About Us

A space to work, learn & grow.

Mission Statement


Colbea is a not-for-profit enterprise
and business support agency acting
as a catalyst for business success
across Essex.


Colbea provides high quality, inclusive and
accessible workspace, business support and
creative training programmes 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


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 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.



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



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.



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





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.

Workspace, Virtual Tenancies
and Meeting/Training Room


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.



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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We're here to help and provide your business
with the space it needs to work, learn & grow.