You don't need to have a business plan to come along and have a chat; our qualified and experienced business advisors are here to help you fulfil your business needs and goals.

Booked appointments with an advisor last one hour. To arrange your fully-funded*, confidential business advice session with a Colbea business advisor, call 01206 548833 or contact us here.

Business Advice

Keith Powell - Business Advisor

Business advisor Keith holds a Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has run business health checks on established businesses, assisted in the formation initiatives under partnership agreements with other local organisations and helped businesses to obtain funding. Having worked with local government and business organisations and accredited as a consultant under the Enterprise Initiative, Keith is a long-term asset to Colbea's business advice services. 

James Cracknell - Business Advisor

SFEDI accredited business advisor James Cracknell has been working in this capacity across NE Essex and Suffolk for the past 6 years. He also has experience in establishing co-operative, social enterprise and charity organisations. He has worked with Colbea and MENTA in Suffolk as a business advisor and mentor. James has close ties with the University of Essex and has facilitated their I-Teams programme for the last 2 years.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Monday, January 7th
  • Wednesday, January 16th
  • Wednesday, January 23rd


Get your complimentary business start-up guide here

Packed with vital information and business tips for anyone who is at the research, planning or implementation stage of starting a business.

*Business advice is fully-funded for Colchester Borough Council residents only