Photoshoot with John Steel Photography

Earlier this month the HD8 Network organised a photoshoot with the amazing John Steel Photography, inviting members and other organisations that are involved with the HD8 Network or who ‘Work’ in the HD8 area to come along and have their picture taken.

We used John Steel Photography in 2015 when we built our website, however recently, when designing a pop-up banner for the She Means Business Instagram Workshop that we hosted in June – delivered by Social Progress – we noticed that some of the images were out of date; One business has recently retired and closed their company, another has relocated to Sheffield and others had pursued different avenues in their careers.

So we realised that we needed new images that were representative of the people who currently Work, Rest or Play in the area.

To provide continuity from the previous photoshoot and existing catalogue of images, we asked our ‘models’ to bring props that illustrated their business.  For some this was incredibly easy – for example the Roofer and the Marquee Hire Company – however the services, particularly the online services, were much harder and required much more creative, out of the box thinking, but we got there.  Can you can guess correctly what they do …?

HD8 Network Photoshoot 2019 John Steel PhotographyWe also asked our models to bring their amazing smiles and told them this was a fun shoot, with lots of energy and not your typical ‘professional’ corporate headshot.

The morning was VERY busy, with some people just being able to pop in, squeezing it into their busy working day and others staying for longer and using the time to network and build relationships with the other people that came along.  Jo Cove from ‘Made in Clayton West‘, a local community organisation, said the atmosphere was buzzing and that there was a great bunch of people.

Member and regular attendee of our monthly Meetup networking events, Paul Campbell from the Effective Group, was kind enough to let us the use their new offices at Westleigh House in Denby Dale for our studio.  This was the perfect venue and we thank them enormously.

We are very grateful to everyone involved who came along and made the day super special and more importantly for creating such fantastic images.

However, of course we give all our thanks to the very talented John Steel, who used his own unique personality and banter to get the best out of the models and produce the most amazing photos.  Thank you.

We will be using these photos in our future promotions and literature, so keep a look out for this.  We had so much fun organising and arranging the day, and have a long list of people that would have loved to have been involved but weren’t able to, that we would like to do another soon.

The people and businesses featured, in no particular order, include –

If you would like to feature in these photos or even arrange for a photoshoot at your own premises then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

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What makes the perfect Google Ad?

Google’s paid advertising system, Google Ads, has long been an effective way for companies to be visible for people searching for a specific service, product or topic.

If you are thinking about starting a Google Ads campaign or want to improve the results of an existing campaign, take a look at what makes the perfect Google ad.

  • Write a great headline

  • Address Customers Directly

  • Describe the unique benefits of your product or service

  • Use keywords that mirror the searcher’s query

  • Give customers an incentive to take action

To read the full article please visit Effective Internet’s blog here

The Effective Internet team are experts in creating effective Google Ad campaigns that work.

Their team of Google Ads experts will listen to what you want to achieve from a Google Ads campaign and what budget you have.

They will then carry out thorough keyword research to find the most relevant terms to maximise results.

For more information on their Google Ads management service, get in touch with Effective Internet.

 

Want to see your business featured here?  Check out our membership packages here

Summer Activities 2019 at Cliffe House

Cliffe House is pleased to announce its 2019 Summer Programme of Activities –

What is on summer 2019 Cliffe House HD8 Network· Archery (suitable for ages 6+) Mondays & Thursdays £5.00 – Located in our indoor range, so don’t worry about the weather

· Little Cooks Bushcraft (suitable for ages 7+) Fridays 1pm – 3pm £14.00 – Want to try making some wild garlic butter, pizza’s or bread on an open fire? Then give this a try!

· Climbing Tower – Wednesdays 10.30am – 4pm £3 for 4 climbs or £5 for unlimited– Can you get to the top of all 4 climbs?

· Cliffe House Club – Limited Spaces – £30 – An all day session running from 9am – 5pm – includes walking, canoeing, climbing, archery and bushcraft

· Adventure Playground (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm) – Free access

· Kiosk (10am – 3pm) – Delicious homemade food available all day

· Woodland Walks (ask at the Kiosk for a pack) – Family Fun for only £5, includes outdoor play equipment to enjoy once you have completed the walk

All equipment provided and sessions run by fully qualified and enthusiastic instructors.

BOOK ONLINE AT tickets.kirklees.gov.uk

ALSO WATCH OUT FOR SPECIAL EVENTS BEING RUN THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS

Check out our Facebook@CliffeHouse for a full list

Vickers Carnley offers prestigious office suites to let in Denby Dale

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Westleigh House in Denby Dale is a prestigious former Gentleman’s Residence.

Which in recent times has undergone substantial refurbishment and now provides excellent modern office suites having all the benefits of a modern environment yet retaining the characteristics of the old manor house.

The offices have the added benefit of having ample on-site car parking and CCTV monitoring. The property is only a short walk away from the Denby Dale railway station and all the local amenities that the village has to offer.

Westleigh House 400x300Tenants enjoy the relaxed environment of Westleigh House allowing them to create a tight knit community. Communal networking area allows the tenants to enjoy the relaxed, social working environment.

This really is an ideal opportunity to anyone either working from home, or anyone looking to move into a more professional environment.

The landlord offers very flexible terms and all-inclusive packages to suit a tenants needs.

Letting Agents Vickers Carnley are available to carry out internal viewings on relative short notice and interested parties should contact either Lee Carnley or Isobel Smith on 01924 291500 to discuss further.

6th Anniversary Meetup

This year we are celebrating 6 years of the HD8 Network.

Conceived and brought to life in the spring-summer 2013.

One of the first things we did was create a social media community and the response was they wanted to meet up.  So we created our Meetups.

Following this we brought you the website, business shows and membership packages and what we have been consistent with is our social communities and our physical meetups.

Earlier this year Jacqui Gedman – Chief Executive of Kirklees Council – kindly offered to be our speaker at one of our Meetups.

We jumped at the chance and thought it would be ideal to do this on our 6th Anniversary of HD8 Network Meetups this year in July.

 

Jacqui will be discussing “How the Council supports businesses”

Tickets will be on sale as usual.  Whilst we intend on holding our Speed Networking sessions this will depend on the number of attendees.  We also want to acknowledge and celebrate this 6 year milestone and so will try to measure the attendee interest and act accordingly.

 

Book your tickets now on Eventbrite – HD8networkMmmmm-July.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

Meet our Members

The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events, however ….

The HD8 Network Meetups are really wonderful and you should come along to see for yourself.

We have a laugh, but also have organised time for attendees to speak with at least half the people in the room.

But most of all, we provide a comfortable fun two hours aimed at helping your business in the HD8 area.

Building relationships with other business owners can provide a range of benefits; peer learning, creating accountability, sharpening your business acumen.  It’s not JUST about growing your business contacts – but that’s pretty great fun too.

 

HD8 Network Meetups

The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events.  (But these are really wonderful and you really should come)  

At our Meetups we have a laugh, but also have organised time for attendees to speak with at least half the people in the room in a speed networking style.

As many of the attendees come regularly, this is more of a monthly catch up than elevator pitch, but it is good practise to bring business cards or leaflets with contact details to act as a reminder for people who has met you.  Some people also bring demonstrations or other portfolios, however its about what suits you best.

We generally have a speaker, aimed at educating you on aspects of business, as well as providing heightened exposure to a member’s business, whilst not being a sales pitch.

Building relationships with other business owners brings so many benefits, including peer learning, creating accountability, sharpening your business acumen, as well as growing your business contacts.

You might be looking for services and trades for home or work life, or want to promote your organisation and sell stuff.

We have many charities who come along and can tell you how you can support the organisations that help to provide much needed services to the community and the exposure they can give you in return.

The HD8 Network Meetups has a range of B2B businesses, as well as B2C and MLM in attendance.  The majority of attendees are made up of sole traders or one-man-bands, however we also have employees, as well as business owners attending and our Meetups attract all ranges of businesses at varying times of the year. You just never know who is going to book on (or even turn up) – that’s the ‘fun’ of running and ‘planning’ events.

 

Will we see you next time?

Most of all the HD8 Network Meetups are a comfortable, fun two hours, aimed at helping your business and the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Join us for our 6th Anniversary event with Jacqui Gedman from Kirklees Council

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hd8-network-mid-morning-mid-month-meetup-networking-event-6th-birthday-tickets

 

But like we say we are SO MUCH MORE than Networking Events

Check out our memberships for package details.  We can get exposure for your business online, through our directory listing, news section, events calendar, social media communities and email.  There is also the opportunity to meet and talk face to face with our members, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.  Life is busy enough.  But they are good fun.

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Shepley Spring Festival 2019

Wow what a great atmosphere and music there is at Shepley Spring Festival …. and great memories too!

Shepley Spring Festival 2019 Storthes Hall HD8 Network

New Venue Storthes Hall

The Venue and Aparthotel at Storthes Hall Park worked really well for the Shepley Spring Festival this year, especially as the weather was at the point of only threatening unpleasant weather…

The wide range of rooms in the Venue provided a variety of spaces and proves that there is future potential for a long and happy relationship between Shepley Spring Festival and Storthes Hall.  Especially if other parts of the grounds were available to expand into.

If you would like to get in touch with the Venue at Storthes Hall, please find details on our directory listing here.

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Festival Shop at Shepley 2019

LCYCT Shepley Festival Clothing ShopThe whole Shepley Spring Festival was buzzing all weekend, and none more so than the LYCT ‘ebay’ shop.  Selling items donated by a variety of organisations for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust as part of their fundraising.

LCYCT Shepley Festival Shop

 

Not only did the charity get a great return on investment, decluttering stores and making a profit.

 

They also clothed the festival.

A lady even forgot her clothing – she had wine and knickers, but nothing more than the dress she was wearing …. until she shopped and kitted herself out at the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Festival Shop.

The range of clothing was outstanding with prices that made it unquestionable.  Items flew off the benches.  Bag and bags of sharfs, shawls, gloves and hats.  Pajamas, coats, tops and outdoor skiwear … I think they even had jeans and work trousers too.

The festival goers lapped it up and the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust were overwhelmed with the result and I believe they have personally thanked all that assisted them over the weekend and have asked the HD8 Network to extend their thanks to all.

Want to find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit their listing on our directory for more information.

 

Denby Professionals are currently recruiting

Denby Professionals are currently recruiting for some mega build contracts in the Middle East.

Sourcing for specialist projects is something the Director at Denby Professionals has over 15 years recruitment experience in, from restaurant launches, senior butlers to the current Gas Turbine requirements.

Denby ProfessionalsWorking with a wide ranging client base abroad allows Denby Professionals to provide effective, low fee recruitment to businesses across the Huddersfield and Barnsley area.
If you’re looking for an expert to solve your recruitment needs without the excessive costs of traditional recruit services, get in touch with Lou. Louise@denbyprofessionals.com

or check out Denby Professional’s directory listing here – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/denby-professionals/

Want your business to be found on the HD8 Network?  Check out our memberships here – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/join/ or simply get in touch with us for a chat

FREE ADULT COURSES – Kirklees College

Fancy learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby?

Interested in changing career?  Maybe you want to learn how to do something new?

Kirklees College logoKirklees College are offering a selection of absolutely free adult courses.

No hidden costs, to be eligible you simply need to be over 19 and live locally.

So be impulsive, bite the bullet and click through to our course page to see where your next educational journey can begin: https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/free-adult-courses/

Kirklees College Free Adult Courses

 

For contact details and more information about Kirklees College please visit their Directory Listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/kirklees-college/

 

Would you like your business featured on the HD8 Network?  Then get in touch and discuss how you could benefit from this exposure.

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Training Workshop in Huddersfield

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Training Workshop in HuddersfieldYou might have seen on Facebook, that we have teamed up with Social Progress and Enterprise Nation to put on Instagram 101 training.

Check-in on the Facebook Event

Wednesday 26th June 2019 from 10 -12

Storthes Hall Park – The Venue – HD8 0WA, Huddersfield

Join accredited She Means Business trainer Esther Orridge, from Social Progress for this Instagram Training Workshop hosted by HD8 Network.

Event Itinerary:
10am – registration and networking with tea and coffee ☕️
10:30am – introduction by HD8 Network
10:35am – presentation by Esther Orridge, Social Progress
11:30am – networking
12 noon – finish

Book your tickets through Enterprise Nation

Building: Storthes Hall<br /> Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University<br /> AHR

Building: Storthes Hall<br /> Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University<br /> AHR

New HD8 Network Member – I dream in copy

Carrie Maudsley I dream in copy‘I dream in copy’ is the latest local business to join the HD8 Network.  Launched by Carrie Maudsley in February 2019, ‘I dream in copy’ provides copywriting and content creation services with a strong focus on marketing communications.

I dream in copy

Carrie commented, “A lot of businesses understand the need for well-written and focused marketing copy or quality content that adds real value for their customers. But having the headspace to take a step back and think about this – and then finding the time to create the content – can be a significant barrier for businesses looking to improve this area of their marketing.

“I can help by bringing an external perspective – by evaluating what the business is trying to achieve with their communications, establishing clarity through their messaging and creating content that connects with their customers.”

Carrie offers services from writing web copy, press releases, sales and email copy to creating content marketing, marketing collateral and presentation content, as well as offering professional proofreading.

Find out more about Carrie’s services, experience and clients at www.idreamincopy.co.uk

Carrie will be speaking at the next Mid Morning Mid Month Meet up on 9th April on ways to improve your marketing through copy and content.

Book your tickets here.

New Membership Packages Announced

At our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup in March we announced our new membership packages which will come into force on 1st April 2019.

Please click here to see the information sheet which illustrates the new packages.

At our Mmmmm we delivered a presentation to explain the new packages and the added benefits.  Please let us know if you would like to receive a copy of this.

If you are quick and sign up for membership before 1st April we will honour the current prices.

New technical updates

To improve your experience we have invested in some technical updates on our website.

These updates will improve your ability to measure the benefits and impact you receive from the HD8 Network.

Call to Action Button

We have created a Call to Action Button on Directory Listings.

This will help you to direct visitors to undertake certain actions.  This could be for a special offer or focused on an area of work or product range.

We recommend that members create unique landing pages for traffic from our listings.  This will allow you to measure the impact received from your membership.

Members can update their ‘Call to Action Button’ by emailing us with details to be included.

 

Google Maps

We have fixed Google Maps on the Event Listings, following changes Google made last year, controlling the access to the information.

But please remember to include contact details and links to directory listings to make it as easy as possible for potential attendees come to your events.

 

 

Source and Medium

We have added some code into our website, so that you can measure the traffic from our website to yours, in your Google Analytics.

Contact us for a guide to find this information in your Google Analytics.

 

Chat Box

At the bottom right hand of the screen you will see a little chat box.  Chat to us when you have questions or queries.

It is us, so apologies if  we don’t always respond immediately—especially in the middle of the night or when we’re in meetings.

 

We’d love the opportunity to explain these updates further so please get in touch!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group for children 0-5 years old.

Friday’s 1-3pm at Clayton West Darby and Joan Club.

£1 under 1’s, £2 for over 1’s and £1 for siblings.

Range of crafts and other entertainment provided.  Singing and Snacks each week for the little ones, with tea and coffee available for the adults.

Well kitted out baby area, with lots of sensory toys. As well as role play and small world toys.

Parents, Grandparents, Carers and Childminders all welcome.

No need to book, just turn up.

For more details please visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ClaytonWestToddlers/

Check out their directory listing on our website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/clayton-west-baby-toddler-group/

 

Find out how you can get exposure for your organisation on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/join/

The TAG Speed Motorcycle Show

The TAG Speed Motorcycle Show is returning to Huddersfield for its second year running!

This year we’re coming back bigger and better with multiple trade stalls from main dealerships to second hand dealerships, a motorcycle trials stunt show, live music by some of Huddersfield’s own local bands, a bouncy castle fun run, food & drink(including alcohol) and of course the tribute to the fallen riders of 2019!

The TAG Speed Motorcycle Show made it’s mark on Huddersfield last year and for our first ever show it was a huge success.

We kickstarted a once dormant motorcycle community, that would normally have to travel hours outside of Yorkshire to attend any kind of motorcycle show, bringing everyone together for a fun, action packed day out.

This year we are setting the bar even higher and growing our show even further!

So…don’t miss out! Pencil our date into your diary and get your tickets booked!

We look forward to seeing you all at the show!

Shepley Spring Festival 2019

Spring Festival is an annual 3 day celebration of traditional music, song and dance.

The event started in 2007 and has developed a national and international profile as well  as being a community led and community based event.Shepley Spring Festival

The festival is moving this year from its previous location in Shepley village to a new home at Storthes Hall Park, Kirkburton with the concerts, bar, food stalls, craft fayre and children’s activities all based at ‘The Venue’.

Camping for weekend ticket holders is in the grounds adjacent to the site and other activities spill out into the pubs in local villages.

For more information check out – www.shepleyspringfestival.com

Shepley Spring Festival is a small, friendly, family orientated event expecting to attract about 1000 visitors this year.

Our aim is to celebrate the very best of traditional music and dance from Britain and beyond, showcasing some of the most well own artists of the folk music genre but also offering a platform for aspiring young musicians to perform on the same stage. In 2019 we are inviting groups and individuals from Lancashire, London, Cornwall, Scotland and France as well as performers who live in Shepley and other villages and towns in Yorkshire.

As organisers we are passionate about the music, the dance, the tradition, keeping it alive and passing it on to the next generation.

The annual event is organised by a small group of volunteers, none of whom benefit financially from the event. Members of the group all have daytime employment and planning the festival is an enjoyable but time consuming activity.  However like all other arts organisations and events we rely on grant funding and sponsorship to be able to stage the event.

There are a number of ways that you can help support the festival is you are an organization; sponsorship, advertising or having a stand at the event are a number of ways that your business could benefit from exposure and we welcome the opportunity to reduce our costs by receiving work in exchange of tickets.   If you would like more information please email info@HD8network.co.uk

However the best way you can support the festival is to buy a ticket and come along for a brilliant time, listening to a variety of traditional music and dance in a family friendly atmosphere.