Do you know we have a Events Calendar?

I thought I would remind you about our Events Calendar on the website.

It is free for organisations to list their events on our online events calendar.

Ordinarily you would have found lots of interesting things to do … however a small pandemic had us delete all pre-standing events and now it is looking a bit empty and boring.

Currently we only have some business networking events and the sling library socials.

But we know that there is a lot more happening than that!

List your event or activity now for free – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/add-your-event/

You do not need to be a member of the HD8 Network to make use of the calendar.

We say if it is of interest to those who work, rest and play in the HD8 area it is okay to upload your event.

So, you might also find events further afield too.

HD8 Network Events CalendarCome and find different events for you and your family.

Whether you are looking for activities for the kids, a new skill you want to learn or a day out.

Normally there would be groups, events and fairs listed all the time and we want to get back to this.

So please tell everyone about the events calendar, add your events and keep checking back to see what else is going on.

We offer promotional packages for events who want further promotion outside of the events calendar.  If this might be of interest to you, please get in touch.

If you were a member of the HD8 Network, we would remind you to send us content to share on your behalf and offer you the opportunity to work with us to help you find your story

To find out more about our listing and membership packages please visit – www.hd8network.co.uk/join/

Wow! I didn’t know all that was available!

HD8 Network Wow! I did not know all that was availableDo you know how often we are told this when we finally get a chance to speak to people and explain what we offer?

So many people have a preconception of what it is we do and do you know how hard it is to overcome a preconception?

Most people know us for our networking events and we realise that this is probably entirely our fault, as we need to regularly promote them to make sure that we get the bums on seats … especially now they are happening twice a month!

But I think the association to these type of events is due to us having #Network in our name (Even my daughter calls it HD8 Networking Event – but I think she does it to wind me up).

But a Network is exactly what we are.
We are a platform for communication in the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Other people think that we are just Facebook Groups and many possibly don’t realise that we manage a range of them. We have recently changed our posting policy in the Facebook Groups, so that now only members of the HD8 Network can promote their business in there … but do you know how much confusion that has caused? LOADS!! Especially, we think because you can be a member of a Facebook Group, as well as a member of the HD8 Network. And we often have people tell us they are a member of the HD8 Network when they are not even subscribed to our mailing list – possibly haven’t even visited our website.

One of the things that nearly everyone thinks that we do – which we definitely don’t – is publish and distribute the magazine through your door #DefinitelyNotUs

What most people don’t realise is that we ALSO have an online events calendar, business directory, share content via our news page on our website and on our social media channels, have a mailing list of engaged subscribes, offer a range of membership packages for businesses to promote themselves, as well as provide account management to help our members get the exposure they desire.

We are also developing packages for the larger businesses in the area, to compliment their CSR and employee benefit policies and we go out of our way to help community groups and charities.

Did you know we did all of this?
What did you think we did?
I would love the opportunity to discuss this further with you.

HD8 gets a brand-new co-working and meeting Venue

With a host of businesses as well as a myriad of remote workers living in the area, it is not before time that we are about to have a dedicated co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale that is open to anyone in or out of the area.

The Flex Collective is the brainchild of Jayne Adamson who herself worked from home, alone, throughout 2019 and found it both challenging and lonely.  She decided to look for a coworking space to hang out in but liked the idea of staying local, avoiding costly travel and parking costs as well as the commute time.  Until now nothing like this existed in our area so Jayne decided to set it up herself.

The space, which is inside Westleigh House near to the train station, will have a co-working area that holds 9 people and as the name suggests is totally flexible to the needs of its members.  Whether you want somewhere to work just a day a week or three days a week or just to use it on an ad-hoc basis that is entirely up to you.  It works via a membership scheme on the basis that the more you use it the better value it is.

Flex collective HD8 Network member

As well as the co-working side of things, Jayne also recognised the need for the area to have a professional meeting space so has designed this flexible space so that it can work as a business lounge for small non private meetings and also can be booked out by the hour or the day for any kind of meeting for up to 24 people.

There will be training workshops held there which are designed to help business owners to drive their businesses forward with the first ones booked in for very small groups to concentrate on their social media strategy where the attendees will learn how to set their strategy, what platforms they should be posting on and how to set them up and use them to get the best from them.  They will also get 121 advice following the workshop from The Flex Collectives very own social media manager.

And finally, as one of the many challenges that Jayne has recognised being a home worker is the lack of access to office equipment, there will be printing, photocopying and binding facilities, in face anything you would expect to find in a fully stocked office available to members, visitors and the general public.

The aim of The Flex Collective as a business is not just about the space, it is about creating a community of supportive ‘colleagues’ who’s advice and experience we can each call upon if we have a particular challenge and also to have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to work or meet in whenever the mood takes us.

With government advice changing so quickly Jayne has been ensuring that the space is a safe place to be and is hoping to open the doors officially on the 6th of July.  She is currently offering show arounds on a one to one basis for anyone interested in having a look and a social distanced chat and cuppa.  Please do get in touch with her if you want a nosey.

More details for the Flex Collective can be found by visiting their directory listing here –

The Flex Collective

Business Resilience Survey launched to understand impact of Covid-19 in Kirklees (flyer attached)

Businesses across Kirklees are being asked to complete a business resilience survey to identify the support they need to recover and build resilience beyond the Covid-19 crisis. The results will help the Council business team, and other regional business support organisations, understand the impact of Covid-19 across the District and provide support where it is needed the most.

The survey will be open until Friday 26 June and a summary of the results will be published on the Council website.

To complete the business resilience survey please visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/businesssurvey. If you have any questions about the survey please get in touch with the Kirklees Business Team at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Local Discretionary Grant Fund

Eligible small businesses in Kirklees who have been impacted by Covid-19 can now apply for up to £10,000 to help with ongoing fixed property-related costs through the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund. Applications must be made online before Monday 22 June 2020.  This new Government grant fund has been launched to help many of the small businesses who didn’t qualify for financial support under the other Government Covid-19 business grant schemes.

Grants will be awarded based on submitted evidence of actual property-related costs incurred by applicants, including rent, service charges, contribution to landlord rates and other specified property costs, as well as evidence of loss of income due to Covid-19.

The government has set out clear criteria on eligibility and the fund is therefore available to the following types of businesses in Kirklees:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 month’s actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.
  • Regular market traders with fixed property costs, that do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £2,500 per applicant.
  • Bed and breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £3,000 per applicant.
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.

Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self-employed Income Support Scheme will also be eligible to apply for this scheme, but those who have already received support from the Small Business Grant Fund; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund; or other Government coronavirus support schemes will not be able to apply.

Applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund must be made online by Monday 22 June 2020. For further information and to apply visit our website.

Survey of membership

The HD8 Network constantly reviews and tweaks its offering, to give value to the people who work, rest, or play in the HD8 area.

Our aim is to provide a platform for communication in the local area, giving people the ability to connect with each other and take part in the local community.

Our membership packages offer a range of ways for local organisations to promote themselves.

At the same time, this exposure helps people who rest and play here, to do things locally – for example shop, eat, drink, entertain children, go out for the day, play sports etc etc etc as well as work.  Not all that live here, have had the luxury of having always done so.

It is important to us that our paying members drive value from their membership and achieve the results they are looking for.

We have started to ask the our members if they would be willing to give us 10-20 minutes of their time to provide feedback and market research insight.

We are currently doing this via a Zoom or telephone ‘interview’.

Simply, this is a (hopefully friendly) chat about the membership, where the details will be recorded.  Using this method, will check the questions provide a true qualitative understanding.

Going forward we may then repeat this by electronic survey to gain quantitative data and enable anonymous responses.

If you would be willing to take part in the research, please book yourself a session by clicking here.

Want to find out more about our membership please visit our Join page here

#WhereinHD8

Let us have some fun and play a game to point out where in HD8 these images are.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network #JustforfunWe are going to post some pictures on our Instagram and Facebook Page with the tag #WhereinHD8 and we would love it if you would respond, letting us know where in the HD8 area it is.

You get extra points #justforfun for naming any items featured in the image and our unlimited admiration if you can tell us some facts and history about it.

For example, you might like to use the hashtags #ClaytonWest #DenbyDale #Skelmanthorpe #Scissett #Kirkburton #Highburton #Lepton #Shelley #Shepley #Cumberworth #Emley #FenayBridge

Want to join in? It would be great if you would also play along by sharing your photos on your Instagram and Facebook profiles, tagging @HD8network and including the hashtag #WhereinHD8 on them.

HD8 Network Social Meetup

We are well known for holding events for businesses Meetups, however our Social Meetup will purely be a social event and have a strict no selling policy.

This event is focused on those who rest and play in the area.

To talk about what we have been up to for leisure and pleasure. Or how homeschooling is going. What walks people have been on. The wonderful sights they have seen in the HD8 area.

Perhaps you might want to talk about the places you have been able to buy things, however this is not a promotional event – by all means let people know if you run a business. But think about this as the pub or church coffee morning – this is purely a social event.

Icebreaker

It is always easier to start a conversation with an ice breaker.

It would be good if you came prepared to the Social Meetup with an ice breaker.  A suggestion from literature is to share 1 very interesting thing, 2 moderately interesting things, 3 very dull things

… or more simply you could have an example of why you love the HD8 postcode area of Huddersfield, and share positive news and stories.

If, however, you fancy joining, but do not wish to participate other than listening, that is okay too.

Format

We have the option of having one big conversation, or splitting into groups. Depending on number of attendees.

We also have the option of holding a speed social (similar to speed dating or speed networking – but we are not looking for proposals for marriage or business!), just to talk to some different people.

Speed Social would allow you to have lots of mini conversations, instead of open discussion in front of everyone at the same time.

Feel free to message us either through Facebook or email if you would like to understand more or express any preferences.

Tickets

Book your ticket here – hd8networksocialmeetup.eventbrite.co.uk

Our first Social Meetup event on Thursday will be free to join

We have created a JustGiving Page for you to be able to donate a contribution. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hd8network

Our suggested ticket price is £5-10 but please give what you can.  Your generosity will be much appreciated.

Our aim is to build a community fund which can be used to provide support to local groups and organisations in the area.
Whether it is to help groups go back to normal or provide services in the meantime.

Future Social Meetup events

We would love to host lots of other social Meetups.
Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

Did you previously run a mother and baby group? We are actively seeking volunteers to tune in and help run Mother With babies session.  These are aimed at mums getting together and not the activity of the child.

We have also considered Parents with homeschooling chat.

Perhaps a book clubs, or movie review night.

Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

You can be demonstrating or passionately talking about your business which can help promote it.

We are hatching a plan for a HD8 Network Show and Tell, where we are inviting people to provide content for our event …. If you are an entertainer, dancer or gym instructor, or a Painter, Builder or Plumber giving DIY tips, or reading poetry or stories, exhibiting a photo collection … what would you like to watch or maybe offer?

You can be promoting a business (but don’t be too salesy, as no one likes being sold too) or just passionate about what you do.

Never used Zoom before?

Get in touch before the meeting and we can do a practise run and talk you through it.

Support charities in the 2.6 Challenge

As many of you will know, Sunday 26th April was supposed to be the London Marathon but instead it’s now the 2.6 challenge day.

The Huddersfield Giants Community Trust are asking for support in the 2.6 challenge to help UK charities, like themselves, through the pandemic.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust 2.6 challengeThe idea is to create a 2.6 challenge using the numbers 2 & 6 whether its walking 2.6 miles, 26 star jumps or having a zoom call with 26 people doing an activity 26 times.

HGCT is asking everyone to get involved and share their challenges on social media, donating to help keep us continuing our good work in the community.

Please take a look at their website for more information – https://hgct.co.uk/be-a-2-6-hero/

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation.  Using the influence of professional sport, the trust is responsible for all community sports and educational activities on behalf of Huddersfield Giants Rugby League.

The charity uses the power of sport to inspire people of all ages and abilities through four key areas: Sport, Education, Health and Social Inclusion. The Trust engages with over 200,000 people every year through sports coaching within The Zone, local schools, grassroots clubs and the wider community.

Within their home The Zone, the Trust also provides further opportunities for the community, including their own post 16 Education facility which provides students with the opportunity for further study. HGCT also delivers the NCS programme to hundreds of youngsters across the region every year.

For Huddersfield Giants Community Trust’s contact details please check out their listing on our directory

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Kirklees Council Showcasing local business diversification – Coronavirus Pandemic

Kirklees CouncilKirklees Council knows this is an incredibly difficult time for local businesses and we’re keen to showcase those that have adapted, fundamentally changed or refocussed their business models during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Over the next couple of months we’ll be running a marketing campaign:

  • to celebrate business success
  • promote lessons that could be transferred to other businesses/sectors of the economy
  • look towards the economic recovery from the virus

I’m looking for businesses in Kirklees that have:

If you know of any currently, or hear of any businesses over the few months that meet this criteria please email business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk with the business name, contact details and a quick summary of how the business has adapted (or ask the business to get in touch if you don’t want to forward details).

Many thanks

Kirklees Business Team

Update; Help businesses in Kirklees to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC’s online claims system for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has launched today, Monday 20th April. Businesses participating in the scheme will be able to claim up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - information from Kirklees CouncilThe scheme has now been extended to the end of June 2020 and businesses can claim for furloughed employees who were on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.

Further details about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are included in the attached flyer which has been updated with the latest information and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.

Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Further updates you may be interested in today:

Many thanks for your support.

Kirklees Council Business Team

Virtual Meetups now free for Silver Members

It is an unprecedented world at the moment and because of this, we are having to be ever evolving.  We are trying to adapt so that we can continue to support the local area.  One of the ways that we have been doing this, is by transferring our business networking events to Virtual Meetups – which are now FREE for Silver members, as well as Gold members.

Our virtual Meetups give local businesses the opportunity to introduce their products and services.  However we have also found the Meetups are having a positive impact on attendees social life as well as mental health.

Virtual Meetups on Zoom are free for Silver MembersThe Meetup sessions are held on Zoom on Thursday mornings starting at 10am

We had initially agreed to hold the events fortnightly – more regularly than our normal monthly events.  However, it was not as easy to set this up on Eventbrite (how we process the ticket purchasing).  So we have decided to hold these weekly.

Once a month these events will be supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), whereby their members can attend our virtual Meetups for free.

These Virtual Meetups will cost

  • £10 to non members,

  • £5 for Bronze members and FSB members (if it is not the ‘Supported by FSB’ Meetup),

  • Free for Silver and Gold Members.

At our Virtual Meetup on Thursday 16th April, we were able to replicate our unique Speed Networking format, as seen at our physical Meetups over the past 7 years.  All agreed that they liked the format and it had been productive for them.

Survey results showed that attendees thought these events were –

  • useful for their business, enjoyable and that they will attend further ones.

  • also beneficial to attendees social life and mental health.

If you would like to join us for one of our Meetups please visit our Eventbrite profile to book your ticket – HD8network.Eventbrite.co.uk

However if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (during reasonable hours) on 07790705223.

If you would like to find out more about our membership packages and to sign up please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/join

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Has your business been closed or seriously affected by coronavirus?

Are you considering staff redundancies? 

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme could help.

Government Job Retention Scheme - information from Kirklees CouncilThe Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Further details are included in the attached flyer and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

This website includes information on the full range of support available for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

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 in the District.

Kind regards

Kirklees Council Business Team

business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

Read our News section for other articles with updates on the Coronavirus situation.

Help businesses in Kirklees to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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 includes a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that will pay up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Further details are included in the attached flyer and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.

Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees.

Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Many thanks for your support.

Kirklees Council Business Team

Membership could be part of your CSR policy

Have you considered that membership of the HD8 Network could be as part of your CSR policy and your way of supporting the local community?

Are you a big business in the #HD8 area of Huddersfield?

For many businesses, the HD8 Network provides them a way to promote their services and products locally.

Many people know us for our networking events, others know about our social media groups and channels, however there is much more that we offer.

Whilst big businesses in the area might think that the HD8 Network and our membership is irrelevant to them – as their customers are not here – their other key stakeholders are; for example their employees, their neighbours, their councillors and other authorities making decisions which affect their business, all of whom are part of the surrounding communities.

The HD8 Network membership, used as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, would enable you to communicate effectively with these other groups that impact on your business.

By becoming a member and paying the membership fees, you enable us to run our website and free online events calendar, as well as manage our social media communities.

We have many hopes and dreams for the HD8 Network and taking large profits is not one of them (despite my husbands frustrations).

Everything we have so far earnt (and more) has been reinvested into building the ‘business’ and we have no intentions of stopping there!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Photo taken by John Steel Photography

In the past we have

  • given discounted membership to charities and non-profit organisations, enabling them to come to our meetings and promote their messages.
  • sponsored a toddler group’s sign – by paying for and organising a vinyl banner to be printed, which let more people know where they met.
  • communicated a local rugby club’s campaign  for sponsors and trustees to enable them to acquire their desired new changing rooms.
  • provided space for a local newsletter to be accessible online.
  • annually supported a internationally recognised music festival that happens locally.

This is just a few examples of how we have helped the locally community. And we want to do more and to help more.

If you would be interested in learning how your membership could help the local area please get in touch.

West Yorkshire Police and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams

West Yorkshire Police and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams

West Yorkshire Police and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams are committed to providing continued reassurance and a high level of service during these difficult times.

Society has changed with the current climate and the Coronavirus pandemic.  The Police would appreciate being kept up to date with any issues/concerns from any of the public which can be addressed by them to increase public confidence.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team are focused on Coronavirus related issues, whilst dealing with other emergencies.

The West Yorkshire Police and Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team receive daily briefings with regard to – changes to the way in which they police the area, what progress is being made, and what the Government are expecting of them.

The Police are updating the public constantly, giving constituents the most up to date information and advice as they come into contact with them, and are patrolling constantly to ensure that Government restrictions are being adhered to.

The Sergeant at Holmfirth is sometimes working in another office and may not be able to answer the phone at that time, so please refrain from phoning this number.

Please continue to ring 999 in case of an emergency and 101 for all other incidents.

Read our News section for other articles with updates on the Coronavirus situation.

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