Colchester Business Advice

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.

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.

Mandeep Gabhari – Business Advisor 

Mandeep has run numerous businesses within the hospitality sector ranging from restaurants, cafes, contract & event catering, end to end event management, to a marquee business. He’s project managed several property developments/refurbishments. Mandeep has also undertaken several voluntary roles as a steward, then teaching business English in Spain, a Trustee Director for Vision Redbridge. Since 2003, he is a specialist mentor and an inspirational/business speaker on the Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme.

Upcoming Sessions in May:

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


Whatever your enquiry, we’ll always be happy to help. You can send us a message by completing our contact form or, if you need an instant answer, call us now on 01206 548 833

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Opening hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
Two Colchester locations which are detailed below:
Colbea Central Colchester Business Centre – 01206 548 833
Colbea North Colchester Business Centre – 01206 848 420