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Spotlight on … David Woodward – Thrive Face Of The Fortnight

Thrive Face Of The Fortnight: David Woodward, Tas Valley Fire

Thirty years of fighting fires in the Norfolk brigade didn’t leave fire officer David Woodward wanting a nice, long sit down. Instead, he rejected retirement to fulfil his ambition of being his own boss – with great success.

Thrive: Pitch us your business, David.
David: Tas Valley Fire provides services and maintains all kinds of fire protection products. Since I spent thirty years dealing with the consequences of not having good fire protection in place, I’m able to help my customers keep themselves and their properties safe.

Thrive: How would you describe your business style?
David: We’re actually friendly and laid-back, despite the seriousness of our business. I’m very approachable and always enjoy a good chat with my customers too. Especially if they want to talk Norwich City Football club!

Thrive: How did you first hear about Thrive?
David: Like most good relationships, we met through friends. Lorna and John are good friends with some close pals of my wife Beverley and I. We hit it off and I liked the sound of Thrive because they seemed more friendly and less in-your-face then other business groups.

Thrive: What’s the most useful connection you’ve made through Thrive?
David: Apart from it being very interesting to meet people in a range of different industries and compare notes, it has to be a contract with a world-famous Norwich company. Through Thrive member, Ian Higgins (whose daughter works there), I have been asked to advise on, and manage a large fire detection system. From there they’ve asked for even more work and its become a very lucrative contract.

Thrive: What’s the biggest help you’ve been to a fellow member?
David: We recommended Gareth, the solicitor in our group, to several people and they’ve hired him and been very impressed. He definitely owes me a pint!

Thrive: What do you like most about the meetings?
David: It’s a really supportive place to come and talk about business. There’s no hard sell, just like minded people talking about what they do. I find it very interesting to hear about what others are up to and get to know new business friends.

Thrive: How would other Thrive members describe your role in the group?
David: They seem to like my stories! So I’d say entertainment – and comedy!

Thrive: If you weren’t in your business, in what area would you make a splash?
David: A professional hockey player! No, that’s just a pipe dream. In reality, I’d like to organise events for a living. I did that in my youth in Kings Lynn, in the good old days. But I do think I’ve got a knack for it – just ask the people who come to my parties at home!

Kate White
Front Page PR

Networking puts you in the position to connect with people with whom you want to do business and allows you to gain and grow good business relationships from the beginning. Networking isn’t just about making contacts and connections, it’s about making the right ones. Thrive is a forwarding thinking group of like-minded people who appreciate staying connected and helping each other.