Think Big…..Think AD:VENTURE

Our speaker at this months Mid Month Meetup will be Rachael Thurlbeck, the Business Adviser for Leeds City Region Ad:venture Programme.

 

Delivering expert help and advice to high growth businesses from start up to expansion, AD:VENTURE is here to help your business venture reach its full potential.

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The programme supports businesses with high growth ambitions, and is generally aimed at businesses who supply to other businesses (Business to Business sales)

 

Please check out our website if you need more information http://ad-venture.org.uk/

 

Book your ticket now by visiting – www.HD8NetworkMMM.eventbrite.co.uk

Advanced tickets cost just £5 for members, £10 for non members and free for special members.  However will cost more on the door.

Click here to find out more about our Mid Month Meetup informal networking event or details about our listing and membership options.

 

Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Kirklees Business Conference HD8 NetworkFollowing on from the success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March.

The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow.

Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day.

This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme.

Kirklees Business Conference HD8 NetworkRunning alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones.

Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.”

Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress.

Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment.

 

For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter.

To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.

The HD8 Network

The HD8 Network is here whether you want to communicate with people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area and we have a range of tools and packages for you to access them.

Rest or play in the HD8 area?

Then our website has a local business directory, online events calendar and news section with article that might interest about the local area, members and HD8 Network updates.

You can also connect with other people in the area on our Facebook Groups, and on our Facebook Page and other social media channels you can receive updates notifications of events in the area.

We also have an email marketing list which you can sign up to and receive updates via email.

All of this is freely available for you to use in honest pursuit of of local organisations, services and activities.

 

Hold Events?

Want to promote your events and tell more people about them?  Then our FREE Events Calendar is just the trick.

Whether you are part of the PTA or run regular Yoga classes or Football games, whether it is a special offer, an online seminar or a Beer Festival, the online events calendar can be a useful tool to let people know about your events – if that’s what you want of course!

Our Events Calendar can be viewed in chronological order or by category.

If this is of interest to you then please complete your details and submit the form so that we can publish your event details.

 

If you work in the area

Of course all of the above is available to you, however your organisation could be one of the articles or posts that others who work, rest or play in the HD8 area are reading and chatting about.

For full details about what we do can be found on our Join Us page, however we are always happy to discuss requirements and build bespoke packages.  When it comes to membership, the main investment for you to make is content, providing information to be used on the variety of our tools, which the special membership is designed to assist you with.  Plus, you don’t pay for networking events!

Our next Mid Month Meetup networking event is on 13th February at the Coffee Loft in Scissett.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet other businesses from around the area. It is quite informal and friendly and we normally have a speaker. Depending on what you are looking for, attending networking events might be a good way to spread the word of your special offers and build business contacts, hopefully producing referrals – well that is the aim of the game, isn’t it. Booking can be made via Eventbrite – www.HD8networkMMM.Eventbrite.co.uk

If you want to find out more about the HD8 Network and how you can promote your business in the HD8 area you might be interested in our workshops.  The next one is before the networking event. Places are limited and cost £30 per delegate (which will then be discounted against future listing or membership purchases). Booking is essential and can be done via www.PromoteinHD8.Eventbrite.co.uk

Depending on your particular business needs we’d be happy to see how the HD8 Network can help. For example, if you were wanting to tick some corporate social responsibility boxes as well as raise awareness, we could look at holding a sponsored community event or find another appropriate way to raise your profile.

Want to find out how to communicate with people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area then visit our Join Us page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

 

If any of this is of interest to you please do not hesitate in getting in touch.

 

Lawrence Batley Theatre Annual Report 16/17

The Lawrence Batley Theatre recently sent us an email and we thought you might be interested in reading it.  It said –

“As we come to the end of the year we wanted to share our Annual Report 16/17 with you. Please click here to view the report.

We hope you enjoy it and please feel to share it with your contacts, friends and colleagues.

Wishing you all the very best for the festive season and the new year!

Want to find out more about the HD8 Network?

Find out how you can share news about your organisation by visiting our “join” page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

Want to list your events on our FREE Events Calendar?

Then complete your details on this form and submit them for us to publish.

EPIP January Newsletter

Please find attached East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP) latest newsletter.

 

Grants of up to £60,000 are available for projects which contribute to the creation of jobs, support the local economy and meet one or more of the priorities listed overleaf (see newsletter). Further information is available on the website www.epip.org.uk.

East Peak Innovation ask you to get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential project or see website for further details or to download the applicant handbook. Some examples of projects already funded are shown on the newsletter.

For more information contact

Tracy Charlesworth – LEADER Programme Manager

Tel:  01226 763201 / 07715 670634

www.epip.org.uk

 

Want to find out more about the HD8 Network?

Find out how you can share news about your organisation by visiting our “join” page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

Want to list your events on our FREE Events Calendar?

Then complete your details on this form and submit them for us to publish.

Barking Mad are Dogs for Good

Local Dog Lovers Help Change and Enrich Lives

 

Dogs for Good charity talk HD8 Network MemberLocal dog sitters, Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax, are asking fellow dog lovers to join them in helping to change lives.

The dog holiday specialists have officially partnered with Dogs for Good, a life transforming charity which creates partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs.

 

BarkingMad dog sitters conference HD8 Network Member

Mark Abbott of Huddersfield & Halifax enthused “We are so proud to announce that Dogs for Good is Barking Mad’s chosen charity for 2018! Dogs for Good train assistance dogs to support adults and children with a wide range of disabilities and also children with autism, in order to enrich and improve lives. This is particularly relevant to the work which we undertake with our own dog sitting Host Community. We offer the opportunity to care for someone else’s dog whilst its owners are away and through this initiative, we witness the amazing difference that canine companions can make in terms of improving social interaction and fitness every day.”

Cathryn Simpson, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Dogs for Good said ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Barking Mad in 2018, there’s obvious synergy between the two organisations in respect of the dogs but more importantly the ethos of both organisations is closely matched and this is important to ensure a successful partnership. Thank you to everyone for getting involved!”

How can you get involved?

Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax’s ultimate wish Barking Mad support Dogs for Good HD8 Network Memberwould be to raise enough money to fund the training of a Dogs for Good puppy and would really appreciate your help!

Throughout 2018 they plan to hold fundraising events including and would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved.

Mark Abbott can be contacted on 01484 599420 and you can also visit https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/franchisees/huddersfield-halifax/ to find out more.

In the new year they will also be introducing an initiative to enable customers to make a voluntary donation of a pound, with every booking made with their dog home boarding service.

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.

 

Want to find out more?

Visit Barking Mad’s listing on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/barking-mad-huddersfield-halifax/

Want to find out how you can share news about your organisation?

Then visit our “join” page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

Want to list your events on our FREE Events Calendar?

Then complete your details on this form and submit them for us to publish.

Jake and Joy’s January 2018 Sale

Jake and Joy Member of HD8 NetworkJake and Joy Childrenswear are pleased to invite customers to the January 2018 Sale which sees 50% off all items in store with the exception of socks and bibs.

Major brands including Toby Tiger, Little Green Radicals and Piccalilly have items in the sale which will make space for an exciting new Spring and Summer range that will include newcomers to Jake and Joy – Frugi.

Jake and Joy a HD8 Network MemberThey also stock gift vouchers and will be launching our Organic Childrenswear Resale Agency later this month.

It’s an exciting time at Jake and Joy but sale items are selling fast!

Opening times are Thursday 09:30 – 16:00, Friday 09:30 – 16:00 and Saturday 11:30 – 16:00.

 

Want to find out more?

Visit Jake and Joy’s listing on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/jake-and-joy/

Want to find out how you can share news about your organisation?

Then visit our “join” page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

Want to list your events on our FREE Events Calendar?

Then complete your details on this form and submit them for us to publish.

Faster Fitness Kids and Teens Programs; New for 2018

In January 2018, Faster Fitness Solutions will be launching a brand-new kids and teens fitness incentive designed to get the young people of HD8 more active (Click here to find out more about the founder, Darren Thomas).

The Faster Fitness kids and teens programs are based around the most up to date and cutting-edge strength and conditioning protocols that are designed to give growing kids and teens a strong movement foundation, before progressing them into safe and effective weight lifting and sports conditioning strategies.

How will the courses work?

Small group fitness sessions will be at the facility in Denby Dale, taking place after school at 4:15pm and on Saturday mornings at 11:30am and 12:30pm and cost just £5.

The aim is to develop a variety of more specialist coaching options to aid sports specific development for young athletes to further enhance their sporting development.

Who are they for?

They are not just for young athletes who play sport. They are for any young person who just wants to get more active and develop improved co-ordination, flexibility, balance and body awareness.

Faster Fitness Youth Strength and Conditioning Certificate

The sessions will be fun and engaging and involve a mixture of

  • Functional games
  • Bodyweight training drills
  • Kettlebell training
  • Dumbbell training
  • Speed and agility drills
  • Olympic weightlifting techniques (this is the ultimate and the kids will have to earn the right to do this by being competent at all other lower level drills)

All sessions will be taught in a private facility by a Youth Strength and Conditioning Coach with full DBS check and child welfare training, so you can rest assured the environment will be safe.

 

First Session Is Free

If you would like your child to come along to any of the sessions, then please click on the link below and fill out the short form. I will then be in touch to confirm you place.

Want to find out more?

Check out Faster Fitness website – http://www.fasterfitnesssolutions.com/youth-strength-and-conditioning.html

Or visit Faster Fitness’s listing on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/faster-fitness-solutions/

 

Want to find out how you can share news about your organisation?

Then visit our “join” page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

Want to list your events on our FREE Events Calendar?

Then complete your details on this form and submit them for us to publish.

 

 

10 years old!

Key Commercial Finance Solutions Ltd

Key Commercial Finance Solutions Ltd, a member of the HD8 Network, are pleased to announce that they have reached their 10-year anniversary, and want to thank all their introducers and clients for all their continued support over the years.

10th year anniversary of Key Commercial Finance, Huddersfield.

Since Key was set up in October 2007 by Tony Newham (Director) the business has gone from strength to strength and now have a team of 11, mainly ex bank managers who have an impressive 300+ years of combined expertise. Their managers operate along the M62 corridor covering a wide variety of locations from Yorkshire through to North Wales.

Key are independent commercial finance advisors who source from the whole of the market. They are a well- respected firm that have successfully built a solid reputation within the financial sector, with their clients and banks alike. They offer a diverse range of finance opportunities and their dedicated team always work to find the best solution for their clients.

Vicki Walker from Key Commercial Finance Ltd
Vicki Walker from Key Commercial Finance Ltd

Vicki Walker, Commercial Finance Consultant, joined the team at Key in April this year after 15 years working in the Invoice Finance market. She says “It’s great to be part of such a great team and attach myself to a well-respected name. The support and wealth of knowledge within the team has already help me greatly.”

Key are now looking forward to building on this great achievement and continuing to support businesses in the area with their Commercial Finance needs.

If you are interested in finding out more about Key Commercial Finance or wish to discuss their services please check out their listing on our directory by clicking here.

As a member of the HD8 Network, Vicki often attends our networking events and so this might be an alternative way for you to find out more about their business.

 

Want to find out about Membership and Listing opportunities? Visit our Join page or contact us for more information.

An Introduction To Faster Fitness Solutions

Darren Thomas Faster Fitness Solutions

Hi. My name is Darren Thomas, I am the owner and founder of Faster Fitness Solutions here in Denby Dale. I have been a personal trainer and sports injury therapist for around 12 years, running my own business in Liverpool and the Wirral. In that time I have been able to help people from all walks of life get fitter, stronger and leaner and also helping them to get over injuries so they can get back to doing whatever it is that they love pain free.

So how then did I end up in Denby Dale?

Well my wife was born and brought up in Skelmanthorpe and since the birth of our son Alfie, we decided that being closer to family was really important so Alfie and quite possibly child 2 ( not on its way yet but won’t be long if its mum has anything to do with it) can grow up around the grandparents, aunties and cousins.

I won’t lie to you… Having baby sitters on tap was a big factor in our decision making process too.

Back To The Business

Faster Fitness Solutions

During my many years in the industry, I have come to realise one thing. “People are always looking for the fastest and easiest way to lose weight and get results”. Our lives certainly aren’t getting less hectic, that is for sure and the biggest barrier for people not achieving their goals has always been time. That’s when I decided to shift the focus of the business and look to creating time efficient ways of helping people do just that.

I don’t do miracle pills, potions or ridiculous diets with hyped up claims or fake results.

What I do provide is a very cost-effective and proven strategy to help you maximise your training potential. So if you can give me 2 and a half hours per week and promise to put in a bit of hard work and dedication, I promise to give you all the resources, support and guidance you need to get amazing results from your training and diet.

I would prefer to show you…

Faster Fitness SolutionsI can talk forever about my experience and the results I have had with the programs over in Liverpool but I know that it won’t really mean a great deal to you. That’s why I would love for you to come along and give it a try for yourself.

I’m new to the area and as a result I would love to meet as many new people as I can. That’s why I am offering FREE Trial Weeks on our Men’s and Ladies’ Signature Programs right up until Christmas. These are completely free and there is no obligation to sign up to anything.

Just come and enjoy 2 free personal training sessions on me so you can experience first hand what Faster Fitness Solutions is all about.

Oh yeah! I will also give you my FREE Faster Abs Recipe Book as a gift, just to say thanks for coming along to the see me and check out the studio.

http://www.fasterfitnesssolutions.com/offer.html

I really hope to see you soon…

Take care, Darren

Cliffe Woods Gets Illuminated

Saturday the 11th November saw Clayton West’s Cliffe Woods come to life with colour, light and people like never before. The simply entitled “Light Up The Woods” took place with the local woodlands and gardens lit up by a spectacle of lightcraft and firecraft.

The event hosted by Cliffe Woods Conservation Group stemmed from an idea originated by Upper Dearne Valley Navigators.  The light from lanterns playing on the trees during an early spring BBQ gave the youth group the idea of lighting up the woods.

The concept was taken up by the Cliffe Woods Conservation Group and a Facebook Group for “Light Up The Woods” drew support from over 200 local people in just a few days.

Although originated by Navigators the project was open to all community groups in the area and saw considerable support from Kayes School, Beavers, Cubs, Mother and Toddler Groups, the local churches and other supporters.

Holmfirth community artist Barry Russell donated lanterns from his exhibition in Holmfirth and that added an impetus to the event.  In the run up to “Light Up The Woods”, young people got inventive making lanterns: Some just simple card and glowstick lamps, through to larger projects the aim was to bring the community together and it garnered huge support from people across the area, from Upper Denby to Emley, people put time into making lights and lanterns for this magical moment.

Claire Westwood, from Cliffe Woods Conservation Group said, “We are overwhelmed by the participation and the number of people coming up to enjoy the woods. Hopefully more people will recognise the asset we have in Cliffe Woods and we will see its popularity growing as a result of this event.”

For Navigators, Ewan Scott added, “This has been a spectacular success. What started out as a campfire discussion grew into something that brought people together and created an event where everyone contributed to make it happen.”

Andy Wickham, Volunteer Co-ordinator, with Kirklees, who own Cliffe Woods, worked to ensure that the council would grant permission for the event, and the organisers would like to thank Andy for his support.

Merewyn Sayers from HD8 Network sponsored the event with a donation of glow sticks.

A special exhibit came from Andy Marshall, who brought along his model hot air balloon and gave a static demonstration of how the balloons work.

Made in Clayton West played a key role in co-ordinating the various participating groups. Participating groups included: All Saints’ Church, Bikeshed Digital Media, Clayton West Chorus, Children from Kaye’s First & Nursery School, Clayton West Baby & Toddler Group, Clayton West Beavers and Cubs, Joseph Norton Academy, Kidz Klub, Upper Dearne Valley Navigators with participants in the groups coming from every village in the Upper Dearne Valley – so a true community-wide event.

There are early plans for a repeat event for 2018. Anyone wishing to participate should join the Light Up The Woods Facebook Group and feel free to join the discussions, offer ideas, or even get involved with lantern making.

Light Up the Woods – Cliffe Woods

This Saturday evening, between 6-8.30pm, in Cliffe Woods the community of Clayton West will come together to create a lantern-lit woodland walk, a firestaff display in the Secret Garden, singing from the Clayton West Chorus and storytelling.

Light up the woods 11th NovemberThe organisers of the event consist of Cliffe Woods Conservation Group, Made in Clayton West and Upper Dearne Valley Navigators; however the following organisations will also be providing the light installations.

  • All Saints’ Church
  • Bikeshed Digital Media
  • Children from Kaye’s First & Nursery School
  • Clayton West Baby & Toddler Group
  • Clayton West Cubs
  • Joseph Norton Academy
  • Kidz Klub

The HD8 Network has sponsored the event by donating glow sticks for attendees and Clayton West Chorus will be performing.It is a firework free zone and you are asked to bring your torch and wellies.

You are also asked to leave your cars at home and walk to Cliffe Woods (obviously this might be difficult if you are coming from further than Clayton West or Scissett, so please be considerate to residents when parking).

Cliffe Street will be the main route for people to access the Woods entrance.  It’s the first event of its kind, so we don’t know how many people will come along – if everyone and their family that has contributed to the event turn up then the woods will be buzzing.  The weather will be larger contributing factor to success and turn out of the event, but the forecast so far looks good!

The event will be basic in that there will be no refreshments available or toilet facilities provided however there will be an information stand at the entrance of Cliffe Woods, for first aid, lost children, etc.

Come and see what a community can do when they work together!

Connect with the event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1979090045704109/

 

A Year On…

A year after first opening its doors and a Huddersfield pub is proving a village local is still at the heart of any community.

IDunkirk Families Oct 17n early 2016 The Dunkirk in Denby Dale had closed and was falling into disrepair. Under threat of being turned into housing, four local families decided they didn’t want this community asset to go without a fight. They banded together and after months of wrangling finally brought the building in May 2016.

A massive restoration project was launched with the view to preserve the history of the pub whilst giving it a new lease of life. Saving the building was the first port of call but also creating something new and exciting was key. Walls have been taken out, a new kitchen built, a function room created and perhaps most memorably a roof terrace has been erected. All to enhance your drinking and dining experience. Added to that a new snug and luxury toilets which means it’s become the destination pub of choice.

Property developer Mark Ronan is one of the investors and his company carried out the renovation; ‘The building was in a poor state so we basically stripped it back to the bare bones and started again. This gave us the freedom to reimagine the space and create a pub people want to drink and dine in today.’

Over the last 12 months regular customers have returned and told stories of when the snug used to be known as the ‘Bull Pen’ which hosted many a game of dominos into the small hours. New visitors have come from near and far to check out how a pub with its roots firmly embedded in the history of a village, can modernise and still be successful.

‘I can’t tell you how many locals have come up to me in the pub and thanked us for saving it. It’s always been somewhere for friends and families to meet and socialise and now that can continue for years to come.’ James Hampshire, director.

Real ale is at the heart of what the pub stands for and with so many microbreweries popping up, it was important to source this locally. Landlord Martyn Scofield is renowned for his knowledge of all things hoppy and he’s selected a range with a wide appeal; ‘There are eight different beers to choose from with five of those rotating regularly. Most of our ales come from local breweries including Small World Beers and Mallinson’s Brewing Co plus we also have our own exclusively brewed beer from Here Be Monsters of Holmfirth; Dunkirk Spirit.’

Food has become popular with visitors as it focuses on local produce, cooked well. Co-owner Toby Foster is a real foodie; ‘We wanted somewhere that had a good foundation menu but also offered daily seasonal specials. Clearly good value for money is essential for any pub too!’

But what of the future? David Kernahan says this is just the beginning; ‘Initially we wanted a good local with good beer and good food that wouldn’t break the bank. So far that formula has worked for us and so we’ll continue to offer quality but at an affordable price. We’re now looking forward to a busy Christmas and a successful 2018 when we’ll welcome old and new customers alike.’

With 27 pubs closing every week it’s reassuring to know that a friendly local can survive the competitive times in which we live.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said; “It’s fantastic to see a Yorkshire business thriving and I’m so pleased to hear The Dunkirk has a strong place both in its community and with visitors to the county. Long may their success continue.”

 

Faster Fitness Solutions Free Taster Week

Faster Fitness Solutions in Denby Dale will be launching a free taster week on Monday 6th November on their semi-private personal training programs.

These focused sessions will have no more than 4 people on each.

Ladies sessions run Monday to Thursday at 6:15pm

Men’s sessions are Monday to Thursday at 5:15pm and 7:15pm

Both programs come with full nutrition support and home video workouts.

Take a look at their website for both of the programs for more detail –

Men’s Program – https://www.fasterfityorkshire.com/menstrengthconditioningprogram

Ladies Program – https://www.fasterfityorkshire.com/ladiesonlypersonaltraining

 

Check out the event listing on our online calendar – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/events/free-training-whole-week/

Please get in touch with Darren at Faster Fitness Solutions to find out more information and book your place!

darren@fasterfitnesssolutions.co.uk or call 07834616197

 

Making paste is a tasty business

Our next networking event will be on Tuesday 14th November.

Joining us at the Coffee Loft in Scissett, Krishna Patel, of Dilishque Curry Paste, Your Indian Pantry in a Pot, will share with you her story of how a curry paste that was originally made for her has now become a family business.

Dilishque Curry PasteResearch shows that to capture attention and gain shelf space; large manufactures are mimicking smaller nostalgic traditional brands. Krishna say’s “We have the knowledge and patience for blending spices which has been passed down through generations establishing a strong heritage.” However, this versatile curry paste was not originally made for commercial use.

The challenges that Krishna and her mother faced when producing homemade meals has led to the product they have today and help solve some of their customers and consumers challenges:

  • Knowledge of blending spices and creating an authentic tasting curry
  • Lack of time – planning meals, shopping for individual ingredients and cooking

With 23 million curry lovers in the UK, Dilishque Curry Paste is well placed to solve the challenge of making authentic tasting curries when you are pressed for time.

Since launching in 2015 Dilishque Curry Paste has sold through their website, Food & Drink Festivals and curry demonstrations, where people have a chance to “try before you buy”.

She will explain why it was made and the process of validating the idea and how to use such a versatile product.

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now

Also at the networking event, we will be speed networking; giving you the chance to have a 5 minute conversation with at least half the people in the room.

There will be plenty of opportunity to informally network with the other local businesses in the room.  Towards the end of the meeting there is the chance to have lunch with us, if you wish to, please order on arrival.

Tickets are £10 for non-members and £5 for members

Tuesday 14th November – Coffee Loft and Tapas Bar, Scissett, HD8 9JZ

Book your ticket here – www.HD8networkMMM.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

Before the networking event we will also be holding a free workshop to show you how you can promote your business in the HD8 area.

Booking for the workshop is compulsory and there are limited space.  To book your ticket please visit – www.PromoteonHD8.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

Pennine Breast Screening

 Women aged about 50 to 70 who are registered with a GP in this area will receive their invitation for breast screening soon.

This free health check is available every 3 years and also to those over 70 by request.

NHS breast screeningWhere?

At the Mobile Screening Unit at Skelmanthorpe Health Centre (behind Co-Op)

Invites arrive about 2 weeks before your appointment.  If you have not received an invite by March ’18, please contact us.  If you are unable to keep your screening appointment or you require further information please contact the Screening Unit: Tel 01274 365521/22/23

Whatever age you are, if you are ever worried about any breast problem, please contact your doctor who may refer you for a specialist opinion if necessary.

Breast Screening Saves Lives

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Local Dog Lovers Transform Lives this Dogtober!

This October has been renamed ‘Dogtober’, as local dog lovers are being encouraged to support inspirational charity Dogs for Good in their quest to transform lives!

Barking Mad are proud to support Dogs for Good's Dogtober campaign

Dogtober is the perfect time to celebrate the incredible things that happen when you bring people and dogs together. Dogs for Good, formerly known as Dogs for the Disabled, trains dogs to help children and adults with all sorts of challenges, including autism, physical disabilities, special educational needs and dementia. Every penny raised will go straight to this innovative charity and help with exploring ways dogs can enrich and improve lives and communities.

Mark Abbott of Barking Mad Dog Care Huddersfield & Halifax said “Time and time again we see the emotional and physical effects that dogs have on the members of our host community, who care for our doggy guests whilst their owners are away. These beautiful canine creatures give so much to their human companions on a completely unconditional basis.

It is our understanding of the benefits of dog companionship which has led us to become official supporters of Dogtober and we’d love everyone to join in and have fun whilst raising funds for this fantastic cause.”

If you would like to find out more about joining in with Dogtober or if you would be interested in having a friendly dog to stay at a time to suit you, with 24/7 support and advice, please call Mark on 01484 599420 or 07808328320.

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.

The 10-minute Marketing Plan

Sayers Solutions will be the speaker at this month’s HD8 Network’s Mid-Month Meet Up business networking event on the 11th October at the Coffee Loft in Scissett and will be discussing the “10-minute Marketing Plan”.

Merewyn Sayers at Solutions SolutionsMerewyn Sayers, the owner of Sayers Solutions, will be showing small business owners the vital parts of the marketing plan which should not be overlooked.  Merewyn says, “When people approach marketing, then head straight for the promotion elements, however there is a lot more that needs to be established beforehand”.  The 10-minute Marketing Plan is intended to help busy business owners balance the time-poor day to day running of the business with the need to be strategic and plan for the future and not depend on being hand to mouth”.

Merewyn adds “It is unrealistic for small business owners to spend months solely on their marketing plan, ignoring the running of their business, especially when the plan is neglected after its completed.  A marketing plan should be a living document, and whilst this session demonstrates you can have a marketing plan in 10 minutes, it also reinforces the point that you should be spending 10 minutes on your marketing plan each week”.

Sayers Solutions works with small businesses to help them be better at what they do.  Essentially Merewyn becomes your marketing manager – one of her clients refers to her as their “head of marketing” – this can be on a weekly basis or a one-off training workshop and anything in between.

Whilst Sayers Solutions urges clients to think strategically and understand their offering, as well as their client’s needs, they also implement tactics and campaigns.  This can sometimes involve working with partners who specialise is certain areas, at the customers discretion.

Merewyn also setup the HD8 Network 4 years ago, as she identified the need for a platform for local businesses and residents to communicate and promote the activities in the area.

Before the networking event there will also be a workshop for local businesses to find out more about the HD8 Network and how they can use it to promote their business.  This is a free workshop, however places are limited and so booking is essential.

To book your tickets for either the networking event or workshop please visit www.HD8network.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Merewyn on 07790705223.  Alternatively you can visit the website www.HD8network.co.uk or connect on social media www.HD8network.co.uk/contact-us/social-media-communities/

 

The end of the season

The first season for the Clayton West branch of Incredible Edible has now come to an end.

Clayton West Incredible Edible is a fledgling community group who came together to plant, harvest and share fruit and vegetables grown in Cliffe Woods in Clayton West, and there is a chance that their activities will extend to other public areas of the village in the future.

Several raised boxes and beds have been created by the group amongst the gardens in Cliffe Woods and over the past few months they have grown potatoes, french runner beans, onions, carrots, tomatoes, kale and garlic and there is space for them to diversify and expand the planting areas for next year.

The community group have also recently won a bid to buy and  plant a “Foraging walk”, which will be an avenue of diverse variety espalier fruit trees and soft fruit bushes.

One of the hopes for the project is to be considered as a community wide allotment, without the waiting list!

Clayton West Incredible Edible are now appealing for and wish to encourage green fingered, fresh air loving people to join in and enjoy the social side and share their skills, and then take a share of the harvest. If this is of interest to you, please call Claire Westwood on 01484 862526 or 07547155358 during evening times.

Pub patrons swap a pint for a putter in aid of Kirkwood Hospice

Dunkirk Charity Golf Day ChequePatrons from the Dunkirk in Denby Dale pub have raised over £1,500 to celebrate 30 years of Kirkwood Hospice.

Local couple Paula and Graham Summerscales have become regulars in The Dunkirk since it re-opened in November last year, following a complete renovation. They decided to rally their fellow drinkers for a charity golf day to help boost the coffers of the hospice.

The teams teed off (23rd July) from Huddersfield Golf Club and not only completed the 18 holes but took part in mini competitions throughout the day to raise even more money. ‘Hit the Green’ was one of the most popular events.

The golfers returned to The Dunkirk afterwards for supper, a raffle and the prize giving ceremony, with the winning team accepting their rose bowl with pride.

Graham was thrilled with how the event turned out; ‘It was a great day and although we all had fun, everybody genuinely wanted to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice because they help so many local families.’

Whilst the golfers did their bit on the course, back at the pub staff and customers weren’t resting on their laurels. Logoed t-shirts were worn and collection tubs handed round throughout the weekend, many gave generously to support the fantastic work being done by the charity in Dalton.

Dunkirk Golf Winning Team

Landlord Martyn Scofield says regulars wanted to show their support; ‘Not everyone could take part in the golf day but I was surprised by how many people came into the pub that weekend and donated. The staff were great and wore their t-shirts with pride. This is an amazing local charity and I hope the money raised will help.’

On Monday 7th August Nicola Barber, Kirkwood Hospice Community Fundraiser, visited the pub to accept the cheque; ‘It was great to be a part of The Dunkirk Golf Day. It was lovely to meet Graham, Paula and all involved in making this day a great success. I felt so overwhelmed to hear how much they had raised on the day and have continued to raise since the event through collection tins. The support of the community means so much to Kirkwood and without people like Graham, we couldn’t continue providing the best standard of care and support to our patients and their families at Kirkwood Hospice.’

 

Find out more about the Dunkirk by visiting their business listing here – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/the-dunkirk/

Or check out one of their many events that they hold by visiting our online events calendar.

 

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