The Big Idea

“To act as a collective voice for local businesses, focused on improving our town and encouraging greater trade and tourism”

We have long been aware there are many websites that each promote slices of Hebden Bridge life, but not one single site bringing together a simple positive message that informs and stimulates the visitor economy, whilst promoting the many businesses and organisations at the same time. It certainly was a big idea and one we hope we’re now achieving.

Who we are

Hebdenbridge.org is run by the Hebden Royd Business Forum

The website has been jointly funded using the prize money from The Great British High Street Award, match funding by Calderdale Council, support from the Big Lottery Fund and more latterly Hebden Royd Town Council, who funded the new Our Vibrant Valley section.

About the website

This website is for visitors and locals alike. A place to share what we love about Hebden Bridge,
Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale and beyond and to encourage visitors, and people who live and work in
and around Hebden Bridge, an opportunity to look a little deeper into such a unique town and its
close neighbours.

In essence, it’s a ‘Local’s Guide’. It’s run by the Hebden Royd Business Forum who have a mandate
to stimulate the visitor economy and help businesses and organisations in HX7 thrive; and it’s not for
profit, as spare funds are re-invested into local projects that will benefit all businesses in HX7.

The reach for promotions via hebdenbridge.org and our social media is far and wide and is a great
platform for businesses to advertise themselves and their activities.

It’s also a ‘Visitor’s Guide’ for anyone wondering just why they should visit this picturesque part of
the world and sample what it has to offer, from hospitality, places to stay and shopping to walks,
heritage and activities.

The introduction of the new ‘Our Vibrant Valley’ event guide, sponsored by Hebden Royd Town
Council through the Hebden Bridge Recovery Group and unique to hebdenbridge.org, will be a
showcase for everything that helps promote recovery across the Hebden Royd area for locals and
visitors alike. From the arts to sport, festivals and gatherings to ……. Whatever the activity, whatever
the event, whatever the interest – ‘Our Vibrant Valley’ will have it all!

About HRBF

The Hebden Royd Business Forum acts as a collective voice for local business and is recognised and
respected by Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Council, The Town Board and beyond.

It’s a non-profit organisation with a mandate to stimulate the visitor economy and help businesses
and organisations in HX7 thrive.

We are focussed on improving our town and encouraging greater trade and tourism. We normally
hold 4 networking events per annum when circumstances allow and send out many important
newsletters, covering all sorts of topics for businesses to get involved with.

Our ‘Loyal to Local’ initiative to help and promote local businesses, is particularly relevant in the
recovery process post pandemic and will go from strength to strength in the months ahead.

We are proud of our town and surrounding area and working together for the benefit of all is
something that makes us unique.

HRBF does not have a membership as such, instead inviting all interested parties to sign up to our
newsletter or to promote their businesses via sponsorship on the website.

Meet the team

Hebden Royd Business Forum and the HebdenBridge.org website are run by a wonderful diverse committee of local business people on a voluntary basis. Meet our team below…

Angie Mossman

Co-Chair

I moved to Hebden Bridge in 2005 and fell in love with this vibrant, creative and independent community. My background is in designing, improving and running customer service operations, leading teams of up to 500 people in a range of industries and complex environments, including the HBOS Household Insurance service operation and one of the HMRC service centres. I moved into project and change management in HMRC, leading process re-engineering and systems introduction across 10 PAYE service centres. From HMRC, I moved back into the private sector with Gamma Telecom, setting up a complex operational change function and leading my team to deliver multiple system and process change projects over the next 7 years. I also spent 5 years as a freelance Learning & Development Consultant, adding NLP to my skill set and specialising in design and delivery of leadership skills training for corporate clients, mostly in customer service environments, as well as growth and change programmes for personal clients. In 2019, driven by a desire to use my project & service design experience for my own business, I started the journey of designing and building Daisy Bank Camp in Blackshaw Head with my husband Andrew, which opened during 2021 and 2022. I’ve always sought to enable organisations and people to be the best they can be, and strive to design in fantastic customer service whilst improving business performance through pragmatic, action oriented collaboration, so I was delighted to be asked to get involved with the Hebden Royd Business Forum and hope to use my experiences to support HX7 businesses to thrive!

Amy Gault

Co-Chair & Networking Host

Hi, my name’s Amy and I was born in the upper Calder Valley, I’ve been away and come back because I love the place. I now run a small business (Splat Training) here and a family and I’m involved in all sorts of aspects of Calderdale life. I love business networking but I don’t like to take it too seriously so I’m all about bringing a bit of fun to the Forum. Give us a wave if you see me around in the Splat Van!

Roger Benn

Light Up The Valley & Recovery Group Collective

I have lived in Hebden Bridge for over 30 years and married with 4 children and 5 grandchildren. A former police officer, I started my own travel business – Benchmark Travel – nearly 20 years ago. First operating from home, I then moved the business to Top Land Country Business Park before taking over Whitesands Travel in 2012 when the merged business moved to its present home at Bridge End, Mytholmroyd  (opposite Sainsburys).  Benchmark Travel offers a full range of travel and holiday services including its own specialist tours. I am a member of Rotary and currently responsible for organising the Easter Monday Hebden Bridge Duck Race which this year returns to Hebden Water in the centre of Hebden Bridge. I am also the lead Organiser for Light Up The Valley a partnership between the Business Forum, the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge and Hebden Royd Town Council to help the community and businesses of HX7. This was an idea born from the Hebden Bridge Recovery Group of which I’m also a member, currently looking at ways to shape the future of HX7, both short and long term.

Andrew Mossman

Treasurer

I’m Andrew, the Treasurer for HRBF, and I run a rural retreat in Blackshaw Head called Daisy Bank Camp with my wife Angie. I formed my first Limited Company over 40 years ago and have worked in many corporate environments both in the UK and overseas since. The majority of my career has been in telecommunications, designing telecoms networks and more efficient ways of working, and latterly running projects upgrading and closing exchanges. I’ve always been passionate about the power of communities and I have worked with numerous community groups, gaining a BA hons 1st in Community Regeneration and Development in 2011. I’m looking forward to using my experience to help HX7 businesses in any way I can.

 

Alison Bartram

Social Media/Hebden Bridge representative

With family born and raised in Halifax it was inevitable that I would end up planting firm roots somewhere in the beautiful Calder Valley and I am proud to have my business in Hebden Bridge. Heart Gallery opened on Market Street in 2006 to bring a different shopping experience to the town. Passionate about working with local and UK based designers, makers, and artists I have worked hard to realise my dream whilst hopefully changing the way people think about how they shop and where they shop. I am happy to be part of a great team that is striving to keep Hebden Bridge a destination full of great independent businesses.

Sue Slater

Mytholmroyd/Cragg Vale representative

I was born and lived in Heptonstall area all my life. I opened my own hairdressing business Headquarters in Mytholmroyd 39 years ago after training at Bradford College and working in Halifax. I have been a Heptonstall Parish councillor since 2013 and is a trustee of Mytholmroyd Community Centre and Hebden Bridge and District Old People’s Welfare committee.

I have an active role on the Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Town development board and as part of Royd Regen I was instrumental in setting up Mytholmroyd Business Network.

Bryony Smith-Harrison

Committee Member

Growing up on the hillside between Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, the
Calder Valley has always been the place I return to and call my home.
Which is why, when I moved back in 2016 I decided it would be a great
place to open my Pilates studio and start to put roots down with my own
business. In January 2017 I opened the doors for The Bridge Pilates
Studio which has been growing and evolving ever since!

My education and work has taken me across the whole of the UK, wearing
different hats and in different roles for many National Portfolio
Organisations. These roles include: delivering dance, education and
training, community outreach, festival planning and coordination and
office management. I have always been driven by the motivation to create
community. I joined the HRBF in November 2023 as I want to help support
Hebden Royd Businesses in developing strong and supportive links and
communication for the longevity of our businesses and Calder Valley
community.

Mikaela Brand

Social Media

With 26 years combined experience in both advertising and hospitality, working with international brands such as Red Stripe, Nestle, Red Bull, TUI and Sandals Resorts, I decided to step back from the rigours of a hectic lifestyle and return to the UK with my daughter. For a small Yorkshire town, I was immediately impressed by Hebden Bridge’s extensive online presence, its historical preservations and enthralled by its slower pace of life. 

The incredible community spirit I witnessed after the 2019 floods followed by full lockdowns, inspired me to establish a marketing/social media consultancy which focuses solely on assisting local small businesses in Hebden Royd break the barriers and reach their full potential with customer experience, collaboration and increased revenue. 

Bex Shindler

Business Development Manager

I spent my earlier career working in Fundraising & Development for renowned arts and heritage organisations across the north of England including Opera North, Tate Liverpool, The Lowry, The Hepworth Wakefield, The Pankhurst Trust and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2020 I took the leap to pursue my retreat catering business The Mindful Kitchen and follow my passion for healthy food. I now host plant-based cooking and wellbeing retreats in Hebden Bridge working with a number of local suppliers. I am passionate about our local community and proud to live in vibrant HX7, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to play an active role in helping its local businesses to thrive.

Want to join the team?

We are always looking for passionate, enthusiastic and business people to join our team. If this sounds like you, drop us a line.

info@hebdenbridge.org