Small Business Saturday – December 5th

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This year Huddersfield Partnership and the Federation of Small businesses will be celebrating and promoting Small Business Saturday. What is that, you ask?

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

This year we have joined forces to deliver a festive themed event at the Piazza, Huddersfield to promote small businesses from Huddersfield, Kirklees and West Yorkshire.

Applications are now open for small businesses to apply to particiapte. We are looking for small retailers and food traders to get involved but also want to encourage members of the general public to spend their ‘coffers’ in some of our local independent venues and retail outlets. Please join us in bringing in the festive season and promoting the importance of shopping local.

If you are interested in participating please email for details.

Market Place

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Huddersfield Partnership in conjunction with The Packhorse brings you…

Market Place
A new 3 month trial event held monthly on Market Place from 10-3.30pm
showcasing a variety of craft and food stalls.

MarketPlace with dates1st event – Tuesday 30th June
2nd event – Tuesday 21st July
3rd event – Tuesday 4th August

Bringing enterprise to the heart of the Town Centre!

To book or inquire about a stall:
email: Ring: 01434 480894


Huddersfield Food & Drink Sponsorship Pack

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Sponsorship Opportunities with  Huddersfield Food and Festival 6th – 9th August 2015 

We have a number of sponsorship packages that we promote to organisations and businesses who either have a corporate social responsibility policy or wish to increase their brand within the local community in which they serve.
Our main sponsor for Hudds Food Fest 2015, is John Smith Stadium in association with Heineken however, we seek to find other sponsors who may have an interest or synergy in other elements of the festival we may be delivering.

This year we will be celebrating Hudds Food Fest 15th anniversary. We aim to make this year as successful as ever
therefore, we will be building on the success of last year and developing new events to encompass our celebrations.

Sponsor Pack: HFDF15 Sponsor Pack_email

If you are interested in supporting our 15th Anniversary festival please email or call 01434 480894 to express your interest.

Help keep making our festival possible!

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Huddersfield Criterium – Town Centre Cycle Event

Once again Huddersfield, is to host a spectacular evening of cycling fun, which will be free for all to watch. The event is organised by local cycling enthusiasts Dave Sowerby & Martyn Bolt.

From 6-9pm the streets of the town centre will be buzzing with high speed action and thousands of spectators, for this popular style of cycling. Otley has held this type of event for nearly 30 years with traders reporting more business than New Year’s Eve, with no anti-social behaviour issues so make sure your town centre business is ready to benefit?

Full details of the event are on the web site where individuals can view video of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s course and details of sponsors and charity partners.

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Posters for the event will be circulated shortly but this is by way of advance notice so businesses can consider staffing, if your local businesses benefit from the footfall. This is to also make local residents and businesses aware of the route of the race circuit, as road closure orders will be in place for the event safety.

There are a number of sponsorship and support opportunities for local businesses , which are all on the website, These start from only £250 for one of the 3 metre by 1 metre barrier adverts you can see in the photo, or £200 for an advert in the event programme, proceeds of which are going to the charity partner and other local groups

The organisors hope you will enjoy the evening and help make this an annual event for Huddersfield!

To support the event, see sponsor pack.

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Connectivity News


Huddersfield Town Centre Connectivity Project

Kirklees Council have begun the introduction of bus gate traffic island with carriageway repairs on Railway Street, Huddersfield Town Centre.

If businesses or residents have any questions about the work, then you can  contact Chris Dunn on: 01434 221000

If you need to contact someone outside office hours, please ring Highways Customer Care on 01434 414700.

Please click on the link below to view the proposed plans:

Start of Works Letter Plan

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Huddersfield Partnership Membership gives discount for events…


One of the many benefits with our membership is that we manage and run a calendar of events, which if a member wanted to Trade at one of these they would then receive a 10% discount.

For your chance to receive this discount at our prolific event, Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival August 2015, join now and gain the benefits and further incentives as a part of the HP Team to ensure you receive the discount upon applying for the festival.

*Discount for the event will not be accepted if you join the membership at the same time as applying for an event. The date you join the membership needs to be prior to the application. I.E – Huddersfield Food & Drink application deadline will be Feb-March 2015 so don’t miss out and leave it until the New Year!

To find out more about what we offer and if you’re interested in joining give us a call on 01434 480894 or email

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Business Startup – How to run your own business

Want to run your own business?  Not sure where to start?

‘Ready For Business’ is a specially developed workshop for anyone looking to start a business.  The session will cover all the elements a new entrepreneur needs to think about in order to launch a successful enterprise.  You will cover the fundamentals of setting up in business including routes to market, business planning and forecasting sales.  You will also be introduced to the one-to-one support offer available to a new startup business through the Ready for Business scheme.

Kirklees Business Deal, designed by Kirklees Council, ‘Ready for Business’, and Bradford Chamber.

The workshops take place on Tuesday 18th March 2014, at Huddersfield Library, from 12.30pm till 5pm.

Anyone interested in attending this event needs to book via Eventbrite

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Huddersfield Literature Festival Has It All

Top authors, storytelling, poetry performance and creative writing workshops – the 2014 Huddersfield Literature Festival looks set to be a major draw, with something for everyone.

The Festival, which runs from 6-16 March 2014 with a theme of ‘Remembrance’, will include an In Conversation with Booker Prize nominee Jim Crace, who recently announced his retirement from writing, as well as events with Kate Adie and Joanne Harris.

It will once again feature the popular Manga Con – this year in a new venue at the University of Huddersfield, which was recently voted University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards.

For music lovers there is a choice of music, dance and storytelling from the Annapurna Indian Dance company, a Darwin sea shanty and dance event, and a talk from Jazz Summers – the former manager of Wham! and the Verve – which will be followed by an 80s covers band at the Rock Café.

There will be storytelling at the Tolson Museum, a one-woman show from Sunny Ormonde – The Archers’ outrageous Lilian Bellamy – an open mic event with Talking Zebras and a Meet the Agent & Editor event with senior figures from the publishing world. A full afternoon of events will be dedicated to The Life & Works of Iain (M) Banks, the novelist who died in June 2013.

The festival will once again take over PechaKucha at the Media Centre, with speakers presenting 20 slides each in 20 seconds – one of the most popular events at the 2013 festival.

Recently named one of the world’s best LGBT events, London’s Polari literary salon will feature as Polari Up North – the first time this event has ever been held north of Watford. Hosted by author and journalist Paul Burston, the event will showcase the work of Mari Hannah, Keith Jarrett, VG Lee and Adam Lowe.

Poet and festival patron Lemn Sissay will round off the festival, headlining an afternoon of events focusing on human rights, including stories of British soldiers in the First World War. And a post festival Literary Afternoon Tea will feature bestselling authors Marina Lewycka and Matt Haig, among others.

Festival Director Michelle Hodgson, says: “This year the festival has even more to offer with at least 25 events at around a dozen venues across Huddersfield, including several at the University of Huddersfield. We are also using local environmentally friendly printers, PrintPod to design and print 30,000 brochures, which will be available in the new year.”

She continued: “We are very grateful to the Arts Council, Kirklees Council and the University’s School of Music, Humanities & Media for additional funding for 2014 and we are partnering with a number of local businesses that are providing sponsorship support, including Wilkinson Woodward, Begbies Traynor, Ravenhall and Addy Murgatroyd. This allows us to keep ticket prices affordable, while offering a wider range of events.”

See for full festival information.

Comic Relief Funding Available For Kirklees Based Groups

Kirklees based voluntary organisations are invited to apply for funding grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 from Comic Relief.
One Community, the community foundation for Kirklees is the delivery partner for Comic Relief locally, and will assess all applications and award grants.

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through the Local Communities programme.

The programme opens again to applications in January 2014, and aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. The Local Communities Programme will run for two years and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available.

The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.
Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However, organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief cannot apply for a Local Communities grant. A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.

Who Can Apply?

  • Community Groups
  • Resident Associations
  • Community Centres
  • Social Enterprises / Community Interest Companies / Community Interest Organisations
  • Credit Unions

Paul Johnson from One Community, said: “This is a great opportunity for a local organisation to obtain some substantial funding from Comic Relief, which would really help to drive their group or project forward..”
To learn more and apply for a grant call 01434 468397 or go to