We’re data cleaning

We are constantly trying to ensure the contact data we hold in our systems are current and up to date, and that we only make contact with people that want to be contacted.

This month we found we could connect our Eventbrite account and our CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software.  However by doing this, it added all the contact details of the people who had previously booked on to one of our networking events …. Yes all (almost) 8 years worth!!!

Now we know that just because you booked an event once, you might not be interested in hearing anything more from us, and we didn’t want to assume that you might.  So whilst you might have been added to our system, we didn’t subscribe you to our mailing list … however, you might have already subscribed through another channel.

Since connecting the accounts we have sent a number of emails to the people concerned, to let them know what has happened and to invite them to ‘update their preferences’ and let us know if they would like us to stay in touch with them.

However while doing this and checking whether people had responded, we then also realised, to be cyber secure, it is always recommended to never click on links in emails – even if you are sure it is from who you think it is from … what a Catch 22 we found ourselves in …

So in our final email reminder – before deleting them from our records – we have advised that they can find an article on our website, in the News Section (what you are reading now) where they can click on the button (below) to update their records, so we know we can stay in touch.

Update your preference button

If you would like to update your records, even if you have never attended one of our events – we are SO MUCH MORE than a networking event – you can also do so here, by clicking the button (now above).

If you would like to unsubscribe and/or be deleted from our records, whilst we will cry and take it personally (only slightly joking) we would rather you did so, as we would hate to be a nuisance and we would much rather have a higher open and click rate, than we would have number of people sent to.  To unsubscribe please click here or email us to let us know.

Stockist wanted for Jane Middleton Art

Shout out to greetings card and print stockists:

Hi, I’m a local illustrator from shepley and I design and produce greetings cards and giclee prints.

I have some new designs that I sell via my Etsy shop www.Etsy.com/shop/janemiddletonart

My work is quirky and humorous, and the card quality is to a high professional standard and had stamped with my logo on the back. They are blank inside and nice and big (A5) so there’s plenty of space for a message.

I’m looking to stock my cards with local businesses that are currently permitted to remain open.

If you’d be interested please contact Jane Middleton Art  –

Jane Middleton Art

To my Valentine

Jane Middleton Art Valentine Better TogetherJane Middleton Art Old and wrinkly love

 

 

But how much traffic does my listing receive?

We are always looking and the stats and information to support and measure out campaigns.

We are more than happy to make these available to you and send our Silver and Gold members regular analytics on the traffic on their listing.

What would be really helpful, would be to hear from you what you want to know about?

Are you bothered by Page Views, or the Bounce.  Do you want to know which they page they went to next, or which page they landed on?

Do you want to know about social media following, reach and engagement?

Do you want demographic of audience, subscribers or members?

If you would like to receive the recent Google Analytics over please complete the form below –

 

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HD8 Virtual High Street is Live

We literally went live in under a week, following an after meeting conversation and so we are proud of our outcomes so far.

But now we need you to make it a  success.

Please keep coming back to browse as Businesses are being added all the time

Tell us what you want to buy!  Do you want to play a Christmas Shopping game?  Join us on Facebook and Insta.

Should your business be on there?

We are looking to connect with local producers and retailers, artists and fitness instructors, know anyone that wants to sell more, we provide a platform to be seen locally in HD8.

All they have to do is fil in a form here and wait for approval. 

However to stay Live on the site you also need to send us any images and text you want to appear in there. If you have those already, Great. We don’t need it just yet. We can get you Live and showing on the Virtual High Street.  BUT – to be of any benefit to anyone, it needs to be right while its live.

A reasonable admin may apply if you need assistance to get it right.  First chat is free.

It costs just £20 to list your business on the HD8 Virtual High Street which is will be available from now, over the Christmas period.

Or become a Bronze member for £30 for the full year.

Silver and Gold packages available too.

 

Want EVEN MORE – Join the FSB for £49* if you employ under 10 employees and are based in West Yorkshire.

Christmas Shopping Game

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

Many have danced through lockdown to djs, I am sure we have all done a quiz and most certainly a meeting or other call using virtual technology.  Well here is your virtual christmas shopping experience.

Get yourself a drink, maybe a slice of cake and play along – What about a Baileys?  You know it is Christmas when you get the Baileys out! (Skip to short version)

Get comfy and let’s go Virtual Christmas shopping in your local high streets, lanes, back lanes and estates around where you live.

Well what’s the first thing about Christmas Shopping?  It’s your list!  Well don’t worry about not having a pad and pen, this is a virtual game!  Comment on our Facebook Instagram posts and help create a big collaborative list.

Ready?

Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8

on  Facebook and Instagram

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

In this game we ask that you imagine you are shopping for certain items like for a child, or for a work connection, for a family member or for yourself.  Then we ask about the food and drink you would normally like to eat and share with your friends.

 

However there are hundreds and thousands of local businesses that we can give a shout out to instead, of the big guys.

That’s the beauty of small businesses, we aren’t after market share.  We want enough to sustainably grow our business, to sustain a good lifestyle for us and the people around us.

There are some local businesses that you see all the time, but there are many more behind them.

The legal people and others who providing professional assistance.

When you need to fix up the car, the delivery driver, the manufacturers and engineers producing good that are distanced to first depart our area.

There are so many millions of businesses behind the things we we shop and buy, so use us as a go to guide for all your needs whether you work, rest or play here.

Use our main directory to find local to HD8, businesses and organisations which want you to support.  Helping you to support local, to shop local and to support the local community of the HD8 area.

Chat with us and others who actually work, rest and play here on our Facebook Groups and other social media.

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping? Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Lets go Christmas Shopping for a Child

In this imaginary shopping game …. (See previous post)

If you were buying presents for a child, what would you be looking to buy?

Maybe you have got some recommendations of what others could buy a child …. Obviously, it is all going to depend on age, interests etc

But we are playing make believe here, there is no right or wrong answers!

Maybe, if you can cast your mind back far enough #cheeky – what was your favourite gift as a child?

I always remember my baby brother only being interested in the boxes! It really did not matter what had been in there!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildFacebook

InstagramLets go Christmas Shopping Child

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Yourself

But what about for yourself?

Is it just me? But whenever I go out shopping for other people, all I can see is things that I want to buy for myself!

So, continuing this imaginary game of shopping …. (See previous posts)

Whilst we have been thinking about what we would buy everyone else, what have you put in your mental shopping basket?

Most years, while Christmas shopping for gifts, I’ll tend to try and buy a Christmas outfit for myself – but this year if we’re not allowed guests or to go visiting, will we be having a loungewear Xmas?

Do you write a list of presents that you want? Drop (massive, big) hints? Or do you just trust that they know what you want?

Chat with others in the HD8 area about it here on social media –

Christmas Shopping Game

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

Thanks for joining me on our imaginary shopping trip today. (see previous posts)

I hope you have enjoyed a bit of imaginary retail therapy and are inspired by the comments that others have left, as much as they are by yours.

If you have got any other top tips on how to do you Christmas shopping please feel free to share.

Now, after my Christmas shopping, my feet are aching and I am famished, as I have not had a chance to eat and I am gagging for a drink.  What are your food and drink recommendations?

Thanks again for joining me Christmas Shopping

 

Lets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

For  all your Christmas Shopping use the HD8 Virtual High Street

Use the hashtags on social media

 

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

Christmas Shopping Game index

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

The long winded one can be found here

Ready?

#Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8Christmas Shopping in your high streets and back streets on  Facebook and Instagram

 

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping?

Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Survey of membership

The HD8 Network constantly reviews and tweaks its offering, to give value to the people who work, rest, or play in the HD8 area.

Our aim is to provide a platform for communication in the local area, giving people the ability to connect with each other and take part in the local community.

Our membership packages offer a range of ways for local organisations to promote themselves.

At the same time, this exposure helps people who rest and play here, to do things locally – for example shop, eat, drink, entertain children, go out for the day, play sports etc etc etc as well as work.  Not all that live here, have had the luxury of having always done so.

It is important to us that our paying members drive value from their membership and achieve the results they are looking for.

We have started to ask the our members if they would be willing to give us 10-20 minutes of their time to provide feedback and market research insight.

We are currently doing this via a Zoom or telephone ‘interview’.

Simply, this is a (hopefully friendly) chat about the membership, where the details will be recorded.  Using this method, will check the questions provide a true qualitative understanding.

Going forward we may then repeat this by electronic survey to gain quantitative data and enable anonymous responses.

If you would be willing to take part in the research, please book yourself a session by clicking here.

Want to find out more about our membership please visit our Join page here

#WhereinHD8

Let us have some fun and play a game to point out where in HD8 these images are.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network #JustforfunWe are going to post some pictures on our Instagram and Facebook Page with the tag #WhereinHD8 and we would love it if you would respond, letting us know where in the HD8 area it is.

You get extra points #justforfun for naming any items featured in the image and our unlimited admiration if you can tell us some facts and history about it.

For example, you might like to use the hashtags #ClaytonWest #DenbyDale #Skelmanthorpe #Scissett #Kirkburton #Highburton #Lepton #Shelley #Shepley #Cumberworth #Emley #FenayBridge

Want to join in? It would be great if you would also play along by sharing your photos on your Instagram and Facebook profiles, tagging @HD8network and including the hashtag #WhereinHD8 on them.

Membership could be part of your CSR policy

Have you considered that membership of the HD8 Network could be as part of your CSR policy and your way of supporting the local community?

Are you a big business in the #HD8 area of Huddersfield?

For many businesses, the HD8 Network provides them a way to promote their services and products locally.

Many people know us for our networking events, others know about our social media groups and channels, however there is much more that we offer.

Whilst big businesses in the area might think that the HD8 Network and our membership is irrelevant to them – as their customers are not here – their other key stakeholders are; for example their employees, their neighbours, their councillors and other authorities making decisions which affect their business, all of whom are part of the surrounding communities.

The HD8 Network membership, used as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, would enable you to communicate effectively with these other groups that impact on your business.

By becoming a member and paying the membership fees, you enable us to run our website and free online events calendar, as well as manage our social media communities.

We have many hopes and dreams for the HD8 Network and taking large profits is not one of them (despite my husbands frustrations).

Everything we have so far earnt (and more) has been reinvested into building the ‘business’ and we have no intentions of stopping there!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Photo taken by John Steel Photography

In the past we have

  • given discounted membership to charities and non-profit organisations, enabling them to come to our meetings and promote their messages.
  • sponsored a toddler group’s sign – by paying for and organising a vinyl banner to be printed, which let more people know where they met.
  • communicated a local rugby club’s campaign  for sponsors and trustees to enable them to acquire their desired new changing rooms.
  • provided space for a local newsletter to be accessible online.
  • annually supported a internationally recognised music festival that happens locally.

This is just a few examples of how we have helped the locally community. And we want to do more and to help more.

If you would be interested in learning how your membership could help the local area please get in touch.

Coronavirus – Help and Advice for Businesses

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.

It is important that we provide consistent and up to date information to enable businesses to access the support available – and to reach as many affected businesses as we can.

I would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached flyer to your members.

It provides an overview of the support package, a link to the Council website which is being regularly updated and the relevant contact details.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Business Team.

 

Self-Contained, Commercial Office Space Available To Let with car parking

SUITE 16, WESTLEIGH HOUSE, DENBY DALE, HD8 8QJ

Westleigh House is a tastefully restored residence offering individual office suites with excellent onsite car parking.  This ground floor, self-contained suite offers a perfect working environment, consisting of 3 offices plus kitchen and Wc facilities.

 

The property consists of a Reception/office, private office and general office extending to 601 sq ft (55.7 sqm)

Available at £7,000 per annum

 

(Service charge is applicable)

Light Up The Woods Thank You All

“On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to say a BIG thank you for taking part in this year’s Light up the Woods (LUTW) event. Without you, we wouldn’t have had an event!” said Vicki from Made in Clayton West.
In total Light up the Woods 3 had 26 different community groups, schools, businesses and individuals involved.   Making it a real community event, involving participants from Upper Denby, Skelmanthorpe, Denby Dale, Scissett, Clayton West, Huddersfield and even Chester taking part (Andy with his balloon tether)!

There has already been lots of lovely feedback received and despite the rain, there was still a great turnout!

The organisers felt that this Facebook comment summed it up perfectly and made it all worthwhile – “It was our first time tonight and we thought it was absolutely fantastic! Our children loved finding their lanterns & it made us proud to be part of this community. Thank you so much.”

Made in Clayton West would love it if you were able to send a few words to them about your involvement –

What was your favourite part of being involved in LUTW3?
Could we do anything better?
Besides your own display – did you have a favourite display & why?
What did you think about the early bird preview (between 4.00-6.00pm)?
Any other ideas/thoughts?
Using this information Made in Clayton West plan to put together the words/comments/feedback & share it between everyone involved.

Would you be up for LUTW4?

We hope so!  And we can confirm the HD8 Network will be taking part in some way.  If you are interested in helping us please get in touch and if you are interested in taking part in LUTW4 in your own right please get in touch with Made in Clayton West so they can put your name down on the interested list 🙂

The official video is being edited and will be released shortly.

The official #hashtag for the event was #LUTW3, so if you have posted or planning to post images, please make sure this is included in your post so people can see them.

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.

Christmas Parties at Storthes Hall

Christmas is one of them words we all dread and fear, planning, organising and the expense this early on in the year!

Fear not, because Storthes Hall Park believe your office Christmas party can be stress free by booking with them.  They can cater for all sizes and tastes.

CHRISTMAS-ADVERT-Storthes Hall Psrk HD8 Network

You can choose from an intimate private dinner to full blown party for all your wonderful staff.

Storthes Hall Park can provide the entertainment too, with lots of exciting packages and budgets to choose from.  For example:

  • The cost for the room, festive room decoration including crackers,
  • drink of arrival, three course dinner and DJ

would be £27.00ph.

without the DJ it would be £25.00ph.

 

Storthes Hall Park also has Accommodation, in their newly launched little on site hotel.  So you and your staff don’t have to worry about transport costs.  Rooms start from £25.00pppn.

All Christmas Party Packages run from November 22nd to December 22nd. 

The lead on booking of the party at Storthes Hall Park, will also receive a complimentary bottle of Fizz and their Accommodation if needed, to thank you for booking with us.

Christmas example menu and leaflets are available on request.

Please remember dates are getting booked up fast so please contact 01484 270159 to discuss your requirements and availability.

 

5th anniversary celebration event

This year to mark our 5th anniversary we are holding a celebration at the Dunkirk Inn on 18th July from 7pm.

We have been receiving donations for raffle prizes – so if you are a business and want to donate something in return for coverage and promotion please get in touch.

If you would like raffle tickets but cannot attend the event, please see –

  • the Eventbrite page and buy a ticket *link
  • me in person
  • or one of the volunteered contacts in your community … details coming soon –
    • if you want to be one of those – you could be a ‘mum’ at school or ‘dad’ at sports drop off (sorry to be gender specific) an organiser or participator of a community group, popular, prominent figure etc – and want to help out, please get in touch.

We’d love it if you would be able to attend and have a drink with us at the Dunkirk and have a summer socialable evening (weather permitting on their roof terrace).

This is not a business networking event – if you want to promote your business we will give you a sticker for people to recognise this and maybe space for promotional material and pop up banner, but this is not a sales event!

This event is for those who work, rest AND play here.

It is to celebrate the area and hopefully raise a toast to the HD8 Network and our 5th anniversary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Book your ticket here

 

#yourtop5

As we are celebrating our 5th anniversary this year, the HD8 Network ask for your top 5.

Whether this is 5 reasons why you love work, rest or play in HD8, the top features of your event or business, the groups you belong to, the activities you are involved in.

5 best/recent pictures you have taken of the area.

Be as imaginative as you like ….

 

Help us celebrate 5 years, by sharing wonderful, positive stuff about the HD8 area.

Feel free to

  • Post in the HD8 Network groups that you are members of and maybe mention or tag contacts where possible.
  • Write and email info@HD8Network.co.uk your blog articles, that we can post in our news section, as well as post links to (the news article) from our social media.

We look forward to hearing your top 5!

Read our top 5 coming soon …