New Home for Rural Charity

HD8 Network People in their environment April 2021 Denby Dale Centre Westleigh HouseDenby Dale charity who coordinated the local Covid Community Response has moved it’s Head Office and Transport Office up a hill for a commanding view of Denby Dale and the famous viaduct.

The Denby Dale Centre has operated it’s offices, a drop-in-centre and charity shop in Springfield Mill for the past 15 years; it is only the offices that have moved to this wonderful welcoming site at Westleigh House.

The charity shop and drop in centre remain in Springfield Mill, however the charity shop has down-sized into just one unit in the mill, making it more manageable as a shop, and making a larger space for the drop-in-centre, so games and fitness groups can run from the mill.

Read more here –

The Mayor must support small businesses to boost the West Yorkshire economic recovery

The Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) has published a manifesto for the Mayoral Election being held on 6 May. The manifesto, which is being sent to the West Yorkshire Mayoral candidates, states that the post-COVID recovery in West Yorkshire will be led by small businesses. To be successful, the first directly elected Mayor for West Yorkshire must support small businesses. The manifesto outlines 14 ways the Mayor can do this and also calls for small businesses to be considered in all big economic decisions.

The FSB is the UK’s largest business organisation. In West Yorkshire there are over 4,500 FSB members. The FSB is a cross-party, non-partisan member-led organisation whose mission is to create the best environment for businesses to start up and thrive in.

Read the full article here

Welcome to Auto Solutions Auto Locksmiths

I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself – my name is Craig Nettleton and I am the business owner of Auto Solutions, which is a Skelmanthorpe based Auto Locksmith.
Auto Solutions HD8member 600x400I’ve been in the vehicle key trade since 2012. This has given me over 15 years experience in vehicle servicing & repairs, providing me with a good background and solid base on which the Auto Locksmith business was created.

Auto Solutions specialises in factory vehicle key & remote systems – whether you require a spare car key, remote fob or you have a lost key situation I can help in most cases.


My aim is to make the process as quick & as easy for the customer as possible. I can come to your home, work place or anywhere convenient to you and do everything on site – I am fully mobile & have national coverage.


I do regular work all over the country for many Facebook based car owners clubs such as the VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, BMW, Mercedes, Ford & Vauxhall groups. This shows the quality of my work and how respected I am throughout that community.

As with a lot of other businesses the last 12 months have been difficult trying to work through the Covid pandemic. Being in the motor trade my work load has been reduced by almost 40% due to a vast amount of people not using their cars due to either being on  furlough, working from home or losing their jobs.
As restrictions are slowly being lifted my work has started to pick up.
We got through 2020 & I am positive about 2021.

Get in contact with Craig by visiting his listing –


Branding Photography by John Steel

Merewyn Sayers Sayers Solutions Leeds March 2021Monday this week was the first day that John Steel was officially allowed out to shoot.  So what better way to celebrate than going out and having a little personal brand shoot with Sayers Solutions in Leeds City Centre.
People worry about having their pictures taken.
Just have fun is John’s advice!
A good people photographer should be able to get folk to relax and enjoy the session, they should make it seem effortless.
There is no need for a photographer to tell someone about shutter speeds, ISO, aperture, and the inverse square law.
Build a relationship, find places to shoot and make it enjoyable.
If you want some pictures taken but are worried, give John Steel a shout and he’ll make sure the shoot is fun and effortless but with fab results.

John Steel Photography is currently offering an amazing commercial shoot offer – but be quick, he only has 25 spaces available!

Find out more information here –

Or visit his listing on our website and find out more –

Employer survey to support new Learning, Skills and Employment Plan

Please help Kirklees Council ensure that the Council’s new Learning, Skills and Employment Plan meets the most important local needs.

Kirklees Council is developing a new Learning, Skills and Employment Plan. The plan will include a series of proposals which businesses, the local authority and education providers can take forward in partnership and which will benefit local residents (regardless of their age and background) and strengthen the local labour market.

The employer voice is essential to this work and the Council has developed an online survey to gather views on topics including Covid-19, staff recruitment, work readiness and apprenticeships.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

If you could spare the time to share the survey with your members and encourage participation that would be appreciated.

Here’s a summary for your communications:

The Council know it’s a busy and unusual time for everyone, but they would be extremely grateful if you could spare the time to complete the survey and help ensure that the new Learning, Skills and Employment Plan meets the most important local needs.

Start up Business Support from Kirklees Council

Kirklees Council has launched a new, free, Start Up Business Programme.   Open to all businesses in the Kirklees area who have been trading for under three years and those thinking of starting a business, the Start Up Programme offers a variety of free support to help small businesses take the next step.

Businesses can benefit from:

  • 121 meeting with a specialist advisor
  • 30 minute online workshops, predominantly focussed around social media and online selling
  • support navigating other council services such as Food Hygiene, Planning and Environmental Health
  • fact sheets on how to start business, licences, tax and National Insurance
  • property search support
  • 8 hour mentoring for eligible businesses

We are able to work with any business under 3 years, so please refer anyone who needs support.

Email for support is

New Shop in Skelmanthorpe – Grow Refill Store

GROW is a minimal waste store in Skelmanthorpe offering store cupboard essentials, eco homewares and self care products without the unnecessary packaging.

Our ethos is to promote a relaxed shopping experience where you buy as much or as little of your chosen product as you like – meaning less food waste as well as less plastic packaging going to landfill.

We sell a wide variety of wholefoods including pasta, rice, flour, pulses and beans as well as some delicious treats!

We have a separate area for gluten free products too.

If there is something you’d like to see stocked at Grow, just let us know.

In store you will also find some beautiful items such as hand poured soy candles, handmade soap and reusable make-up wipes which are locally sourced from small businesses.

We encourage you to bring your own clean containers to refill (after all we are a refill store!) but don’t worry – we also stock paper bags that you can fill as well as a range of quality jars and bottles that you can buy to refill again and again.

Grow Refill Store Skelmanthorpe (1)

Simply put, weigh your empty container,  fill it, re-weigh, and pay!

Plastic-free isn’t about being perfect, it’s about making small, sustainable changes that promote our wellbeing and the health of the planet.

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 do you know about the HD8 Network?

Complete your answer here –

Find us onIf you would like to book a telephone or Zoom call, we have started using Calendly to book the sessions, if you are comfortable using that please click here

However otherwise please email 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.

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.


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 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.



  • 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.