Business Advice

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

FREE Business Start Up Guide

Please click here to apply for a FREE business start up advice guide.

Our free 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 FREE on site business advice

What to do next

To arrange your free, confidential, 1-2-1 business advice session with a Colbea Business Advisor, either pick up the phone and call 01206 548833 or send us an email!

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 its free?

Colbea’s one-to-one, business advice sessions with an experienced, accredited Business Advisor are completely free – PLUS you get a free, comprehensive start-up guide, worth £10 (£15 RRP).

To arrange your free, confidential, one-to-one business advice session with a Colbea Business Advisor, call us today on 01206 548833, or email