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 article template

We know it can sometimes be tricky to write an article about yourself, so we have written you a template to get you started.

Use this as a starting point and think about what story you want to tell.

Click here to download the HD8 Network article template 2018

If you would like to book a session to discuss what you could say please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Read other articles on the HD8 Network news section – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/news/

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.

The next stage of our website is now live!

The website is complemented with information about each town and village in the area, a business directory and an events calendar.  The aim is to continue the promotion and support the HD8 postcode area of Huddersfield, connecting customers with businesses and each other.

The HD8 Network earlier this year received a Growth Voucher, a Government match funded grant, administered by Social Progress, to assist them to become more strategic and turn the hobby and passion of Merewyn Sayers into a business.  Following the strategic support Merewyn has worked with Creative Analysis to assist the adoption of Zoho CRM, Mail and Campaigns, with Nunu Creative to create new branding and has been working with Delicious Media to re-develop the website.

The work on the website has taken longer expected due to the interjection and phenomenon of the HD8 Network Business Show in August which slowed the progression of the build, as focus was diverted into building a mini site.

There is further development work planned, including the use of search functions in the directory and calendar, as well as enabling people to sign up and pay for membership and website listings.  However it was agreed due to public demand that the work conducted so far needed to be shared. And so it is now live!

“Our main focus now is to get back in touch with people that have shown interest in the last few months but wanted to see the end result before committing.  We are confident they will be very impressed, as we are.” says Merewyn from the HD8 Network.

Think Forensic, the headline sponsors of the HD8 Network Business Show

Think Forensic Ltd, specialists in Forensic Science and Crime Investigation, are proud to be the headline sponsor for the HD8 Network Business Show on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Think Forensic HD8 NetworkHome to the Think Forensic and the first HD8 Network Business Show is a beautiful 16th century Crux Barn in Skelmanthorpe.  Although Think Forensic operates nationally it is here they have developed an unusual and unique crime centre.

The centre enables the company to run realistic educational workshops for schools, colleges and universities, public CSI experience and fun days, parties for children and adults and more recently corporate team building and training events.

The company has already worked with several blue chip companies to develop bespoke staff packages and away days designed to identify staff for promotion, identify potential new staff, identify hidden talents, building and bonding teams of co workers and departments as well as giving staff insights into different roles.

Workshops for small businesses have also included Report writing, Writing emails that get results, Communicating skills, Interview techniques, How to read CV’s, Budget planning and Negotiation skills.

The Avenue corner Think Forensic HD8 NetworkSue Proctor from Think Forensic said “We are proud to be associated with local business and are sponsoring the 2015 HD8 Network Business Show to let people know what an amazing facility we have here.  Many local children might know we are here, but we also offer sessions to adults; whether they are parties and experience days or corporate and team building days.

As sponsor of the HD8 Network Business Show Think Forensic are bringing two experts to speak at the event, helping you overcome business challenges.

The first of these speakers is a Forensic Linguistic Expert.  The talk will give valuable hints and tips including, creating a good first impression, writing emails that get results, painless report writing and communicating with confidence.

The second of Think Forensic speakers was a Police Detective Chief Superintendent and will discuss interview and communication skills.  If you’ve ever hired the wrong person or company then this talk should not be missed.

Business Show Speakers are announced

Speakers at the HD8 Network Business Show will include Deborah Ogden from DO Positive Impact, Nigel Greenwood from Simply Customer and Kirklees Council amongst many more.
Deborah DO Positive Impact

The aim of the HD8 Network Business Show – your local business event; focusing on making your business succeed and flourish – is to promote and connect the HD8 area, as well as provide educational and motivational information to attendees.  Delegates are invited to attend free of charge and have the opportunity to receive a complimentary business portrait, however you are urged to book tickets to enable organisers and exhibitors to anticipate numbers.

The Breakout Sessions which the HD8 Network is offering appears to be a quite unique and not something that is currently offered at other business shows or networking events.  They are 30 minute interactive and intimate sessions with approximately 6 people in the room, discussing and learning about different topics.  Delicious Media’s sessions in the morning ask people to come armed with questions about websites, search engine optimisation and WordPress.  Whereas Becky Burdon from Towards Life will be providing an introduction to how Mindfulness can support wellbeing in the workplace.  There will also be sessions on Apprenticeships, HR and Customer Journeys and Jonathan Hill from Pierrepont will be offering 1-2-1 sessions for businesses to book on with questions about Accounting and Tax issues.  Places are limited and so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Pete Evans the Go GiverMark Flynn was really pleased to be asked to do the show photography and said “it will be great to see local businesses come out for the day and meet up, generating more business for each other while being informed on a range of topics. It is even better because it is happening where they’re based, rather than travelling to major towns and cities, proving that business is also done in rural areas”.

Think Forensic, the headline sponsors of the Business Show, are providing two speakers.  Ann Ellis, a Forensic Linguist, will give valuable hints and tips about creating a good first impression, writing emails that get results, painless report writing and communicating with confidence, and Christine Wallace, an ex Police Detective Chief Superintendent, will be speaking about interview and communication skills; if you’ve ever hired the wrong person or company then this talk should not be missed.

Nigel Greenwood Simply CustomerSpeakers also include Cllr Graham Turner who will be announcing a big infrastructure project for the area, Pete Evans the Go-Giver and Kirklees Council who will be launching their Business Hub at the Business Show.  There will also be a Plenary Board that will close the show which Ian Court Business Account Manager at Natwest Bank, Police Officer Sally Baines, Steve Moore the Skills & Business Manager at Kirklees Council and Paula Sherriff the local MP has agreed to participate in and will be answering your questions on a range of business topics.

Paula Sherriff MP of Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton said “I am really looking forward to taking part in this event and engaging with local businesses.  It is important to support events such as this to help and encourage both existing and new businesses and I am pleased to support HD8 Network and the fantastic work they are doing in the area.”

Following the main event there will be an After Show Party where attendees will celebrate the success of the show and Speed Network, as they do at the Monthly Meet Up networking events.  Tickets for the exclusive networking event are on sale now for £25 and cocktails and canapés and other drinks will be included in the ticket price.

Networkers celebrate 2nd Birthday

Tuesday 21st July 2015 saw the HD8 Network celebrate two successful years of networking events.

Think Forensic HD8 Network 2nd BirthdayTo celebrate the milestone, Think Forensic invited attendees into the networking room and talked through a ‘crime scene’ they had set up, providing a mini mystery workshop.  They explained the different ways that fingerprints are taken and how other evidence is collected, including examining blood spatter.  Salwa, owner of AsDahr said “It was really fascinating, I always wondered why they didn’t take fingerprints from light switches but it is so obvious now!”

The group as usual participated in Speed Networking, consisting of 5 minute one-on-one conversations, before one of the pair moves round the room in a circuit, similar to speed dating, enabling everyone to meet at least half the people in the room.

To help celebrate the landmark event the 315 Bar and Restaurant baked a celebration cake which all delegates devoured.  Mark Flynn the photographer said “The cake was so yummy and still warm, freshly baked. I always like an event with cake”.  As usual everyone enjoyed the delicious meal cooked by the 315 Bar and Restaurant.
Can’t attend networking events? Don’t worry, the HD8 Network have also started #HD8hour on Tuesday evenings between 8-9pm on Twitter and are always there on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin waiting to hear your comments, updates and questions.

Images taken by and supplied by Mark Flynn Photography.Examiner HD8 Network 2nd Birthday

HD8 Network went to Westminister

The HD8 Network is calling for more local investment to help businesses across rural Kirklees realise the full potential of the digital economy.

HD8 Network goes to WestminsterSpeaking at a high-level round-table at the European Commission in London this week, HD8 Network’s founder Merewyn Sayers expressed concern that rural businesses are being sidelined in favour of those in urban centres such as Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.

This creates a two-tier digital economy with an additional negative impact on rural communities and residents. If access to high speed internet allows more people to work and run businesses from home, they will spend their money in local shops and businesses, creating more local jobs, and contributing to a more sustainable economy. The last thing rural areas want to be is commuter belt.

Merewyn said “The real challenge for the digital economy is how we get traditional non-digital businesses – the butcher, hairdresser, local producer, small manufacturer – online, and trading well.”

“The digital economy hasn’t really started in rural Kirklees. Lack of decent broadband is one issue. But we also need more investment to show businesses what can be done online and how they can improve their e skills.”

The round-table at Europe House in Westminster was organised as part of an EU-funded initiative looking into the role of the digital economy in Holmfirth and the Denby Dale areas. E RADAR’s Will Roebuck, who come from Shepley led the initiative, dubbed “DigiChampz” to help tease out some of the challenges the Commission still faces in order to complete the digital single market.

Will said “The new Digital Commissioner has announced that he wants to narrow the gap between urban and rural digital economies. We need to adopt a ‘grassroots approach’ to ensure everyone benefits from the online revolution.”

“I strongly urge Kirklees Council to review its economic plan. It fails to address the value of our rural areas or to maximize a strategy for realizing the opportunities and benefits of the digital economy.

A full report on the DigiChampz Initiative will be available next month. Meanwhile, the HD8 Network, E RADAR and DigiChampz are continuing to look at the challenges and issues raised during the initiative and into ways that they can get local businesses involved to improve the situation.

HD8 Network Business Show Announced

The HD8 Network have announced their first annual Business Show will be on 26th August 2015.  Your Local business event; focusing on making your business succeed and flourish.

Think Forensic are sponsors of HD8 Network Business Show

Think Forensic are the main sponsor and the event is being held at their unique premises in Skelmanthorpe.  Sue, from Think Forensics, said “We have been thinking about diversifying into the Corporate World, targeting businesses for alternative Away Days and was delighted when Merewyn mentioned the idea at the end of last year”.  More information about Think Forensic can be found www.thinkforensic.co.uk

The aim of the HD8 Network Business Show is to promote and connect the HD8 area, as well as provide educational and motivational information to attendees.  Delegates are invited to attend free of charge, however they are urged to book tickets to enable organisers and exhibitors to anticipate numbers.

At the event there will be a range of different exhibitors including Delicious Media, who said “We’ve been part of the HD8 Network since it started so we were honoured to be one of the first local businesses to be asked to be involved”. More information about Delicious Media can be found www.deliciousmedia.co.uk

The event will also consist of a variety of seminars, breakout sessions and 1-2-1 surgeries.  Nigel from Simply Customer said “Working with multinational companies and household brands we have attended countless conferences and business events, which have all involved long distance travelling and overnight stays, so we are looking forward to this local event and supporting the local area, for which we don’t have to travel to a main town or city for.  It is on our doorstep!”  More details on Simply Customer can be found on www.SimplyCustomer.co.uk

The HD8 Network are praying for a pleasant English summers day, as they plan to have refreshments available in the garden terrace and are welcoming tenders from refreshment vendors to sell food and drink during the event. They have even considered having an ice-cream stand to refresh attendees.

Following the main event there will be an After Party where attendees will Speed Network, as they do at the Monthly Meet Up networking events – held at the 315 Bar and Restaurant in Lepton on the 3rd Tuesday of the month between 5-7pm.  Tickets for the exclusive networking event are on sale now for £25 and the organisers are planning to serve cocktails and canapés.

Slots are still being filled for Exhibitors and Speakers, so if you would like to reach the business audience of HD8 and surrounding areas telephone Merewyn Sayers on 07790705223.

HD8 Network celebrates first anniversary in style [Huddersfield Examiner]

A networking group for businesses based in the HD8 postcode area has celebrated its first anniversary

A networking group celebrated its first birthday – and pledged it would be the first of many.

Instead of their normal speed networking session, members of the HD8 Network took part in “musical chairs” networking and also enjoyed a game of Pin the Business Card on the Donkey – Jonathan Hill, of Pierrepont, winning a bottle of champagne.

The HD8 Network also arranged for Brockholes-based Oliver James Sugarcraft Creations to bake a birthday cake to help celebrate the landmark event.

Gluten-free cupcakes were also available.HD8 Network anniversary

The network – which aims to bring together businesses in the HD8 postcode area – started on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin last year with networking events beginning a few months later following numerous requests to network face-to-face.

The meetings are held between 5pm and 7pm on the third Tuesday of each month – originally using various locations – but now permanently at the 315 Bar and Restaurant in Lepton between 5pm and 7pm.

Merewyn Sayers, creator of the HD8 Network, said: “Even though promotion is a key to the members of the HD8 Network, it is not the only aim. We are more than that. We are a community of local businesses who meet to discuss our businesses, supporting each other and the HD8 area. I’m thrilled we’ve reached this one-year milestone and I look forward to holding many more anniversary events.”

The HD8 Network has also launched its new website – www.HD8network.co.uk – with a business directory and events section where organisations can submit their details to the website. The network also posts this information on its social media profiles.

Monkey Madness Fun Bus comes to call [Huddersfield Examiner]

Florence CoveNetworking group HD8 organised a visit by the Monkey Madness Fun Bus to Clayton West baby and toddler group.

Children at Clayton West baby and toddler group had a whole lot of jungle fun when the Monkey Madness Fun Bus came to call.

The visit, which was organised by the HD8 Network via its Facebook page, allowed the toddlers, who meet on Fridays at Clayton West United Reform Church, to release their wild side.

The Monkey Madness Fun Bus is a double-decker bus converted into a play area for children aged two to 10. It contains a climbing frame that goes from the bottom deck to the top deck with a bright red slide that plunges the kids into a ball pit. There are also rollers to squeeze through, a balance pole to walk over, a rope bridge, mirrors and soft play. It also has a seating area for party food.

Ivy SpencerToddler group leader Rebecca Allot said: “We have a great group with fabulous mummies and children. As a mum-run group it’s great for visits like this to take place.

“We occasionally hold cake bakes and craft fairs and the Fun Bus is an excellent addition to this variety!”

The HD8 Network was created in April last year to support and promote the HD8 postcode area, connecting organisations with customers and each other.

Network founder Merewyn Sayers said “We are really pleased that we have been able to facilitate this event. We’re here to help and we want to hear how else we can be of assistance to other organisations that work, rest or play in and around the HD8 area.”

The HD8 Network has a presence on social media and holds monthly networking events on the third Tuesday of the month at the 315 Bar and Restaurant, Lepton.

HD8 Network to stage Kirklees Business Week event [Huddersfield Examiner]

A networking group for organisations in the H8 postcode area is set for its next meeting.

The H8 Network event will be held from 5pm to 7pm next Tuesday at 315 Bar and Restaurant in Lepton and is listed as one of the activities being staged as part of Kirklees Business Week, which begins next Monday.

The entrance fee of £10 for tickets bought in advance or £15 on the door entitles attendees to networking and a pie and peas meal. As well as informal networking, there will be a speed networking session to enable those attending to talk to almost everyone in the room. Go to http://kirkleesbusinessweek.co.uk/events/event/hd8

HD8 Network’s Meet Up event [Huddersfield Examiner]

A networking group building links between organisations with HD8 post codes has hailed the success of its first “offline” meeting.

The HD8 Network welcomed representatives from almost 25 businesses at its first Meet Up, which was held at The Dalesman pub in Denby Dale and concluded with a meal upstairs at the Orchid house Thai restaurant.

The event was organised by Merewyn Sayers, of Denby Dale-based business support firm Sayers Solutions.

The network aims to bring together firms in villages such as Denby Dale, Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett, Shepley, High Flatts, Emley and Farnley Tyas.

Businesses attending the Meet Up included Delicious Media, Fawcett Electrical, Think Forensic, Burgundy Care Services, Begbies Traynor and The Nail Barn.

Merewyn said: “Everyone said how much they really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and that they had gained plenty from the event, and were of course, all eager to hear when the next one will be.”

She added: “The air-conditioned Thai restaurant was a pleasant relief from the heat wave temperatures and the majority really enjoyed their meal and said that they would definitely return.”

Merewyn said: “The whole evening was a great opportunity for the HD8 Network to find out what was wanted from future events.

“The idea of moving venues around the HD8 area and perhaps being “a bit more” structured – aiding those who are not comfortable networkers – was proposed and discussed.

“The HD8 Network welcomes suggestions and input for future events which can be sent to HD8network@gmail.com.

“We would also love to hear from venues in the area that are willing to offer their premises for future events.

“The HD8 Network is not just about promoting local businesses, but also about connecting churches, charities and societies, too.

“Even everyday residents of the area would be more than welcome to attend the events.”

Sayers Solutions leads drive to form HD8 business group

Efforts are under way to build links between businesses based in Huddersfield’s HD8 postcode area.

Merewyn Sayers, who runs Denby Dale-based business support firm Sayers Solutions, is leading the drive to pull together firms in villages such as Denby Dale, Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett, Shepley, High Flatts, Emley and Farnley Tyas.

She has already set up a Facebook page, which has attracted 74 “likes” from businesses and individuals across the district, including retailers, printers and a film facilities company which scouts locations for film-makers.

Merewyn said she hoped that developing an HD8 business group would help promote local firms more effectively, enable them to share experiences and information, exchange business tips, increase the level of inter-trading going on and draw more customers into the area.

She said: “The aim is to promote local businesses that often ‘get missed’ because we are not part of the ‘central hubs’ of Huddersfield, Wakefield or Holmfirth. There are lots of businesses in the H8 area, which is a beautiful part of Yorkshire.”

She added: “Things are in their early stages of finding out what people want from an H8 business group. Holding networking meetings may not be appropriate because many businesses are retailers who need to be in their shops!”

Merewyn said she hoped to bring other organisations such as charities, nurseries and community organisations on board and encourage group members to join in fundraising or volunteering to help good causes.