Category Archives: Starting a Business Case Studies

Thinking of starting a business? Find your inspiration among some of the Colbea success stories from our 35 years providing business support in Colchester.

Starting a Business Case Study – with Sophie Skipper Photography

Sophie Skipper is a professional photographer based in Suffolk but also covering Essex and Norfolk. Sophie started Sophie Skipper Photography business in early 2016. In early 2017 she attended Colbea’s first ‘In the Market for Success’ (IM4S) business course and later that year was named ‘Best Young Client’ in the 2017 Colbea Business Awards. We […]

Starting a Business Case Study – with Turvec Cycle Storage Solutions

Started in 2016 by George Hosegood and Rupert Harvey-Scholes, Turvec Cycle Storage Solutions specialise in the design and installation of bicycle parking solutions. In October 2017 Turvec was named Best Business Start-Up in the 2017 Colbea Business Awards. We spoke to George and Rupert, from their London office near Bank tube station, about their experience […]

Taking Care of Business With eeze – Starting a Business with Colbea

Over in Colbea’s Colchester Business Centre, the minds behind It’seeze Web Consultants are hard at work – and business is good. Established in September of 2008, It’seeze provide “Professional, affordable website design and full ongoing website support services to local SMEs.”. Just as this description suggests, this company is passionate about supporting local SMEs; offering […]

A Colbea Success Story – Ribbon and Label Supplies

A Colbea Success Story   Ribbon & Label Supplies, run by Mark Lister, is a business that does what it says on the tin – supplying the right solution, with a barcode that goes beep first time every time. Mark has been a Colbea client since 2011 and a tenant since 2013. We spoke to […]

Colchester Classics is Hitting All the Right Notes – A Colbea Success Story

On the 4th of January 2006, Liz Leatherdale founded Colchester Classics: a CD, LP and DVD mail order company specialising in Classical music. With twenty years of experience in the Classical music industry – including work for the BBC – Liz puts passion at the heart of her business, addressing potential customers on the Colchester […]

Lyndee starts with ‘Small Steps’ to found an award-winning business

Osteopath Lyndee Oscar started her business journey as one of the first delegates on Colbea’s ‘Small Steps, Big Changes’ programme. Before founding her own business, Lyndee had a 23-year career as a registered osteopath, working in the private sector and as an orthopaedic and surgical occupational therapist within the NHS. Working with the Small Steps, […]

Coscraft, a “national treasure” in Colchester

Storme and Pez started Coscraft – a cosplay supply store – in 2010, after becoming frustrated by the existing options available. “There simply wasn’t any shop that sold what we wanted or catered towards us. After having to go to eBay and make purchases from Chinese sellers too many times, and hearing about our friends […]

Woofs n Wiggles – A Colbea Success Story

Woofs n Wiggles Takes the Lead The proud founder of Colchester-based Woofs n Wiggles, Jenny Parrett was one of the first delegates on Colbea’s Small Steps, Big Changes programme. Jenny worked full -time as a graphic designer but had a passion for dogs and was training in advanced dog training in her spare time. Her […]

The Ministry of Parenting – a Colbea Success Story

Eight years ago, Jeannie Gordon, a psychiatric nurse trained through the mental health trust, was working on community parenting programmes when government funding cuts threatened to affect the quality of service provided. Intent on continuing to provide support for families across Essex, and despite having no previous business experience “whatsoever”, Jeannie created The Ministry of […]

Karelia Network Solutions – a Colbea Success Story

Stephen’s business benefited from “Business advice and affordable, high-quality business premises” “I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have been able to get to the point I am today of having an office within six months, employing people within a year, without the existence of Colbea.” Stephen Warne started Karelia Network Solutions, an IT business […]