Photoshoot with John Steel Photography

Earlier this month the HD8 Network organised a photoshoot with the amazing John Steel Photography, inviting members and other organisations that are involved with the HD8 Network or who ‘Work’ in the HD8 area to come along and have their picture taken.

We used John Steel Photography in 2015 when we built our website, however recently, when designing a pop-up banner for the She Means Business Instagram Workshop that we hosted in June – delivered by Social Progress – we noticed that some of the images were out of date; One business has recently retired and closed their company, another has relocated to Sheffield and others had pursued different avenues in their careers.

So we realised that we needed new images that were representative of the people who currently Work, Rest or Play in the area.

To provide continuity from the previous photoshoot and existing catalogue of images, we asked our ‘models’ to bring props that illustrated their business.  For some this was incredibly easy – for example the Roofer and the Marquee Hire Company – however the services, particularly the online services, were much harder and required much more creative, out of the box thinking, but we got there.  Can you can guess correctly what they do …?

HD8 Network Photoshoot 2019 John Steel PhotographyWe also asked our models to bring their amazing smiles and told them this was a fun shoot, with lots of energy and not your typical ‘professional’ corporate headshot.

The morning was VERY busy, with some people just being able to pop in, squeezing it into their busy working day and others staying for longer and using the time to network and build relationships with the other people that came along.  Jo Cove from ‘Made in Clayton West‘, a local community organisation, said the atmosphere was buzzing and that there was a great bunch of people.

Member and regular attendee of our monthly Meetup networking events, Paul Campbell from the Effective Group, was kind enough to let us the use their new offices at Westleigh House in Denby Dale for our studio.  This was the perfect venue and we thank them enormously.

We are very grateful to everyone involved who came along and made the day super special and more importantly for creating such fantastic images.

However, of course we give all our thanks to the very talented John Steel, who used his own unique personality and banter to get the best out of the models and produce the most amazing photos.  Thank you.

We will be using these photos in our future promotions and literature, so keep a look out for this.  We had so much fun organising and arranging the day, and have a long list of people that would have loved to have been involved but weren’t able to, that we would like to do another soon.

The people and businesses featured, in no particular order, include –

If you would like to feature in these photos or even arrange for a photoshoot at your own premises then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

Stay in touch with our activities by coming back regularly to our website, check out our social media channels and subscribe to our mailing list (using the form at the bottom of most pages on the website).

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Workshop

She Means Business Instagram training workshopThe HD8 Network were very honoured last month to host the #SheMeansBusiness Instagram training workshop, delivered by the amazing Esther Orridge from Social Progress.

SheMeansBusiness June 2019Local businesses, specifically startups and those adopting social media for the first time for business use were invited to attend and be shown the powers of Instagram and how it could be used for business purposes.

Esther delivered the presentation with her bubbly personality and extensive expertise and knowledge, and all the attendees agreed that it had been a very informative and useful event.

We were certainly inspired and found ourselves with renewed enthusiasm for this promotional publishing tool, prompting several images to be shared in the following days.  We hope to build on this and adopt it as a tool to engage with and find followers, furthering our communication channels.

The key takeaway point for us was that businesses should have a business profile as opposed to an individual account – which is very easy to do.

The training workshop was held at The Venue in Storthes Hall Park – where we hold our monthly Meetup networking events – and everyone agreed that it is the perfect venue for this and many other types of events – it’s even a great place to go for a coffee, something to eat or maybe something a bit stronger with family and friends.  Storthes Hall feels like a hidden gem, as if you are in the middle of nowhere, although you are no more than 15 minutes from Huddersfield Town Centre or the M1 (depending which way you drive).

Stay in touch with our activities by coming back regularly to our website, check out our social media channels and subscribe to our mailing list (using the form at the bottom of most pages on the website).

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

What makes the perfect Google Ad?

Google’s paid advertising system, Google Ads, has long been an effective way for companies to be visible for people searching for a specific service, product or topic.

If you are thinking about starting a Google Ads campaign or want to improve the results of an existing campaign, take a look at what makes the perfect Google ad.

  • Write a great headline

  • Address Customers Directly

  • Describe the unique benefits of your product or service

  • Use keywords that mirror the searcher’s query

  • Give customers an incentive to take action

To read the full article please visit Effective Internet’s blog here

The Effective Internet team are experts in creating effective Google Ad campaigns that work.

Their team of Google Ads experts will listen to what you want to achieve from a Google Ads campaign and what budget you have.

They will then carry out thorough keyword research to find the most relevant terms to maximise results.

For more information on their Google Ads management service, get in touch with Effective Internet.

 

Want to see your business featured here?  Check out our membership packages here

Vickers Carnley offers prestigious office suites to let in Denby Dale

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Westleigh House in Denby Dale is a prestigious former Gentleman’s Residence.

Which in recent times has undergone substantial refurbishment and now provides excellent modern office suites having all the benefits of a modern environment yet retaining the characteristics of the old manor house.

The offices have the added benefit of having ample on-site car parking and CCTV monitoring. The property is only a short walk away from the Denby Dale railway station and all the local amenities that the village has to offer.

Westleigh House 400x300Tenants enjoy the relaxed environment of Westleigh House allowing them to create a tight knit community. Communal networking area allows the tenants to enjoy the relaxed, social working environment.

This really is an ideal opportunity to anyone either working from home, or anyone looking to move into a more professional environment.

The landlord offers very flexible terms and all-inclusive packages to suit a tenants needs.

Letting Agents Vickers Carnley are available to carry out internal viewings on relative short notice and interested parties should contact either Lee Carnley or Isobel Smith on 01924 291500 to discuss further.

6th Anniversary Meetup

This year we are celebrating 6 years of the HD8 Network.

Conceived and brought to life in the spring-summer 2013.

One of the first things we did was create a social media community and the response was they wanted to meet up.  So we created our Meetups.

Following this we brought you the website, business shows and membership packages and what we have been consistent with is our social communities and our physical meetups.

Earlier this year Jacqui Gedman – Chief Executive of Kirklees Council – kindly offered to be our speaker at one of our Meetups.

We jumped at the chance and thought it would be ideal to do this on our 6th Anniversary of HD8 Network Meetups this year in July.

 

Jacqui will be discussing “How the Council supports businesses”

Tickets will be on sale as usual.  Whilst we intend on holding our Speed Networking sessions this will depend on the number of attendees.  We also want to acknowledge and celebrate this 6 year milestone and so will try to measure the attendee interest and act accordingly.

 

Book your tickets now on Eventbrite – HD8networkMmmmm-July.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

Meet our Members

The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events, however ….

The HD8 Network Meetups are really wonderful and you should come along to see for yourself.

We have a laugh, but also have organised time for attendees to speak with at least half the people in the room.

But most of all, we provide a comfortable fun two hours aimed at helping your business in the HD8 area.

Building relationships with other business owners can provide a range of benefits; peer learning, creating accountability, sharpening your business acumen.  It’s not JUST about growing your business contacts – but that’s pretty great fun too.

 

HD8 Network Meetups

The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events.  (But these are really wonderful and you really should come)  

At our Meetups we have a laugh, but also have organised time for attendees to speak with at least half the people in the room in a speed networking style.

As many of the attendees come regularly, this is more of a monthly catch up than elevator pitch, but it is good practise to bring business cards or leaflets with contact details to act as a reminder for people who has met you.  Some people also bring demonstrations or other portfolios, however its about what suits you best.

We generally have a speaker, aimed at educating you on aspects of business, as well as providing heightened exposure to a member’s business, whilst not being a sales pitch.

Building relationships with other business owners brings so many benefits, including peer learning, creating accountability, sharpening your business acumen, as well as growing your business contacts.

You might be looking for services and trades for home or work life, or want to promote your organisation and sell stuff.

We have many charities who come along and can tell you how you can support the organisations that help to provide much needed services to the community and the exposure they can give you in return.

The HD8 Network Meetups has a range of B2B businesses, as well as B2C and MLM in attendance.  The majority of attendees are made up of sole traders or one-man-bands, however we also have employees, as well as business owners attending and our Meetups attract all ranges of businesses at varying times of the year. You just never know who is going to book on (or even turn up) – that’s the ‘fun’ of running and ‘planning’ events.

 

Will we see you next time?

Most of all the HD8 Network Meetups are a comfortable, fun two hours, aimed at helping your business and the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Join us for our 6th Anniversary event with Jacqui Gedman from Kirklees Council

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hd8-network-mid-morning-mid-month-meetup-networking-event-6th-birthday-tickets

 

But like we say we are SO MUCH MORE than Networking Events

Check out our memberships for package details.  We can get exposure for your business online, through our directory listing, news section, events calendar, social media communities and email.  There is also the opportunity to meet and talk face to face with our members, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.  Life is busy enough.  But they are good fun.

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Shepley Spring Festival 2019

Wow what a great atmosphere and music there is at Shepley Spring Festival …. and great memories too!

Shepley Spring Festival 2019 Storthes Hall HD8 Network

New Venue Storthes Hall

The Venue and Aparthotel at Storthes Hall Park worked really well for the Shepley Spring Festival this year, especially as the weather was at the point of only threatening unpleasant weather…

The wide range of rooms in the Venue provided a variety of spaces and proves that there is future potential for a long and happy relationship between Shepley Spring Festival and Storthes Hall.  Especially if other parts of the grounds were available to expand into.

If you would like to get in touch with the Venue at Storthes Hall, please find details on our directory listing here.

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Festival Shop at Shepley 2019

LCYCT Shepley Festival Clothing ShopThe whole Shepley Spring Festival was buzzing all weekend, and none more so than the LYCT ‘ebay’ shop.  Selling items donated by a variety of organisations for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust as part of their fundraising.

LCYCT Shepley Festival Shop

 

Not only did the charity get a great return on investment, decluttering stores and making a profit.

 

They also clothed the festival.

A lady even forgot her clothing – she had wine and knickers, but nothing more than the dress she was wearing …. until she shopped and kitted herself out at the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Festival Shop.

The range of clothing was outstanding with prices that made it unquestionable.  Items flew off the benches.  Bag and bags of sharfs, shawls, gloves and hats.  Pajamas, coats, tops and outdoor skiwear … I think they even had jeans and work trousers too.

The festival goers lapped it up and the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust were overwhelmed with the result and I believe they have personally thanked all that assisted them over the weekend and have asked the HD8 Network to extend their thanks to all.

Want to find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit their listing on our directory for more information.

 

Denby Professionals are currently recruiting

Denby Professionals are currently recruiting for some mega build contracts in the Middle East.

Sourcing for specialist projects is something the Director at Denby Professionals has over 15 years recruitment experience in, from restaurant launches, senior butlers to the current Gas Turbine requirements.

Denby ProfessionalsWorking with a wide ranging client base abroad allows Denby Professionals to provide effective, low fee recruitment to businesses across the Huddersfield and Barnsley area.
If you’re looking for an expert to solve your recruitment needs without the excessive costs of traditional recruit services, get in touch with Lou. Louise@denbyprofessionals.com

or check out Denby Professional’s directory listing here – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/denby-professionals/

Want your business to be found on the HD8 Network?  Check out our memberships here – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/join/ or simply get in touch with us for a chat

FREE ADULT COURSES – Kirklees College

Fancy learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby?

Interested in changing career?  Maybe you want to learn how to do something new?

Kirklees College logoKirklees College are offering a selection of absolutely free adult courses.

No hidden costs, to be eligible you simply need to be over 19 and live locally.

So be impulsive, bite the bullet and click through to our course page to see where your next educational journey can begin: https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/free-adult-courses/

Kirklees College Free Adult Courses

 

For contact details and more information about Kirklees College please visit their Directory Listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/kirklees-college/

 

Would you like your business featured on the HD8 Network?  Then get in touch and discuss how you could benefit from this exposure.

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Training Workshop in Huddersfield

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Training Workshop in HuddersfieldYou might have seen on Facebook, that we have teamed up with Social Progress and Enterprise Nation to put on Instagram 101 training.

Check-in on the Facebook Event

Wednesday 26th June 2019 from 10 -12

Storthes Hall Park – The Venue – HD8 0WA, Huddersfield

Join accredited She Means Business trainer Esther Orridge, from Social Progress for this Instagram Training Workshop hosted by HD8 Network.

Event Itinerary:
10am – registration and networking with tea and coffee ☕️
10:30am – introduction by HD8 Network
10:35am – presentation by Esther Orridge, Social Progress
11:30am – networking
12 noon – finish

Book your tickets through Enterprise Nation

Building: Storthes Hall<br /> Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University<br /> AHR

Building: Storthes Hall<br /> Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University<br /> AHR

A Year of GDPR

IG Solutions Official LogoWill your business be celebrating (job well done) or commemorating? A focus on key elements of the legislation and what the business should have done (in the last 365 days) to ensure they are compliant with the new legislation.

What is there still to do?

Can Leeds City Council help?

As we approach the 1st anniversary of GDPR, it’s important to assess your organisation’s current position and progress over the past 12 months, as well as ensure your staff are justly equipped with the information and training required to satisfy the ICO.

IG Solutions will be our speaker at our June Mmmmm and will give an overview and pointers of the things you should be doing to ensure that you are compliant.

IG Solutions is Leeds City Council’s dedicated team of information governance professionals with over 20 years’ experience of delivering Information Governance in the public, private and third sector, responsible for meeting the statutory information governance requirements of over 15,000 staff across the council and its 99 elected members.

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.