Top Ten Pages on Google Analytics

Looking at the top ten pages viewed in the last month, it is pleasing to see that the Local Business Directory was at number 1.

The HomePage 2 and Add-your-Event was the 3rd.  The Events calendar followed, followed by the Join page.  These are the top 5 pages that we would like to see in there.

In 6th place is the unsubscribe page.  We have been attempting to do some data cleaning, making sure that our database is current and correct and asking people to update their preferences according to whether they work, rest or play in the HD8 area and their interest in our networking events.  As we understand not all the messages, we send are of interest to everyone and want to tailor this as much as possible,

About the HD8 Network and Mid Month Meetup are next pages in the top 10, followed by Facebook Sign up landing page, which is interesting to see and shows how powerful our social media communities are and they are connected to the website.

News is in 10th place, and whilst I wouldn’t want to wish any of the above not in the top ten, this is where we see the value for our ‘readers’, alongside our directory and events section.  And so would like to see this higher placed in the future.

There were 1264 pageviews.  The average time on the page was a minute and the bounce rate was 63%.

Correct as of 29th March 2019

 

 

New HD8 Network Member – I dream in copy

Carrie Maudsley I dream in copy‘I dream in copy’ is the latest local business to join the HD8 Network.  Launched by Carrie Maudsley in February 2019, ‘I dream in copy’ provides copywriting and content creation services with a strong focus on marketing communications.

I dream in copy

Carrie commented, “A lot of businesses understand the need for well-written and focused marketing copy or quality content that adds real value for their customers. But having the headspace to take a step back and think about this – and then finding the time to create the content – can be a significant barrier for businesses looking to improve this area of their marketing.

“I can help by bringing an external perspective – by evaluating what the business is trying to achieve with their communications, establishing clarity through their messaging and creating content that connects with their customers.”

Carrie offers services from writing web copy, press releases, sales and email copy to creating content marketing, marketing collateral and presentation content, as well as offering professional proofreading.

Find out more about Carrie’s services, experience and clients at www.idreamincopy.co.uk

Carrie will be speaking at the next Mid Morning Mid Month Meet up on 9th April on ways to improve your marketing through copy and content.

Book your tickets here.

New Membership Packages Announced

At our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup in March we announced our new membership packages which will come into force on 1st April 2019.

Please click here to see the information sheet which illustrates the new packages.

At our Mmmmm we delivered a presentation to explain the new packages and the added benefits.  Please let us know if you would like to receive a copy of this.

If you are quick and sign up for membership before 1st April we will honour the current prices.

Small business confidence stuck in negative territory as firms call for action at Spring Statement

  • Small Business Index (SBI) turns negative for three straight quarters for first time in nine-year history
  • Seven in ten firms not expecting performance to improve; operating costs hit four-year high
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) writes to Chancellor urging action on late payments, Making Tax Digital and business rates at Spring Statement

FSB is urging the Government to help arrest a continued slump in small business optimism at next week’s Spring Statement. Published today, data from FSB’s latest quarterly SBI shows confidence among smaller firms remains negative in Q1 2019 (-5.0), down from +6.0 in the same period last year.

This marks the third consecutive negative SBI reading. Such sustained quarter-on-quarter pessimism is a first for the index, which launched in Q1 2010. Seven in ten (70%) small firms do not expect their performance to improve in the coming three months.

The vast majority (74%) of small businesses report rising operating costs. The proportion is at its highest since Q4 2014.

Though Brexit uncertainty is weighing heavily on small businesses, they continue to flag the domestic economy as the number one barrier to growth. More than half (58%) say it is stifling ambitions, up from 55% in Q1 2018.

Elsewhere, the proportion of small exporters reporting a decrease in international sales this quarter has hit a two-and-a-half year high (27%). Four in ten (39%) say exports are flat.

With a week to go until the Spring Statement, FSB has written to the Chancellor urging him to deliver on the promise made at last year’s address to tackle the UK’s late payment crisis. The call follows the launch of its #FairPayFairPlay campaign.

FSB is also urging the Government to commit to a one-year ‘safe harbour’ approach to Making Tax Digital-related fines and follow Scotland’s example by delivering business rates relief for childcare providers in England who are currently facing unique pressures.

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “Today’s findings must serve as a wake-up call for the Treasury ahead of next week’s Spring Statement.

“We small business owners tend to be an optimistic bunch. The persistence of this current wave of pessimism is unheard of. Even in the wake of the crash, when the economy was well and truly on the ropes, we didn’t see negativity take hold like it has now.

“Small firms still have no idea what regulatory framework they’ll be working to in three and a half weeks’ time. Not only does the political stalemate surrounding Brexit make it impossible to plan, it has also distracted from the domestic policy agenda. Next week is the Chancellor’s chance to change this.

“The UK is facing a late payment crisis. We’re clear about the actions needed to bring the situation under control. At his Spring Statement last year, the Chancellor promised to address the scourge of poor payment practice. That starts with large firms assigning non-executive directors responsibility for supply chains, strengthening enforcement action taken against repeat poor payers, and adopting Project Bank Accounts as the norm for major public projects.

“We’re more than a year on from the collapse of Carillion. Now is the time for the Government to crystallise its plan to tackle our late payment crisis once and for all.

“The roll-out of Making Tax Digital comes at a torrid time for small firms. Next month, they’ll not only have HMRC’s new requirements to think about but also rising wages, higher pension contributions and another bout of business rates hikes. That’s on top of dealing with whatever conclusion our politicians reach regarding Brexit, currently scheduled to happen on 29 March.

“Thousands of firms are not prepared for MTD. The Chancellor should commit to a one-year safe harbour approach to MTD-related fines for small businesses. The focus has to be on helping to ensure compliance rather hitting firms with fines when mistakes are made.

“Business rates is an unfair, regressive tax that hits firms before they’ve made their first pound in turnover, let alone profit. While we’ve seen some welcome measures to help those on high streets with their rates bills, too many businesses have been left out in the cold.

“They include the childcare providers that are struggling with high employment costs and skills shortages. The struggle is exacerbated by chronic underfunding of the Government’s commitment to facilitating 30 hours of free childcare for parents.

“The Chancellor should follow the Scottish Government’s example and grant childcare providers in England the full business rates exemption they desperately need.”

 

About FSB
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.

For regional FSB contacts please go to www.fsb.org.uk/regions

New technical updates

To improve your experience we have invested in some technical updates on our website.

These updates will improve your ability to measure the benefits and impact you receive from the HD8 Network.

Call to Action Button

We have created a Call to Action Button on Directory Listings.

This will help you to direct visitors to undertake certain actions.  This could be for a special offer or focused on an area of work or product range.

We recommend that members create unique landing pages for traffic from our listings.  This will allow you to measure the impact received from your membership.

Members can update their ‘Call to Action Button’ by emailing us with details to be included.

 

Google Maps

We have fixed Google Maps on the Event Listings, following changes Google made last year, controlling the access to the information.

But please remember to include contact details and links to directory listings to make it as easy as possible for potential attendees come to your events.

 

 

Source and Medium

We have added some code into our website, so that you can measure the traffic from our website to yours, in your Google Analytics.

Contact us for a guide to find this information in your Google Analytics.

 

Chat Box

At the bottom right hand of the screen you will see a little chat box.  Chat to us when you have questions or queries.

It is us, so apologies if  we don’t always respond immediately—especially in the middle of the night or when we’re in meetings.

 

We’d love the opportunity to explain these updates further so please get in touch!

Vacancy for a Musical Director

denby dale ladies choir musical directorDenby Dales Ladies Choir have a vacancy for a Musical Director

 

A professional musician and conductor with vocal coaching skills required

If you would like to apply to be the Musical Director/Conductor of Denby Dale Ladies’ Choir please email Liz Booth, Chairperson, for an Application Pack to: denbydaleladieschoir@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: Friday 15th March 2019

For more information about the choir please visit the website: www.denbydaleladieschoir.co.uk

Didsbury Dog Lovers’ Solution to Modern Day Loneliness

This year ‘Blue Monday’ falls on 21st January, Described as the ‘most depressing day of the year’, Blue Monday is known as the day when people feel at their lowest either due to the weather, lack of exercise, isolation or post Christmas lethargy.

Volunteer dog cuddling is being offered by Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax as an antidote to the problem of loneliness in modern society. For those who are retired or work from home and are spending large chunks of time alone, caring for a waggy-tailed companion on a temporary basis and meeting other like minded dog lovers could really help to overcome feelings of isolation.

The perception of loneliness as mainly an issue for the older generation is now proving inaccurate, as a study from the Office for National Statistics suggests that young adults are more likely to feel lonely than older age groups. Due to huge advances in technology, the number of freelancers and remote workers is rising, with an article in Business Leader claiming that a ‘third of business owners think that workforce will work remotely by 2020.’

Mark of Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax said “Whilst remote working has obvious advantages, working alone under pressure and not having the physical presence of a team to support you can lead to loneliness that can’t be fixed by any kind of app. Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine cuddles (far better than any virtual hug) but also the motivation to go and take a winter walk at lunchtime, increasing the likelihood of adhering to New Year fitness resolutions.”

The community of Barking Mad host families mainly consists of active retired people and those who either work from home or have extended periods away from work such as those who work in schools or colleges. It offers the opportunity to care for dogs in your own home, while their owners are away on holiday. Hosts experience all the benefits of dog companionship without any of the emotional or financial responsibilities of full-time pet ownership.

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad host and help banish those January blues, you can call Mark on 01484 599420, email mark.abbott@barkingmad.uk.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareHuddersfield/ or https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/local/yorkshire/huddersfield/

Barking Mad is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies and is the UK’s favourite dog holiday company, as verified by TrustPilot. Contact Barking Mad at www.barkingmad.uk.com to find your dog’s home from home today.

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

The Welcome Centre. Food Bank and more …

Welcome Centre Food Bank and MoreWith the Main centre – for visitors and parcel collections is Lord Street, Huddersfield and the Donations centre – to drop off donations – on Queens Mill Industrial Estate, Queens Mill Road,  Lockwood, the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield is one of the largest food banks in the north of England.

 

The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions since 2010.

There are many factors contributing to the rise of food poverty, including national welfare reforms, the rise of zero hours contracts, and struggling local economies. The Welcome Centre provides food, toiletries and other essentials alongside a one-to-one advocacy, guidance and support service tailored to people’s needs.

The food packs that the Welcome Centre give out contain enough food for seven days.

They try to provide a good quantity of nutritious, high quality food in our food packs, and tailor each pack to meet people’s dietary requirements and preferences. They believe in respecting people’s food choices no matter what financial predicament they find themselves in.

They’re more than just a food bank.

The Welcome Centre offer clients advocacy, guidance and support to help them address any underlying or ongoing issues which prevent them getting back on their feet.  You can find out more about the additional support they provide here advocacy, guidance and support.

As an independent, local charity, they rely on the support of local people like you; please help if you can.

The Welcome Centre accept donations of most dried, fresh and tinned foods as long as they are unopened and in date.

If you want to discuss a donation of surplus stock from your business, please contact emma.thewelcomecente@gmail.com

The Christmas appeals currently for food etc are – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/32-christmas-shortages

Donations of Christmas items should be with the Welcome Centre by Friday 21st December.

Other ways that you can get involved can be found here – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/2-support-us

To get contact details of the Welcome Centre, please visit  our organisation listing for them.

Sayers Solutions #ChristmasFun

One of our special members, Sayers Solutions, is running a #ChristmasFun campaign which asks for a bit of crowd participation – do you fancy joining in?

Sayers Solutions #Christmas Fun with blog addressEach evening at 8pm Sayers Solutions will post a line from a Christmas song on their Twitter and Facebook Page, and ask you to respond and take part!

Twitter – @SayersSolutions

Facebook Page – @SayersSolutionsPage

You can do this in a number of ways ….

The easiest way to respond would be to reply with the title of the song … however ideally Sayers Solutions would love you to do a video of you singing it!

But anything in between or other fun and engaging contributions celebrating the seasonal joy would also be welcomed!

Their favourite contributions will be awarded with Chocolate or other Christmas goodies (however exchange of ‘prizes’ would need to be conducted locally and when time allowed!).

So let’s have some Christmas fun and join in!

 

More information about Sayers Solutions can be found on their directory listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/sayers-solutions/

Made in Clayton West Newsletter

Made in Clayton West Newsletter Cover imageHi! We are ‘Made in Clayton West’.

We are a community network set up by 3 friends a few years ago.

Made in Clayton West is all about bringing people together around their interests, building community spirit and shining a light on all the fabulous stuff that happens in our community and our newsletter does just that!

Click here to download the Made in Clayton West newsletter

You can also find out about what’s going on locally by visiting our Facebook page – Made in Clayton West.

We hope you enjoy reading it and please get in touch if you have any comments.

 

Want to get in touch with Made in Clayton West? Then please visit their directory listing for contact details

If you would like to find out more about Clayton West then please visit our page dedicated to Clayton West

Bring a guest and get £5 credit

Busy networking events are what everyone wants.

The more people there are to meet, the more connections there are to make.

We do our best to promote our events, however we need your help too!

Be an ambassador of our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup networking events and tell others about our events and invite them along.

As a reward for your efforts, when you bring a guest (or a guest brings a card with your details on) you will receive £5 credit at your next networking event.

What do you do next?

Click on the picture and you will find a variety of templates that you can download and print to assist you recommend our networking event.

Write on your details (if you are really clever you could do this electronically) and print them or perhaps attach a copy of your business card and then hand them out when networking.

We have plenty of pre-printed cards that you can get from us at our networking events.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Bloomindale’s Top 5

We are celebrating 5 years of the HD8 Network and so are asking people to give us their top 5.  Please click here to see ours – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/top-5-things-blog/

Here are Bloomindale’s top 5

5 things about Bloomindale

  • Local small business
  • Independent
  • Florist and Atelier
  • Strong community ethos
  • We employ local

5 Bloomindale Events 

  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 19th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 26th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 29th November at The Coffee Loft & Tapas Bar
  • Christmas Market – 25th November – The Dunkirk
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 4th December – Denby Care Home

5 businesses that Bloomindale like

  • Utterly Yorkshire
  • Springfield Mill
  • Denby Care Home
  • Citrus Financial Management
  • Gawthorpe Butchers

5 things Bloomindale love about HD8 area

  • Local trend
  • Community spirit
  • Charitable abundance
  • Accessible transport
  • Outdoor facilities

 

If you would like to find our more about Bloomindale, please visit their website https://www.bloomindaleflorists.co.uk

or connect with them on social media https://www.facebook.com/bloomindaleflorists/ and https://www.instagram.com/bloomindaleflorist/

Have you got a Top 5?

If so, email info@HD8network.co.uk or post them on our social media channels.

 

What to find out more about the HD8 Network?   Then click here

Tinsel Tuesday

Tinsel Tuesday is fancy dress with a festive twist

Tinsel Tuesday Laura Crane Youth TrustDecorating the tree is a special moment for most families… so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust wants to spread the joy even further by asking Huddersfield businesses to encourage their staff to decorate themselves like a Christmas tree for one Tuesday in December!

Wrap yourself in tinsel, wear baubles, roll around in glitter…anything goes!

Choose on one Tuesday in December, so either the 4th, 11th or 18th and send the charity your photos for social media!

Suggested minimum donation £1 with all funds raised going to the Gifts 4 young cancer patients Christmas appeal.

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/

New role for Rachel Devereux

In her new role, Rachel Devereux helps people by coaching them to healthier lives – from avoiding or recovering from illness, to reducing overwhelm & anxiety.

Rachel is offering free 30 minute appointments to have a private chat.  “Sometimes 30 minutes is all someone needs to feel better or learn a small tip” says Rachel.

She is still very much involved in ENJO & she loves that it compliments her nurse health coach role, helping people get rid of toxic chemicals from their home.

Rachel has had great reviews from people with joint issues, asthma and eczema (for her nursing friends, the skincare products are where Debrisoft came from).

And, because she loves cuddles with babies she is still running slinglibrary in Holmfirth and until our new recruit is trained, in Mirfield as well.   “I have just ordered 2 new Tula ❤️ and got 3 new slings on Monday” says Rachel.

If you know someone that would benefit from Rachel’s services please urge them to book a session with her – https://10to8.com/book/famdyh-free/472482/

Find her on Facebook – ENJO UK with Rachel Devereux, Rachel Devereux or Slinglibrary.com

Website: www.racheldevereux.com

Alternatively check out her directory listing on the HD8 Network website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/rachel-devereux/

 

Want to know how you can get your business in front of people who work, rest and play in the HD8 area? Then check out our Packages and Membership page.

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!