Government grants for businesses in Kirklees – update

Kirklees Council has had a fantastic response from local businesses seeking to draw down a Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant as part of the Government’s COVID-19 support package.

As of this morning over 4,300 grant applications have been submitted.

Council staff are working hard to process the submissions, undertake any checks required by Government and get payments out as soon as possible.

BACS payments will commence later today and will continue on a daily basis until all of the grants have been paid.

However, we know that many more Kirklees businesses are eligible for a grant

Please would appreciate you could share this article within your local networks to make sure all businesses receive support as soon as possible.

Further information and the online application form is available at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants at business.rates@kirklees.gov.uk although regrettably it is not possible to answer queries about the timing of individual payments due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries.

Help businesses in Kirklees apply for Government coronavirus grants

The Government has announced details of a package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

This week Kirklees Council has written to all businesses in Kirklees who are eligible for either the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Small Business Grant to let them know that they need to complete an online form on the Council website in order to ensure payment as swiftly and securely as possible at the beginning of April. Further information and the online form is available here: www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

However, we are aware that, due to the current situation, many business owners are not at their business premises and therefore may not see this letter immediately.  We would therefore be grateful if you could share this message via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants or their application at business.rates@kirklees.gov.uk.

Coronavirus – help and advice for businesses in Kirklees

Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors. We are committed to working together with key partners in the private sector to maintain jobs and investment.

As you will know the Government has announced a package of targeted measures to support businesses during this period, including a job retention scheme; business rate reliefs and grants for small businesses and firms in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors; support for Statutory Sick Pay for SMEs; and loan finance via the Bank of England and British Business Bank.

Full details can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

These pages are updated regularly with the latest information so please do refer back to the website frequently.

The Council is currently writing to all businesses and premises that are eligible for the Business Rates Relief Grant; please refer to the website for any updates on this.

Kind regards

Kirklees Council Business Team

Coronavirus – Kirklees Council Community Response – Holmfirth/Kirkburton/Denby Dale

Its Lawrence here from the Community Hubs team at Kirklees Council.

I just wanted to give you an update on how the Council will be working to offer support to communities through this period.

We’re working alongside our citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can all support our neighbours and communities over the coming weeks. We’re working especially closely with local voluntary sector organisations through our partners at Volunteering Kirklees (part of Third Sector Leaders).

Together we’ve developed a co-ordinated Community Response, including a Kirklees Council helpline and online forms that anyone can use to either request help, or to offer support to others. Our response teams in local places will be matching requests for help with offers of support, so that we can work together to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

Anyone can let us know about the things they need help with, or that someone who they are concerned about might need help with. Individuals, organisations and businesses can also tell us about the support they may be able to offer to others, via the forms and number below.

The helpline is managed by Kirklees Direct and opened at 9am on Wednesday 25th March. It will initially be open from 8am to 6pm weekdays. We will review this daily. Citizens and organisations can share information with us online at any time.

Also, locally, the key community organisations offering and coordinating community support are:

  • Holme Valley:

Holme Valley Mutual Aid Community Group.

Tel: 01484 212056

E: support@holmevalleymutualaid.co.uk

Info: www.holmevalleymutualaid.co.uk.

  • Denby Dale/Kirkburton:

Denby Dale Centre

Tel: 00441484860077

E: hello@ddc.org.uk

Info: https://www.ddc.org.uk/virus

If you are a local organisation that is either offering support, or are aware of support being offered locally by individuals, organisations, or businesses, it’s crucial that we are aware of this so we can factor that in into finding the right support on the ground, so I’d ask you to please fill out the form following the link above. Also, feel free to let me know directly, so I have a better overview of local groups offering support, and I can feed this in on the ground. It would also be advisable to make contact with either of the local key community organisations, to ensure coordination of efforts as much as possible.

Please can you share this information through your networks.

Thank you all for all of your efforts to support your communities so far.

Do not hesitate to get in contact with any further questions or issues.

 

Best wishes to you all,

Lawrence Dodd

Community Hub Co-ordinator – Holmfirth Family Hub and The Bridge Hub

Kirklees Community Hubs Team

Online Business Directories

Getting exposure online for your business is more vital than ever and one of the most effective ways available remains to be business directories.

HD8 Network Directory Listing

The information age has given you numerous ways to reach your customers that literally did not exist a decade ago, and the online directory listing is one of them.

A company directory listing is a method that stands the test of time and has evolved with the technology around us.  However now instead of listing your business in the big and bulky hard copies of the Yellow Pages or the ‘local’ magazines delivered through your door, the online directory listing is what you should be taking advantage of, whether you are a large or small, B2B or B2C business.

Putting the required information at the fingertips of the now internet savvy customer.

So first off, what is an online directory listing?

This is a record, on a website, which provides your company information. Normally this information would include contact details, generally have links to your own website or social media, and sometimes include descriptions.

Different directories have varying offerings; at the HD8 Network we offer 2 types of directory listings – Basic and Enhanced.

HD8 Network Business directory listing - basic entry - Gemma Favager - Travel CounsellorsBoth of our types of listings include company name, contact details, an image, a brief description and links to website and social media.

Whereas our enhanced listing has space for more description and images, has a larger more visual presence at the top half of the directory page on the website and has more chance of appearing on other pages throughout the website – including individual village pages (for example Denby Dale – click here to see an example)

So, why should you use Online Directories?

Online directories provide you with backlinks to your own website, they are extremely cost and time effective ways to increase your visibility, exposure and discoverability and can improve reputation as well as facilitate reviews and recommendations. But it is imperative that you keep the information there present and up to date!

Backlinks

One of the most important features that online directories, like the HD8 Network, offers you is high-quality backlinks to your website.

HD8 Network Business directory listing - Designed by TreeBacklinks are links that take people to your website.

Backlinks from reputable online directories improve your SEO, because online directory listings generally have a high domain authority.

In simple terms;  high-ranking websites + links to your company website = great for SEO.

On top of general links to your website, the HD8 Network also offer you the ability to add a Call to Action button, which you can update.  This is aimed to direct website visitors to a particular place which is bespoke to you.  Here are some of the examples used on the HD8 Network directory listings

The time, effort, and money involved (which is generally minimal) to gain such valuable backlinks will help you to reap the SEO benefits of links from reputable and high-ranking websites.

Quick and Cost Effective

HD8 Network Business Directory Sign up formThis leads us on to our next point. The process of uploading your details to an online directory is generally a very quick and easy way of gaining exposure for your business – especially when creating a listing on the HD8 Network website.

When you initially create your listing on the HD8 Network, we only ask the very basic information, giving you the option to send on descriptions and images if you want to enhance your exposure.

Within a short time (could be a matter of hours or even minutes if I’m able to juggle the current home-schooling/working from home situation) your listing will be live and available for people to find you.

Visibility

Get a free business listing on the HD8 NetworkMany buyers prefer to use online directories because the information is usually more objective and concise than marketing copy.

They also use this method as it increases the chances of finding companies relevant to their needs. The HD8 Network assists the searcher to find products and services in and around the HD8 area and supports the ethos of local.

Boosting your visibility online will increase the likelihood that you will get found and your (potential) customers will be able to find your company details, resulting in more business for you!

Improved Reputation

Your business reputation will also be strengthened by using online directory listings.

Directory Listings can also be seen as a seal of approval and a trusted source of information – the HD8 Network try to carry out credibility checks on the businesses who take up membership – and by having a listing on there, it tells potential onlookers that you are also trustworthy, and your business is a high quality one.

Reviews and Recommendations

Social media buttonsThe HD8 Network also provides a plethora of social media platforms, which enables your customers to review and recommend your business, which is an important part of improving your reputation and trustworthiness.

Allowing people to review your company online shows that you value their opinion and you are interested in what your audience think, helping you to build and maintain a positive brand image.

It also helps to show that you are not a fraudulent firm and you are serious about what you do.

Having your business listed on a directory, can also help people to share your details with others online.

Up to date and current

However, a word of warning! It is vital for you to make sure you keep your details present and correct on the listings. We would urge you to keep a record of all the places that you appear and have a directory listing.

It is important to make changes to all the listings that you have when you have a change of circumstance. These could include and are not exclusive to – phone numbers, URLs, and addresses.

This seems so obvious, but there is nothing more frustrating for searchers to find out of date information. It is also not just a waste of time (and money) for you as it just defeats the point but can also actually be detrimental to your business!

In conclusion there are so many benefits for using online business directories for both SMEs and large enterprises alike.

An online business directory like the HD8 Network is absolutely an opportunity that you should be taking advantage of, especially as there are so many other costly and time-consuming methods of marketing available in business today.
They are a cost-effective, time-effective method to increase the reach of your business and a great way to improve your overall brand trustworthiness as well as strengthen your reputation.

Increase the visibility of your business, building backlinks and improved reputation by signing up to become a member of the HD8 Network.

In light of the difficulties that the Coronavirus is creating for local businesses, the HD8 Network would like to offer you FREE Bronze membership (or discount against Silver or Gold membership).

To take advantage of this please use ‘CORONA’ on the sign up page.

Go to www.HD8Network.co.uk/join/ , select the package for you and then click “sign up now”.

Listings will be published as soon as possible (with allowances for homeschooling)

Stay safe people and let me know if you would like to discuss the options

Coronavirus – Help and Advice for Businesses

Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors.

It is important that we provide consistent and up to date information to enable businesses to access the support available – and to reach as many affected businesses as we can.

I would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached flyer to your members.

It provides an overview of the support package, a link to the Council website which is being regularly updated and the relevant contact details.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Business Team.

 

Flood support in West Yorkshire

FSB Members will have recently received this information by email about the recent flooding and the support available for small businesses affected

Following the flooding incidents that have followed Storm Ciara over the weekend, local authorities are working to help businesses and communities. 

If your business has been affected there is some practical advice from the FSB about what you can do before, during and after a flood.

If you are affected in any way the following details may be of use.

Get help: The Environment Agency has specially trained Flood Support Officers across the country who provide information and advice during and after floods. Call Floodline (24-hour service) on 0345 988 1188.

Check the Government’s National Flood Forum or speak to a Floodline adviser to find out how to stay safe during a flood, 24/7 on: 0345 988 1188.

You can also report a flood or possible cause of flooding via the Environment Agency incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60.

Insurance: If you have been flooded, contact your insurance company and follow their advice. Members can take advantage of the FSB Insurance Service, including the advice line and business continuity planning kit. For further advice on making claims insurance claims click here. If you haven’t got insurance, the National Flood Forum can offer help and support on 01299 403055 

Prepare for more flooding: Further rainfall is expected in the next 36 hours with weather warnings issued across England. Keep up to date with the government flood alert service.  

Health: If you are concerned about any health related issues following the flooding call the NHS 111 service. In an emergency call 999. 

 

About FSB
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.

Self-Contained, Commercial Office Space Available To Let with car parking

SUITE 16, WESTLEIGH HOUSE, DENBY DALE, HD8 8QJ

Westleigh House is a tastefully restored residence offering individual office suites with excellent onsite car parking.  This ground floor, self-contained suite offers a perfect working environment, consisting of 3 offices plus kitchen and Wc facilities.

 

The property consists of a Reception/office, private office and general office extending to 601 sq ft (55.7 sqm)

Available at £7,000 per annum

 

(Service charge is applicable)

Shepley Spring Festival asks for your support

Shepley Spring Festival 2020

Shepley Spring Festival are asking you to support their Spacehive Fundraising Bid (https://www.spacehive.com/shepley-spring-festival) this week.

By pledging just a small amount you can help make a big difference and make this happen!

In 2019 Shepley Spring Festival moved to a great location just a couple of miles from Shepley to Storthes Hall Park.

The Venue offers a great indoor space ideal for an intimate friendly folk festival.

It is set in secure woodland and offers indoor accommodation as well as extended camping space in 2020.

It is a great place to bring the children for the weekend.

Now Shepley Spring Festival are looking for your support to make the event even more family friendly.

Panic Circus at Shepley Spring FestivalTo help bring back Panic Circus and music workshops for the children, opening up more opportunities for our local community to come along and get involved, the festival is using the ‘Spacehive’ crowdfunding initiative – which will also hopefully receive the needed backing from Kirklees Council – to raise some of the money to pay for these family friendly attractions.

Spacehive support our campaign

However! There is only a week left to raise the funds needed to make this happen.

Click here for details of how you can help – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/shepley-spring-festival-asks-for-your-support/

The Shepley Spring Festival are not asking for large sums of money, just a small pledge from lots of you will make this project part of the 2020 festival!

 

Festival Tickets

Tickets are on sale for Shepley Spring Festival 2020.

Early bird tickets are sold out.

Tier 1 tickets at £90 for the weekend are selling fast.

Youth and student reduced prices, all accompanied children are free.

Get yours now.

Available by post or online.

For details of all the artists booked so far look on Shepley Spring Festival website – www.ShepleySpringFestival.co.uk/artists

 

 

 

Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Fuel the Sleigh

Laura Crane Trust Logo HD8 NetworkCancer does not take time off over Christmas and so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust’s Christmas appeal ‘Fuel the Sleigh’ aims to spread a little cheer to young people forced to spend the holidays in hospital away from their family and loved ones.

The gifts that you donate to the nationwide campaign organised by The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust will be given to young people between 13- and 24-years old spending Christmas in hospitals across the UK to open on Christmas morning

team santa laura crane youth cancer trustGifts wrapped by volunteers are delivered to around 500 young people, being treated at the 43 hospital units nationwide.

In Yorkshire there are only 6 specialist hospitals available for young cancer patients – LGI, St James’, Weston Park, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Royal Hallamshire in Sheffield the Castle Hill Hospital in Hull – meaning that these young people have to travel far for their treatments and are potentially separated from their family and loved ones on Christmas morning.

Over the coming weeks the Laura Crane sleigh will travel from Aberdeen down to Plymouth and across to Dublin and Belfast – covering approximately 5,970 miles. Last year a staggering 1,281 gifts were delivered to patients across the country and the charity are hoping to do the same again this year.

Young people staying at these specialist hospitals will be amongst those receiving a bundle of gifts from the charity including an Amazon voucher, chocolates and a distraction therapy game.

Sarah Dransfield, Ambassador for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, has put together a list of personal gifts, inspired by the gifts she received herself as a teenage cancer patient.

Please use this list to help you buy and donate gifts to support this campaign –
• Cosy gifts such as fluffy socks, slippers and pyjamas, hats, scarves and gloves or microwavable wheat-bag warmers
• Gifts to help pass the time – trivia quiz, card games, adult colouring books, fidget spinners, books, and arts and crafts
• Practical gifts such as power banks – to charge devices or Bluetooth speakers
• Pampering gifts such as wash sets, make-up and beauty products, eyebrow kits or nail-varnish.

HD8 Network Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Pam Thornes, Charity Manager at The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust told us about how the campaign started “We became aware that because teenagers are often treated on adult wards they were missing out on any special surprises at Christmas and certainly weren’t receiving any gifts. All are waking up on Christmas morning in a hospital bed, away from the comfort of home and loved ones.

“Every child, however, deserves to wake up to a special gift at Christmas. And thanks to the ongoing kindness and goodwill of volunteers – and the generosity of all who continue to support the appeal – we are able to make that a reality for the young patients spending the festive season in hospital – a message that we are all thinking of them.”

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK charity focused on funding research specifically into cancers affecting the 13-24 age group. The charity also funds measures to improve the quality of life for these young cancer patients, during their frequent and often debilitating stays in hospital.

Mum, Andrea, whose son received a gift from Laura Crane at Christmas last year explains what it meant to their family: “When my son woke up in hospital on Christmas morning, he was so touched to receive a bag of gifts from your organisation. It not only made being in hospital at Christmas time more bearable, but it also made it feel more special knowing that people were thinking about him and actually cared that he was away from family and friends at a time when he felt most isolated.”

If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign you can do so by making an online donation to the charity’s virtual Christmas Gift tree.

Instead of sending Christmas cards this year why not light up the Laura Crane tree with lights, presents and baubles and your own special Christmas messages.

All donations will go towards buying gifts, wrapping paper and of course fuelling the sleigh.

Companies have the opportunity to become one of the charity’s Corporate Santas and make a real difference this Christmas.

For more information or to make a donation via the virtual Christmas tree visit http://www.lauracranetrust.org/.

or visit their directory listing on the HD8 Network here –

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

 

 

Six week beginner Hatha yoga course

Start your yoga journey with this six week beginner Hatha yoga course starting Monday 6th January 2020.

Hatha Yoga works at a slower pace and works with individual postures so it’s ideal for beginners and those wishing to perfect their practice. Each posture will be broken down so you will learn how to get into them correctly and safely.

Pura Vida HolisticsLearn how to connect your mind with your body, breath and soul by working through beginner asanas (postures) whilst connecting with your breath both statically in postures and also by learning ujjayi breath to ease dynamically from one posture into another and bring a sense of calm to the body.

Each class will begin with some Pranayama (breath work) to arrive, settle and ground you on the mat connecting your mind with your body and your breath followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures) to improve your flexibility, stability, strength and muscle tone. The classes will finish with a guided restorative savasana (relaxation) to awaken your senses and cultivate a calm, steady mind and help you to connect with your inner-self and boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

Benefits of yoga:

*Time and space just for you to relax, rejuvenate and heal

*Support weight management and increase muscle tone

*Boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness

*Increase confidence levels and self awareness

*Increase strength and flexibility

*Cultivate a calm, steady mind

*Increase energy levels

*Aids a restful night’s sleep

*Relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety and mild depression

Investment: £39.00 non refundable, payable in advance.

To book your place call Amanda at Pura Vida.  For contact details please visit Pura Vida listing –   

Pura Vida Holistic Therapies and Yoga

Meetup Speaker

Simon MonaghanWe are pleased to announce that we have a last minute speaker added to our Meetup agenda on November.

Simon Monaghan will be talking to us about common grants available from Leeds LEP, and how we can make grants work for our businesses and our clients.

The world of grants is both confusing and frustrating, and Simon is well-equipped to guide and advise business owner through the ever-changing maze of grant opportunities.

Simon is a well-established business coach primarily operating in West Yorkshire who has 30 years of management experience and entered the world of coaching from a successful family business.

Simon is Leeds-based and over the last seven years he has worked with hundreds of local businesses and has assisted many clients to help fund growth through grants, a service which he now also offers to non-clients.

Book your ticket for our Meetup by visiting – https://hd8networkmeetup-nov.eventbrite.co.uk or it will cost you more on the door.

For more information about our Meetups please visit https://www.hd8network.co.uk/meetup/  or call me on 07790705223.

Light Up The Woods Thank You All

“On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to say a BIG thank you for taking part in this year’s Light up the Woods (LUTW) event. Without you, we wouldn’t have had an event!” said Vicki from Made in Clayton West.
In total Light up the Woods 3 had 26 different community groups, schools, businesses and individuals involved.   Making it a real community event, involving participants from Upper Denby, Skelmanthorpe, Denby Dale, Scissett, Clayton West, Huddersfield and even Chester taking part (Andy with his balloon tether)!

There has already been lots of lovely feedback received and despite the rain, there was still a great turnout!

The organisers felt that this Facebook comment summed it up perfectly and made it all worthwhile – “It was our first time tonight and we thought it was absolutely fantastic! Our children loved finding their lanterns & it made us proud to be part of this community. Thank you so much.”

Made in Clayton West would love it if you were able to send a few words to them about your involvement –

What was your favourite part of being involved in LUTW3?
Could we do anything better?
Besides your own display – did you have a favourite display & why?
What did you think about the early bird preview (between 4.00-6.00pm)?
Any other ideas/thoughts?
Using this information Made in Clayton West plan to put together the words/comments/feedback & share it between everyone involved.

Would you be up for LUTW4?

We hope so!  And we can confirm the HD8 Network will be taking part in some way.  If you are interested in helping us please get in touch and if you are interested in taking part in LUTW4 in your own right please get in touch with Made in Clayton West so they can put your name down on the interested list 🙂

The official video is being edited and will be released shortly.

The official #hashtag for the event was #LUTW3, so if you have posted or planning to post images, please make sure this is included in your post so people can see them.

Office Space Available Westleigh House Hub, Denby Dale

Commercial Office Space Available To Let

WESTLEIGH HOUSE HUB, DENBY DALE, HD8 8QJ

The Westleigh House Hub provides superb newly refurbished office space being creatively decorated and carpeted throughout and has the added benefit of having a superb shared break out area boasting leather sofas, kitchen facilities and luxury Wc facilities. The suites are being offered on a flexible basis and are ready for immediate occupation. Ample on-site car parking is available.

Offices available from £80 per week

 

(Service charge is applicable)

For more details –

Westleigh House, Denby Dale

 

Christmas Parties at The Woodman Inn

This year the Woodman Inn is feeling extra festive, and off the back of their highly successful parties in 2018, they are planning this year to be the best yet!

If you are considering hosting your party at the Woodman this year, you might like to know –

Both of their Private & Shared Party Nights will be £29.00 per person, and includes the following:

– A delicious 3-course festive meal
– All decorations, crackers & Christmas novelties
– Evening DJ Entertainment
– Dancefloor to crack out all your favourite festive dance moves on

If you would like the Menu & more information please contact 01484 605 778 or email hello@woodman-inn.com & speak to Chloe.

Chloe advises that “Each guest can choose 1 option per course from the choices in a pre-order, which we collect around 1 month before your party, and all dietary requirements can be catered for.

Party Nights will be held on Thursday’s, Friday’s & Saturday’s throughout some of November & all of December 2019, giving you a choice of either Upstairs in the Woodman Inn or across the road in Thunderbridge Gardens in our Glass Marquee.”

In addition, the Woodman Inn has 19 beautifully furnished en-suite rooms on-site, which can be booked, taking away the stress of transport logistics & you will also receive a hearty Yorkshire breakfast the next day. Please call or email us for pricing.

Provisionally places can be held for up to two weeks, and on completion of the booking they require a deposit of £10 per person to secure your places.

Call 01484 605 778 or email hello@woodman-inn.com & speak to Chloe to book!

STORTHES HALL PARK WINS BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Chamber of commerceStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has won the British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire, following its transformation over the last 12 months.

This win, the SHP team hope, is the first of many following four nominations this year alone in the business, tourism and hospitality sectors. The spotlight has been put firmly on the  country venue set in 44-acres of parkland, after a £2m investment helped convert the popular student accommodation site into a top hospitality and wedding venue.

Storthes Hall Park has already been nominated for Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business awards, as well as a prestigious White Rose Award, due to be announced later this autumn.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “We are delighted to gain this recognition for the team who have worked incredibly hard throughout the year to turn Storthes Hall Park into a real destination venue for West Yorkshire.

“We can now look forward to the National Chambers’ finals, as well as our other award nominations in the tourism and hospitality sectors due to be announced later this year.”

Storthes Hall Park is now in the running for a National Chambers Award to be held at the Chamber Business Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 28th November at the Tobacco Dock, London. The Chamber Business Awards is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of British business.

 

SHP is up against nine other regional winners from across England, Scotland and Wales.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

STORTHES HALL PARK SHORTLISTED FOR TWO HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARDS

White Rose Awards 2019 Y Finalist - Storthes HallStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has been nominated in two awards for the prestigious White Rose tourism awards that recognises the very best that Yorkshire has to offer.

This is the third award nomination Storthes Hall Park has attracted in less than two months , coming on the back of an extensive refurbishment programme.

SHP will be hoping to lift a trophy after being shortlisted in both the Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business award categories.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “This is turning out to be a transformative year for the Storthes Hall Park and the award nominations are fantastic news for the team who have worked so hard over the past 12 months.”

White Rose Award chair Elaine Lemm said: “This year’s panel of prestigious industry-wide experts have been well and truly put through their paces shortlisting for the recently revamped White Rose Awards. With the standard of entries continuing to rise, competition was fierce, and choosing finalists not easy. With the attention to detail, passion and sheer hard work seen from so many superb businesses, it is easy to see why Yorkshire has an outstanding reputation for tourism and hospitality.”

The glitzy awards ceremony, which celebrates the very best in food, drink, accommodation and attractions in Yorkshire, will take place at the Leeds First Direct Arena in November.

 

Find out more about Storthes Hall Park British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

STORTHES HALL PARK REINVENTED AFTER OWNER’S SEVEN-FIGURE INVESTMENT

Historic venue reaps rewards following new business & marketing strategy  

 Storthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has successfully reinvented itself as a top corporate and wedding venue after adopting a new business and marketing strategy, backed up by a significant investment.

Building: Storthes Hall
Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University
AHR

Turnover has increased significantly over the last 12 months as bookings for weddings and corporate events have surged following owners, South Street Asset Management, investing more than £2m in the venue and parkland.

Traditionally been known as offering only student accommodation, in 2018/19 its corporate and team building bookings have grown by an incredible 80 per cent.

Following on from the investment Storthes Hall has since been nominated for four tourism and business awards this year and created further full and part-time roles on the site. As well as a major revamp of the conferencing facilities and accommodation within Storthes Hall, the decision to bring catering provision in-house has proved to be a winning formula.

Storthes Hall Park Operation Director said: “This is been a transformative year for the venue and we anticipate further double-digit growth next year. With that we will create further employment opportunities at the Hall and hope to work with more local businesses and suppliers as part of our community-first ethos.”

Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith added: “The award nominations have already helped put Storthes Hall Park on the map as a top business and wedding destination in West Yorkshire, but bringing our catering function in-house also allowed us to source and use local producers which is helping to boost the local economy.”

Storthes Hall Park currently has plans to recruit further staff for the accommodation, marketing and hospitality teams later this year.  It currently offers 83 well-appointed bedrooms including a family/bridal apartment, executive rooms, five contemporary meeting rooms with restaurant and bar facility, all set in 44 acres of parkland.

The new-look website can be found at www.stortheshall.co.uk.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

Travel Counsellors are there for you following the Thomas Cook collapse

After Thomas Cook unfortunately ceased trading this week, it’s so important that those travellers who have been affected are aware of how their holiday may be financially protected.

Travel Counsellors have created this quick guide to give insight and provide useful information on how the protection works.

Have you been affected by Thomas Cook

It’s a subject the Travel Counsellors are passionate about, and they want to help and support all those affected by the recent collapse as much as possible, so if you’d like to speak to someone for further advice about your Thomas Cook booking please call your local representative Gemma Favager from Travel Counsellors.

You can visit Gemma Favager – Travel Counsellors directory listing here – 

Gemma Favager – Travel Counsellors

01484 490026

gemma.favager@travelcounsellors.com

Gemma is on hand to answer any questions you may have and can help you with your holiday arrangements should you need it.