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.

 

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.

 

Effective SEO and Google Ads

Paul Campbell Effective Internet HD8 Network

• Who wants to receive a free web audit?
• See how your business ranks on Google?
• Receive a free joint consultation with your peers?

In October Paul Campbell from Effective Internet is the speaker at the HD8 Network’s Mid-month-mid-morning-meetup networking event (Mmmmm).  Book your ticket here –  https://hd8networkmmmmm-oct.eventbrite.co.uk.

Paul will introduce his business to the HD8 area. He has been running it for the past 18 years and has recently relocated to Westleigh House in Denby Dale. Bringing his team of SEO, Google and website experts to work in the HD8 area.

Situated at one side of the bridge, Effective Internet share the Business Centre with a wide variety of businesses located at Westleigh House, including fellow member Louise Lowe from Denby Professionals.

At our networking events we often like to bring you an expert, as well as give our members the spot light. This session on 16th October will be a short 15 session, aiming to encourage discussions and suggestions amongst members.

Paul from Effective Internet will highlight the key issues that most of us get wrong aswell as provide insight into the complex world of SEO – although it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Effective Internet regularly generate a 6 fold ROI for their clients.

What are you waiting for?  Book your ticket now!

Reduce your Toxic Load

What happens when a nurse has babies, and discovers just how toxic the world is?

Reduce your toxin level From what we eat, what we pop on our skin, what we wash our clothes in. It becomes quite an overwhelming prospect to figure it all out.

The plastic pollution, the cancer causing baby powder, the list is endless and each rabbit warren leads you to another.

Rachel Devereux has devised an hours class for you to think about your home. To think about how we live, and what steps are practical and reasonable to take. We don’t have to take them all.

She is working on creating healthy futures, ones where we can look back and be grateful we tried all we could to have healthier, happy homes.

Rachel is a registered nurse, chronic illness specialist, cleaning consultant and baby wearing educator.
She cares for you, naturally. From helping families navigate the birth of their child, to planning that healthy, active 30 year retirement.

BOOK NOW at https://10to8.com/book/famdyh-free/476110

Or contact Rachel Devereux – ENJO Consultant – Huddersfield – HD8 – 07835 623617

Like Rachel Devereux Facebook Page, or join in her private group.
https://www.facebook.com/ENJO-UK-with-Rachel-Devereux-Page-237528430089235/?modal=media_composer

Ask Rachel Devereux about earning your own income and achieving your own ENJOlife.

 

Find out more about Rachel Devereux by visiting her listing on our business directory – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/rachel-devereux/

Jake and Joy’s January 2018 Sale

Jake and Joy Member of HD8 NetworkJake and Joy Childrenswear are pleased to invite customers to the January 2018 Sale which sees 50% off all items in store with the exception of socks and bibs.

Major brands including Toby Tiger, Little Green Radicals and Piccalilly have items in the sale which will make space for an exciting new Spring and Summer range that will include newcomers to Jake and Joy – Frugi.

Jake and Joy a HD8 Network MemberThey also stock gift vouchers and will be launching our Organic Childrenswear Resale Agency later this month.

It’s an exciting time at Jake and Joy but sale items are selling fast!

Opening times are Thursday 09:30 – 16:00, Friday 09:30 – 16:00 and Saturday 11:30 – 16:00.

 

Want to find out more?

Visit Jake and Joy’s listing on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/jake-and-joy/

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Then visit our “join” page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

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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

 

 

A visit to Jelly Beans in Springfield Mills, Denby Dale

On Thursday I spent a lovely long lunchtime in Springfield Mills in Denby Dale.  After my daughters Swinbabes swimming lesson at Inkermann Pool in Denby Dale, I thought I’d take her to Jelly Beans as her Grandparents, who usually look after then, were on holiday.

Jelly Beans Springfield Mills Denby DaleIt is the first time we’d been since the new owners took over and we were really impressed with the changes that they had made.  It seemed so much bigger.  When I say seemed, it actually was.  There are no longer the double doors to get in and what I assume was a storage area is now an imaginative play area with wooden kitchens and other role play toys.

New Owners Jelly Beans Springfield Mills Denby Dale

 

 

The counter has been extended and there seemed to be more tables.  There is a new structure in the middle with different ways to climb and explore, although I think it is definitely too small for adults to join in, but they can be right by the little ones at all times.

The other massive change is the addition of the party room; there have been more walls removed, which again I assume must have been a storage area.  The party room is sectioned off area with low walls and a gate and there is a low table with little chairs seated around it.

The menu has had a bit of a jig, but is near enough the same, basically sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salad, with numerous cakes on the counter.  The salmon and cream cheese bagel seemed to be popular order, as I noticed a few people were served it and the kid’s picnic meals are served in mini shopping baskets.

Tracey Bongo Beats Jelly Beans

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An added bonus was that Tracey from Bongo Beats came along for a half an hour session included in the price of play; this apparently happens every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  It was a great introduction to what she offers, other than a birthday party, we’ve not had the chance to experience her sessions as my daughter has always been at nursery when they are on elsewhere.

Jelly Beans Springfield Mills Denby Dale

The other massive improvement the new owner of Jelly Beans has made is the small touches added to the toilets, transforming the experience.  A pile of nice soaps, hand creams and air freshener, as well as toddler toilet seat, a step and I think there was even a cushioned changing mat on the fold down one.  The extra special touch was the toys hanging from the ceiling above, to distract them when they’re having their nappies changed.

While we were in Springfield Mills we also popped in to say hello and see how Crafty Kids were getting on – what an excellent concept she’s got! Messy creative play for under 8’s!  It is perfect if you want to keep your carpets and walls safe and let someone else do the tidying up whilst not denying your children this vital learning experience.

Of course we also bought some cut off portions of the amazing wedding cakes on offer from Joanna Rose … they are so amazing they are irresistible!  We also had a brief nosey in the Denby Dale Centre’s second hand shop and I had to retrieve nosey britches from wandering into the Curtain Shop – Ashley Interiors.  I did also nip into Hand in Hand Nutrition & Fitness but she had a client with her, so I said I’d comeback another time and she gave me a leaflet detailing the Pilates, Yoga, Boot Camp, Mother and Baby fitness and Metafit classes.

Springfield Field Mills is a great amenity for the HD8 area and Denby Dale in particular; admittedly the building needs some love but the retail units contained within provide enough for you to over look the tired entrance and walkways.

There are many other units not listed above which has no reflection of their appeal, but there is only so many that you can visit with a nearly 3 year old who just wanted to go on the Postman Pat and other rides situated in the corridors.  Why not visit and see for yourself what there is for you.

We have also uploaded the photos to our Instagram and Facebook accounts come and connect with us there.

Would you like to write a blog about the amenities and shops available in the HD8 area?  If so, then please get in touch info@HD8network.co.uk

The HD8 Network promotes and supports the HD8 area of Huddersfield, whether you work, rest or play here.  Want to find out more about who we are? or perhaps you want to join us and promote your organisation.