About Us

Colbea is a not-for-profit enterprise agency acting as a catalyst for business success across Essex. Colbea provides high quality, inclusive and accessible workspace,
business support and creative training programs with an ambition to create economically thriving communities across the region.

Our Background

 

Established in 1982 Colbea is a not-for-profit business support and enterprise agency designed to be an incubation centre for small to medium sized businesses. We provide office space, virtual tenancies, meeting/training room hire, business advice and training opportunities.

 

Colbea helps new businesses get off the ground and supports businesses to develop into successful ventures. Our sole aim is to see the economic prosperity of the region improved through new business development.


Our Mission Statement


Colbea is a not-for-profit enterprise agency acting as a catalyst for business success across Essex. Colbea provides high quality, inclusive and accessible workspace, business support and creative training programs with an ambition to create economically thriving communities across the region.


Our Values

 

Our clients are at the heart of what we do, and our values guide us and drive how we work with you and for you:

Integrity: We are open, honest, and respectful; always striving to do the right thing and strengthening the use of client feedback to inform and develop our services.

Ambitious: We are passionate about the social and economic success of our clients and provide practical yet creative solutions to enable businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive.

Inclusive: We are committed to making our services relevant and accessible to all.

Sustainable: We are outward focused and adapt and evolve to remain relevant and of value. We also strive to minimise our negative impact on the environment.

Our North Colchester Business Centre

Our North Colchester Business Centre

Our Central Colchester Business Centre reception

Our Central Colchester Business Centre reception

A meeting room at our North Colchester Business Centre

A meeting room at our North Colchester Business
Centre

Workspace, Virtual Tenancies and Meeting/Training Room Hire

 

Colbea’s two business centres are home to more than 60 businesses, with agile working spaces, a mix of light industrial units and office space up to 439 sq ft with flexible lease terms available for all tenants. We offer Virtual Tenancy packages with a post-forwarding service, and meeting/training room hire.

 

 

Whether you are looking to test your business idea, set up, or are ready to grow, Colbea is here to help!

Business Advice

 

Fully-funded one-to-one business advice sessions are available for anyone looking for information, advice, and guidance to start, grow or develop a business. This may include support on a range of topics from business planning to signposting and help with accessing funding and grants, delivered by our expert advisors.

Our expert advisors: Keith, James, Mandeep and Frin

Meet our expert advisors: Keith, James, Mandeep and Frin

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Training

 

We hold a range training courses which are provided in partnership with skilled business trainers and organisations. Our training courses give you the key skills you need to start your business on a firm footing or develop your skills to help a current business thrive and scale-up. Whilst our core funding allows us to deliver on our base goals for training provision to the community, we also benefit from funding from local authorities to deliver on a specific topic or cover a particular geographical area or demographic.

Colbea 21-24 Strategy

 

Our strategy represents a continued evolution of the direction we have been developing over the last few years. It sets out how we will play our part in creating economically thriving communities across the region.


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