Taking the right steps before tax year-end can provide a financial boost for you and your business.
At our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup in March we announced our new membership packages which will come into force on 1st April 2019.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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: email@example.com
Closing date for applications: Friday 15th March 2019
For more information about the choir please visit the website: www.denbydaleladieschoir.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Earlier this week we visited Miriam’s Kitchen Table and were really impressed and so thought we’d bring you an introduction.
We hope you enjoy our video – https://youtu.be/QmKAyUGqy7c
If you would like to find out more about Miriam’s Kitchen Table, then please visit their directory listing by clicking here or just call in!
Over the years the HD8 Network has brought you a range of speakers; experts in their fields and local businesses, providing insights and overviews, inspiring and informing attendees to help them become better businesses.
In November we were honoured to have Revell Ward sponsor a lunch following our event. We believe it was in gratitude for the event, as Jenifer has attended off and on over the years and supports our aim.
It was nice to see lots of new faces, and everyone seemed to have a jolly good time, we hope to see them again in the future.
We have introduced a ‘bring a guest and get a credit at your next event’ promotion, which is encouraging members to invite new faces and this is having a positive impact on the numbers of attendees and conversations had each month.
We have also introduced a Contribution Slip, for attendees to help us record the impact that we are making in the local area as a result of our events and network.
If your organisation would like to sponsor one of networking events and provide lunch following one of our mid morning mid month meetup networking events, then please get in touch.
Prepare to get 2019 off to a brilliant start with hints and tips on getting more sales.
Our speaker this month is Paul Simpson from The Business Hub UK who will be sharing strategies on helping you increase sales and plan to grow your business.
Paul Simpson works with all sizes of business to achieve.
Achieve what? Well that up to you, helping businesses in a practical and pragmatic way learn how to create a business so the owners can enjoy the life they ultimately want and desire.
Building sales is the major challenge for many SME. Paul Simpson has owned and run several businesses, experiencing life at the coal face and now passes his wisdom on to you.
To book your ticket please visit – https://hd8networkmmmmm-jan.eventbrite.co.uk
With the Main centre – for visitors and parcel collections is Lord Street, Huddersfield and the Donations centre – to drop off donations – on Queens Mill Industrial Estate, Queens Mill Road, Lockwood, the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield is one of the largest food banks in the north of England.
The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions since 2010.
There are many factors contributing to the rise of food poverty, including national welfare reforms, the rise of zero hours contracts, and struggling local economies. The Welcome Centre provides food, toiletries and other essentials alongside a one-to-one advocacy, guidance and support service tailored to people’s needs.
The food packs that the Welcome Centre give out contain enough food for seven days.
They try to provide a good quantity of nutritious, high quality food in our food packs, and tailor each pack to meet people’s dietary requirements and preferences. They believe in respecting people’s food choices no matter what financial predicament they find themselves in.
They’re more than just a food bank.
The Welcome Centre offer clients advocacy, guidance and support to help them address any underlying or ongoing issues which prevent them getting back on their feet. You can find out more about the additional support they provide here advocacy, guidance and support.
As an independent, local charity, they rely on the support of local people like you; please help if you can.
The Welcome Centre accept donations of most dried, fresh and tinned foods as long as they are unopened and in date.
If you want to discuss a donation of surplus stock from your business, please contact email@example.com
The Christmas appeals currently for food etc are – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/32-christmas-shortages
Donations of Christmas items should be with the Welcome Centre by Friday 21st December.
Other ways that you can get involved can be found here – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/2-support-us
To get contact details of the Welcome Centre, please visit our organisation listing for them.
One of our special members, Sayers Solutions, is running a #ChristmasFun campaign which asks for a bit of crowd participation – do you fancy joining in?
You can do this in a number of ways ….
The easiest way to respond would be to reply with the title of the song … however ideally Sayers Solutions would love you to do a video of you singing it!
But anything in between or other fun and engaging contributions celebrating the seasonal joy would also be welcomed!
Their favourite contributions will be awarded with Chocolate or other Christmas goodies (however exchange of ‘prizes’ would need to be conducted locally and when time allowed!).
So let’s have some Christmas fun and join in!
More information about Sayers Solutions can be found on their directory listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/sayers-solutions/
We are a community network set up by 3 friends a few years ago.
Made in Clayton West is all about bringing people together around their interests, building community spirit and shining a light on all the fabulous stuff that happens in our community and our newsletter does just that!
You can also find out about what’s going on locally by visiting our Facebook page – Made in Clayton West.
We hope you enjoy reading it and please get in touch if you have any comments.
Want to get in touch with Made in Clayton West? Then please visit their directory listing for contact details
If you would like to find out more about Clayton West then please visit our page dedicated to Clayton West
Busy networking events are what everyone wants.
The more people there are to meet, the more connections there are to make.
Be an ambassador of our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup networking events and tell others about our events and invite them along.
As a reward for your efforts, when you bring a guest (or a guest brings a card with your details on) you will receive £5 credit at your next networking event.
What do you do next?
Write on your details (if you are really clever you could do this electronically) and print them or perhaps attach a copy of your business card and then hand them out when networking.
We have plenty of pre-printed cards that you can get from us at our networking events.
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Here are Bloomindale’s top 5
5 things about Bloomindale
- Local small business
- Florist and Atelier
- Strong community ethos
- We employ local
5 Bloomindale Events
- Christmas Wreath Workshop – 19th November at The George Inn
- Christmas Wreath Workshop – 26th November at The George Inn
- Christmas Wreath Workshop – 29th November at The Coffee Loft & Tapas Bar
- Christmas Market – 25th November – The Dunkirk
- Christmas Wreath Workshop – 4th December – Denby Care Home
5 businesses that Bloomindale like
- Utterly Yorkshire
- Springfield Mill
- Denby Care Home
- Citrus Financial Management
- Gawthorpe Butchers
5 things Bloomindale love about HD8 area
- Local trend
- Community spirit
- Charitable abundance
- Accessible transport
- Outdoor facilities
If you would like to find our more about Bloomindale, please visit their website https://www.bloomindaleflorists.co.uk
Have you got a Top 5?
What to find out more about the HD8 Network? Then click here
Tinsel Tuesday is fancy dress with a festive twist
Decorating the tree is a special moment for most families… so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust wants to spread the joy even further by asking Huddersfield businesses to encourage their staff to decorate themselves like a Christmas tree for one Tuesday in December!
Wrap yourself in tinsel, wear baubles, roll around in glitter…anything goes!
Choose on one Tuesday in December, so either the 4th, 11th or 18th and send the charity your photos for social media!
Suggested minimum donation £1 with all funds raised going to the Gifts 4 young cancer patients Christmas appeal.
We know it can sometimes be tricky to write an article about yourself, so we have written you a template to get you started.
Use this as a starting point and think about what story you want to tell.
If you would like to book a session to discuss what you could say please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Read other articles on the HD8 Network news section – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/news/
Rachel is offering free 30 minute appointments to have a private chat. “Sometimes 30 minutes is all someone needs to feel better or learn a small tip” says Rachel.
She is still very much involved in ENJO & she loves that it compliments her nurse health coach role, helping people get rid of toxic chemicals from their home.
Rachel has had great reviews from people with joint issues, asthma and eczema (for her nursing friends, the skincare products are where Debrisoft came from).
And, because she loves cuddles with babies she is still running slinglibrary in Holmfirth and until our new recruit is trained, in Mirfield as well. “I have just ordered 2 new Tula ❤️ and got 3 new slings on Monday” says Rachel.
If you know someone that would benefit from Rachel’s services please urge them to book a session with her – https://10to8.com/book/famdyh-free/472482/
Alternatively check out her directory listing on the HD8 Network website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/rachel-devereux/
Want to know how you can get your business in front of people who work, rest and play in the HD8 area? Then check out our Packages and Membership page.
• Who wants to receive a free web audit?
• See how your business ranks on Google?
• Receive a free joint consultation with your peers?
In October Paul Campbell from Effective Internet is the speaker at the HD8 Network’s Mid-month-mid-morning-meetup networking event (Mmmmm). Book your ticket here – https://hd8networkmmmmm-oct.eventbrite.co.uk.
Paul will introduce his business to the HD8 area. He has been running it for the past 18 years and has recently relocated to Westleigh House in Denby Dale. Bringing his team of SEO, Google and website experts to work in the HD8 area.
Situated at one side of the bridge, Effective Internet share the Business Centre with a wide variety of businesses located at Westleigh House, including fellow member Louise Lowe from Denby Professionals.
At our networking events we often like to bring you an expert, as well as give our members the spot light. This session on 16th October will be a short 15 session, aiming to encourage discussions and suggestions amongst members.
Paul from Effective Internet will highlight the key issues that most of us get wrong aswell as provide insight into the complex world of SEO – although it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Effective Internet regularly generate a 6 fold ROI for their clients.
Christmas is one of them words we all dread and fear, planning, organising and the expense this early on in the year!
Fear not, because Storthes Hall Park believe your office Christmas party can be stress free by booking with them. They can cater for all sizes and tastes.
You can choose from an intimate private dinner to full blown party for all your wonderful staff.
Storthes Hall Park can provide the entertainment too, with lots of exciting packages and budgets to choose from. For example:
- The cost for the room, festive room decoration including crackers,
- drink of arrival, three course dinner and DJ
would be £27.00ph.
without the DJ it would be £25.00ph.
Storthes Hall Park also has Accommodation, in their newly launched little on site hotel. So you and your staff don’t have to worry about transport costs. Rooms start from £25.00pppn.
All Christmas Party Packages run from November 22nd to December 22nd.
The lead on booking of the party at Storthes Hall Park, will also receive a complimentary bottle of Fizz and their Accommodation if needed, to thank you for booking with us.
Christmas example menu and leaflets are available on request.
Please remember dates are getting booked up fast so please contact 01484 270159 to discuss your requirements and availability.
Huddersfield based company Think Forensic are offering free forensic and CSI workshops for people living in the Huddersfield area.
Six three hour weekly sessions, starting on 7th November, are to be held at Think Forensic’s crime scene centre at Skelmanthorpe. The centre itself is unique in that it contains fire, road traffic collisions and crime scenes ready for investigation by the participants in the course.
The programme is funded by the Wellcome Trust and WEA and run by Think Forensic’s experts who are made up of forensic scientists, CSI’s and crime investigators each of whom have worked in the field. It has been designed to give an insight into the real world of crime investigation and some of the topics it covers are:
• Techniques used by CSI’s at crime scenes including fingerprinting, casting footwear marks, recovering DNA etc.
• Microscopy and how forensic scientists examine trace evidence.
• The role of anthropology and archaeology in forensics.
• Uses of Psychology and profiling in crime investigation.
Participants will consist of a people of all ages and backgrounds. There is no limit on level of education and no prior knowledge of forensics is necessary. Applicants should be available and prepared to be involved for 3 hours per week, 10am to 1pm on Wednesday mornings, for 6 weeks from 7th November and must be able to make their own way to the venue at HD8 9DR.
Company Director Sue Procter said “This is a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to do something different. I can’t believe how lucky we are to be able to offer this free of charge to the people of Huddersfield.” “There are no requirements as to education levels in fact we would love people who don’t usually get involved in studying and education to come along, it’s really going to be great fun”
More details of the course outline can be found at https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/festivals-and-events/wellcome-to-forensics/
or by contacting the company via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 01484860599.
Think Forensic Ltd was set up in 2007 it is staffed by experts from crime investigation background including senior investigating officers, forensic scientists, CSI’s, etc. The company operates nationally but is based in Skelmanthorpe from where it runs CSI Experiences for members of the public, educational packages and corporate events around forensic science and CSI.