About our new sponsor

GOFISH would like to thank Steve and his business for supporting GOFISH. Office Evolution has been involved with us for the past two years.

Click here to view Office Evolution’s website: officeevolution.co.uk

Office Evolution – who we are, what we do

Starting from scratch in a residential garage over 10 years ago; we thought Office Evolution were providing just copiers… It soon become apparent we were not.

“With our first contract won on the first day of trading, it became clear that we didn’t just sell copiers… or printers… or fax machines; but something much more important to them. We were giving our customers peace of mind. We were giving them office solutions – simplified.” – Steve Davis, Managing Director.

It wasn’t just the office equipment we were providing.  

We were solving one of the most fundamental of problems that many, if not all, users experience – that dread when the printer breaks or toner runs out and you have a critical deadline to meet and THAT document you NEED to clinch that next deal is nowhere to be seen. It was a gap in the market – where national suppliers were falling short – a simple promise, that we would do everything we could do to solve that issue and get them back up and running.

Based on that promise our service provision, and business, grew – but never losing sight of what we were good at.

We became, and remain, experts in our field – the supply of photocopiers, printers, faxes, scanners and more recently printer-based software solutions to make our customers lives’ easier, reducing waste and controlling costs – the fastest growing sector in the industry and we are leading the way.

 

Our vision: To be the go-to customer-centric office solutions provider for Wiltshire and beyond

 

Our mission: To champion affordable “big business” office solutions with a customer focused approach – saving time, reducing waste and controlling costs whilst providing an unrivalled support service that enables our business to thrive

 

Our values: Trust – Service Excellence – Positivity – Innovation – Communication – Collaboration

 

“Office Evolution are about celebrating and encouraging young people, their growth and developing their talent ready for the world of work. The GOFISH project does just that – it’s a cause we believe in supporting. It gives young people a chance to expand their skill sets, forge new career paths and more importantly gives us a unique chance to advocate the business people of the future. We sponsor the GOFISH project because we believe in the talent of the future and they are worth celebrating and because inspiring and supporting young people is something we think everyone should be involved in, regardless of your industry sector.” – Steve Davis.

Natalia’s GOFISH Experience

 

Natalia was the leading light in her team to create a business from a small plastic jar. She worked with them on their Business plan, created 200 words on their business and presented to the Dragons. They consisted of very successful local Entrepreneurs. The team won £100, coming joint second in The Office Evolution Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017.

David Baker, Chair of Trowbridge Town Team and GOFISH Coordinator who worked with all the teams in the previous months awarded her the student who went ‘That Extra Mile’. This was sponsored by Howard Travel and was worth £200.

Natalia is now a GOFISH Ambassador and will be presenting to the new students commencing this October and representing GOFISH at other events.

Nicola Davis won The GRIPIT Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 and received a cash prize of £500 and will be supporting us to present to other students. The winner of The Office Evolution Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017; which was open for College students; was Dylan Coyne and his project ‘The Hunt’, he received a prize of £200.

Watch GOFISH’S Celebration Evening 2017 Video here: http://www.gofishteam.co.uk/events/our-celebration-evening-video/

Wiltshire College’s Fresher’s Fair

GOFISH had a fantastic day at Wiltshire College Trowbridge’s Fresher’s Fair. We loved speaking to all the students about our World of Work and Wannabe an Entrepreneur Programmes. We are looking forward to starting our new Entrepreneur Programme to business students this October!

Top 10 tips for your Presentation

Top 10 tips for your presentation

Written by David Baker, GOFISH Coordinator


David’s career has encompassed retail and training all his working life. President of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Governors at Clarendon College, Chair of Trowbridge Town Team Board, Member of ‘Young Enterprise’ and Director of two Management and Training Consultancies

One thing I am confident about is that through life you will need to give many different types of presentations to different audiences for different reasons.

These presentations could include getting a job, going to university/college, within the company you work for, or a presentation for getting business. Most people can find this very daunting; young and old.

Here are a few thoughts to help you shine and make sure you are ‘not one of the rest, but one of the best’. Your career could depend on it.

  1. Without saying you should always be dressed appropriately.

You must research or at least think about your audience and situation before you get dressed. You wouldn’t want to turn up to a presentation to underground coal miners wearing a three-piece suit, or would you!

  1. A good quality presentation has one main point and it is up to you to structure around it

Pinpoint this as soon on as possible when you plan, so that you can really make sure it is the focus of your presentation. You may find drawing a mind map is a good method to stay in topic.

  1. Let your audience know exactly what you are trying to achieve.

An effective presentation should be engaging and interesting, factual and to the point. Think of ones you have attended, and learn from others.

  1. Don’t be controlled by visuals

Use visuals selectively, ensuring they are relevant and clear. You may choose to use them creatively and as headers, and build your notes around them. Do not fall into the trap of ‘Death by PowerPoint’.

  1. Ensure you tailor your presentation to your audience

Not just your clothing needs to be appropriate for your audience. Each audience will have their own agenda, and you should do your homework to find this.

  1. Always rehearse

Even some of the biggest in businesses make mistakes. Steve Jobs back in 2010 had all 500 journalists in the room turn off their Wi-Fi connections after the new iPhone 4 had problems connecting on several occasions. Make sure you practice, practice, practice, as you may only have this one chance to impress. Plan your presentation like a book. A beginning, middle and end.

  1. Don’t hide

Remember, people buy people – Impress with your personality as well – this could make a huge influence on your interviewer/audience.

  1. Body language is key

Use your body language to connect with your audience. Giving a presentation is much like acting; don’t just look at your notes, interact with your audience using body language and engage them.

  1. Don’t forget to summarise

At the end of your presentation summarise the key points and ask for questions. You want to win the audience over, and giving over the key points once again helps to concrete that in their minds.

  1. Say thank you

Don’t forget to say thank you to the audience or interviewer. They have taken time out of their working day to listen to you, and it is important to be polite.

 

I have endeavoured to outline some relevant points for you to consider. GOFISH can organise workshops and one-to-one sessions to cover Business Presentations in much more detail. Please let us know if you are interested in these free workshops.

We’d love to have your article on here too! If you are a local business, or entrepreneur please do get in contact with us if you are interested.

7 Key Steps to Becoming an Entrepreneur

7 Key Steps to Becoming an Entrepreneur

Written by David Baker, GOFISH Coordinator


David’s career has encompassed retail and training all his working life. President of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Governors at Clarendon College, Chair of Trowbridge Town Team Board, Member of ‘Young Enterprise’ and Director of two Management and Training Consultancies

An Entrepreneur is defined as ‘a person who sets up a business whilst taking on financial risks in the hope of profit’. It must be said that to become an entrepreneur, it takes a lot of time and experience, and you must be prepared to put everything on the line. Before you start anything, I think it is vital that you set your goals, because without any, you won’t know where to go, before you’ve even started.

  1. Change your mindset

Being an Entrepreneur is very different to being an Employee. An idea is sometimes like an uncut diamond, it needs to be worked on to see its full potential.

  1. Believe in yourself

You must belief in yourself, if you have an idea great pursue it. Now you need to work on it. You need to let your mind run free, a mind map is a good place to start. ‘All ideas are good ideas at this stage’.

  1. Research

Be hungry for knowledge…knowledge is power. Consider doing a SWOT Analysis. Make sure you investigate as much as you can about your product/service. Many ideas have already been tried but that should not deter you from looking at how you can add value. Be cautious of copyright

  1. Analysis Paralysis

The time has now come for you to act, take your ideas and draw up a practical plan. You could use create the SMART Process….Specific-Measurable-Achievable- Realistic and Time planned

  1. Persist

Entrepreneurship is a marathon not a sprint. Don’t give up which may enter your mind several times, persevere, have confidence, believe in your product/service. Consider what athletes must endure.

  1. Don’t Fear Failure

Failure, disappointments are all part of being an Entrepreneur. See problems as opportunities. Learn by doing….Plan-Do-Review continuously

  1. This is a journey, not a destination

In the end, you need to be your number one supporter. Believe in yourself and when no one does, and show those people what you are capable of achieving.

 

We would like to wish you the best of luck in your journeys. GOFISH can organise workshops and one-to-one sessions to cover Business Presentations in much more detail. Please let us know if you are interested in these free workshops.

We’d love to have your article on here too! If you are a local business, or entrepreneur please do get in contact with us if you are interested.

Our Celebration Evening Video

Our Celebration Evening Video

We would like to say a special thank you to Media Inventions (www.mediainventions.com) for filming the evening and to Ian Pugh, our Master of Ceremonies (if you would like Ian for your next event please email him at iann.pugh@gmail.com or phone call him using 01225768781/07749789361) and to our sponsors and to all those who made the evening a great success, especially the young people!

My Work Experience Week with apetito

My Work Experience Week with apetito

By George Daulman

Monday – Day 1

My first morning at apetito I spent with new employees in general health and safety training. Later, we had a tour of the building and manufacturing facilities; it was awesome to see all the departments and learn about the roles everyone had in the business.

I was then taken to apetito’s Marketing Department where I met Head of Marketing Chris Aston. He took me over the fundamentals of how they work, how they sell, who they sell too. I was then introduced to Dan, Digital Manager and my supervisor for the week. Dan took me through the plan for the week, which included a range of several different tasks and a few meetings too.

After lunch in their staff canteen – where they serve their own food – I was shown my desk and computer for the week. The first project I started on was creating an Email Campaign using Mailchimp, which I was used to using for GOFISH. This email was for Care homes about changes to their product lists. This was due to be sent Tuesday morning.

Tuesday – Day 2

After sending the Email Campaign, I then made a start on my second project which was Tactical Communications. Businesses may use social media or other platforms to send out tactically thought out posts. To do this, I researched all the months of the year, and different special days in those months, such as National Marine Week in July. I then linked this with a product, such as their Fish Pie and created an advertisement for social media linking in with their company values, such as Ethical and Sustainability and linking it with facts like 97% of apetito’s wild fish is certificated by the MSC.

It was extremely amazing to get access to the amount of resources the business had, and I learned very valuable computer skills and taught myself a new programme with help from colleagues.

After lunch, whilst carrying on with making adverts, I looked at the results from the email marketing campaign.

Wednesday – Day 3

I began the day, carrying on with my tactical communications from the afternoon before, but shortly offered to help the Visits & Events Co-ordinator sort out a room for a lunch meeting for apetito directors.

After this, I put on an apron with a rather unflattering hair mesh and helped to prepare the meal. It was great to understand how their products work, and how easy they are to heat up too; it really helped put into perceptive what their business was about, and their main selling points too.

That afternoon, I was very kindly invited to attend a meeting with apetito’s branding agency in Bath about their new brochures and product photoshoot. I loved sitting in on the meeting, and I certainly learnt so much about design, the importance of consistency, and how businesses work with other businesses.

Thursday – Day 4

I spent the first part of the morning finishing off my tactical communications project. After that I was then asked to work on some two infographic documents. These were based from market research in two different care homes they supply too. One was about their food, and the other about apetito’s service. Infographics is something I have never tried before, and I enjoyed the designing aspects of creating the document, it was amazing to think that they would be used in a meeting in the future.

I was then invited to another meeting, with their Bristol based digital marketing agency who ran their CMS based in after lunch. This meeting was much more technical, and many bits flew way over my head, but some of it which I picked up and understood was extremely interesting and useful.

Friday – Day 5

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Friday was casual and the day was shortened by an hour too; which I wouldn’t suspect for such a big employer, but I thought it worked very well in the business.

The first part of the day, I completed the infographics sheets I was working on and made some final alterations to them. I then went to work on completing a research project about another business, and looked at what they did, and who they were, as well as going through all their social media posts to get a bigger picture.

That afternoon, I helped prepare some of their materials in their warehouse for them to use at an exhibition stand later that month.

Monday – Day 6

I was asked if I wanted to attend an extra day at their new product photoshoot, something they were discussing at the branding agency’s meeting the previous week.

As a keen photographer starting out myself I was completely and utterly amazed when I went to the photographer’s studio in Bristol that day. It gave me so many ideas on how I could improve my skills, and how they run a photography shoot with timetables and plans. I spoke to so many new people, including food stylists, and the photographer about how they photograph food and other product shots, and got extremely useful tips that I now use myself.

Conclusion

Dan, Digital Manager said “I’ve had my fair share of bad work experience placements, so I was keen to ensure the experience was both beneficial and enjoyable for George; allowing him to be involved in tangible projects and taking ownership for specific tasks. George was a great addition to the team; getting stuck into all the projects and delivering them to a high level”

I would like to thank everyone involved in making my work experience week so enjoyable. Thank you to David from GOFISH, for helping to arrange the week with Zoe in HR, and a big thank you to Dan, my supervisor for organising and spending the time to tutor and challenge me with all the tasks throughout the week, and not once was I asked to make a tea or coffee, and to the rest of the apetito team for welcoming me onboard so kindly.

I did not want to leave; I loved every minute of the experience. I have learnt so much that I could never learn in a classroom and this week will stick with me for the rest of my career. The week with apetito has now made me realise that I want to work in Marketing and that my next step would be to go and study in University to achieve this.

Finally, my advice would be for anyone nervous or unsure about doing work experience is just to get as much as you can from the week. Ask every question you can think of, and make sure that you make the most of it!

GOFISH Celebration Evening – Your Feedback Matters

Your Feedback Matters

We love to hear your feedback about our events and programme, if you have any feedback please feel free to send over to us

“You very kindly invited my wife and I and a friend to attend your GOFISH event on Tuesday evening.

Having read your mission statement it was very evident on the night, that the aims of the development of young entrepreneurs, through a partnership of education and business, and the hard work and dedication by yourself, is being successfully achieved. It was very obvious to the three of us that the students have benefited from the programmes of GOFISH which has resulted in them going a long way in being prepared for the world of work. Congratulations, thank you for your hospitality, and to all those involved for what was a most enjoyable event.”

Michael Williams MBE. Retired CEO of Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce

 

“This is another excellent example of Trowbridge people pulling together and achieving outstanding results. These young people are our future and deserve to be recognised for their talent and hard work. My thanks go to the ‘Go Fish’ team and everyone concerned who contribute to Trowbridge being a great place to live.”

Deborah Halik, Trowbridge Mayor

 

“Wiltshire College is delighted to have been a part of the GOFISH initiative and we can see its very positive impact on our students in terms of employability and entrepreneurial skills. 

The skill set they have gained through the project will stand them in good stead for their future careers.”

Amanda Burnside, Principal of Wiltshire College

 

“GOFISH has provided a unique opportunity for the business studies students at Wiltshire College. They were given the opportunity to work with local employers and learn some essential skills.  It has been an excellent collaboration which the college and the students are extremely proud of and grateful for. The Celebration Evening was a great success and the students were proud of their achievements and awards”

Pippa Thomas, Business Studies Lecturer, Wiltshire College

 

“I just want to thank you for all you have done for our son since he became a part of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. First of all, thank you for opening the competition up to musicians as well as stall holders. Before the competition, he really only thought of himself as a musician, not as a business person.  He had never really realised that to be successful in the music industry that he must also have good business sense. The competition made him define his goals and focus on how to reach them. The support from the GOFISH team has been incredible. Thank you for all the words of encouragement. The experience has been amazing and I would highly recommend the programme to any young person.”

Carla, Parent of Finalist

 

“As a business owner and recruiter I feel passionately regarding the work GOFISH is undertaking, assisting young people enhance their skills relative to the world of work.

The Dragons Dungeon project was a daunting task for those participating but in reality the working world is tough, and the skills they were expected to demonstrate have proved invaluable to those taking part.

As a judge, it was inspiring and motivational to meet young people who were focused on success and able to illustrate the passion they felt for their products/services. The whole event was exceptionally well organised, and the celebration evening was one everyone could enjoy including family and friends.  If this first event can generate enthusiasm for future participants, then it is a big step in the right direction.”

Beverley Glover, MD of White Horse Employment

 

“Inspirational”

Mike Prior

 

“Witnessing the celebration of what the students had achieved over the last year with GOFISH, was truly a proud moment to be part of a community which offers support to our young people. For people to achieve they need the right support. GOFISH nurture these roots and direct people’s energy in the right direction.”

Aby Cooper Customer Service Manager, Civic Centre

 

“Thank you so much for such a brilliant evening, it feels amazing to have been chosen as this year’s winner and it will certainly help boost the profile of my business. Through this competition I have gained confidence in speaking about my business and it has pushed me to look into ways of expanding which were not possible before without the prize money.”

Nicola Davis, Winner of The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017

 

It was wonderful to see such a huge turnout of people, all passionate about supporting our young people with their business endeavours. It’s very refreshing to find an organisation like GOFISH, who are so genuinely interested in helping youngsters to achieve their goals.  I know Nicola will use her prize money to grow her business in a new direction, which she would not have been able to do without the support of GOFISH and this competition.

Katherine Davis, Parent of Winner of The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017

 

“I found the experience of GOFISH very educational. It taught me how to present in front of people and how to pitch my ideas. It also helped boost my confidence. I have also learned the importance of networking and have made some good contacts which will hopefully be useful in the future. Many thanks!”

Ben Laver, Finalist in The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017

 

“As a firm that embraces educational programmes for young people, Office Evolution were delighted to support the GOFISH Awards event that have recognised and rewarded entrepreneurial spirit in today’s youth. The programme has empowered young people to harness both their personal and business skills and has provided a practical “look” of what is required in the “world of work”. It has sparked energy and enthusiasm of the young people in Trowbridge, teaching employability skills that they will need as employees and entrepreneurs of the future. It was encouraging to see great business, both established and developing; through the young people’s innovation and teamwork, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our young entrepreneurs.”

Steve Davis, MD of Office Evolutions

 

Thank you for inviting me to act as Master of Ceremony at the GOFISH Celebration Evening for the Young Entrepreneur Awards here in Trowbridge. It was great to see that there are so many young budding Entrepreneurs with so much talent ready to embrace the future. It was also wonderful to see so many distinguishing guests from the business community, education and politics giving their time freely to cheer on these youngsters.

It should also not be forgotten David, that without you and your team, non of this would have been made possible. Well Done.

Congratulations to all involved.”

Ian Pugh FGInPT, Master of Ceremony (if you would like Ian for your next event, please email him at iann.pugh@gmail.com or phone call him using 01225768781/07749789361)

GOFISH Celebration Evening a huge success!

Over 80 guests celebrated with GOFISH the achievements of young people who had been involved in several opportunities to win Awards, were presented with their trophies and cheques at The Town Hall on the 25th July. The prizes were worth £1650.