#ILoveSmallBusiness ‘shop small at Christmas’ FSB rallying cry 2020

Shoppers in the HD8 area are being urged to buy from, and celebrate, their local and independent businesses in a pre-Christmas campaign led by Britain’s biggest business representation group.

#ILoveSmallBusiness

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that the unprecedented pressure on small businesses throughout 2020 means they desperately need a boost from their local communities in the run-up to Christmas.I love small business

As a result, they have called on everyone including shoppers and retailers themselves to rally around and provide some much-needed Christmas cheer for Britain’s independent businesses.

The ‘Love Your Small Independent Business’ campaign is asking local people to not only actively support their local independent businesses in HD8 area by using the hashtag #ilovesmallbusiness online but also to share images of their actual buys by using the hashtag #shopherethisChristmas.

And, it also calls on people to place reviews of their favourite businesses online as well to persuade others to shop small in line with the current high-profile Google ‘Dear Local’ advertising push.

Welcoming the campaign, the FSB Area Leader Merewyn Sayers said we all have a part to play to ensure our independent retail businesses have a fighting chance of rescuing their curtailed Christmas sales so they can continue to be part of the local community in 2021.

‘’This has been an unbelievably testing time for our  brilliant small, independent retail businesses,“ she said.

‘’Many have worked tirelessly to try and stay open and provide invaluable support and service to the community in a safe and secure way, and we know being part of a vibrant community with independent businesses is important to local people. We therefore hope local  people support this campaign and reward the loyalty their local independents have shown to communities over the years. They are the very heartbeat of local life.”

She also noted: “Many of our local business have innovated over the last few months by launching online with ‘click and collect services so they need help too – don’t forget if it is on your Christmas list think small retailers who can provide it with a personal service!”

I love small business

The FSB campaign is also inviting retailers themselves to ensure they are part of this campaign by posting images of themselves and their shops online to entice shoppers  using the hashtag #shopherethisChristmas.

The FSB’s National Chairman Mike Cherry said he felt it was imperative that we all did our best to try and support and enthuse about our local retailers in the final, frantic weeks before Christmas.

“Small businesses are well and truly at the heart of our communities. That’s why it’s never been more important to support your local firms and, by extension, the community in which you live.”

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.

FSB Local Development Manager Contact for West Yorkshire is Barney Mynott and Area Lead is Merewyn Sayers.

How different is your Christmas going to be?

SinterklaasWe understand that Christmas is all about traditions, but when I (Merewyn, creator of the HD8 Network) lived in the Nederlands, I learnt about different Christmas traditions and found out about Sinterklaas.

This guy is a bishop that rides a horse through the towns, with his ‘helper’ giving out sweets.  If you want to find out more about that, it is an interesting tale, especially the Dutch attempts to normalise it.

The legend has it that Sinterklaas sets off on a boat from Spain on the 11th November, and the children (when I lived there) watched the journey on the tv – now I guess it will be apps on phones ….  and he comes to the houses of the children who put a shoe by the front door.

When the child hears the knock at the door, they race to see who is there and then by the fire place in the main room, they would find a chocolate, in the shape of the letter of the child’s first name …. Or something like that … and this all happens on the 5/6th December.

We know our Christmas this year is going to be different, so how are you going to make the best of it?

Let us celebrate, but in moderation up until Christmas Day – The Dutch have their big dinner on Christmas eve – but there is no way I am giving up my Christmas Dinner, all 75 courses of it!

However, lets spread-out the Christmas cheer.

Yes, throughout December, but also amongst our local community as well.

Shop local, buy less, but buy more into the local people that produce these items, and provide the services we all depend on to have a comfortable life.  Because that is what important; being comfortable and surrounded by others who also are.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great for deals, but while you are shopping online this Christmas, why don’t you also check out the amazing things available in our local area at the moment, which are available for delivery or click and collect locally in the HD8 area.

The HD8 Network offers you a platform for communication and we have a plethora of businesses who want to tell you about what they have to offer.

The Christmas Virtual High Street has, and would love to have businesses like –

New businesses are being added all the time and will be featured on our social media as well.

Plus

 

  • Also look out for other wonderful events and promotions happening this Christmas.

If you are organising any of these wonderful events, please feel free to add them to our events calendar and reach more people.

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome – latest walk leaflet

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett CircularThe latest walk leaflet devised by Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group offers a choice of walks of different lengths starting & ending at The Crown in Scissett.

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett Circular

This is the group’s 19th trail leaflet and all can be downloaded at  www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

The group was founded in 2009 by local volunteers  (supported by Denby Dale Parish Council and the Denby Dale Countryside Officer) who believed that the Denby Dale Area has beautiful countryside, a rich and fascinating heritage and an excellent network of Public Rights of Way; and they have tried to promote walking in and around Denby Dale ever since.

In 2012 they affiliated fully to the national Walkers are Welcome scheme – see www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

New supporters are always welcome – contact via the website.

Think Forensic Spot the Difference

Win a Children’s Crime Buster or Spy Kit.

Can you spot the 3 differences between the Christmas trees?

T&C’s apply.  Email answers to Hello@ThinkForensic.co.uk on or before 16th December 2020.

For T&C’s visit – https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/competition-tcs-2

 

Find Think Forensic on our Christmas Virtual High Street

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

For more information and Think Forensic contact details please visit their listing in our directory here –

Think Forensic

But how much traffic does my listing receive?

We are always looking and the stats and information to support and measure out campaigns.

We are more than happy to make these available to you and send our Silver and Gold members regular analytics on the traffic on their listing.

What would be really helpful, would be to hear from you what you want to know about?

Are you bothered by Page Views, or the Bounce.  Do you want to know which they page they went to next, or which page they landed on?

Do you want to know about social media following, reach and engagement?

Do you want demographic of audience, subscribers or members?

If you would like to receive the recent Google Analytics over please complete the form below –

 

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HD8 Virtual High Street is Live

We literally went live in under a week, following an after meeting conversation and so we are proud of our outcomes so far.

But now we need you to make it a  success.

Please keep coming back to browse as Businesses are being added all the time

Tell us what you want to buy!  Do you want to play a Christmas Shopping game?  Join us on Facebook and Insta.

Should your business be on there?

We are looking to connect with local producers and retailers, artists and fitness instructors, know anyone that wants to sell more, we provide a platform to be seen locally in HD8.

All they have to do is fil in a form here and wait for approval. 

However to stay Live on the site you also need to send us any images and text you want to appear in there. If you have those already, Great. We don’t need it just yet. We can get you Live and showing on the Virtual High Street.  BUT – to be of any benefit to anyone, it needs to be right while its live.

A reasonable admin may apply if you need assistance to get it right.  First chat is free.

It costs just £20 to list your business on the HD8 Virtual High Street which is will be available from now, over the Christmas period.

Or become a Bronze member for £30 for the full year.

Silver and Gold packages available too.

 

Want EVEN MORE – Join the FSB for £49* if you employ under 10 employees and are based in West Yorkshire.

Christmas Shopping Game

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

Many have danced through lockdown to djs, I am sure we have all done a quiz and most certainly a meeting or other call using virtual technology.  Well here is your virtual christmas shopping experience.

Get yourself a drink, maybe a slice of cake and play along – What about a Baileys?  You know it is Christmas when you get the Baileys out! (Skip to short version)

Get comfy and let’s go Virtual Christmas shopping in your local high streets, lanes, back lanes and estates around where you live.

Well what’s the first thing about Christmas Shopping?  It’s your list!  Well don’t worry about not having a pad and pen, this is a virtual game!  Comment on our Facebook Instagram posts and help create a big collaborative list.

Ready?

Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8

on  Facebook and Instagram

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

In this game we ask that you imagine you are shopping for certain items like for a child, or for a work connection, for a family member or for yourself.  Then we ask about the food and drink you would normally like to eat and share with your friends.

 

However there are hundreds and thousands of local businesses that we can give a shout out to instead, of the big guys.

That’s the beauty of small businesses, we aren’t after market share.  We want enough to sustainably grow our business, to sustain a good lifestyle for us and the people around us.

There are some local businesses that you see all the time, but there are many more behind them.

The legal people and others who providing professional assistance.

When you need to fix up the car, the delivery driver, the manufacturers and engineers producing good that are distanced to first depart our area.

There are so many millions of businesses behind the things we we shop and buy, so use us as a go to guide for all your needs whether you work, rest or play here.

Use our main directory to find local to HD8, businesses and organisations which want you to support.  Helping you to support local, to shop local and to support the local community of the HD8 area.

Chat with us and others who actually work, rest and play here on our Facebook Groups and other social media.

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping? Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Lets go Christmas Shopping for a Child

In this imaginary shopping game …. (See previous post)

If you were buying presents for a child, what would you be looking to buy?

Maybe you have got some recommendations of what others could buy a child …. Obviously, it is all going to depend on age, interests etc

But we are playing make believe here, there is no right or wrong answers!

Maybe, if you can cast your mind back far enough #cheeky – what was your favourite gift as a child?

I always remember my baby brother only being interested in the boxes! It really did not matter what had been in there!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildFacebook

InstagramLets go Christmas Shopping Child

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Work Connection

So, continuing our imaginary shopping trip … (See previous posts)

If you were buying for a work colleague, supplier or even an employee, what would you be looking for or considering?

What have you bought in the past and what have you been given, that you could recommend to others as a suggestion?

Was it a novelty, small inexpensive item or a statement piece?

Did you simply opt for a bottle of something and Christmas nibbles?

Again, obviously, it all depends on who you are buying it for!

A few years back we did HD8 Network branded mugs for Meetup attendees and suppliers (of course the Mother in Laws got one as well) which went down very well!

FacebookLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping WorkInstagram

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

 

Lets go Christmas Shopping Friends and Family

Are you up for more imaginary shopping? (See previous posts)

What about for the in-laws? Or wider family? Maybe for friends and neighbours?

Do you have a budget that you try and stick to? Are you just trying to tick them off the list or is it about finding the perfect gift for them?

Between me and my siblings, because we only have one little person to buy for, over the past few years we have been doing Secret Santa. This means we each get a present to open, but don’t have to go crazy buying for everyone.

We have also tried experience days and vouchers amongst the family, with the aim of bringing us together – which has had mixed response and success.

What is worked for you in the past and what would you recommend?

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Yourself

But what about for yourself?

Is it just me? But whenever I go out shopping for other people, all I can see is things that I want to buy for myself!

So, continuing this imaginary game of shopping …. (See previous posts)

Whilst we have been thinking about what we would buy everyone else, what have you put in your mental shopping basket?

Most years, while Christmas shopping for gifts, I’ll tend to try and buy a Christmas outfit for myself – but this year if we’re not allowed guests or to go visiting, will we be having a loungewear Xmas?

Do you write a list of presents that you want? Drop (massive, big) hints? Or do you just trust that they know what you want?

Chat with others in the HD8 area about it here on social media –

Christmas Shopping Game

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

Thanks for joining me on our imaginary shopping trip today. (see previous posts)

I hope you have enjoyed a bit of imaginary retail therapy and are inspired by the comments that others have left, as much as they are by yours.

If you have got any other top tips on how to do you Christmas shopping please feel free to share.

Now, after my Christmas shopping, my feet are aching and I am famished, as I have not had a chance to eat and I am gagging for a drink.  What are your food and drink recommendations?

Thanks again for joining me Christmas Shopping

 

Lets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

For  all your Christmas Shopping use the HD8 Virtual High Street

Use the hashtags on social media

 

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

Christmas Shopping Game index

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

The long winded one can be found here

Ready?

#Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8Christmas Shopping in your high streets and back streets on  Facebook and Instagram

 

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping?

Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory launched

HD8 Christmas Shopping DirectoryAt HD8 HQ we’ve always been really passionate about small business and buying local.

This year because of lockdown there seems to be even more demand and need to buy local.

Even though some shops on our amazing high streets in our wonderful villages such as Denby Dale, Skelmanthorpe and Kirkburton may be closed – we’re excited to be partnering with the Denby Dale Centre to create a virtual high street this Christmas.

We are offering local businesses the chance to to appear in the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory.

Want to appear on the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory?

Your listing will appear on the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory showing your business name, image and business categories, along with a short description to introduce your business and symbols demonstrating whether you offer facilities such as delivery, click and collect or vouchers.

When clicked on, visitors will be taken to a full page for your business, which will also display your contact details, including links to your website and social media.

This HD8 Virtual High Street will be available until the end of 2020.

This Special Christmas Shopping Directory will be available

  • on our website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/christmas-directory/
  • referred to directly by the Denby Dale Centre helpline call handlers
  • available as a printed version,
  • sent out to those contacting the Denby Dale Centre without internet access
  • of course promoted on our social media channels
  • emailed to our subscribers

Plus many more exciting promotional opportunities

 

Individual products and more details can also be added, however an admin charge may apply.

Sign up for the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory Listing and take advantage of the benefits included in our Bronze package until the end of December 2020.

OR sign up for one of our other carefully created membership packages for the full year AND receive the benefits of the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory!

Sign up to appear on our HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory

Local Restrictions Grant Update

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grants are now live visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

Information on the open and upcoming grant schemes can be found below:

National Lockdown Support Grant

For businesses forced to close due to national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020

Business premises forced to close in England from 5th November as part of the national lockdown measures will receive grants worth up to £3,000 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for Business Rates on 4th November 2020
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • be required to close under the government’s national lockdown restrictions

Businesses required to close, or remain closed

  • All non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues
  • Accommodation
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls – unless exempt
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals
  • Nightclubs
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

A more detailed list is published in Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses who appear on the rating list and who have been forced to remain closed under national restrictions since March 2020 will receive an additional payment to cover the period 1st November 2020 to 4th November. This includes:
    • Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
    • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

 

Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant

For businesses who were significantly impacted by Tier 2 local restrictions between 5th August 2020 and 4th November 2020

Leisure, hospitality or accommodation businesses that were not legally required to close but that have been severely impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2 will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • be a leisure, hospitality or accommodation business
  • occupy premises registered for businesses rates (businesses that do not pay rates directly to Kirklees Council, for instance businesses in shared workspace or bed &breakfasts who pay Council Tax rather than Business Rates are eligible to apply but will be required to supply additional evidence of occupation, for instance a rental agreement or invoice)
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • have been severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions

Eligible businesses include

  • Hospitality venues – cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
  • Accommodation businesses – hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
  • Leisure and sports facilities – including sports facilities, leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting range.

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £934 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,400 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28-day period.

 

Kirklees Discretionary Support Grant Scheme

The council has also been given funding to develop a discretionary grant scheme to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close from 5th November – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

Make an expression of interest for the Discretionary Grant

Email us if you are interested business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

After you have emailed them

They will contact you with updates on this scheme when further information is available.

 

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome logoOne positive side-effect of lockdown is that many more locals have discovered the pleasures of walking in the beautiful countryside of the Denby Dale district, which has an excellent network of public rights of way.

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group works to promote walking in the area.

You can download 18 splendid walk leaflets, of different lengths from their website –

www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk

 

 

 

Circular Economy event – 3rd November 2020

Free workshop opportunity for local businesses

https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/events/kirklees-workshop-maximise-your-businesss-potential-through-a-circular-economy/

This is open to all, but textiles, engineering and furniture manufacturers may find it particularly useful.

It’s early days, but we feel that a circular economy approach may provide key areas for innovation and competitiveness for our businesses as they recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will:

Introduce the Circular Economy concept
Inspire businesses to think greener
Clearly showcase the benefits to business of introducing Circular Economy practises
Help businesses to become more resilient in the future

Visit our Online Events Calendar to find out more information – 

Maximise your businesses potential through a circular economy (workshop)

Kirkburton Hardware has moved

Kirkburton Hardware has moved to a new premises in Kirkburton.

Louise from Kirkburton Hardware said “Obviously the move was very big but worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears that we put in to it, with help from friends and family.  We now have a much bigger shop and are very happy we did it”.

Kirkburton Hardware premise moveThe move to a more central spot in the village has meant they are now seeing new customers, presumably because of increased visibility and ability to carry more stock.

Unbelievably, 90% of the shop was moved in this little french bike trailer, Rachel, one of Kirkburton Hardware’s much loved customers!  Louise and Glen have said that she was an absolute godsend!  That is definitely a customer worth keeping!

 

They are also now back to their normal hours too. 

Which are –

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 830 till 4pm

Wednesday 830 till 12

Saturday 830 till 2pm

 

Want to find out more about Kirkburton Hardware and find out where they have located to please visit their directory listing on our website

Kirkburton Hardware