Startup in a Pandemic

The pandemic has, and still is causing so many disruptions and difficulties within businesses, you probably wouldn’t think to even try and start up a new venture, in these uncertain times.

Half Inch Seam Faye at her machineYet this is exactly what Faye from Half Inch Seam, has done.

After being made redundant in July 2020, she started making face masks for family and friends, soon, through word of mouth the demand increased and she began to sell them online.

Having an academic background in textiles and a love for sewing she started to offer other sewing services and realised that the demand was out there, and that’s how the business began.

Half Inch Seam offer all kinds of sewing services,

  • Clothing and Curtain Alterations and Repairs
  • Made to measure Curtains, Roman blinds and cushions,
  • Small production runs of handmade goods for other businesses.

If there’s anything to learn from the pandemic within business, it is that we have to be adaptable to change.

Find contact details and more information here on her directory listing – 

Half Inch Seam

 

Your feedback is important to us

For us to make continual improvements, we need to hear from you.

Would you like to –

  • Email or message us your thoughts?
  • Have a chat on the telephone or Zoom?
  • Fill in a survey?
  • Take part in observational learning?
  • Take part in peer groups?
  • Other?

These are some of the many ways that we are considering collecting feedback from you.

We are currently asking –

What does the HD8 Network mean to you?

Complete your answer here – https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/FiCsFG

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However otherwise please email info@HD8network.co.uk or message us through social media (or whatsapp if we are already connected).

Tech 24/7 Business in a Box

Are you a solo entrepreneur, micro-business, or a business start-up?

Are you stuck for time or at your limits with your IT?

Tech 24/7’s Business in a Box includes:

  • Domain
  • Microsoft 365 Subscription
  • Remote Device Monitoring and Security Updates
  • Cyber Security and Backup
  • Helpdesk

If you would like more information download this info-sheet

Click here for the Tech 24/7 Business in a Box info sheet

Or contact Tech 24/7 by visiting their directory listing here

Technology Support 24/7 Limited

 

 

Clayhouse Interiors provides a totally bespoke service

Over 20 years’ experience in the Kitchen & Bedroom industry,  Marc provides a totally bespoke service, from concept to completion.

No two designs are the same.

With access to beautiful showrooms and direct accounts with major manufacturers.

From traditional designs to Italian inspired contemporary design, whatever you choose, Clayhouse Interiors deliver to the highest of standard.

Aconbury Porcelain Establishing Shot

Clayhour Interiors  use ArtiCad 3D design to help you visualise your space and deliver innovative design.

With a choice of over 150 different cabinets in any colour, together with a full range of doors, with the option of bespoke creations.

They pride ourselves on the quality and workmanship of our service.

 

Marc offers a full personalised client led service getting to know you and your vision.

“Having already worked with Marc on our new kitchen, we had no hesitation in engaging him to design our bespoke bedroom furniture. We are not disappointed with the results and again benefitted from Marc’s attention to detail and fantastic customer service.”

Simon, Huddersfield

 

Visit Clayhouse Interiors directory listing for contact details and more here –

Enterprise Print Special Offer – Vouchers

Enterprise Print LogoEnterprise Print have been printing for local businesses and individuals for over 30 years.

They specialise in Digital Printing – which is the most economical way to print stationery items in colour in small quantities.

Most of their work is things like Business Cards – Loyalty cards – Vouchers – Posters – Leaflets – Booklets and Brochures and Marketing Packs for the Marketing side of a business,  NCR Sets, Books and Pads for the administrative side of a business and then Invites, Greetings Cards, Books & Calendars for the general public.

They use the latest digital technology using the very best Xerox equipment and have two machines to ensure that they have the capacity to hit deadlines and not let their customers down – Much of their work is turned around for the following day.

Since 2013, Enterprise Print are part of the LGP Group based in Leeds, who has the very latest Litho equipment for those bigger jobs – and they also have a vast array of specialist finishing equipment for things like Laminating Foiling Embossing and stringing.

Special Offers

Enterprise Print Example of Gift Voucher 400x193Enterprise Print are currently trying to help out many of our local business that have been badly hit through Covid by doing a special offer on Vouchers – particularly for businesses in the beauty industry – Hair, Nails Make up or general wellness.

Vouchers are a great way for these businesses to still generate some income NOW whilst they have to remain closed.

Enterprise Print can do lots of different kinds of vouchers – from special offer vouchers offering discounts to ones that have an immediate monetary value – or for specific treatments.

And they have ways of ensuring levels of security that makes it impossible to copy or reproduce – from a basic number system – to more elaborate things like holographic foiling or micro imaging.

 

Contact Enterprise Print for any questions or enquiries. 

They are here to help

Enterprise Print

Account Manager Meetings

Account Manager Meetings are included in our Silver and Gold membership packages, so we thought we would highlight how this benefits you.

When you are a Silver or Gold #HD8member we work with you, to help you find and tell your story, using our platform and further afield.

The HD8 Network offers you a platform for communication in this wonderful corner of Huddersfield.

The directory listing offers one way for your business to be found, however our website offers you many other ways to be discovered.

The Village pages provide an overview based on location.  So, if you are a Scissett based business, you would be found on the Scissett page, alongside upcoming events.

The Events section gives a free space for activities to be added and be discovered by date or category.

The News section provides a space for articles from a wide range of contributors.

We also run several Social Media profiles and Groups, these are invaluable ways for sharing news, updates and reminders of your activities, products, or services.

As part of Silver and Gold membership you can send us or simply tell us what you would like us to communicate about you, on your behalf.

And as part of your Silver and Gold membership, you are also entitled to an account manager meeting.

These sessions are intended to

  • Find your story
  • Build your profile
  • Identify content for the newsletter, News section and wider social media.
  • Promote events if you have event listings
  • Create marketing communications
  • Identify current ROI and how you can improve it
  • Report on exposure and engagement
  • Create a plan for the membership

Why wouldn’t you use your account management meeting?

 

Gold members are entitled to quarterly account management meetings, Silver members receive a one-off meeting typically at the beginning of their membership, with the option, like Bronze members as an add-on when desired.

In 2021 we have decided to offer existing members the Gold experience for 3 months for free.  However, this offer is not available to everyone and is not with immediate effect.  If you are interested, please book a meeting to discuss the options.

 

To book yourself an account managers meeting, please click here and pick a session that suits your availability.

 

Not already a member of the HD8 Network?  Find out about the different membership packages available

 

 

Continual Improvement and Projects

Combined Minds PresentingCombined Minds is a Continual Improvement and Project Consultancy service in West Yorkshire, helping SMEs that are looking to take the first steps towards a vastly improved business operation.

Chris from Combined Minds is putting on 3 free webinars, to help you continually improve your business and effectively run projects.

Through the use of proven development programmes, coaching and mentoring, plus ongoing support, Combined Minds will help you to improve business processes, efficiency and standards, in a practical and achievable way, leaving you with the tools, techniques and templates to sustain the improvements.

When these basics are established, we work on lean principles, implementing relevant practices and procedures to make companies more and more flexible, adaptable and efficient. At the highest level, we support our partners to achieve Higher Performing Teams and fully autonomous workforce, achieving the gold standard in business processes and results. Coupled with our bespoke consultation, this positions our partners to out-compete the leaders in any market or business sphere.

What can you expect from a partnership with Combined Minds:

  • More successful process and project outcomes
  • Service improvement
  • Better communication and collaboration at all levels.
  • Improved bottom line
  • A prioritised and achievable action plan
  • Coaching and Mentoring Support
  • Supply chain synchronisation
  • More efficient use of time, capital and other resources.
  • Improved productivity
  • Cost and time savings
  • High returns on investment

Combined MindsCombined Minds was founded in 2019 by Chris Parker after he had worked for fifteen years in operations management for a market leading Fortune 500 company. He is a trained practitioner in the project methodologies of Prince2 and Agile, and also Continual Improvement Methodologies such as Kaizen, Lean and 6 Sigma. Combine these methodologies with Chris’ wealth of operational management experience, plus your own competencies, and you have a recipe for success that can be adapted to suit any situation.

The online events that Combined Minds are hosting can be found here –

Problem Solving Bitesize Workshop

Process, Procedure and Workflow Bitesize Workshop

Communication Bitesize Workshop

 

If you would like to contact Chris from Combined Minds, his details can be found on his directory listing –

Combined Minds Ltd

Buy a Ko-fi on Mad Friday 2020

3 acres December 2020It’s Mad Friday 2020 and the pubs are not allowed to open.

We have been out over the last week, hand delivering our Christmas Postcards – because nothing says Christmas like a postcard … And it’s broken our heart not being able to go into the pubs, restaurants and cafes to hand deliver our postcards.

Many other organisations have been affected, either being able to, or restricted in how they are able to trade.

The situation was especially heightened when trying to deliver to churches and community centres – most of whom don’t appear to have letter boxes by the way.

Please support these organisations wherever you can.

Earlier in the year we inspired by the Unpretentious Network, who have run superb networking events throughout #thistime and asked for you to simply buy them a coffee via @kofi_button.

So, we created our own Kofi button and welcome you to donate to a fund to be used to support these organisations.

ko-fi.com/hd8network

Buy HD8 Network ko-fi appTo support this campaign please buy the organisation at the heart of our communities a coffee, a pint, maybe a round.

If you are one of the #affected organisations, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you during these extremely hard times. Tell us why you deserve it and what you can do in reciprocation and we can talk free membership during these tough times.

 

Want to shop local and buy amazing Christmas gifts?  Visit our Virtual High Street and watch our HD8 does QVC on our YouTube Channel.

Or catch up with us on the variety of social media platforms we chat and share on.

 

 

#ILoveSmallBusiness ‘shop small at Christmas’ FSB rallying cry 2020

Shoppers in the HD8 area are being urged to buy from, and celebrate, their local and independent businesses in a pre-Christmas campaign led by Britain’s biggest business representation group.

#ILoveSmallBusiness

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that the unprecedented pressure on small businesses throughout 2020 means they desperately need a boost from their local communities in the run-up to Christmas.I love small business

As a result, they have called on everyone including shoppers and retailers themselves to rally around and provide some much-needed Christmas cheer for Britain’s independent businesses.

The ‘Love Your Small Independent Business’ campaign is asking local people to not only actively support their local independent businesses in HD8 area by using the hashtag #ilovesmallbusiness online but also to share images of their actual buys by using the hashtag #shopherethisChristmas.

And, it also calls on people to place reviews of their favourite businesses online as well to persuade others to shop small in line with the current high-profile Google ‘Dear Local’ advertising push.

Welcoming the campaign, the FSB Area Leader Merewyn Sayers said we all have a part to play to ensure our independent retail businesses have a fighting chance of rescuing their curtailed Christmas sales so they can continue to be part of the local community in 2021.

‘’This has been an unbelievably testing time for our  brilliant small, independent retail businesses,“ she said.

‘’Many have worked tirelessly to try and stay open and provide invaluable support and service to the community in a safe and secure way, and we know being part of a vibrant community with independent businesses is important to local people. We therefore hope local  people support this campaign and reward the loyalty their local independents have shown to communities over the years. They are the very heartbeat of local life.”

She also noted: “Many of our local business have innovated over the last few months by launching online with ‘click and collect services so they need help too – don’t forget if it is on your Christmas list think small retailers who can provide it with a personal service!”

I love small business

The FSB campaign is also inviting retailers themselves to ensure they are part of this campaign by posting images of themselves and their shops online to entice shoppers  using the hashtag #shopherethisChristmas.

The FSB’s National Chairman Mike Cherry said he felt it was imperative that we all did our best to try and support and enthuse about our local retailers in the final, frantic weeks before Christmas.

“Small businesses are well and truly at the heart of our communities. That’s why it’s never been more important to support your local firms and, by extension, the community in which you live.”

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.

FSB Local Development Manager Contact for West Yorkshire is Barney Mynott and Area Lead is Merewyn Sayers.

How different is your Christmas going to be?

SinterklaasWe understand that Christmas is all about traditions, but when I (Merewyn, creator of the HD8 Network) lived in the Nederlands, I learnt about different Christmas traditions and found out about Sinterklaas.

This guy is a bishop that rides a horse through the towns, with his ‘helper’ giving out sweets.  If you want to find out more about that, it is an interesting tale, especially the Dutch attempts to normalise it.

The legend has it that Sinterklaas sets off on a boat from Spain on the 11th November, and the children (when I lived there) watched the journey on the tv – now I guess it will be apps on phones ….  and he comes to the houses of the children who put a shoe by the front door.

When the child hears the knock at the door, they race to see who is there and then by the fire place in the main room, they would find a chocolate, in the shape of the letter of the child’s first name …. Or something like that … and this all happens on the 5/6th December.

We know our Christmas this year is going to be different, so how are you going to make the best of it?

Let us celebrate, but in moderation up until Christmas Day – The Dutch have their big dinner on Christmas eve – but there is no way I am giving up my Christmas Dinner, all 75 courses of it!

However, lets spread-out the Christmas cheer.

Yes, throughout December, but also amongst our local community as well.

Shop local, buy less, but buy more into the local people that produce these items, and provide the services we all depend on to have a comfortable life.  Because that is what important; being comfortable and surrounded by others who also are.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great for deals, but while you are shopping online this Christmas, why don’t you also check out the amazing things available in our local area at the moment, which are available for delivery or click and collect locally in the HD8 area.

The HD8 Network offers you a platform for communication and we have a plethora of businesses who want to tell you about what they have to offer.

The Christmas Virtual High Street has, and would love to have businesses like –

New businesses are being added all the time and will be featured on our social media as well.

Plus

 

  • Also look out for other wonderful events and promotions happening this Christmas.

If you are organising any of these wonderful events, please feel free to add them to our events calendar and reach more people.

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 Work Connection

So, continuing our imaginary shopping trip … (See previous posts)

If you were buying for a work colleague, supplier or even an employee, what would you be looking for or considering?

What have you bought in the past and what have you been given, that you could recommend to others as a suggestion?

Was it a novelty, small inexpensive item or a statement piece?

Did you simply opt for a bottle of something and Christmas nibbles?

Again, obviously, it all depends on who you are buying it for!

A few years back we did HD8 Network branded mugs for Meetup attendees and suppliers (of course the Mother in Laws got one as well) which went down very well!

FacebookLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping WorkInstagram

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

 

HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory launched

HD8 Christmas Shopping DirectoryAt HD8 HQ we’ve always been really passionate about small business and buying local.

This year because of lockdown there seems to be even more demand and need to buy local.

Even though some shops on our amazing high streets in our wonderful villages such as Denby Dale, Skelmanthorpe and Kirkburton may be closed – we’re excited to be partnering with the Denby Dale Centre to create a virtual high street this Christmas.

We are offering local businesses the chance to to appear in the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory.

Want to appear on the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory?

Your listing will appear on the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory showing your business name, image and business categories, along with a short description to introduce your business and symbols demonstrating whether you offer facilities such as delivery, click and collect or vouchers.

When clicked on, visitors will be taken to a full page for your business, which will also display your contact details, including links to your website and social media.

This HD8 Virtual High Street will be available until the end of 2020.

This Special Christmas Shopping Directory will be available

  • on our website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/christmas-directory/
  • referred to directly by the Denby Dale Centre helpline call handlers
  • available as a printed version,
  • sent out to those contacting the Denby Dale Centre without internet access
  • of course promoted on our social media channels
  • emailed to our subscribers

Plus many more exciting promotional opportunities

 

Individual products and more details can also be added, however an admin charge may apply.

Sign up for the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory Listing and take advantage of the benefits included in our Bronze package until the end of December 2020.

OR sign up for one of our other carefully created membership packages for the full year AND receive the benefits of the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory!

Sign up to appear on our HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory

Local Restrictions Grant Update

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grants are now live visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

Information on the open and upcoming grant schemes can be found below:

National Lockdown Support Grant

For businesses forced to close due to national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020

Business premises forced to close in England from 5th November as part of the national lockdown measures will receive grants worth up to £3,000 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for Business Rates on 4th November 2020
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • be required to close under the government’s national lockdown restrictions

Businesses required to close, or remain closed

  • All non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues
  • Accommodation
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls – unless exempt
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals
  • Nightclubs
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

A more detailed list is published in Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses who appear on the rating list and who have been forced to remain closed under national restrictions since March 2020 will receive an additional payment to cover the period 1st November 2020 to 4th November. This includes:
    • Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
    • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

 

Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant

For businesses who were significantly impacted by Tier 2 local restrictions between 5th August 2020 and 4th November 2020

Leisure, hospitality or accommodation businesses that were not legally required to close but that have been severely impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2 will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • be a leisure, hospitality or accommodation business
  • occupy premises registered for businesses rates (businesses that do not pay rates directly to Kirklees Council, for instance businesses in shared workspace or bed &breakfasts who pay Council Tax rather than Business Rates are eligible to apply but will be required to supply additional evidence of occupation, for instance a rental agreement or invoice)
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • have been severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions

Eligible businesses include

  • Hospitality venues – cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
  • Accommodation businesses – hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
  • Leisure and sports facilities – including sports facilities, leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting range.

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £934 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,400 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28-day period.

 

Kirklees Discretionary Support Grant Scheme

The council has also been given funding to develop a discretionary grant scheme to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close from 5th November – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

Make an expression of interest for the Discretionary Grant

Email us if you are interested business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

After you have emailed them

They will contact you with updates on this scheme when further information is available.

 

Circular Economy event – 3rd November 2020

Free workshop opportunity for local businesses

https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/events/kirklees-workshop-maximise-your-businesss-potential-through-a-circular-economy/

This is open to all, but textiles, engineering and furniture manufacturers may find it particularly useful.

It’s early days, but we feel that a circular economy approach may provide key areas for innovation and competitiveness for our businesses as they recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will:

Introduce the Circular Economy concept
Inspire businesses to think greener
Clearly showcase the benefits to business of introducing Circular Economy practises
Help businesses to become more resilient in the future

Visit our Online Events Calendar to find out more information – 

Maximise your businesses potential through a circular economy (workshop)

Kirkburton Hardware has moved

Kirkburton Hardware has moved to a new premises in Kirkburton.

Louise from Kirkburton Hardware said “Obviously the move was very big but worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears that we put in to it, with help from friends and family.  We now have a much bigger shop and are very happy we did it”.

Kirkburton Hardware premise moveThe move to a more central spot in the village has meant they are now seeing new customers, presumably because of increased visibility and ability to carry more stock.

Unbelievably, 90% of the shop was moved in this little french bike trailer, Rachel, one of Kirkburton Hardware’s much loved customers!  Louise and Glen have said that she was an absolute godsend!  That is definitely a customer worth keeping!

 

They are also now back to their normal hours too. 

Which are –

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 830 till 4pm

Wednesday 830 till 12

Saturday 830 till 2pm

 

Want to find out more about Kirkburton Hardware and find out where they have located to please visit their directory listing on our website

Kirkburton Hardware

Technology Support 24/7 launches to provide Tech support for clients across the North West and Europe.

Technology Support 24/7 are excited to announce the launch of their new, innovative, Managed Services business, supporting businesses in all areas of their technology needs.

TS247 HD8 Network memberGiven the innovative approach they are taking to the IT Support sector, they see themselves as market disruptive, taking the tradition model of IT support and turning it on its head, to be proactive, strategically engaged and agile to client’s needs.

Nick Clarke, a prominent technology specialist and entrepreneur, launched Technology Support 24/7 in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, seeing the effect that the pandemic had had on the SME market, with many businesses ‘caught in the headlights’ not knowing which way to turn in finding a technology solution for their business’s needs.  Nick comments:

“Over the past six months we have seen how critical Technology is and how an effective IT infrastructure is pivotal, in positioning your organisation for resilience & growth as we continue to move forward with more flexible working arrangements.” “We saw an opportunity within the market, to launch a support provider, that puts your needs, at the heart of its proposition, considering the strategic aspirations of our clients and indeed, how best to support their teams, clients and stakeholders, as we move forward in a new way of working.”

Technology Support 24/7 has been designed to provide a complete support solution for clients, from business networking opportunities, conferencing and phone solutions, hardware provision, consultancy, training, and support, through to cybersecurity, disaster recovery and contingency planning.

Their Mission is to support you and your colleagues, unlocking your potential, through a fully supported, future proof, technology infrastructure

In addition, and by way of them further supporting the business community during this difficult period; They are offering a complimentary Business Technology Review – Are you fit and ready for a new way of working?

Throughout the remainder of 2020 they are offering a complimentary assessment, considering aspects in your business, such as: Cyber Security, Remote Working, Backup & Replication, Telephony & Internet Connectivity to name just a few key areas.

They will provide a Technology Health Check Report, compiled by their dedicated IT Professionals, with recommendations to maximise the use of Technology in support of your Business, this report is then yours to use how you see fit.

If you would like more information or would like to book in an assessment then please visit their directory listing here on our website –

Technology Support 24/7 Limited