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!

In 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

www.HD8NetworkMMM-March.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

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.”