HD8 Network’s Meet Up event [Huddersfield Examiner]

A networking group building links between organisations with HD8 post codes has hailed the success of its first “offline” meeting.

The HD8 Network welcomed representatives from almost 25 businesses at its first Meet Up, which was held at The Dalesman pub in Denby Dale and concluded with a meal upstairs at the Orchid house Thai restaurant.

The event was organised by Merewyn Sayers, of Denby Dale-based business support firm Sayers Solutions.

The network aims to bring together firms in villages such as Denby Dale, Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett, Shepley, High Flatts, Emley and Farnley Tyas.

Businesses attending the Meet Up included Delicious Media, Fawcett Electrical, Think Forensic, Burgundy Care Services, Begbies Traynor and The Nail Barn.

Merewyn said: “Everyone said how much they really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and that they had gained plenty from the event, and were of course, all eager to hear when the next one will be.”

She added: “The air-conditioned Thai restaurant was a pleasant relief from the heat wave temperatures and the majority really enjoyed their meal and said that they would definitely return.”

Merewyn said: “The whole evening was a great opportunity for the HD8 Network to find out what was wanted from future events.

“The idea of moving venues around the HD8 area and perhaps being “a bit more” structured – aiding those who are not comfortable networkers – was proposed and discussed.

“The HD8 Network welcomes suggestions and input for future events which can be sent to HD8network@gmail.com.

“We would also love to hear from venues in the area that are willing to offer their premises for future events.

“The HD8 Network is not just about promoting local businesses, but also about connecting churches, charities and societies, too.

“Even everyday residents of the area would be more than welcome to attend the events.”