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