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Fully-funded business advice sessions

Fully-funded business advice sessions

Thanks to continued funding from Colchester Borough Council we are able to continue and expand our fully-funded business advice sessions. They are currently held virtually via telephone or video call and a business advice appointment can be booked within 48 hours.

The one-to-one virtual sessions with a qualified business advisor will cover planning, cashflow, business re-alignment and recovery and signposting to the help and support services available from their local council and Government.

Colbea CEO Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford said: “We have seen a significant rise in the demand for one-to-one business support and advice, and we appreciate the need for a rapid response. Therefore, we will be extending the business advice session availability and reaching out to businesses to let them know we are here to help.

“We have a team of highly experienced business advisors, and the regional partnerships and contacts to provide timely advice and guidance on how to access the funding available to them at a time when businesses desperately need it, and we are here, ready to help in any way we can.”

The virtual business advice sessions with a Colbea business advisor are free of charge and can be booked by contacting Colbea on 01206 548833 or by email at

Article by Colbea Enterprise Agency

The Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting business to start, grow and thrive. Colbea delivers over 1,000 training and advice sessions every year, so it’s fair to say that we know what we’re talking about.

Our sole aim is to help improve the economic prosperity of the region and we offer:
* Serviced office suites at two Colchester sites; one with easy access to the A12 and one in the centre of Colchester town
* Flexible space and ‘easy-in easy-out’ rentals within a modern business incubation environment
* Virtual offices with a professional business address and post services
* Business advice for start-ups and existing businessese from accredited professionals
* Business and vocational training in partnership with skilled business trainers and organisations
* Training and meeting room hire
Our business advice services are either free of charge or heavily subsidised. This is made possible through the generous support of local councils and by sponsorship from other businesses. Colbea is a member of the National Enterprise Network (NEN), which advises the Government on business enterprise and entrepreneurship.