Business Advice

Fully-Funded* face-to-face, one-to-one business advice in Colchester from qualified and experienced Business Advisors.

Complimentary Business Start Up Guide

Please click here to apply for your complimentary business start up advice guide.

Our Business Start Up Guide is packed with vital information and business tips for anyone who is at the research, planning or implementation stage of starting a business

Offices for Start Up Businesses

We also manage small office suites within two modern purpose built Business Centres in Colchester. These provide ‘easy in easy out’ flexible space, meaning you benefit from a competitive inclusive rate without signing up to a long lease. Plus office space in our Business Centres includes optional complimentary on-site business advice

What to do next

To arrange your confidential, 1-2-1 business advice session with a Colbea Business Advisor, either pick up the phone and call 01206 548833 or click here to contact us!


*Business Advice is fully-funded for Colchester Borough Council residents only
Why do I need business advice?
Our statistics show that people who seek business advice when they are starting are much more likely to continue trading into their third, fourth and fifth years than those who ‘go it alone’.
Why should I come to Colbea for business advice?
Colbea’s Business Advisors all have extensive business experience, are fully accredited to Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) Standards, and they’ve all been there and done it in business.

We have delivered more than 750 business advice sessions in the last year. And because we are a not-for-profit organisation which exists solely to help improve the economic prosperity of the region, we may signpost to one of our highly-regarded partner organisations, or a Colbea sponsor, to ensure you benefit from specialist advice relevant to your sector and help in working out plans for the future – we want to give your venture the best possible chance to succeed.
What am I likely to achieve?

Your Colbea Business Advisors are here to help and encourage you as a new entrepreneur while helping you explore the pros and cons of self-employment before deciding to take the plunge.

We will help you find answers to areas in starting your business that are giving you problems such as:

  • Is your idea realistic and workable?
  • What should you do next?
  • How and where can you access resources that can help you such as training, funding or networks?
  • Key business skills such as finance and marketing.

And it’s fully-funded?

Colbea’s one-to-one, business advice sessions with an experienced, accredited Business Advisor are fully-funded – you’ll even get a complimentary comprehensive start-up guide.

To arrange your confidential, one-to-one business advice session with a Colbea Business Advisor, call us today on 01206 548833, or CLICK HERE to contact us.