New technical updates

To improve your experience we have invested in some technical updates on our website.

These updates will improve your ability to measure the benefits and impact you receive from the HD8 Network.

Call to Action Button

We have created a Call to Action Button on Directory Listings.

This will help you to direct visitors to undertake certain actions.  This could be for a special offer or focused on an area of work or product range.

We recommend that members create unique landing pages for traffic from our listings.  This will allow you to measure the impact received from your membership.

Members can update their ‘Call to Action Button’ by emailing us with details to be included.

 

Google Maps

We have fixed Google Maps on the Event Listings, following changes Google made last year, controlling the access to the information.

But please remember to include contact details and links to directory listings to make it as easy as possible for potential attendees come to your events.

 

 

Source and Medium

We have added some code into our website, so that you can measure the traffic from our website to yours, in your Google Analytics.

Contact us for a guide to find this information in your Google Analytics.

 

Chat Box

At the bottom right hand of the screen you will see a little chat box.  Chat to us when you have questions or queries.

It is us, so apologies if  we don’t always respond immediately—especially in the middle of the night or when we’re in meetings.

 

We’d love the opportunity to explain these updates further so please get in touch!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group for children 0-5 years old.

Friday’s 1-3pm at Clayton West Darby and Joan Club.

£1 under 1’s, £2 for over 1’s and £1 for siblings.

Range of crafts and other entertainment provided.  Singing and Snacks each week for the little ones, with tea and coffee available for the adults.

Well kitted out baby area, with lots of sensory toys. As well as role play and small world toys.

Parents, Grandparents, Carers and Childminders all welcome.

No need to book, just turn up.

For more details please visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ClaytonWestToddlers/

Check out their directory listing on our website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/clayton-west-baby-toddler-group/

 

Find out how you can get exposure for your organisation on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/join/

The TAG Speed Motorcycle Show

The TAG Speed Motorcycle Show is returning to Huddersfield for its second year running!

This year we’re coming back bigger and better with multiple trade stalls from main dealerships to second hand dealerships, a motorcycle trials stunt show, live music by some of Huddersfield’s own local bands, a bouncy castle fun run, food & drink(including alcohol) and of course the tribute to the fallen riders of 2019!

The TAG Speed Motorcycle Show made it’s mark on Huddersfield last year and for our first ever show it was a huge success.

We kickstarted a once dormant motorcycle community, that would normally have to travel hours outside of Yorkshire to attend any kind of motorcycle show, bringing everyone together for a fun, action packed day out.

This year we are setting the bar even higher and growing our show even further!

So…don’t miss out! Pencil our date into your diary and get your tickets booked!

We look forward to seeing you all at the show!

Shepley Spring Festival 2019

Spring Festival is an annual 3 day celebration of traditional music, song and dance.

The event started in 2007 and has developed a national and international profile as well  as being a community led and community based event.Shepley Spring Festival

The festival is moving this year from its previous location in Shepley village to a new home at Storthes Hall Park, Kirkburton with the concerts, bar, food stalls, craft fayre and children’s activities all based at ‘The Venue’.

Camping for weekend ticket holders is in the grounds adjacent to the site and other activities spill out into the pubs in local villages.

For more information check out – www.shepleyspringfestival.com

Shepley Spring Festival is a small, friendly, family orientated event expecting to attract about 1000 visitors this year.

Our aim is to celebrate the very best of traditional music and dance from Britain and beyond, showcasing some of the most well own artists of the folk music genre but also offering a platform for aspiring young musicians to perform on the same stage. In 2019 we are inviting groups and individuals from Lancashire, London, Cornwall, Scotland and France as well as performers who live in Shepley and other villages and towns in Yorkshire.

As organisers we are passionate about the music, the dance, the tradition, keeping it alive and passing it on to the next generation.

The annual event is organised by a small group of volunteers, none of whom benefit financially from the event. Members of the group all have daytime employment and planning the festival is an enjoyable but time consuming activity.  However like all other arts organisations and events we rely on grant funding and sponsorship to be able to stage the event.

There are a number of ways that you can help support the festival is you are an organization; sponsorship, advertising or having a stand at the event are a number of ways that your business could benefit from exposure and we welcome the opportunity to reduce our costs by receiving work in exchange of tickets.   If you would like more information please email info@HD8network.co.uk

However the best way you can support the festival is to buy a ticket and come along for a brilliant time, listening to a variety of traditional music and dance in a family friendly atmosphere.

Vacancy for a Musical Director

denby dale ladies choir musical directorDenby Dales Ladies Choir have a vacancy for a Musical Director

 

A professional musician and conductor with vocal coaching skills required

If you would like to apply to be the Musical Director/Conductor of Denby Dale Ladies’ Choir please email Liz Booth, Chairperson, for an Application Pack to: denbydaleladieschoir@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: Friday 15th March 2019

For more information about the choir please visit the website: www.denbydaleladieschoir.co.uk

Didsbury Dog Lovers’ Solution to Modern Day Loneliness

This year ‘Blue Monday’ falls on 21st January, Described as the ‘most depressing day of the year’, Blue Monday is known as the day when people feel at their lowest either due to the weather, lack of exercise, isolation or post Christmas lethargy.

Volunteer dog cuddling is being offered by Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax as an antidote to the problem of loneliness in modern society. For those who are retired or work from home and are spending large chunks of time alone, caring for a waggy-tailed companion on a temporary basis and meeting other like minded dog lovers could really help to overcome feelings of isolation.

The perception of loneliness as mainly an issue for the older generation is now proving inaccurate, as a study from the Office for National Statistics suggests that young adults are more likely to feel lonely than older age groups. Due to huge advances in technology, the number of freelancers and remote workers is rising, with an article in Business Leader claiming that a ‘third of business owners think that workforce will work remotely by 2020.’

Mark of Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax said “Whilst remote working has obvious advantages, working alone under pressure and not having the physical presence of a team to support you can lead to loneliness that can’t be fixed by any kind of app. Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine cuddles (far better than any virtual hug) but also the motivation to go and take a winter walk at lunchtime, increasing the likelihood of adhering to New Year fitness resolutions.”

The community of Barking Mad host families mainly consists of active retired people and those who either work from home or have extended periods away from work such as those who work in schools or colleges. It offers the opportunity to care for dogs in your own home, while their owners are away on holiday. Hosts experience all the benefits of dog companionship without any of the emotional or financial responsibilities of full-time pet ownership.

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad host and help banish those January blues, you can call Mark on 01484 599420, email mark.abbott@barkingmad.uk.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareHuddersfield/ or https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/local/yorkshire/huddersfield/

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 www.barkingmad.uk.com to find your dog’s home from home today.

Bella Contour Consultation Day

Bella Contour is holding a permanent consultation day at Yorkshires Premier Cosmetic Clinic the Skyn Doctor Clinic on Birkhouse Lane Huddersfield HD5 8BE between 10am & 3pm.

 

A great opportunity to learn all about permanent cosmetic treatments and see what can be achieved with a free bespoke brow design. To book a consultation please contact Elle Tyler on 0787 371 607.

 

Address of the event is – Skyn Doctor Clinic Birkhouse Lane Huddersfield HD5 8BE

Join the Fight

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust take great pride in getting to know those they partner with and offer flexible support to our commercial partners.

By joining you are helping the charity provide world class research into cancers affecting 13-24 year olds as well as supporting thousands of teen and adolescents cancer patients during their battle against cancer.

Every day 7 teenagers & young adults are told they have cancer, they need you to #jointhefight

 

Please click here to download the Laura Crane Trust’s Fight Club leaflet 

 

Please see the Laura Crane Trust’s listing on our website for contact details

What’s on at Cliffe House this February Half Term!

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 2019


Cliffe House

Climbing Wall – Tuesday 19th February

Our climbing wall will be open from 11am until 3pm.

30 minutes session £3 per person

All day access £5 per person

Collect your wristbands from the Kiosk. (Weather dependent)


Try it! Archery – Wednesday 20th February (pre-bookable)*

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (10 mins induction 50 mins session)

£3 per person suitable for ages 6yrs+



Little Cooks Kitchen – Wednesday 20th February ( pre-bookable)*

9am until 12pm £20 per child, for ages 8yrs+

Includes ingredients and tutoring from an experienced qualified chef.



Cliffe House Club – Thursday 21st February (pre-bookable)*

9am until 5pm £30 per child including packed lunch (£5 Early drop off available from 8.00am) for ages 8-12 years

Spend the day doing a variety of outdoor activities such as; archery, team building games, orienteering, etc.



Adventure Playground & Kiosk

Why not enjoy a hot coffee from our kiosk whilst the children play in the adventure playground.

Open throughout Kirklees School Holidays (excluding Bank Holidays).

Our adventure playground is free to use, however, we rely on your kind  donations of £1 per child to ensure that we can keep this playground open for our local community to enjoy.

Kiosk open 11am-3pm — Adventure playground 10am-4pm


*Pre-bookable activities

To book go to https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/town-halls/events-and-tickets.aspx and search Cliffe House.

Limited spaces available, book now to avoid disappointment.

 

Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, Huddersfield, HD8 8DB               T: 01484 225083 option  3

E: cliffehouse@kirklees.gov.uk              www.cliffehouse.co.uk

Sponsor a networking event

Over the years the HD8 Network has brought you a range of speakers; experts in their fields and local businesses, providing insights and overviews, inspiring and informing attendees to help them become better businesses.

In November we were honoured to have Revell Ward sponsor a lunch following our event.  We believe it was in gratitude for the event, as Jenifer has attended off and on over the years and supports our aim.

It was nice to see lots of new faces, and everyone seemed to have a jolly good time, we hope to see them again in the future.

 

We have introduced a ‘bring a guest and get a credit at your next event’ promotion, which is encouraging members to invite new faces and this is having a positive impact on the numbers of attendees and conversations had each month.

We have also introduced a Contribution Slip, for attendees to help us record the impact that we are making in the local area as a result of our events and network.

 

If your organisation would like to sponsor one of networking events and provide lunch following one of our mid morning mid month meetup networking events, then please get in touch.

 

Get More Sales in 2019

Prepare to get 2019 off to a brilliant start with hints and tips on getting more sales.

Paul Simpson Business HubOur speaker this month is Paul Simpson from The Business Hub UK who will be sharing strategies on helping you increase sales and plan to grow your business.

Paul Simpson works with all sizes of business to achieve.

Achieve what? Well that up to you, helping businesses in a practical and pragmatic way learn how to create a business so the owners can enjoy the life they ultimately want and desire.

Building sales is the major challenge for many SME. Paul Simpson has owned and run several businesses, experiencing life at the coal face and now passes his wisdom on to you.

To book your ticket please visit – https://hd8networkmmmmm-jan.eventbrite.co.uk

The Welcome Centre. Food Bank and more …

Welcome Centre Food Bank and MoreWith the Main centre – for visitors and parcel collections is Lord Street, Huddersfield and the Donations centre – to drop off donations – on Queens Mill Industrial Estate, Queens Mill Road,  Lockwood, the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield is one of the largest food banks in the north of England.

 

The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions since 2010.

There are many factors contributing to the rise of food poverty, including national welfare reforms, the rise of zero hours contracts, and struggling local economies. The Welcome Centre provides food, toiletries and other essentials alongside a one-to-one advocacy, guidance and support service tailored to people’s needs.

The food packs that the Welcome Centre give out contain enough food for seven days.

They try to provide a good quantity of nutritious, high quality food in our food packs, and tailor each pack to meet people’s dietary requirements and preferences. They believe in respecting people’s food choices no matter what financial predicament they find themselves in.

They’re more than just a food bank.

The Welcome Centre offer clients advocacy, guidance and support to help them address any underlying or ongoing issues which prevent them getting back on their feet.  You can find out more about the additional support they provide here advocacy, guidance and support.

As an independent, local charity, they rely on the support of local people like you; please help if you can.

The Welcome Centre accept donations of most dried, fresh and tinned foods as long as they are unopened and in date.

If you want to discuss a donation of surplus stock from your business, please contact emma.thewelcomecente@gmail.com

The Christmas appeals currently for food etc are – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/32-christmas-shortages

Donations of Christmas items should be with the Welcome Centre by Friday 21st December.

Other ways that you can get involved can be found here – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/2-support-us

To get contact details of the Welcome Centre, please visit  our organisation listing for them.

Sayers Solutions #ChristmasFun

One of our special members, Sayers Solutions, is running a #ChristmasFun campaign which asks for a bit of crowd participation – do you fancy joining in?

Sayers Solutions #Christmas Fun with blog addressEach evening at 8pm Sayers Solutions will post a line from a Christmas song on their Twitter and Facebook Page, and ask you to respond and take part!

Twitter – @SayersSolutions

Facebook Page – @SayersSolutionsPage

You can do this in a number of ways ….

The easiest way to respond would be to reply with the title of the song … however ideally Sayers Solutions would love you to do a video of you singing it!

But anything in between or other fun and engaging contributions celebrating the seasonal joy would also be welcomed!

Their favourite contributions will be awarded with Chocolate or other Christmas goodies (however exchange of ‘prizes’ would need to be conducted locally and when time allowed!).

So let’s have some Christmas fun and join in!

 

More information about Sayers Solutions can be found on their directory listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/sayers-solutions/

Made in Clayton West Newsletter

Made in Clayton West Newsletter Cover imageHi! We are ‘Made in Clayton West’.

We are a community network set up by 3 friends a few years ago.

Made in Clayton West is all about bringing people together around their interests, building community spirit and shining a light on all the fabulous stuff that happens in our community and our newsletter does just that!

Click here to download the Made in Clayton West newsletter

You can also find out about what’s going on locally by visiting our Facebook page – Made in Clayton West.

We hope you enjoy reading it and please get in touch if you have any comments.

 

Want to get in touch with Made in Clayton West? Then please visit their directory listing for contact details

If you would like to find out more about Clayton West then please visit our page dedicated to Clayton West

Bring a guest and get £5 credit

Busy networking events are what everyone wants.

The more people there are to meet, the more connections there are to make.

We do our best to promote our events, however we need your help too!

Be an ambassador of our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup networking events and tell others about our events and invite them along.

As a reward for your efforts, when you bring a guest (or a guest brings a card with your details on) you will receive £5 credit at your next networking event.

What do you do next?

Click on the picture and you will find a variety of templates that you can download and print to assist you recommend our networking event.

Write on your details (if you are really clever you could do this electronically) and print them or perhaps attach a copy of your business card and then hand them out when networking.

We have plenty of pre-printed cards that you can get from us at our networking events.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Secret Santa Christmas Shopping List for a Teenager

This Christmas, throughout the UK, nearly 500 teenage cancer patients will be waking Christmas morning in a hospital bed far from home, family and friends.

Please be a Secret Santa and buy an extra gift today for a teenager spending their Christmas day fighting cancer.

Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust make a big difference to the lives of young cancer patients.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens, Pencils/colouring pencils
  • Colourng Books – Arts & Crafts items
  • DVDs / CDs (suitable for teenagers)
  • Books & Games (suitable for teenagers)
  • Beanie Hats
  • Gift vouchers
  • Gift Sets (male & female)

NB – No hair products!

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust thank you for joining the fight against cancer in young people and send you their very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas.

 

If you would like to donate a gift to a young cancer patient this Christmas the Laura Crane Trust will be at our December HD8 Network Mmmmm networking event and will bring a donation bag along.

To find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit their business listing on our directory.

Bloomindale’s Top 5

We are celebrating 5 years of the HD8 Network and so are asking people to give us their top 5.  Please click here to see ours – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/top-5-things-blog/

Here are Bloomindale’s top 5

5 things about Bloomindale

  • Local small business
  • Independent
  • Florist and Atelier
  • Strong community ethos
  • We employ local

5 Bloomindale Events 

  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 19th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 26th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 29th November at The Coffee Loft & Tapas Bar
  • Christmas Market – 25th November – The Dunkirk
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 4th December – Denby Care Home

5 businesses that Bloomindale like

  • Utterly Yorkshire
  • Springfield Mill
  • Denby Care Home
  • Citrus Financial Management
  • Gawthorpe Butchers

5 things Bloomindale love about HD8 area

  • Local trend
  • Community spirit
  • Charitable abundance
  • Accessible transport
  • Outdoor facilities

 

If you would like to find our more about Bloomindale, please visit their website https://www.bloomindaleflorists.co.uk

or connect with them on social media https://www.facebook.com/bloomindaleflorists/ and https://www.instagram.com/bloomindaleflorist/

Have you got a Top 5?

If so, email info@HD8network.co.uk or post them on our social media channels.

 

What to find out more about the HD8 Network?   Then click here

Tinsel Tuesday

Tinsel Tuesday is fancy dress with a festive twist

Tinsel Tuesday Laura Crane Youth TrustDecorating the tree is a special moment for most families… so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust wants to spread the joy even further by asking Huddersfield businesses to encourage their staff to decorate themselves like a Christmas tree for one Tuesday in December!

Wrap yourself in tinsel, wear baubles, roll around in glitter…anything goes!

Choose on one Tuesday in December, so either the 4th, 11th or 18th and send the charity your photos for social media!

Suggested minimum donation £1 with all funds raised going to the Gifts 4 young cancer patients Christmas appeal.