We Will Continue Your Legacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very sorry to have to tell you that this month we tragically lost our Coordinator and great friend David Baker, who sadly passed away on August 1st following a short illness.

David was truly passionate about supporting young people through the GOFISH programme, having built it up from scratch with the help of George Daulman, and latterly running the programme with Nicola Davis, both young ambassadors and entrepreneurs. Not only did David dedicate much of his time to supporting young and vulnerable people, but he did it with pure joy and always went the extra mile to ensure these young people could have a promising future.

David was also a prominent and well known figure within the local business community, winning the Civic Award in 2019 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Trowbridge. He played a huge part in promoting the town for over 25 years, through business, education and encouraging entrepreneurship in young people. He was involved with the local Chamber of Commerce for many years and his drive and passion for promoting the town led to a prominent role in the development of the Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce. David was also involved in setting up the Trowbridge County Town Initiative, the Trowbridge Town Team and Transforming Trowbridge. During his time spent on the Board of Governors of Clarendon College, David developed and nurtured students who had become disengaged and alienated within the school environment.

From all of us at GOFISH:
Thank you David for all that you have done for us. We will continue your legacy and remember you always.

There will be a funeral service for David at Semington Crematorium on Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 2.30pm, followed by a wake at Trowbridge Rugby Club.

GOFISH Young Talent Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come to the GOFISH Young Talent Market on Saturday 22nd June at Tesco Extra car park, County Way, Trowbridge, BA14 7AQ.

We will be open from 10am – 3pm FREE ENTRY, promoting local young entrepreneurs and their small businesses.

There will be stalls selling handmade crafts, accessories, gifts, ice cream and more, including live music, children’s free craft activities and competitions!

 

Visit to apetito

On the 21st February as part of GOFISH’s monthly ‘Young Entrepreneur Club’, a group of entrepreneurs of all ages and experiences were invited to apetito’s Headquarters to listen to four key speakers about how to succeed in running your own business.

The speakers were successful Entrepreneurs in their own right. Jon Amies of apetito opened the evening on ‘The Importance of Entrepreneurial Skills in Business’, followed by Steve Davis MD of Office Evolution, Len Turner a local businessman and entrepreneur and finally Tracy Parker owner of Leykers in Trowbridge. They all brought a clear message of their own experiences and anecdotes to the well attended audience: hard work, commitment, passion and riding the waves are all key to success.

Zoe Beauvoisin, Learning and Development Manager at apetito commented:
“apetito is thrilled to be a sponsor of GOFISH. Over the past two years, apetito has provided a variety of support to GOFISH, such as offering tours, giving presentations to college Business students and hosting evenings like tonight.”

“apetito will also contribute an award, prizes and certificates at GOFISH’s annual Celebration Evening later this year. Making a real difference to the community in which we live is at the heart of everything we do and our sponsorship enables GOFISH to do more great work in the local area. apetito is also looking to expand our apprenticeship programme this year and is currently offering apprentices in IT and Engineering, furthermore making a positive contribution to the local community and economy.”

David Baker, GOFISH Coordinator and Chair of the Trowbridge Town Team, said:
“The attendance exceeded our expectations and all the young people were a credit to themselves and GOFISH. To name a few we had a budding Ice Cream Vendor who is very passionate and committed, a future Blacksmith, a Childrenswear Designer and a young man who wants to make up-cycled furniture.”

Ulanda, one of our youngest attendee’s at 15 years old, said:
“I’ve learnt that running your own business isn’t always predictable and its important to learn from your mistakes. Networking is also very important.” Natalia, one of GOFISH’s Young Ambassadors said “The mixture of speakers was perfect, from key employee’s of large businesses to owners of smaller independent shops.”

The evening was so well organised by apetito and their team. They also provided food, the same as served to their customers, which was delicious! I suggest in some areas they are the ‘Best Kept Secret’…

Learn more about apetito here.

Wanna Be an Entrepreneur?

On our last ‘Wanna be an Entrepreneur’ workshop of  2018 we had a masterclass on how to successfully sell at markets by local market organiser Nicola Davis. If you are aged 30 or under and are interested in attending any of our FREE business workshops please e-mail us at info@gofishteam.co.uk.

Celebration Evening 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our celebration evening on the 7th June and to everyone who helped behind the scenes.

We had over 100 guests and awarded a total sum of £1300 to our various winners, as well as trophies, certificates and medals.

Check out our special edition of Fishsticks we have looked back over the evening and celebrated all of our winners here.

First College Workshop

Natalia Orzechowska who has become a GOFISH Ambassador since attending the Young Entrepreneur Programme in her first year at the college and winning two cash prizes presenting to the new students her experiences and how she believes they can benefit from it.

Natalia said: ”The first meeting with Year 1 Business students was very successful and felt like we have gained interest and attention of the individuals about what we do and aim for in this year’s competition. Due to myself being in the same position last year, I now have a better understanding of what I can help the student with for them to achieve better results whilst further improving my skills and contributing to GOFISH. Good Luck to all of the students who will soon start working on their project!”.

Mayor’s Charity Business Networking Lunch

You are invited to Trowbridge Mayor’s Charity Business Networking Lunch on Saturday 27th January, 12-4 pm at the Civic Centre.

Not only will you be helping to raise money for Wiltshire MIND, but you will have the opportunity to listen to our guest speaker, Michelle Donelan MP talk on the subject of BREXIT and what it means for UK businesses, and also chat with other local business owners over a traditional three course lunch. Please contact Trowbridge Information Centre for tickets – 01225 765072.

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.