Please welcome our new member Speakthelingo
Please welcome our new member Speakthelingo
The Government has announced details of a package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
This week Kirklees Council has written to all businesses in Kirklees who are eligible for either the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Small Business Grant to let them know that they need to complete an online form on the Council website in order to ensure payment as swiftly and securely as possible at the beginning of April. Further information and the online form is available here: www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness
However, we are aware that, due to the current situation, many business owners are not at their business premises and therefore may not see this letter immediately. We would therefore be grateful if you could share this message via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants or their application at email@example.com.
Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors. We are committed to working together with key partners in the private sector to maintain jobs and investment.
As you will know the Government has announced a package of targeted measures to support businesses during this period, including a job retention scheme; business rate reliefs and grants for small businesses and firms in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors; support for Statutory Sick Pay for SMEs; and loan finance via the Bank of England and British Business Bank.
Full details can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness
These pages are updated regularly with the latest information so please do refer back to the website frequently.
The Council is currently writing to all businesses and premises that are eligible for the Business Rates Relief Grant; please refer to the website for any updates on this.
Kirklees Council Business Team
Simon Monaghan will be talking to us about common grants available from Leeds LEP, and how we can make grants work for our businesses and our clients.
The world of grants is both confusing and frustrating, and Simon is well-equipped to guide and advise business owner through the ever-changing maze of grant opportunities.
Simon is a well-established business coach primarily operating in West Yorkshire who has 30 years of management experience and entered the world of coaching from a successful family business.
Simon is Leeds-based and over the last seven years he has worked with hundreds of local businesses and has assisted many clients to help fund growth through grants, a service which he now also offers to non-clients.
For more information about our Meetups please visit https://www.hd8network.co.uk/meetup/ or call me on 07790705223.
Local 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).
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
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.
Will 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.
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.
Our 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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There 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.”
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.
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”.
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.
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)
Advanced tickets cost just £5 for members, £10 for non members and free for special members. However will cost more on the door.