New role for Rachel Devereux

In her new role, Rachel Devereux helps people by coaching them to healthier lives – from avoiding or recovering from illness, to reducing overwhelm & anxiety.

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/

Find her on Facebook – ENJO UK with Rachel Devereux, Rachel Devereux or Slinglibrary.com

Website: www.racheldevereux.com

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.

New Listing – Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies

At Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies, your Celebrant will create a unique ceremony from scratch.

One that truly reflects you as a couple. It can be light hearted, humorous, formal or simple and will perfectly suit you as a couple.

Having a Celebrant led Wedding Ceremony means you have complete flexibility over your venue – anywhere, anytime.

With so many hidden gems, stunning private estates, beautiful outdoor locations, unlicensed and licensed venues out there, a Celebrant offers you the chance to have your wedding in any location you find and love.

As well as a listing on the HD8 Network, Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies has also created a new category on the HD8 Network directory listings– Weddings and other life celebrations.

We can’t believe this category hasn’t been created before!  We have HD8 Weddings Facebook Page.

There will be many more businesses in the area that do weddings, birthdays, christenings, funerals, all manner of events.  We will start going through the existing listings, however, can you help?

Can you nominate businesses in the area that fits this category?  Businesses with the most nominations will receive free enhanced listings.

Sign up now and get your businesses listed and optimised ready for the next season.

Meet Gary Wood and Trojan Karate

Hi I am Gary Wood, from Trojan Karate, and I am a 7 Dan Karate instructor and have been training in martial arts and fitness for over 48 years.

Earlier this year Gary Wood opened another location of Trojan Karate in Clayton West.  An Afterschool Karate Club in the Darby and Joan Club, starting at 3.45pm, for one hour on Wednesdays. Check out our online events calendar for more details.

This is a place that your 5-year olds and older can take their first lessons in Karate.

The first session is free.

So, you have nothing to lose trying it out.

As well as Karate, Gary also teaches Judo, Boxercise and is a Personal Fitness Trainer.

During his years of being in the sport he has met and trained with many of martial arts greats and have been all over the world sparring and teaching.

Gary wood is fully qualified N A K M A S governing body // D B S /// First aider and all relevant qualifications

Any questions please phone Gary on 07818437517 or visit his listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/trojan-karate/

 

Effective SEO and Google Ads

Paul Campbell Effective Internet HD8 Network

• 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.

What are you waiting for?  Book your ticket now!

Christmas Parties at Storthes Hall

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.

CHRISTMAS-ADVERT-Storthes Hall Psrk HD8 Network

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.

 

Free CSI sessions for the public in Huddersfield!

Free CSI sessions for the public in Huddersfield!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 hello@thinkforensic.co.uk or telephoning 01484860599.

Expressions of interest can be made by clicking here.

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.

Upper Dearne Woods

The woods between Denby Dale, Birds Edge and Cumberworth.

Upper Dearne WoodsJoin us in some of the most attractive woods in the area.

We are a group of volunteers who look after the woods around the River Dearne below Upper Cumberworth. If you haven’t already discovered them, they are the woods in the valley to your left as you go up the Barnsley Road (A635) from Denby Dale towards the Sovereign, opposite the council waste site.

Most visitors agree with us that these are lovely woods including, as they do, a wide range of different environments, ancient woodland, beech wood, woodland glades, a pond and several streams.

We enjoy working in these woods, usually going down one or two mornings a month for a couple of hours on a weekend. Our working parties are usually both social and working events and we always have a picnic of cake, a hot drink and a chat. Some of us choose to come practically every time, others pop down now and again, but everyone is equally welcome.

The work we do varies- but may include keeping the paths clear of vegetation, modifying the weirs in the river, so trout can swim upstream, dredging the pond or doing works to encourage the wide range of wildlife.

We try to have both gentle and harder tasks to suit everyone.

We have done bird, insect and flower surveys so we can check how the wildlife changes over time.

We also look after Turpin Hill, a wild flower nature reserve on Barnsley Road near the council tip.

We began by concentrating on the wildlife, but are also investigating the history of the woods.

We have discovered that there was probably a previously unknown water mill on the river and are getting skilled help to excavate some of the remains.

We have also discovered that we had late stone age visitors to the site, as we have found one of their flints which dates back to the time of Stonehenge.

We have a website – https://udwcg2.wordpress.com The website tells more about what we do and gives the dates of our activities.

For working parties we normally meet at the top of Greenwood Lane (opposite to the entrance to the council tip). This is at HD8 8NN, and if we come by car we normally park on the side of Barnsley Road. You will see cars parked when you arrive.

We have meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Bird’s Edge Church Hall- Birdsedge Lane HD88XR at 7:30pm.

Come and visit the woods any time, as access is free, and please pop down and see what we do on one of the working parties, or meetings.

You will be very welcome.

Membership packages

Our website and membership packages are designed with marketing in mind.

Our varied digital marketing communication tools enable your business to be seen by people who work, rest and play in and around the HD8 area.

We promote the HD8 Network, and therefore yourself, in many other ways, mixing offline and online marketing techniques.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss purchasing one of the above options then please email info@HD8network.co.uk or telephone 07790705223 now.

Remember if there is something you are interested in which we are not already offering, or you would like to mix and match the benefits we are more than happy to build you a bespoke package.

Our aim is to promote and support the HD8 area, by connecting you with your customers.

Read more about becoming a member

our Top 5 things blog

If I had a top 5 top thing, to celebrate our 5th anniversary, I would have to pick my favourite surprise organisations …

Number one – Boom, it has to be Think Forensics.

Wow what a business.  What a concept.  What an amazing woman behind it.

Number two – The Pigs in the Woods.

I must confess I have never visited or made contact, however I LOVE driving past it.  Perhaps a bit dangerous trying to point out the pigs to the kid while driving …. But makes my heart sing a bit.

Number three – Shepley Spring Festival.

I have stolen the description “a mini Glastonbury”.  I mentioned above, an amazing woman, but this Festival is also a credit to the amazing team work that can pull off an international 3-day music festival year on year, despite council and other funding cuts and other obstacles – including the weather in some years!!

Number four – There are so many that I could choose from it is so hard to single out, but I would have to pick the community amenities –

  1. The community libraries seem to have been a great success and popular and have been an impressive response to “the cuts”.
  2. Emley Community Centre, Football Club and Wentworth rooms was a delight the other year and is an impressive community area with so much potential. However, there are also many other sports and recreation clubs across the HD8 area it seems so harsh to single any out.
  3. Cliffe House is an adventure I know will continue to grow for me. I love the history of it – my MiL (Mother in Law) has stayed here … sorry that’s misleading, she’s not that old – she went on here school trip …. My little one isn’t just old enough for the adventure play equipment, but I can’t wait to give it a try.  I did a stewarding session at Shepley Spring Festival the other year and the acoustics in the stables, I kept being told, where amazing!
  4. Scissett Baths – This has been my second office over the last year … not necessarily working, instead working out. It is great facility, but hard work to get to grips with timetables and the classes are so popular, it’s tricky to book.  You must be dedicated, but the facilities are amazing (not forgetting the history) – and it’s one of the longest pools in Kirklees …
  5. Now I am torn between the great facilities for kids or just plummeting for Springfield Mills; especially after Jelly Beans and the transformation she has made (along with support from the other units) …. Leapfrogs too has recently gone through an amazing transformation, as has Kirklees Light Railways – have you been to their outside park in Clayton West recently? And of course, there are the other amazingly run community playgroups, stay and plays, etc, without forgetting the little parks dotted everywhere … However, Spingfield Mills, essentially should be your retail dream … a perfect way to spend your time …. The variety of shops/units in there, the service that is provided (most of the time) the quality and variety that is available, however ….

Number five – I have run out of numbers! Can I lump together in one all the other amazing organisations in the area?

  1. The back-bedroom businesses
  2. The (wo)man with a van services that keep our house, gardens, family and all other sorts of elements in our lives and business in working order
  3. The shops, beauticians, restaurants and entertainment activities, as well as events
  4. The employers, the national and international companies, the manufacturers, fabricators, engineers, ecommerce …
  5. The non-profit organisations that organise our social lives

Wow, I never thought it was going to be so hard to leave out so much.  My mind is racing with the number of organisations and people that I haven’t mentioned, however I mean no offence when I do so.

Can you do better?  What are your top 5?

It doesn’t have to be so far reaching as mine #coverallangels #anglesaswell

Post on our social media, email your articles to info@HD8network.co.uk or just generally tell people what is great and what is happening in the area.

5th anniversary celebration event

This year to mark our 5th anniversary we are holding a celebration at the Dunkirk Inn on 18th July from 7pm.

We have been receiving donations for raffle prizes – so if you are a business and want to donate something in return for coverage and promotion please get in touch.

If you would like raffle tickets but cannot attend the event, please see –

  • the Eventbrite page and buy a ticket *link
  • me in person
  • or one of the volunteered contacts in your community … details coming soon –
    • if you want to be one of those – you could be a ‘mum’ at school or ‘dad’ at sports drop off (sorry to be gender specific) an organiser or participator of a community group, popular, prominent figure etc – and want to help out, please get in touch.

We’d love it if you would be able to attend and have a drink with us at the Dunkirk and have a summer socialable evening (weather permitting on their roof terrace).

This is not a business networking event – if you want to promote your business we will give you a sticker for people to recognise this and maybe space for promotional material and pop up banner, but this is not a sales event!

This event is for those who work, rest AND play here.

It is to celebrate the area and hopefully raise a toast to the HD8 Network and our 5th anniversary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Book your ticket here

 

#yourtop5

As we are celebrating our 5th anniversary this year, the HD8 Network ask for your top 5.

Whether this is 5 reasons why you love work, rest or play in HD8, the top features of your event or business, the groups you belong to, the activities you are involved in.

5 best/recent pictures you have taken of the area.

Be as imaginative as you like ….

 

Help us celebrate 5 years, by sharing wonderful, positive stuff about the HD8 area.

Feel free to

  • Post in the HD8 Network groups that you are members of and maybe mention or tag contacts where possible.
  • Write and email info@HD8Network.co.uk your blog articles, that we can post in our news section, as well as post links to (the news article) from our social media.

We look forward to hearing your top 5!

Read our top 5 coming soon …

Denby Professionals

Denby Professionals is shaking up the services of the recruitment industry.

They offer permanent vacancy recruitment support or work as an inhouse support for all your recruitment needs, whether it is one vacancy a year or one vacancy a week, they can help.

Recruitment should not be costly and time draining element for a company, talk to Denby Professionals today to find out how they can help for your current roles or future planning. louise@denbyprofessionals.com

Denby Professionals have also kindly become admin of the HD8 jobs Facebook group.  So if you are looking for positions to be filled, then please also visit our Facebook Group.

 

Denby Professionals will offer all HD8 members a 20% discount on all your recruitment needs throughout 2018! Plus a free consultation on recruitment plans and growth for all members.

 

Check out our directory page for other businesses listed in the HD8 and surrounding areas.

Reduce your Toxic Load

What happens when a nurse has babies, and discovers just how toxic the world is?

Reduce your toxin level From what we eat, what we pop on our skin, what we wash our clothes in. It becomes quite an overwhelming prospect to figure it all out.

The plastic pollution, the cancer causing baby powder, the list is endless and each rabbit warren leads you to another.

Rachel Devereux has devised an hours class for you to think about your home. To think about how we live, and what steps are practical and reasonable to take. We don’t have to take them all.

She is working on creating healthy futures, ones where we can look back and be grateful we tried all we could to have healthier, happy homes.

Rachel is a registered nurse, chronic illness specialist, cleaning consultant and baby wearing educator.
She cares for you, naturally. From helping families navigate the birth of their child, to planning that healthy, active 30 year retirement.

BOOK NOW at https://10to8.com/book/famdyh-free/476110

Or contact Rachel Devereux – ENJO Consultant – Huddersfield – HD8 – 07835 623617

Like Rachel Devereux Facebook Page, or join in her private group.
https://www.facebook.com/ENJO-UK-with-Rachel-Devereux-Page-237528430089235/?modal=media_composer

Ask Rachel Devereux about earning your own income and achieving your own ENJOlife.

 

Find out more about Rachel Devereux by visiting her listing on our business directory – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/rachel-devereux/

Bringing Your Dog to Work is far From Barking Mad!

Barking Mad Prince with Mum BrendaIn today’s pet friendly climate, dogs appear to be being made welcome in more ways than ever.

Fancy a coffee with your pooch in tow? – Just visit a dog friendly café.

Want to book a holiday? – You will be astounded at the sheer volume of accommodation that now welcomes our four legged friends.

There are limits however, or are there? Some forward thinking companies, such as Google, are now allowing employees to bring sociable dogs to work in their head-quarters all year round, a sentiment endorsed by local dog sitters, Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax whose dogs Bertie, Basil, Ollie, Oscar & Daisy May plays a real role in their business.

For everyone else, whose employers might not normally be so dog friendly, the UK’s fifth official Bring Your Dog to Work Day will take place on Friday 22nd June, encouraging businesses to welcome employees’ canine companions into the workplace just for one day, to raise money for charity.

The event was founded by and is organised by ethical dog grooming product company, HOWND and aims to raise money for All Dogs Matter, Animals Asia and other charities chosen by participants. www.bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk states, of the benefits of taking part:

“Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets.”

A study published by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management (2010) adds weight to this argument, by concluding that the presence of dogs in the work place even had a positive effect on those employees who didn’t have a dog of their own.

As you might expect, 5* rated dog sitters, Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax are a huge advocate and official sponsor of the special day. Owner/operator, Mark Abbott says: “We love the idea of being able to take your four legged best friend to work with you. Bring Your Dog to Work Day is a fantastic way to raise funds for animal charities and promote the positive effects of spending time with dogs.

We would also like to make people aware that if you don’t currently have a dog of your own and feel like you are missing out on companionship, exercise and fun, we offer a volunteer opportunity to be a host for dogs whose owners on holiday. Our hosts experience all the benefits of dog ownership without the full time commitment and with the reassurance of 24/7 support. Insurance, administration and transport are also all taken care of. We’d love to chat to you on -1484 599420 if you feel that this opportunity could benefit your life.”

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.

Village pub gets shortlisted as Yorkshire’s favourite pub

The Dunkirk in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire is one of eighteen finalists in Welcome to Yorkshire’s search for the best pub in the county.

The first round saw thousands of votes and a whooping 800 pubs nominated but The Dunkirk beat off the competition to emerge on the shortlist.

It’s come a long way in 18 months after being at risk of potentially being turned into a housing development, to now representing all that’s great about a Yorkshire country pub.

Although the building dates back to the dooms day book, its current form has only been open since November 2016, following a massive restoration project.

It was brought by four Yorkshiremen who didn’t want to see this community asset go, but rather make it thrive and become the centre of village life.

James Hampshire is thrilled to make it onto the shortlist; ‘It’s a testament to how far we’ve come in the last 18 months and the hard work of our whole team. The great thing about this competition is the votes come from our customers and we want to thank them for their support. We’re looking forward to finding out the final result in July.’

With an extensive real ale selection from micro-breweries around the County, a Yorkshire Gin List, locally sourced produce on the food menu, it really is a pub that celebrates its Yorkshire location.

Their customers certainly think so and have voted in their droves to make sure The Dunkirk has the best possible chance of being named Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub.

The next stage of voting closes on 25th June and the winner will be announced at the Great Yorkshire Show on 10th July.

To vote go to: Yorkshire.com/pub

Faster Running Boot Camp

Wednesdays 7:15pm FIRST SESSION IS FREE (£25/month)

ATTENTION RUNNERS!

This is not you average running session. Unlike other running programs, here you will be coached every step of the way to help you improve your technique, get stronger, faster and more injury resistant.

1 in every 2 runners will pick up and injury on an annual basis. This is because:

> Inefficient technique
> Lack of programming knowledge
> Lack of strength and basic movement fundamentals
> Poor or no warm up

Wouldn’t it be great if there was somewhere local where you can learn all of these things? Work with a coach that has helped loads of people get over running injuries and improve their running performance?

Faster Fitness Solutions LADIES STRETCHWell now there is, so if you would like to learn how to run with great technique, develop functional running strength and flexibility and have fun with other like-minded runners then this could be for you.

I am opening up 5-10 spaces for people to come and try out a session. If you would like to book a place, get in touch via PM. It doesn’t matter if you are are a complete novice or a seasoned runner, the focus is on making improvements

So get in touch via the website to avoid disappointment

http://www.fasterfitnesssolutions.com/faster-running-bootcamp.html

 

Alcatel Rainbow – The ‘Relationship Machine’

If you don’t know what Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) is, or are unsure about what it can do for your business, then Direct Voice and Data – based in Skelmanthorpe – believe it’s time for you to get up to speed and take advantage of its benefits and capabilities.

UCaaS applications are services that provide multiple ways to communicate with people in a multimedia environment. Through their Instant Messaging, Voice calling and Video Conferencing functionalities they enable you to connect with internal members of your organisation as well as those outside of your immediate communication network.

The UCaaS market is growing. Recent research published in the MarketsandMarkets comprehensive 2013-2018 UCaaS report indicates that 2014 represented the beginning of the technology’s widespread adoption. This rise is no surprise, given the need for businesses to support an increasing number of communication channels and interactions, without committing to a corresponding increase in investment. You see, most of the UCaaS platforms such as Rainbow offer a free standard set of features, with more advanced ones charged at a low subscription rate.

What is Rainbow?

Rainbow is a business grade messaging platform that allows you to communicate effectively with people inside and outside of your organisation. At its base and FREE level it provides you with:
• Instant messaging with built in photo and document sharing capabilities
• Multi-platform applications (Windows, iOS, Android) and a web browser version (allowing you to easily communicate from any device)
• Point to Point Audio and Video Calling from mobile or desktop
• Project or Team spaces in the form of ‘Bubbles’, allowing all project stakeholders to converse and share resources in a dedicated space
• We can white-label the Rainbow platform with your company information/logos to provide a seamless look and encourage employee adoption.

Is Rainbow a Good Fit for your business?

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions then Direct Voice and Data believe that Rainbow could provide your business with the route to benefiting from unified communication sooner than you may have expected:
1. You need access to the latest communications but don’t have the capital budget or in house resource to implement a solution. This may be underpinned by a need to improve productivity or customer service, or by a time-limited event such as a merger, acquisition or the opening/closing of an office.
2. You are currently using another product such as WhatsApp or Facebook chat for business communication, but are worried that it is not professionally secure, or that it doesn’t draw a line between business and personal usage.
3. You and/or your organisation work collaboratively with others on projects on a daily basis. Rainbow offers you the ability to create ‘bubbles’, project-specific spaces that facilitate communication between stakeholders, and allow resources to be shared between all participants.

If you are interested in using Rainbow in your business please feel free to contact Direct Voice and Data. They would be happy to demonstrate the product for you, as well as get you signed up with your FREE licenses. Direct Voice and Data also offer a low cost management service for this product.

 

Direct Voice and Data have kindly agreed to be our speaker at our Mid Month Meetup in May, where you will get an insight of who they are and the products and services they can offer you to make you a more effective business.  To book your tickets please visit www.HD8networkMMM-May.Eventbrite.co.uk

We love The Venue

OMG it was amazing!

Wow wow wow! We fell in love with the Venue last year but couldn’t find mutually agreeable dates.  However …..

Our first meeting at The Venue yesterday was amazing!

All the attendees said how easy it was to get to, how much free parking was available and what a wonderful setting it was; both the leafy peaceful grounds that is just 10 minutes from Town or from the far reaches of HD8 area, as well as the multipurpose modern and clean facilities.

One of our regular and loyal attendees said, “That is was the MOST useful meeting I have been to in the past 4 years” (just to clarify, she wasn’t saying the others hadn’t been … she wouldn’t come almost every month if that was the case!).

So, what are you waiting for?  Put the future dates in your diary and get your tickets booked!

(click on the underlined dates to book your tickets)

We are looking forward to seeing you at one (and many) of our networking events!

 

But remember, networking is not the only thing we do!

We offer you a range of ways for you to promote your business

Events Calendar
Online Business Directory
News Platform
Social Media Channels
Email Marketing
And many many more possibilities

Find out about our listing and membership opportunities or contact us to discuss your bespoke package.

It’s the Venue for HD8 Network Mid Month Meetups

We have a new venue for our informal and friendly business networking events, which are focused on making and building relationships in the local area.

The next Mid Month Meetup event, on 13th March 2018 between 12 and 2pm, will be at The Venue within Storthes Hall Park, with our usual speed networking sessions and a welcome talk from The Venue.

Book your tickets now – www.HD8NetworkMMM-March.Eventbrite.co.uk

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet Up

The Venue at Storthes Hall Park underwent a major refurbishment project 18 month back costing 3/4million pounds.

The Venue dominates a large standalone building over two floors, comprising of a bar, cinema, eGaming room, large function area and two smaller activity areas with table tennis and pool available, and that’s only downstairs!

Essentially a student café bar, the Venue provides areas upstairs where computers and meeting rooms can be used, for studies as well as being rented out to the business community.

The Venue is also used by many dog walkers and people exploring the vast area covered within the park.

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet UpThere is plenty of parking and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, however you are no more than 15 minutes out of town or from the other far reaching areas of the HD8 postcode. It is one of the many hidden jewels of the area which the HD8 Network strive to reveal.

The buildings that greet you as you drive into the park, before you reach the Venue, is the accommodation for the Huddersfield University students and along a long roadway opposite the Venue, lives Shelley Football fields and Stafflex Arena.

The Venue has also been used by the team at AD:VENTURE to deliver some of their business growth workshop sessions.

Discussions had taken place between the Venue and HD8 Network last year, however diaries were clashing, and a consistent pattern of dates could not be agreed. Around the same time the Coffee Loft became available and have perfectly suited the Meetup since. However, having the room to grow has become a key objective for the HD8 Network’s future. Merewyn says “The Coffee Loft have been so accommodating and the Christmas Tapas lunch we had was divine. It will be a shame not to have the excuse to visit regularly, however it will drive us to support them in a variety of different ways, enabling others to receive their warmth of greeting and service.”

The proven format will remain the same for the Mid Month Meetups

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet Up

Businesses will be paired off for the Speed Networking sessions, each having 5-6 minutes to introduce their business and let others know about their advancements and offers. This structured approach brings energy to the room and helps you identify quickly whether you want to follow up the conversation at another time.

Everyone gets to have conversations with at least half of the people in the room – on occasion this can go into extra time, but the organiser refers to it as ‘Carnage’.

Pairs are managed by a timekeeper ringing a bell to indicate the halfway point – where most people swap talkers – and a whistle signally for the ‘mover’ to rotate to their next candidate.

This type of networking gets you engaged without having to stand up and perfect, or not, your public speaking skills.

The HD8 Network also bring interesting and useful speakers to the Mid Month Meetup networking event, which also allows members the opportunity to provide a ten-minute overview of their business. This month it seems fitting that the spotlight will be on Storthes Hall Park and the Venue.

Before the Mid Month Meetup delegates are invited to a peer to peer workshop, to help them discover the news stories they want to tell people about. Merewyn says, “Our workshops explaining the membership and ways people could use our offering were well received, showing a desire to learn more. And there seems to be a real buzz at the moment about peer to peer support with many success stories evolving from this experience. The HD8 Network are focused on creating a culture of collaboration and peer support. It’s about supporting the local economy and making where we work, rest and play a better place … even more than it is now, which is already amazing.”

“There are many people who live in the area and commute far for work, and many that live far away however commute here for work. One of the visions for the HD8 Network is to challenge that balance and reduce travel time and congestion, freeing up more time for rest and play, inviting more visitors to the area and supporting the wonderful leisure, retail and food organisations here”.

The HD8 Network online events calendar and social media communities, as well as the e-newsletter, news blogs and business directory make this all possible.

For most, it is free at the point of service, however for businesses wanting to reach more people and develop their profile there is a small charge to help cover running costs and develop the platform into something that delivers the service that makes your life more fun, easier and local.

To find out about membership and listing oppportunities please visit – www.HD8Network.co.uk/Join/

But don’t forget to book your tickets now

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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.