Business Enterprise Agency Team.
Colbea is a not for profit organisation dedicated to helping businesses in Essex start, grow and thrive. Our sole aim is to help improve the economic prosperity of the region. If you wish to contact us, please do not hesitate to call or email us. Our friendly team will be more than happy to help you.
Bob spent 20 years working in the NHS rising to the position of Senior Manager with a multimillion pound budget and a directorate staff of over 200. During the years of competitive tendering for NHS ancillary services he was a leading member of the ‘in house’ team that won a £10 million 5 year catering contract from the North East Essex NHS Trusts; in competition with three major national catering companies. On the establishment of the new business of Anglia Crown Catering Ltd in 1993 Bob was one of the two founding Directors. The new business soon became recognised as one of the foremost providers of meal solutions within the UK hospital sector. After leaving Anglia Crown in 1999 Bob joined Colbea in the same year as Chief Executive. With the development of existing services and the introduction of innovative new services he has overseen a considerable increase in the number of small business clients. He has taken the Enterprise Agency from a turnover of £83k with a staff of 3 to a turnover of £590k with a staff of 11 and established it as one of Essex’s most successful business support organisations winning National awards for innovation and excellence.
James has been immersed in business from a young age preferring to have a career rather than going to university. After a five year stint in tourism with a bias to marketing he then joined a small merchant bank in the City and started a 27 year career in finance working for a number of blue chip names. In April 2011 he was made redundant. He set up the Colchester Executive Jobs Club as a means to grow a local network and help others going through a similar process. This is being turned into a social enterprise called CareerServe Co-operative. In June 2012 he purchased a franchise called Tutor Doctor and has been working on raising the visilibity of the business so that it can deliver the power of 1-2-1 learning to as many students as he can reach. James is currently studying for a business based degree with the Open University.
Keith spent 25 years in industry in a variety of jobs in the packaging industry before spending seven years as a salesman. He then became a Commercial Manager in the paper trade and then for an engineering company running home and export sales plus warehouse and distribution. He then moved over to become Production and Materials Controller responsible for manufacturing and stock control systems.
He then decided to form his own business and for twenty-five years he was an independent systems consultant assisting small and medium sized enterprises on how to increase their business efficiency through the implementation of efficient systems applications.
He has also been a part-time lecturer in Business Organisation and Management Studies in the Technology Department of Anglia Ruskin University working with students (both full and part time) taking degrees in engineering, communications and electronics.
He holds the Diploma in Marketing of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
He was accredited as a consultant under the Enterprise Initiative, by The Assessment Network under the Small Business Service Consultancy scheme and registered with the Supplier Matching Scheme operated by Business Link.
Trevor Edwards originally formed his own business development and training consultancy in 1991, having previously gained 20 years business management experience with several blue-chip companies. During this time he headed up operating divisions for three companies, managing strategic product development, marketing and sales initiatives. As an independent consultant and business advisor he has worked with clients in a variety of market sectors including retail, leisure, print and publishing, computer systems and ICT in the UK and in France. He also has extensive specialist knowledge in the development of new technologies. Trevor is a director of People Spark Co. Ltd, specialising in developing and implementing training and education programmes built round the specific needs of individuals and organisations.
As an experienced business owner and employer, Paula Ruane works with new business to promote growth. Her Business Resilience Training Programme is designed for stress prevention and build up which improves performance, business acuity and profitability.
Paula is a small business advisor with Colbea. Her business career includes the launch and sale of a successful London based interior design business , creating a high net worth client portfolio within Financial Services and setting up 4 thriving women’s WIBN networking groups. In 2009 Paula formed a unique consultancy specialising in workplace stress prevention and resilience training and now works in collaboration with an employment law expert .
Facility Contracts and administration.
Tenancy Agreements, Invoicing and Administration.
Client Contract Services
Client, Trainer and Advisor Liaison; Database and Administration.
Fee is responsible for the Social Media and general administration.