights out at sea.

Day two, we take in the Blue Lagoon which is considered one of the “New Wonders of the World”.  Once we arrive back in Reykjavik you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day three is the highlight of the trip we take in The Pearl, a private Golden Circle Super Jeep tour and Snowmobile tour is an Iceland adventure where you will experience some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena by exploring the Golden Circle.  This is topped off with an unforgettable snowmobile tour on Langjökull glacier.  During our trip we will see active hot spring geysers and Gullfoss one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls.

Tick off this bucket list item with your personal Travel Counsellor who will be on hand during the whole trip.

This is just a brief overview of the trip, to view the full details and pricing please download the full trip details here

IcelandThis is just a flavour of what we have to offer, your holidays should be as unique as you are, and no two holidays should ever be the same.

James Houtby Travel Counsellor offers a fully bespoke, tailor made service being with you every step of the way alleviating the stresses of booking your holiday allowing you to enjoy the whole process of turning your dreams into reality.

If Iceland is not quite your thing fear not, together we can make your dream holiday a reality, let me help you create memories which will last a lifetime!

James Houtby Travel Counsellors details

 

Visit James Houtby Travel Counsellor’s directory listing here  –

James Houtby – Travel Counsellors

Buy a Ko-fi on Mad Friday 2020

3 acres December 2020It’s Mad Friday 2020 and the pubs are not allowed to open.

We have been out over the last week, hand delivering our Christmas Postcards – because nothing says Christmas like a postcard … And it’s broken our heart not being able to go into the pubs, restaurants and cafes to hand deliver our postcards.

Many other organisations have been affected, either being able to, or restricted in how they are able to trade.

The situation was especially heightened when trying to deliver to churches and community centres – most of whom don’t appear to have letter boxes by the way.

Please support these organisations wherever you can.

Earlier in the year we inspired by the Unpretentious Network, who have run superb networking events throughout #thistime and asked for you to simply buy them a coffee via @kofi_button.

So, we created our own Kofi button and welcome you to donate to a fund to be used to support these organisations.

ko-fi.com/hd8network

Buy HD8 Network ko-fi appTo support this campaign please buy the organisation at the heart of our communities a coffee, a pint, maybe a round.

If you are one of the #affected organisations, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you during these extremely hard times. Tell us why you deserve it and what you can do in reciprocation and we can talk free membership during these tough times.

 

Want to shop local and buy amazing Christmas gifts?  Visit our Virtual High Street and watch our HD8 does QVC on our YouTube Channel.

Or catch up with us on the variety of social media platforms we chat and share on.

 

 

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome – latest walk leaflet

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett CircularThe latest walk leaflet devised by Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group offers a choice of walks of different lengths starting & ending at The Crown in Scissett.

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett Circular

This is the group’s 19th trail leaflet and all can be downloaded at  www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

The group was founded in 2009 by local volunteers  (supported by Denby Dale Parish Council and the Denby Dale Countryside Officer) who believed that the Denby Dale Area has beautiful countryside, a rich and fascinating heritage and an excellent network of Public Rights of Way; and they have tried to promote walking in and around Denby Dale ever since.

In 2012 they affiliated fully to the national Walkers are Welcome scheme – see www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

New supporters are always welcome – contact via the website.

Think Forensic Spot the Difference

Win a Children’s Crime Buster or Spy Kit.

Can you spot the 3 differences between the Christmas trees?

T&C’s apply.  Email answers to Hello@ThinkForensic.co.uk on or before 16th December 2020.

For T&C’s visit – https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/competition-tcs-2

 

Find Think Forensic on our Christmas Virtual High Street

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

For more information and Think Forensic contact details please visit their listing in our directory here –

Think Forensic

Local Restrictions Grant Update

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grants are now live visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

Information on the open and upcoming grant schemes can be found below:

National Lockdown Support Grant

For businesses forced to close due to national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020

Business premises forced to close in England from 5th November as part of the national lockdown measures will receive grants worth up to £3,000 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for Business Rates on 4th November 2020
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • be required to close under the government’s national lockdown restrictions

Businesses required to close, or remain closed

  • All non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues
  • Accommodation
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls – unless exempt
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals
  • Nightclubs
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

A more detailed list is published in Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses who appear on the rating list and who have been forced to remain closed under national restrictions since March 2020 will receive an additional payment to cover the period 1st November 2020 to 4th November. This includes:
    • Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
    • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

 

Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant

For businesses who were significantly impacted by Tier 2 local restrictions between 5th August 2020 and 4th November 2020

Leisure, hospitality or accommodation businesses that were not legally required to close but that have been severely impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2 will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • be a leisure, hospitality or accommodation business
  • occupy premises registered for businesses rates (businesses that do not pay rates directly to Kirklees Council, for instance businesses in shared workspace or bed &breakfasts who pay Council Tax rather than Business Rates are eligible to apply but will be required to supply additional evidence of occupation, for instance a rental agreement or invoice)
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • have been severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions

Eligible businesses include

  • Hospitality venues – cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
  • Accommodation businesses – hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
  • Leisure and sports facilities – including sports facilities, leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting range.

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £934 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,400 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28-day period.

 

Kirklees Discretionary Support Grant Scheme

The council has also been given funding to develop a discretionary grant scheme to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close from 5th November – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

Make an expression of interest for the Discretionary Grant

Email us if you are interested business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

After you have emailed them

They will contact you with updates on this scheme when further information is available.

 

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome logoOne positive side-effect of lockdown is that many more locals have discovered the pleasures of walking in the beautiful countryside of the Denby Dale district, which has an excellent network of public rights of way.

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group works to promote walking in the area.

You can download 18 splendid walk leaflets, of different lengths from their website –

www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk

 

 

 

Circular Economy event – 3rd November 2020

Free workshop opportunity for local businesses

https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/events/kirklees-workshop-maximise-your-businesss-potential-through-a-circular-economy/

This is open to all, but textiles, engineering and furniture manufacturers may find it particularly useful.

It’s early days, but we feel that a circular economy approach may provide key areas for innovation and competitiveness for our businesses as they recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will:

Introduce the Circular Economy concept
Inspire businesses to think greener
Clearly showcase the benefits to business of introducing Circular Economy practises
Help businesses to become more resilient in the future

Visit our Online Events Calendar to find out more information – 

Maximise your businesses potential through a circular economy (workshop)