Cliffe Woods Gets Illuminated

Saturday the 11th November saw Clayton West’s Cliffe Woods come to life with colour, light and people like never before. The simply entitled “Light Up The Woods” took place with the local woodlands and gardens lit up by a spectacle of lightcraft and firecraft.

The event hosted by Cliffe Woods Conservation Group stemmed from an idea originated by Upper Dearne Valley Navigators.  The light from lanterns playing on the trees during an early spring BBQ gave the youth group the idea of lighting up the woods.

The concept was taken up by the Cliffe Woods Conservation Group and a Facebook Group for “Light Up The Woods” drew support from over 200 local people in just a few days.

Although originated by Navigators the project was open to all community groups in the area and saw considerable support from Kayes School, Beavers, Cubs, Mother and Toddler Groups, the local churches and other supporters.

Holmfirth community artist Barry Russell donated lanterns from his exhibition in Holmfirth and that added an impetus to the event.  In the run up to “Light Up The Woods”, young people got inventive making lanterns: Some just simple card and glowstick lamps, through to larger projects the aim was to bring the community together and it garnered huge support from people across the area, from Upper Denby to Emley, people put time into making lights and lanterns for this magical moment.

Claire Westwood, from Cliffe Woods Conservation Group said, “We are overwhelmed by the participation and the number of people coming up to enjoy the woods. Hopefully more people will recognise the asset we have in Cliffe Woods and we will see its popularity growing as a result of this event.”

For Navigators, Ewan Scott added, “This has been a spectacular success. What started out as a campfire discussion grew into something that brought people together and created an event where everyone contributed to make it happen.”

Andy Wickham, Volunteer Co-ordinator, with Kirklees, who own Cliffe Woods, worked to ensure that the council would grant permission for the event, and the organisers would like to thank Andy for his support.

Merewyn Sayers from HD8 Network sponsored the event with a donation of glow sticks.

A special exhibit came from Andy Marshall, who brought along his model hot air balloon and gave a static demonstration of how the balloons work.

Made in Clayton West played a key role in co-ordinating the various participating groups. Participating groups included: All Saints’ Church, Bikeshed Digital Media, Clayton West Chorus, Children from Kaye’s First & Nursery School, Clayton West Baby & Toddler Group, Clayton West Beavers and Cubs, Joseph Norton Academy, Kidz Klub, Upper Dearne Valley Navigators with participants in the groups coming from every village in the Upper Dearne Valley – so a true community-wide event.

There are early plans for a repeat event for 2018. Anyone wishing to participate should join the Light Up The Woods Facebook Group and feel free to join the discussions, offer ideas, or even get involved with lantern making.

Making paste is a tasty business

Our next networking event will be on Tuesday 14th November.

Joining us at the Coffee Loft in Scissett, Krishna Patel, of Dilishque Curry Paste, Your Indian Pantry in a Pot, will share with you her story of how a curry paste that was originally made for her has now become a family business.

Dilishque Curry PasteResearch shows that to capture attention and gain shelf space; large manufactures are mimicking smaller nostalgic traditional brands. Krishna say’s “We have the knowledge and patience for blending spices which has been passed down through generations establishing a strong heritage.” However, this versatile curry paste was not originally made for commercial use.

The challenges that Krishna and her mother faced when producing homemade meals has led to the product they have today and help solve some of their customers and consumers challenges:

  • Knowledge of blending spices and creating an authentic tasting curry
  • Lack of time – planning meals, shopping for individual ingredients and cooking

With 23 million curry lovers in the UK, Dilishque Curry Paste is well placed to solve the challenge of making authentic tasting curries when you are pressed for time.

Since launching in 2015 Dilishque Curry Paste has sold through their website, Food & Drink Festivals and curry demonstrations, where people have a chance to “try before you buy”.

She will explain why it was made and the process of validating the idea and how to use such a versatile product.

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now

Also at the networking event, we will be speed networking; giving you the chance to have a 5 minute conversation with at least half the people in the room.

There will be plenty of opportunity to informally network with the other local businesses in the room.  Towards the end of the meeting there is the chance to have lunch with us, if you wish to, please order on arrival.

Tickets are £10 for non-members and £5 for members

Tuesday 14th November – Coffee Loft and Tapas Bar, Scissett, HD8 9JZ

Book your ticket here – www.HD8networkMMM.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

Before the networking event we will also be holding a free workshop to show you how you can promote your business in the HD8 area.

Booking for the workshop is compulsory and there are limited space.  To book your ticket please visit – www.PromoteonHD8.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

The 10-minute Marketing Plan

Sayers Solutions will be the speaker at this month’s HD8 Network’s Mid-Month Meet Up business networking event on the 11th October at the Coffee Loft in Scissett and will be discussing the “10-minute Marketing Plan”.

Merewyn Sayers at Solutions SolutionsMerewyn Sayers, the owner of Sayers Solutions, will be showing small business owners the vital parts of the marketing plan which should not be overlooked.  Merewyn says, “When people approach marketing, then head straight for the promotion elements, however there is a lot more that needs to be established beforehand”.  The 10-minute Marketing Plan is intended to help busy business owners balance the time-poor day to day running of the business with the need to be strategic and plan for the future and not depend on being hand to mouth”.

Merewyn adds “It is unrealistic for small business owners to spend months solely on their marketing plan, ignoring the running of their business, especially when the plan is neglected after its completed.  A marketing plan should be a living document, and whilst this session demonstrates you can have a marketing plan in 10 minutes, it also reinforces the point that you should be spending 10 minutes on your marketing plan each week”.

Sayers Solutions works with small businesses to help them be better at what they do.  Essentially Merewyn becomes your marketing manager – one of her clients refers to her as their “head of marketing” – this can be on a weekly basis or a one-off training workshop and anything in between.

Whilst Sayers Solutions urges clients to think strategically and understand their offering, as well as their client’s needs, they also implement tactics and campaigns.  This can sometimes involve working with partners who specialise is certain areas, at the customers discretion.

Merewyn also setup the HD8 Network 4 years ago, as she identified the need for a platform for local businesses and residents to communicate and promote the activities in the area.

Before the networking event there will also be a workshop for local businesses to find out more about the HD8 Network and how they can use it to promote their business.  This is a free workshop, however places are limited and so booking is essential.

To book your tickets for either the networking event or workshop please visit www.HD8network.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Merewyn on 07790705223.  Alternatively you can visit the website www.HD8network.co.uk or connect on social media www.HD8network.co.uk/contact-us/social-media-communities/

 

How do we communicate

We thought we’d take a moment to remind you about the platforms we use to communicate the local knowledge we offer you whether you work, rest or play here.

Website

The main source of information is www.HD8network.co.uk which has an online events calendar and organisation directory, as well as news blog page for member’s updates and stories and other interesting reports of activities in the HD8 area.

Social Media

We have a strong presence on Facebook, with a Page and a variety of Groups.

The focus for the Page is for us to be able to push information out to you guys and for you to like and comment on as you please.  The Groups on the other hand it’s completely up to you how they are used (within legal and ethical boundaries of course). Groups are communities on Facebook enabling you to communicate with others with similar focuses. Many use groups for selling items, whilst this was never our intention for this to be the case, it is a powerful enabler for us to recycle the loved items we don’t want any more.

We are also active on Twitter, Linkedin and Google + and dabble with Instagram. Again these are mostly used for us to push information out to you guys, but we are a chatty bunch and love a bit of banter and would love to engage with you about the HD8 area (always with a positive attitude of course!) using these platforms.

Physical Meetings

For the past 4 years we have held monthly networking events for businesses and other organisations to meet and build relationships, finding new customers, sources of information and shared interests.

We have also held 2 Business Shows, which were full day events revolving around seminars and exhibitors as well as networking opportunities and business relationships being formed and developed.

Email

We have an email marketing circulation, which we want to develop enabling you to pick and choose whether they wish to hear about Work, Rest or Play topics.

 

But none of this works without you, so whether you Work, Rest or Play in the area, get involved and join in.

Engage with us on social media, visit our website, sign up to our mailing list and if you are an event organiser list your event or activities on our online calendar and if you are a business or other organisation then at least get a basic listing on our online directory.

If you would like to find out more about the promotion aspects of the HD8 Network please visit www.HD8 network.co.uk/Join/ or contact us to chat about it.

Work, Rest or Play in HD8

What do we mean when we repeatedly say work, rest or play in the HD8 area?

Work

Well work, sounds simply enough … but more directly we are talking to those who run businesses in the area.

Of course those of you who are employees in the area are also included in this title, however we have not yet developed a platform to properly support a recruitment facility. For the meantime we suggest that this can be done naturally using the Facebook Groups or relying on organisations to demand this facility.

So work, is mostly at this time relevant to the businesses and other types of organisations that operate in the area. Now this also sounds simple, and of course it would be ideal if both your organisation was based in the area along with you customers.  However we say that even if your not, your customers might be and we also totally understand that while your business might be based here, your customers might not be. This is especially the case for our local manufacturers and engineering companies, and the HD8 Network is confident that we have a range of offerings to benefit you as well. You guys might be the driving force to develop a locally resourced recruitment platform …

You don’t have to be a profit making organisation either for Work to apply to you, perhaps you are a church or school or a community group who wants to spread the word and tell more people about your activities.

Rest and Play

This is an area of overlapping categories, and we feel that they cannot be explained alone but instead alongside each other.

Rest refers to those who live here and Play those that enjoy the area and the amenities.

For example you might play football here, or shop in the variety of retail outlets we have or enjoy a meal out at one of our many pubs and restaurants or visit one of our local national tourist attractions.

However you might live here and want to find doctors or dentist information or about volunteering opportunities or opinions about schools. As well as local trades people who can be verified using our social media communities.

 

Does this help you to identify whether you Work, Rest or Play in the HD8 area and clarify what the HD8 Network is all about?

If so, and you’ve not already done so, why don’t you sign up to our mailing list and get offers and updates from the area and say whether you Work, Rest or Play here (don’t worry there are many of us that do all three!)

 

Help others find out about the HD8 Network by sharing this article on your social media pages.

Thanks for reading.

Research by Huddersfield University

We are honoured to have two groups of Huddersfield University Business and Marketing students conducting their Market Research assignment on the HD8 Network, with the aim of improving the offering you receive from us.

They will be conducting their research in a variety of ways; online via facebook and other social media channels, via email and telephone (businesses only) and handing out leaflets in some of the villages.

So please help these budding students by giving your opinion, taking no longer than 5-10 minutes of your time, to help you receive the service you desire.

All information gathered will be used for only these purposes and we assure you that personal questions are only asked to help analyse the data.

We then plan to present you the results and proposed improvements following the research and recommendations.

Thank you for your participation

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at any time – info@HD8network.co.uk

Improve your visibility on HD8 Network

The HD8 Network offers you a range of ways to get found in the HD8 area.

There are a number of ways to greatly increase the exposure of your organisation

 

  • Make sure you have a description on your directory and event listings containing ‘keywords’ enabling ‘google’ searches to pick up the information and provides useful content for the users to verify they have the right information when they find your listing and make contact with you.

 

  • Have contact details on your listings that are up to date and correct, as well as there being a response at the other end.

 

  • Provide us with content that we can publish on our social media platforms, email communications and news area on your behalf.

 

  • Attend networking events; helping other members to get to know you and your business, enabling them put you in touch with the people you need to speak to.

 

  • Becoming a speaker or exhibitor at our events.

 

We offer 4 levels of membership

  • The basic directory listing
  • The social member
  • Full member
  • Comprehensive member

Want more information about the promotions you could receive for your organisation? Please visit here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this or anything else please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Facts and Figures December 2016

We have 184 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

In the last year www.HD8network.co.uk received nearly 8000 visits, from just over 6000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Last month there were 680 sessions on the website. In October, when we held this year’s Business Show there were 916 sessions and we saw heightened traffic on the website since we started to announce the show.  We also saw a large number of visitors in November last year when we launched the new website and membership options.

Facebook referred 1286 page views to the website

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook has nearly 1200 Likes and reached 758 people last week (26th November – 2nd December 2016) with 90 Post engagements.

The Facebook Group has 475 members.  There are also a range of focused Facebook Groups.

We have 2357 followers on our HD8 Network handle on Twitter and are following 2177. Our tweets earn 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days. On average we earn 3 link clicks, 2 retweets and 2 likes per day.

The Linkedin Group has 154 members and the Company Page has 57 Followers, both of these areas are admittedly currently totally underutilised.

Information correct as of 3rd December 2016

Read the full report here

Background info on the HD8 Network

The HD8 Network was first created in April 2013, initially on Social Media.

In July 2013 the HD8 Network started to offer a physical offline networking at the monthly Meet Up events and a website was started later in the year.

The HD8 Network undertook a rebranding exercise in the summer of 2015, held the first HD8 Business Show in the August 2015, with a subsequent one in October 2016 and the new website and membership packages were launched in November of 2015.

Further improvements have been made to the website since and is part of a continuous improvement strategy.

 

Read the full report here

If you would like to comment or question any of the above please contact us at info@HDnetwork.co.uk

Find out how you can join the HD8 Network and promote your organisation and activities in and around the HD8 area?

Christmas Angels | Lawrence Batley Theatre

This year for the first time in 10 years LBT are producing our own show for Christmas and it will be a traditional family pantomime – Cinderella.

As always at LBT we want to do all we can to make sure as many local people as possible can have access to, and benefit from, our activities and so this year we are launching our Christmas Angels project. We are asking local people and businesses if they could give small amounts of money to enable us to give local children in need an unforgettable Christmas experience at the pantomime. It’s a particularly good time to make a difference as the Arts Council of England will give us an additional pound for every pound donated.

Download a leaflet for more information

Box Office: 01484 430528
online: www.thelbt.org
facebook: www.facebook.com/theLBT.org
twitter: @theLBT
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

 

Do you have news you want to share with the people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area of Huddersfield?

Email details to info@HD8network.co.uk

Structured 121 networking

Come and attend are structured networking sessions and have short conversations with fellow local businesses and see if you want to chat further.

Afterwards you will feel more at ease talking to the fellow attendees during the rest of the event

At our monthly Meet Ups networking events, we then listen to a speaker and eat a meal.  Quite often there will be a table discussion, but individual conversations do develop.

At the Business Show there will be numerous opportunities to deepen the initial 121.  You’ll be comfortable and relaxed sitting together listening to the speakers, participating in the group sessions or chatting with the exhibitors.

We are a network.  By building connections and working together we all profit.

We believe in the HD8 area, whether you work, rest or play here.

It is a beautiful, vibrant place with many hidden gems.

Come a reveal yourself at our friendly, relaxed business networking events on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Woodman Inn or at our HD8 Business Show on Wednesday 12th October at Emley Welfare Ground.