Introducing the HBA team
As with many community groups, a great deal of time and effort goes on behind the scenes to make sure that Honley Business Association benefits the people who live, work and visit Honley.
The committee are all volunteers, who give their time throughout the year to monitor and run the website and social media feeds, as well as constantly raising funds to help improve our village. Then there are the major events. The Christmas Light Switch-on and Christmas Market, among others, are all made possible thanks to the work and dedication of the HBA team.
Here you can find out a little bit more about the driving force behind HBA and meet the team that put together this website.
A familiar face around Honley, June owns Zebra and was a founding member of Honley Business Association. She helped set up the Community Facebook page, raised funds for CCTV and works tirelessly for the benefit of our village. June’s also in charge of the Community Facebook page.
Sylv’s a self-confessed ‘comer-inner’ and as a lover of Honley, she set up the Friends of Honley group in 2015, and took on the Chair of HBA in 2019. Sylv’s passion is helping people and businesses and she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Want something done? Speak to Sylvia!
Philip, joined HBA as Treasurer in 2013. Owner of Stead Robinson accountants, Philip is definitely not another boring old accountant. With his van and triple-ladder, it’s Philip and his team of willing volunteers who install the amazing village displays and festive Christmas lights.
Owner of Social Progress, Janet’s business pedigree is indisputable. Janet’s a former Business Link advisor, and a Facebook ‘She Means Business’ Accredited Trainer. It was a natural move for Janet to get involved with HBA and use her wealth of business experience to help the village.
As an IT project manager for Lloyds Banking Group, Glenn was involved in multi-million pound projects across multiple countries. Now that his children are grown and graduated, he’s putting his IT and project management skills to work for HBA, and the Village Trust. He also helped start Honley Volunteers.
Here’s the team behind the website
“There’s just something about Honley. Within a few miles you can be out in the middle of nowhere or in the centre of a big city. The village has so much to offer too, yet it keeps that friendly community feel. That’s what I wanted to get across in the wording on the website.”
When her (now adult) daughter was first born, Jeanette left her job as PR Manager at Meadowhall Centre, and set up CopyWrite. As a freelance copywriter she’s written websites, magazines, brochures and more, working with household names including Morrisons, Syngenta, Harvey Nichols, NHS and Arla, as well as smaller companies and charities.
Having lived in Honley for 20 years (not wanting to leave, the family moved house within the village) Jeanette jumped at the opportunity to write the HBA website.
“I absolutely love Honley and the fabulous countryside right on our doorstep. It’s always a privilege to capture our beautiful scenery and the great community spirit of our village life.”
Sandie fell in love with the beautiful landscape of the Holme Valley while walking her dog and, over a decade ago, began capturing the images on film and sharing her photography. Her passion has grown to include community events in our area and she’s the official photographer for the Honley Show. Sandie’s photographs have been used to illustrate Christmas cards by Kirkwood Hospice for many years, and she reached an international audience when her photos of Yorkshire villages were broadcast on ITV during their live TV coverage of the Yorkshire Grand Depart. Sandie regularly gives talks to community groups about her photography experiences, donating her speaker’s fee to Friend to Friend, a group helping to improve the lives of older people.
John Steel Photography
“I‘m a ‘people’ photographer. It’s people who add personality to a place and there’s certainly plenty of personalities around Honley. It’s what made working on the website great fun!”
John admits he never set out to become a photographer, but has certainly found his calling. He describes himself as ‘quite handy with a camera’ – an understatement to say the least. There’s personality shining through each and every photo John takes and his knack for capturing ‘character’ brings his photography to life. There’s a vibrant sense of movement in all John’s photos that makes you want to see more.
John lives and works in the area, and was the obvious person to complement Sandie’s work, capturing the life and soul of our village on film. In his day job he works with people: capturing a couple’s special day with his wedding photography, chronicling a family’s special bond, snapping that perfect sporting moment, or illustrating what makes a company unique, with his commercial photography.
Web build & Project management
“We love being a part of the local business community in and around Honley. We feel very privileged to call lots of the businesses we work with and support in their businesses, friends.”
Social Progress are experts at social media and marketing, providing services including social media management and training for clients big and small. Yet there’s much more to their offer as they proved with the HBA website. Using their project management skills, they took John Polley’s branding, Sandie and John’s pictures and Jeanette’s words and transformed them into the fully functioning website you see today.
They definitely know what they’re talking about when it comes to technology but they’re great with people too, translating tech-talk into language that makes sense to anyone. That’s one of the reasons they worked so well with the HBA team!
“With the new Honley brand, I wanted to pull people into the word – and world – of Honley. By using a transparent ‘O’ in Honley, my aim was to make people look at the village in a new light.”
John, together with his team, spends his days creating new brands for businesses. His brief for the Honley Business Association website was to create something fresh and vibrant that brings to life the warm, friendly character of our village. As an experienced graphic designer and branding specialist, John did that and more. He developed a palette of colours, giving the new brand the flexibility to highlight different aspects of our village.
With HBA John took the same meticulous approach he does with all his clients, researching our village history and heritage as well as the look and feel of Honley today., He then developed a selection of designs that led to the branding you see today.