MYNetwork links West Yorkshire businessesSource: Huddersfield Daily Examiner
"A NETWORKING group based in Huddersfield is combining new technology and tradition to bring businesses together across West Yorkshire.
The Mid Yorkshire Network – which makes use of online communications and old-fashioned face-to-face meetings – began life three years ago under its original name of the Kirklees and Calderdale Business Group.
Following a rebrand last August, the newly-named MYNetwork now has more than 900 members – and continues to grow in numbers.
About half of its members are business people from Huddersfield and Halifax with the rest drawn from surrounding areas.
The network holds monthly meetings at the Media Centre in Northumberland Street, but also hosts online discussions about business issues with members staying in touch through the LinkedIn site.
MYnetwork has four supporting partners who organise its activities – the Lockwood-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Ramsdens Solicitors, the Media Centre and Golcar-based text messaging specialist SMileS SMS.
Sinead Sopala, marketing manager at Ramsdens, said: "MYnetwork is as much about creating a platform to bring local businesses together as it is about bringing business into our community.
"Because the group was born on LinkedIn it allows people to network both off and online
"Last week alone we had 83 comments made in 15 discussions online and we had 85 people attend our February event That's a whole lot of networking!"
"Our monthly meetings are free to attend, very relaxed and continue to grow."
"Last year, the group supported a number of other events including hosting our events at the Kirklees Business Conference and the Huddersfield Food Festival."
And she added:"We have some exciting things coming up with MYnetwork in 2012."
Mark Evans, director at SMileS SMS, said: "When Sinead first invited us to try and get a few more local businesses talking to each other we were really excited.
"Our local area has so much to offer and events like this are a fantastic way to discover what other businesses exist.
"Our business is all about communicating and to us this is the best way to communicate."