#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Workshop

She Means Business Instagram training workshopThe HD8 Network were very honoured last month to host the #SheMeansBusiness Instagram training workshop, delivered by the amazing Esther Orridge from Social Progress.

SheMeansBusiness June 2019Local businesses, specifically startups and those adopting social media for the first time for business use were invited to attend and be shown the powers of Instagram and how it could be used for business purposes.

Esther delivered the presentation with her bubbly personality and extensive expertise and knowledge, and all the attendees agreed that it had been a very informative and useful event.

We were certainly inspired and found ourselves with renewed enthusiasm for this promotional publishing tool, prompting several images to be shared in the following days.  We hope to build on this and adopt it as a tool to engage with and find followers, furthering our communication channels.

The key takeaway point for us was that businesses should have a business profile as opposed to an individual account – which is very easy to do.

The training workshop was held at The Venue in Storthes Hall Park – where we hold our monthly Meetup networking events – and everyone agreed that it is the perfect venue for this and many other types of events – it’s even a great place to go for a coffee, something to eat or maybe something a bit stronger with family and friends.  Storthes Hall feels like a hidden gem, as if you are in the middle of nowhere, although you are no more than 15 minutes from Huddersfield Town Centre or the M1 (depending which way you drive).

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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.

 

A Year of GDPR

IG Solutions Official LogoWill your business be celebrating (job well done) or commemorating? A focus on key elements of the legislation and what the business should have done (in the last 365 days) to ensure they are compliant with the new legislation.

What is there still to do?

Can Leeds City Council help?

As we approach the 1st anniversary of GDPR, it’s important to assess your organisation’s current position and progress over the past 12 months, as well as ensure your staff are justly equipped with the information and training required to satisfy the ICO.

IG Solutions will be our speaker at our June Mmmmm and will give an overview and pointers of the things you should be doing to ensure that you are compliant.

IG Solutions is Leeds City Council’s dedicated team of information governance professionals with over 20 years’ experience of delivering Information Governance in the public, private and third sector, responsible for meeting the statutory information governance requirements of over 15,000 staff across the council and its 99 elected members.

Sponsor a networking event

Over the years the HD8 Network has brought you a range of speakers; experts in their fields and local businesses, providing insights and overviews, inspiring and informing attendees to help them become better businesses.

In November we were honoured to have Revell Ward sponsor a lunch following our event.  We believe it was in gratitude for the event, as Jenifer has attended off and on over the years and supports our aim.

It was nice to see lots of new faces, and everyone seemed to have a jolly good time, we hope to see them again in the future.

 

We have introduced a ‘bring a guest and get a credit at your next event’ promotion, which is encouraging members to invite new faces and this is having a positive impact on the numbers of attendees and conversations had each month.

We have also introduced a Contribution Slip, for attendees to help us record the impact that we are making in the local area as a result of our events and network.

 

If your organisation would like to sponsor one of networking events and provide lunch following one of our mid morning mid month meetup networking events, then please get in touch.

 

Get More Sales in 2019

Prepare to get 2019 off to a brilliant start with hints and tips on getting more sales.

Paul Simpson Business HubOur speaker this month is Paul Simpson from The Business Hub UK who will be sharing strategies on helping you increase sales and plan to grow your business.

Paul Simpson works with all sizes of business to achieve.

Achieve what? Well that up to you, helping businesses in a practical and pragmatic way learn how to create a business so the owners can enjoy the life they ultimately want and desire.

Building sales is the major challenge for many SME. Paul Simpson has owned and run several businesses, experiencing life at the coal face and now passes his wisdom on to you.

To book your ticket please visit – https://hd8networkmmmmm-jan.eventbrite.co.uk

Secret Santa Christmas Shopping List for a Teenager

This Christmas, throughout the UK, nearly 500 teenage cancer patients will be waking Christmas morning in a hospital bed far from home, family and friends.

Please be a Secret Santa and buy an extra gift today for a teenager spending their Christmas day fighting cancer.

Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust make a big difference to the lives of young cancer patients.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens, Pencils/colouring pencils
  • Colourng Books – Arts & Crafts items
  • DVDs / CDs (suitable for teenagers)
  • Books & Games (suitable for teenagers)
  • Beanie Hats
  • Gift vouchers
  • Gift Sets (male & female)

NB – No hair products!

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust thank you for joining the fight against cancer in young people and send you their very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas.

 

If you would like to donate a gift to a young cancer patient this Christmas the Laura Crane Trust will be at our December HD8 Network Mmmmm networking event and will bring a donation bag along.

To find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit their business listing on our directory.

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/

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!

Alcatel Rainbow – The ‘Relationship Machine’

If you don’t know what Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) is, or are unsure about what it can do for your business, then Direct Voice and Data – based in Skelmanthorpe – believe it’s time for you to get up to speed and take advantage of its benefits and capabilities.

UCaaS applications are services that provide multiple ways to communicate with people in a multimedia environment. Through their Instant Messaging, Voice calling and Video Conferencing functionalities they enable you to connect with internal members of your organisation as well as those outside of your immediate communication network.

The UCaaS market is growing. Recent research published in the MarketsandMarkets comprehensive 2013-2018 UCaaS report indicates that 2014 represented the beginning of the technology’s widespread adoption. This rise is no surprise, given the need for businesses to support an increasing number of communication channels and interactions, without committing to a corresponding increase in investment. You see, most of the UCaaS platforms such as Rainbow offer a free standard set of features, with more advanced ones charged at a low subscription rate.

What is Rainbow?

Rainbow is a business grade messaging platform that allows you to communicate effectively with people inside and outside of your organisation. At its base and FREE level it provides you with:
• Instant messaging with built in photo and document sharing capabilities
• Multi-platform applications (Windows, iOS, Android) and a web browser version (allowing you to easily communicate from any device)
• Point to Point Audio and Video Calling from mobile or desktop
• Project or Team spaces in the form of ‘Bubbles’, allowing all project stakeholders to converse and share resources in a dedicated space
• We can white-label the Rainbow platform with your company information/logos to provide a seamless look and encourage employee adoption.

Is Rainbow a Good Fit for your business?

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions then Direct Voice and Data believe that Rainbow could provide your business with the route to benefiting from unified communication sooner than you may have expected:
1. You need access to the latest communications but don’t have the capital budget or in house resource to implement a solution. This may be underpinned by a need to improve productivity or customer service, or by a time-limited event such as a merger, acquisition or the opening/closing of an office.
2. You are currently using another product such as WhatsApp or Facebook chat for business communication, but are worried that it is not professionally secure, or that it doesn’t draw a line between business and personal usage.
3. You and/or your organisation work collaboratively with others on projects on a daily basis. Rainbow offers you the ability to create ‘bubbles’, project-specific spaces that facilitate communication between stakeholders, and allow resources to be shared between all participants.

If you are interested in using Rainbow in your business please feel free to contact Direct Voice and Data. They would be happy to demonstrate the product for you, as well as get you signed up with your FREE licenses. Direct Voice and Data also offer a low cost management service for this product.

 

Direct Voice and Data have kindly agreed to be our speaker at our Mid Month Meetup in May, where you will get an insight of who they are and the products and services they can offer you to make you a more effective business.  To book your tickets please visit www.HD8networkMMM-May.Eventbrite.co.uk

It’s the Venue for HD8 Network Mid Month Meetups

We have a new venue for our informal and friendly business networking events, which are focused on making and building relationships in the local area.

The next Mid Month Meetup event, on 13th March 2018 between 12 and 2pm, will be at The Venue within Storthes Hall Park, with our usual speed networking sessions and a welcome talk from The Venue.

Book your tickets now – www.HD8NetworkMMM-March.Eventbrite.co.uk

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet Up

The Venue at Storthes Hall Park underwent a major refurbishment project 18 month back costing 3/4million pounds.

The Venue dominates a large standalone building over two floors, comprising of a bar, cinema, eGaming room, large function area and two smaller activity areas with table tennis and pool available, and that’s only downstairs!

Essentially a student café bar, the Venue provides areas upstairs where computers and meeting rooms can be used, for studies as well as being rented out to the business community.

The Venue is also used by many dog walkers and people exploring the vast area covered within the park.

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet UpThere is plenty of parking and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, however you are no more than 15 minutes out of town or from the other far reaching areas of the HD8 postcode. It is one of the many hidden jewels of the area which the HD8 Network strive to reveal.

The buildings that greet you as you drive into the park, before you reach the Venue, is the accommodation for the Huddersfield University students and along a long roadway opposite the Venue, lives Shelley Football fields and Stafflex Arena.

The Venue has also been used by the team at AD:VENTURE to deliver some of their business growth workshop sessions.

Discussions had taken place between the Venue and HD8 Network last year, however diaries were clashing, and a consistent pattern of dates could not be agreed. Around the same time the Coffee Loft became available and have perfectly suited the Meetup since. However, having the room to grow has become a key objective for the HD8 Network’s future. Merewyn says “The Coffee Loft have been so accommodating and the Christmas Tapas lunch we had was divine. It will be a shame not to have the excuse to visit regularly, however it will drive us to support them in a variety of different ways, enabling others to receive their warmth of greeting and service.”

The proven format will remain the same for the Mid Month Meetups

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet Up

Businesses will be paired off for the Speed Networking sessions, each having 5-6 minutes to introduce their business and let others know about their advancements and offers. This structured approach brings energy to the room and helps you identify quickly whether you want to follow up the conversation at another time.

Everyone gets to have conversations with at least half of the people in the room – on occasion this can go into extra time, but the organiser refers to it as ‘Carnage’.

Pairs are managed by a timekeeper ringing a bell to indicate the halfway point – where most people swap talkers – and a whistle signally for the ‘mover’ to rotate to their next candidate.

This type of networking gets you engaged without having to stand up and perfect, or not, your public speaking skills.

The HD8 Network also bring interesting and useful speakers to the Mid Month Meetup networking event, which also allows members the opportunity to provide a ten-minute overview of their business. This month it seems fitting that the spotlight will be on Storthes Hall Park and the Venue.

Before the Mid Month Meetup delegates are invited to a peer to peer workshop, to help them discover the news stories they want to tell people about. Merewyn says, “Our workshops explaining the membership and ways people could use our offering were well received, showing a desire to learn more. And there seems to be a real buzz at the moment about peer to peer support with many success stories evolving from this experience. The HD8 Network are focused on creating a culture of collaboration and peer support. It’s about supporting the local economy and making where we work, rest and play a better place … even more than it is now, which is already amazing.”

“There are many people who live in the area and commute far for work, and many that live far away however commute here for work. One of the visions for the HD8 Network is to challenge that balance and reduce travel time and congestion, freeing up more time for rest and play, inviting more visitors to the area and supporting the wonderful leisure, retail and food organisations here”.

The HD8 Network online events calendar and social media communities, as well as the e-newsletter, news blogs and business directory make this all possible.

For most, it is free at the point of service, however for businesses wanting to reach more people and develop their profile there is a small charge to help cover running costs and develop the platform into something that delivers the service that makes your life more fun, easier and local.

To find out about membership and listing oppportunities please visit – www.HD8Network.co.uk/Join/

But don’t forget to book your tickets now

www.HD8NetworkMMM-March.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

Think Big…..Think AD:VENTURE

Our speaker at this months Mid Month Meetup will be Rachael Thurlbeck, the Business Adviser for Leeds City Region Ad:venture Programme.

 

Delivering expert help and advice to high growth businesses from start up to expansion, AD:VENTURE is here to help your business venture reach its full potential.

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The programme supports businesses with high growth ambitions, and is generally aimed at businesses who supply to other businesses (Business to Business sales)

 

Please check out our website if you need more information http://ad-venture.org.uk/

 

Book your ticket now by visiting – www.HD8NetworkMMM.eventbrite.co.uk

Advanced tickets cost just £5 for members, £10 for non members and free for special members.  However will cost more on the door.

Click here to find out more about our Mid Month Meetup informal networking event or details about our listing and membership options.