Hats off to emerging HD8 business women

I don’t know if our word has anything to do with anything, but the HD8 Network would like to take its hat off to some amazing emerging business women in the HD8 area.

 

Ellen Wilkinson Sophia Rita BoutiqueEllen Wilkinson with her fabulous on trend clothes shop, Sophia Rita Boutique, featuring womenswear, footwear and accessories.

Ellen has adapted and pivoted like a dream during this time, whilst juggling homeschooling of TWO children under 5.

The Boutique can be found in Nortonthorpe Mills in Scissett, and was due to open just after the announcement of lockdown; after months of careful, strategic planning and organising.

Ellen Wilkinson Sophia Rita Boutique

So instead Ellen launched the business on Facebook and Instagram, selling items virtually and thankfully (well quite rightly) has so far made a massive success.

The doors of the boutique are now wide open and welcoming you to revitalise your wardrobe.

Well done Ellen you should be very proud of yourself!

 

HD8 Network member Jayne Adamson from the Flex CollectiveAnd of course, there is the force to be reckoned with – Jayne Adamson #hatsoff #massivefan

Jayne had embraced self empowerment (that was a mistype, but I like it, so it’s staying in) like myself.  If you’re going to set up a business, you might as well do two at the same time!

HD8 Network member Flex Collective

She has seen a gap in the market – a professional place to work and meet in the HD8 area – and gone for it and created the Flex Collective in Denby Dale.

Jayne has quite rightly remarked in the past that there are loads of nice cafes in the area with amazing views and refreshments, but they are not always the professional setting without distractions that is required.

The Flex Collective can be booked by the day and for meetings, and have been running training sessions recently to help local business owners.  Visit their listing on our website here

Well done ladies!

You’re doing an amazing job!  Especially “during this time”

 

PS – as new businesses they probably didn’t qualify for ANY OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT available during Covid and lockdown.

Not the council led grants for businesses with PROPERTY, including possibly either of the discretionary grants (which again just offers support to businesses with property).

They won’t have had a history of accounts and so won’t be eligible for SEISS (Self employed income support scheme) if they are classed as self employed.

If they had the legal structure of a Limited Company, they still wouldn’t have got anything, apart from the option to furlough themselves – but like we mentioned there was no employment history to base this on and if they had of been able to take this option, it would have quite possibly kissed goodbye to any of their hopes and dreams, as under furlough you’re not able to do any work – especially not income generating.

Instead they have striven on admirably …

… despite the amounting costs of stock, furniture, property, legal fees, utilities and all the other endless bills associated with running a business, with reduced or diminished public confidence to go out and shop or be around others and both having children not at school that also need occupying.

((Btw – if you don’t agree about the situation of these ladies and other, let’s say the Forgotten. Please get in touch with your MP, the FSB and others that need to hear your voice and examples to help argue the case) rant over …)

Go on girls!

Please support these wonderful women and all the other local businesses by spreading the word, celebrate them publicly and most importantly spend your money with them!

 

Denby Dale co-working and meeting space now open

Your local co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale is now open.

Jayne Adamson creator of the Flex CollectiveThe Flex Collective was set up by Jayne Adamson who had been working at home since starting her marketing business (she helps product led businesses with their strategy and marketing) in February 2019.

She decided that working from home all the time was not good for her, she found it lonely and missed collaborating with her ex colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Well many of us have had a taste of that now and there are not a lot of people who have actually enjoyed working from home for the last 4 months, whilst home schooling kids or with the other half under the feet or maybe just being alone all that time.

Yes, many of us have discovered the power of the online video meeting even for our social lives as well as work but let’s be honest, we are so over that aren’t we?

The fact remains that nothing can beat being around people, the banter, having someone make you a brew and generally just being somewhere other than your own house.

As pubs and restaurants reopen and people get back to some sort of normality, the government are set to change the ‘work from home’ advice that they have been dishing out since March and are now saying we can go to work.

It still remains to be seen whether employers will force their employees to go to the office (yes, by law they can do this), or whether they will be open to more flexible arrangements, or even will tell their employees to carry on working from home for the foreseeable future.

If you are one of those being told to continue to work from home or you are your own employer and you can do what the hell you like then it may be time to consider visiting The Flex Collective to chat about the co-working space.

It is a friendly, comfortable and fully equipped office where you can chat with like minded people whilst cracking on with your work without the distractions that we have all had to put up with the last few months.

And best of all, you can try it out for free for a day, see if you like it.

If you want to book a free day you can do that here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/make-a-booking/ using code ONEDAYFREE. Jayne would be happy to welcome you and show you around.

The space works on a flexible membership basis where you can sign up for 5, 10 or 15 days a month or you can just pay as you go, the more you go the more you save. Details of pricing for all the services can be found on the website here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/pricing/

Over the last few weeks they have had quite a few people trying out the space and all have said they will be back once they can properly get their lives back, so that is looking like it will be September time as many still have childcare issues and many are just not ready to come out of their homes yet. However, over the next month or so hopefully people will grow in confidence and we can all get back to work properly (whatever properly means!)

Flex Collective workshop

As well as the space for co-working there is also a large meeting room which can be hired out by the hour, half day or full day for private meetings, training workshops and networking events, whatever you need it for really.

There have been a couple of workshops run in this space already with very limited numbers so that they could maintain a social distance but both were really well received and there will be more to come.

Amongst others there will be another wordpress workshop for those of us with wordpress sites that we don’t know how to update, a social media strategy workshop to help local businesses define what their strategy should be and how to reach their target customer and also a facebook ads workshop.

If you have any suggestions of something you would like to see then just pop an email to jayne@theflexcollective.co.uk who will be very open to discussing any ideas with you.

Jayne really wants The Flex Collective to be a place where our community can collaborate and support each other so that we can all see each other, and therefore the HD8 area thrive in the long term.

You can follow The Flex Collective on

Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/The-Flex-Collective

Instagram here – https://www.instagram.com/theflexcollective/

or on Linkedin here – https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflexcollective 

 

Or visit the Flex Collective’s listing on our directory 

The Flex Collective

 

Paisley Properties delighted to be back in the offices

Having survived working from home during lockdown Paisley Properties and Paisley Mortgages were delighted to be back in the offices in May.

Instantly the phones were ringing and people were desperate to view properties and get their homes on the market.

Both the sale and rental sector have been so buoyant and the addition of the later ‘Stamp Duty Holiday’ announcement added further momentum to an already busy market.

There is currently so much demand for properties the estate agents are encouraging people to put their homes up for sale/rent, investigate mortgage deals as there are some good ones to be obtained (they do not charge a you a fee and offer whole of market mortgage advice) and consider making the move while there are thousands of pounds to be saved.

Paisley Properties offers a personal and pro-active approach to house selling and renting and are passionate about property in the local areas they cover, so please contact them for a no obligation market appraisal.

They also work closely with other local business and believe strongly in supporting the local community so we can all bounce back together.

For contact details and more information please visit Paisley Properties listing here – 

Paisley Properties

#WhereinHD8 continues

You will be pleased to hear that we have decided to continue with our #WhereinHD8 campaign.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network

But this time we want to draw attention to the different villages in the HD8 area.

On our website there is a page for each village (found on our homepage) where we aim to provide details of the village, as well as a sample of the local events and business based there.

Each Friday we will be spotlighting the different #HD8 villages on social media linking to the pages on our website and ask you for contributions.

Do you have information that you would like to update the pages with?

Maybe you could recommend businesses and events that would benefit from featuring here.

If so, please get in touch and share your photos and stories, while sharing and engaging with our social media posts, to help us reach more people.

Where in the HD8 do you think is amazing and why?

HD8 gets a brand-new co-working and meeting Venue

With a host of businesses as well as a myriad of remote workers living in the area, it is not before time that we are about to have a dedicated co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale that is open to anyone in or out of the area.

The Flex Collective is the brainchild of Jayne Adamson who herself worked from home, alone, throughout 2019 and found it both challenging and lonely.  She decided to look for a coworking space to hang out in but liked the idea of staying local, avoiding costly travel and parking costs as well as the commute time.  Until now nothing like this existed in our area so Jayne decided to set it up herself.

The space, which is inside Westleigh House near to the train station, will have a co-working area that holds 9 people and as the name suggests is totally flexible to the needs of its members.  Whether you want somewhere to work just a day a week or three days a week or just to use it on an ad-hoc basis that is entirely up to you.  It works via a membership scheme on the basis that the more you use it the better value it is.

Flex collective HD8 Network member

As well as the co-working side of things, Jayne also recognised the need for the area to have a professional meeting space so has designed this flexible space so that it can work as a business lounge for small non private meetings and also can be booked out by the hour or the day for any kind of meeting for up to 24 people.

There will be training workshops held there which are designed to help business owners to drive their businesses forward with the first ones booked in for very small groups to concentrate on their social media strategy where the attendees will learn how to set their strategy, what platforms they should be posting on and how to set them up and use them to get the best from them.  They will also get 121 advice following the workshop from The Flex Collectives very own social media manager.

And finally, as one of the many challenges that Jayne has recognised being a home worker is the lack of access to office equipment, there will be printing, photocopying and binding facilities, in face anything you would expect to find in a fully stocked office available to members, visitors and the general public.

The aim of The Flex Collective as a business is not just about the space, it is about creating a community of supportive ‘colleagues’ who’s advice and experience we can each call upon if we have a particular challenge and also to have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to work or meet in whenever the mood takes us.

With government advice changing so quickly Jayne has been ensuring that the space is a safe place to be and is hoping to open the doors officially on the 6th of July.  She is currently offering show arounds on a one to one basis for anyone interested in having a look and a social distanced chat and cuppa.  Please do get in touch with her if you want a nosey.

More details for the Flex Collective can be found by visiting their directory listing here –

The Flex Collective

Help businesses in Kirklees apply for Government coronavirus grants

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 business.rates@kirklees.gov.uk.

Office Space Available Westleigh House Hub, Denby Dale

Commercial Office Space Available To Let

WESTLEIGH HOUSE HUB, DENBY DALE, HD8 8QJ

The Westleigh House Hub provides superb newly refurbished office space being creatively decorated and carpeted throughout and has the added benefit of having a superb shared break out area boasting leather sofas, kitchen facilities and luxury Wc facilities. The suites are being offered on a flexible basis and are ready for immediate occupation. Ample on-site car parking is available.

Offices available from £80 per week

 

(Service charge is applicable)

For more details –

Westleigh House, Denby Dale

 

STORTHES HALL PARK WINS BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Chamber of commerceStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has won the British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire, following its transformation over the last 12 months.

This win, the SHP team hope, is the first of many following four nominations this year alone in the business, tourism and hospitality sectors. The spotlight has been put firmly on the  country venue set in 44-acres of parkland, after a £2m investment helped convert the popular student accommodation site into a top hospitality and wedding venue.

Storthes Hall Park has already been nominated for Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business awards, as well as a prestigious White Rose Award, due to be announced later this autumn.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “We are delighted to gain this recognition for the team who have worked incredibly hard throughout the year to turn Storthes Hall Park into a real destination venue for West Yorkshire.

“We can now look forward to the National Chambers’ finals, as well as our other award nominations in the tourism and hospitality sectors due to be announced later this year.”

Storthes Hall Park is now in the running for a National Chambers Award to be held at the Chamber Business Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 28th November at the Tobacco Dock, London. The Chamber Business Awards is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of British business.

 

SHP is up against nine other regional winners from across England, Scotland and Wales.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

STORTHES HALL PARK SHORTLISTED FOR TWO HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARDS

White Rose Awards 2019 Y Finalist - Storthes HallStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has been nominated in two awards for the prestigious White Rose tourism awards that recognises the very best that Yorkshire has to offer.

This is the third award nomination Storthes Hall Park has attracted in less than two months , coming on the back of an extensive refurbishment programme.

SHP will be hoping to lift a trophy after being shortlisted in both the Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business award categories.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “This is turning out to be a transformative year for the Storthes Hall Park and the award nominations are fantastic news for the team who have worked so hard over the past 12 months.”

White Rose Award chair Elaine Lemm said: “This year’s panel of prestigious industry-wide experts have been well and truly put through their paces shortlisting for the recently revamped White Rose Awards. With the standard of entries continuing to rise, competition was fierce, and choosing finalists not easy. With the attention to detail, passion and sheer hard work seen from so many superb businesses, it is easy to see why Yorkshire has an outstanding reputation for tourism and hospitality.”

The glitzy awards ceremony, which celebrates the very best in food, drink, accommodation and attractions in Yorkshire, will take place at the Leeds First Direct Arena in November.

 

Find out more about Storthes Hall Park British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

STORTHES HALL PARK REINVENTED AFTER OWNER’S SEVEN-FIGURE INVESTMENT

Historic venue reaps rewards following new business & marketing strategy  

 Storthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has successfully reinvented itself as a top corporate and wedding venue after adopting a new business and marketing strategy, backed up by a significant investment.

Building: Storthes Hall
Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University
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Turnover has increased significantly over the last 12 months as bookings for weddings and corporate events have surged following owners, South Street Asset Management, investing more than £2m in the venue and parkland.

Traditionally been known as offering only student accommodation, in 2018/19 its corporate and team building bookings have grown by an incredible 80 per cent.

Following on from the investment Storthes Hall has since been nominated for four tourism and business awards this year and created further full and part-time roles on the site. As well as a major revamp of the conferencing facilities and accommodation within Storthes Hall, the decision to bring catering provision in-house has proved to be a winning formula.

Storthes Hall Park Operation Director said: “This is been a transformative year for the venue and we anticipate further double-digit growth next year. With that we will create further employment opportunities at the Hall and hope to work with more local businesses and suppliers as part of our community-first ethos.”

Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith added: “The award nominations have already helped put Storthes Hall Park on the map as a top business and wedding destination in West Yorkshire, but bringing our catering function in-house also allowed us to source and use local producers which is helping to boost the local economy.”

Storthes Hall Park currently has plans to recruit further staff for the accommodation, marketing and hospitality teams later this year.  It currently offers 83 well-appointed bedrooms including a family/bridal apartment, executive rooms, five contemporary meeting rooms with restaurant and bar facility, all set in 44 acres of parkland.

The new-look website can be found at www.stortheshall.co.uk.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park