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.

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 –


A Year On…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Faster Fitness Solutions Free Taster Week

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

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

Ladies sessions run Monday to Thursday at 6:15pm

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

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

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

Men’s Program –

Ladies Program –


Check out the event listing on our online calendar –

Please get in touch with Darren at Faster Fitness Solutions to find out more information and book your place! or call 07834616197


Making paste is a tasty business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now

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

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

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

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

Book your ticket here –


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

Booking for the workshop is compulsory and there are limited space.  To book your ticket please visit –



Pennine Breast Screening

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

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

NHS breast screeningWhere?

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

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

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

Breast Screening Saves Lives

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Local Dog Lovers Transform Lives this Dogtober!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barking Mad is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies and is the UK’s favourite dog holiday company, as verified by TrustPilot. Contact Barking Mad at to find your dog’s home from home today.

The 10-minute Marketing Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To book your tickets for either the networking event or workshop please visit or contact Merewyn on 07790705223.  Alternatively you can visit the website or connect on social media


The end of the season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dunkirk Golf Winning Team

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

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


Find out more about the Dunkirk by visiting their business listing here –

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


Have you got a story to tell? Then get in touch with the HD8 Network and let us tell people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area.

Patricia Bryden Therapies

Patricia Bryden Therapies on the HD8 NetworkPatricia Bryden Therapies are based at Holistic Wellbeing in Shepley.  Pat has 22 years’ experience in the complementary therapy field, both as a practitioner and a teacher.  The therapies offered include

  • Bowen Therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Access Bars® Consciousness
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)
  • Hopi Ear Candles

If you are new to receiving therapy, you may not be sure which approach would be best for you.  You can book an introductory taster session for only £20 to meet and devise a treatment plan.

Pat enjoys listening to people and helping them to clarify their concerns and issues.  This sets the scene for a productive therapeutic relationship.  A one-off treatment may be all that is needed.  Sometimes, a longer course of regular treatments is better, especially for long-standing or recurring conditions.  Many clients benefit from regular top-up sessions after an initial course of treatments.

You can obtain further information on individual therapies from her listing on our online directory as well as find links to her social media profiles.

Find out about appointment opportunities and her approach to therapy.

Adding an event

The HD8 Network has a fabulous online events calendar to promote your events and activities.  We use this platform and our social media communities to tell people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area about them.

It is simple and free for you to list your events, just visit

Event Name


How event listing appears on HD8 Network online events calendar

The first thing you will be asked is the event name, for many this will be easy and obvious, however make sure that you make it appealing and informative, as it will appear on a list of events.  So you want to entice and reassure people to click for more information.


If you hold regular activities, ie weekly classes, then please don’t forget to click “Recurring event”.

Recurring events listing on HD8 Network online events calendar

The recurring events function enables you to list weekly or monthly events, or a series of events, for example school holiday sessions.

This function will ask you to enter a start and finish date.  If you run an exercise class for instance and you don’t have an end date, please choose a date 6 months or a year ahead, whichever you feel most appropriate for you.

Where possible, if your event comes to an end or changes please remember to let us know, as neither of us want people getting the wrong information.

“This event repeats” If you hold a daily or weekly event etc, then the next part that asks “every” might be confusing, however this is relevant if you hold an event every 3 months or fortnightly for example.

If your event is only held in a day, then it spans no days, but for example a Beer Festival might span 3 days.  If in doubt leave it.


Event listing on HD8 Network online events calendarThere are already many addresses in the events calendar, so if your address is already listed happy days, you just need to select it.  Otherwise please enter the details including the postcode to help people find you.  If you are holding a webinar or other type of event where you don’t have a venue, please click “no physical location”.

Don’t worry about the map showing the correct place, we will ensure that it is pinpointed correctly when we publish your listing.


Make sure you enter details and description that will help people who find your listing know that it is the right event for them.  Having full and correct information will also help Google to index the link and show up on search engines.  Try to describe what type of event it is and what people can expect.

You might like to add contact details in case they want to ask you any questions or book tickets.  If you sell tickets, tell people how they can buy them.  And don’t forget your website and social media channels so that people can follow you and find out more information.

Categories on event listing of HD8 Network online events calendarCategory

You can list your event under as many categories as you think are appropriate – use the Ctrl button and click for multi-selection – choose as tenuous as you can.  If the category you’d like to use is missing, don’t stop completing the form, just let us know now or when we confirm your listing has been published.

Event Image

Similarly if you don’t have an image at hand, please still complete the form and send it to us when we confirm your listing has been published or email

Please try and resize your images to about 600 pxls as there is a maximum upload size.  But again don’t worry too much about this, if you can email it, we can resize it.

Although please make sure you have the authority and permissions to use images on third party sites.


Then press submit event

When we are notified of the event listing, we will check details and publish the events.  This can take a couple of days (usually quicker though), so please make sure you list your events with plenty of notice.  If you haven’t heard from us, please feel free to get in touch to make us aware of the event listing.

Please remember this is your opportunity to sell your event or activity and we can only list what you post, however we might remind you to add an image or contact details.

When you receive the confirmation email please click on the event link, checking that everything looks okay and other links in the event are working and let us know if you have any amends.

We then suggest that you use this event listing to tell more people about it.  We offer a plethora of Facebook Groups which you can join and communicate with people, as well as our Facebook Page and Twitter to mention us in your posts.  We are also on Linkedin, Instagram and Google +.

However we can also provide further promotion of your events –

  • Posting on our social media communities on your behalf
  • Boosting the posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • Including details in our email marketing
  • Adding an overview (before and/or after the event) in our News Section
  • We are also connected with other media and publishing agents, so if applicable we could send out information to them on your behalf.

Good luck promoting your event!

If you have any difficulties completing the form or you would like to ask any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch or contact via our Facebook Page.  Please also check out our  listing and membership page

Now list your event by clicking here

Facts and Figures August 2017

We have 64 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

Our Facebook Page has 1286 Likes

Our Facebook Groups members are as follows

HD8 Network Group     547 members

HD8 Day Out                 27 members

HD8 Jobs                       73 members

HD8 Services                 53 members

HD8 Social                     151 members

HD8 Sports                     115 members

HD8 Walking                 28 members

HD8 Wedding                29 members

HD8 Babies                    717 members

HD8 Toddlers                 194 members

HD8 Infants                    17 members

HD8 Juniors                   15 members

HD8 Teenager               7 members

HD8 School Leaver           10 members

Many of these groups are new and none are actively promoted and so all growth and engagement has been organic.  Facebook has now enabled us to link the groups with our Facebook page, which will enable us to promote and engender engagement in these groups.  One of our marketing objectives this year is to increase our cross promotion of our groups and promote their facility wider.  However, we are often told how reliable and trustworthy community we have.


Other social media followers include

Twitter/HD8Network      2533 Followers

Instagram                      260 Followers

Linkedin Company Page       59 Followers

Linkedin Group             160 Members

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook reached 593 people last week (6th August – 12th August 2017), however this was a 67% decrease from last week.

Our Tweets earnt 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days, which is the same as on last report.

Facebook referred 1295 page views (20% of referrals) to the website, although this number is expected to greatly increased with use of tracking codes on links shared externally.  Google refers nearly 30% of traffic to our website and nearly 20% is labelled as direct, which is where the tracking codes will assist better analysis.


In the last year received nearly 7000 visits, from just under 5000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Whilst there is a reduction of visits and users reported since we last published these results, there has been similar amounts of page views, which shows people are staying on the site for longer.

Events pages received nearly 4000 page views, the directory received 2137 page views and the Join page, the page to add events and about us have also been the top viewed pages in the last year.

Denby Dale in the area section received the most page views, followed by Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe and Kirkburton.

Last month there were 559 sessions on the website, with an average of 2.5 pages per sessions

Information correct as of 14th August 2017


How do we communicate

We thought we’d take a moment to remind you about the platforms we use to communicate the local knowledge we offer you whether you work, rest or play here.


The main source of information is which has an online events calendar and organisation directory, as well as news blog page for member’s updates and stories and other interesting reports of activities in the HD8 area.

Social Media

We have a strong presence on Facebook, with a Page and a variety of Groups.

The focus for the Page is for us to be able to push information out to you guys and for you to like and comment on as you please.  The Groups on the other hand it’s completely up to you how they are used (within legal and ethical boundaries of course). Groups are communities on Facebook enabling you to communicate with others with similar focuses. Many use groups for selling items, whilst this was never our intention for this to be the case, it is a powerful enabler for us to recycle the loved items we don’t want any more.

We are also active on Twitter, Linkedin and Google + and dabble with Instagram. Again these are mostly used for us to push information out to you guys, but we are a chatty bunch and love a bit of banter and would love to engage with you about the HD8 area (always with a positive attitude of course!) using these platforms.

Physical Meetings

For the past 4 years we have held monthly networking events for businesses and other organisations to meet and build relationships, finding new customers, sources of information and shared interests.

We have also held 2 Business Shows, which were full day events revolving around seminars and exhibitors as well as networking opportunities and business relationships being formed and developed.


We have an email marketing circulation, which we want to develop enabling you to pick and choose whether they wish to hear about Work, Rest or Play topics.


But none of this works without you, so whether you Work, Rest or Play in the area, get involved and join in.

Engage with us on social media, visit our website, sign up to our mailing list and if you are an event organiser list your event or activities on our online calendar and if you are a business or other organisation then at least get a basic listing on our online directory.

If you would like to find out more about the promotion aspects of the HD8 Network please visit www.HD8 or contact us to chat about it.

Work, Rest or Play in HD8

What do we mean when we repeatedly say work, rest or play in the HD8 area?


Well work, sounds simply enough … but more directly we are talking to those who run businesses in the area.

Of course those of you who are employees in the area are also included in this title, however we have not yet developed a platform to properly support a recruitment facility. For the meantime we suggest that this can be done naturally using the Facebook Groups or relying on organisations to demand this facility.

So work, is mostly at this time relevant to the businesses and other types of organisations that operate in the area. Now this also sounds simple, and of course it would be ideal if both your organisation was based in the area along with you customers.  However we say that even if your not, your customers might be and we also totally understand that while your business might be based here, your customers might not be. This is especially the case for our local manufacturers and engineering companies, and the HD8 Network is confident that we have a range of offerings to benefit you as well. You guys might be the driving force to develop a locally resourced recruitment platform …

You don’t have to be a profit making organisation either for Work to apply to you, perhaps you are a church or school or a community group who wants to spread the word and tell more people about your activities.

Rest and Play

This is an area of overlapping categories, and we feel that they cannot be explained alone but instead alongside each other.

Rest refers to those who live here and Play those that enjoy the area and the amenities.

For example you might play football here, or shop in the variety of retail outlets we have or enjoy a meal out at one of our many pubs and restaurants or visit one of our local national tourist attractions.

However you might live here and want to find doctors or dentist information or about volunteering opportunities or opinions about schools. As well as local trades people who can be verified using our social media communities.


Does this help you to identify whether you Work, Rest or Play in the HD8 area and clarify what the HD8 Network is all about?

If so, and you’ve not already done so, why don’t you sign up to our mailing list and get offers and updates from the area and say whether you Work, Rest or Play here (don’t worry there are many of us that do all three!)


Help others find out about the HD8 Network by sharing this article on your social media pages.

Thanks for reading.

Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster: Getting to Know GDPR

Venue: Round Foundry Media Centre, Foundry Street, Foundry St, Leeds LS11 5QP
Date: 21st June – 1pm – 3pm
Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster is happy to announce that Data Protection People are hosting our next session in Leeds.
GDPR is the host topic of 2017 within the industry. When the new Data Protection directive comes into fruition next year, every organisation will need to make sure they are aware and complying with the regulations.
Join the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster for an afternoon of talks and discussion that will cut to the heart of the issue and give you the information you must know about the EU directive.
You don’t want to be caught out when GDPR becomes UK legislation, so register your place today and be part of the discussion.

Research by Huddersfield University

We are honoured to have two groups of Huddersfield University Business and Marketing students conducting their Market Research assignment on the HD8 Network, with the aim of improving the offering you receive from us.

They will be conducting their research in a variety of ways; online via facebook and other social media channels, via email and telephone (businesses only) and handing out leaflets in some of the villages.

So please help these budding students by giving your opinion, taking no longer than 5-10 minutes of your time, to help you receive the service you desire.

All information gathered will be used for only these purposes and we assure you that personal questions are only asked to help analyse the data.

We then plan to present you the results and proposed improvements following the research and recommendations.

Thank you for your participation

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at any time –

Improve your visibility on HD8 Network

The HD8 Network offers you a range of ways to get found in the HD8 area.

There are a number of ways to greatly increase the exposure of your organisation


  • Make sure you have a description on your directory and event listings containing ‘keywords’ enabling ‘google’ searches to pick up the information and provides useful content for the users to verify they have the right information when they find your listing and make contact with you.


  • Have contact details on your listings that are up to date and correct, as well as there being a response at the other end.


  • Provide us with content that we can publish on our social media platforms, email communications and news area on your behalf.


  • Attend networking events; helping other members to get to know you and your business, enabling them put you in touch with the people you need to speak to.


  • Becoming a speaker or exhibitor at our events.


We offer 4 levels of membership

  • The basic directory listing
  • The social member
  • Full member
  • Comprehensive member

Want more information about the promotions you could receive for your organisation? Please visit here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this or anything else please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Facts and Figures December 2016

We have 184 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

In the last year received nearly 8000 visits, from just over 6000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Last month there were 680 sessions on the website. In October, when we held this year’s Business Show there were 916 sessions and we saw heightened traffic on the website since we started to announce the show.  We also saw a large number of visitors in November last year when we launched the new website and membership options.

Facebook referred 1286 page views to the website

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook has nearly 1200 Likes and reached 758 people last week (26th November – 2nd December 2016) with 90 Post engagements.

The Facebook Group has 475 members.  There are also a range of focused Facebook Groups.

We have 2357 followers on our HD8 Network handle on Twitter and are following 2177. Our tweets earn 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days. On average we earn 3 link clicks, 2 retweets and 2 likes per day.

The Linkedin Group has 154 members and the Company Page has 57 Followers, both of these areas are admittedly currently totally underutilised.

Information correct as of 3rd December 2016

Read the full report here

Background info on the HD8 Network

The HD8 Network was first created in April 2013, initially on Social Media.

In July 2013 the HD8 Network started to offer a physical offline networking at the monthly Meet Up events and a website was started later in the year.

The HD8 Network undertook a rebranding exercise in the summer of 2015, held the first HD8 Business Show in the August 2015, with a subsequent one in October 2016 and the new website and membership packages were launched in November of 2015.

Further improvements have been made to the website since and is part of a continuous improvement strategy.


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