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.

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 […]

The Lampshade Company – a Colbea Success Story

A Lightbulb Moment for Lampshades Started from a back bedroom in 2011, The Lampshade Company is now a multi-award winning business and has even been featured on national TV. As with many successful businesses, the story of this local success begins with encountering a problem and finding an entrepreneurial solution, as Angela Berry, Founder of […]