BIG – A Network of Business Owners

Join Colbea’s BIG event – a monthly meeting that sits between 1:1 mentoring  and one to many workshops. Each month we build an invaluable library of business skills on essential business topics. Meet local businesses, gain confidence in networking whilst taking time to reflect upon your business among a friendly crowd. 

BIG is NOT just another business networking club, it’s much MUCH more than that!


About BIG

We are more than another business networking group, the BIG event is here to support you via training, education and help for your business, wherever you are on your business journey, including:


  • An interactive bootcamp to develop your business with the help of experts covering essential topics
  • Free access to Colbea Business Advisors for expert advice and mentoring
  • Support to develop your business from Colbea Sponsors
  • Members discounts on Colbea meeting and training rooms
  • Information about business start-up and personal development services available
  • Monthly business networking
  • Breakfast refreshments for BIG attendees


Click here to join our MeetUp group

BIG in 2016

The Lean Start-Up Methodology – Eric Ries’s best selling book is the basis for BIG 2016 Jun to Dec

We want to make sure that all activity is pulling in the same direction. The Bootcamp will motivate and challenge you to be a better business person. Make a commitment you can keep, join us every month to increase your skills and improve the odds of business success. Click big-leaflet-jul-dec-2016 to learn more about our on-going Bootcamp

BIG in 2017

Keller’s Brand Equity Model – Create additional revenue by Building a Powerful Brand – BIG 2017 Jan to Jun

Over the next six month we will be covering Keller’s Brand Equity model. Kevin Keller, a marketing professor at the Tuck School of Business developed this model. It appears in his book “Strategic Brand Management.” and has been a pivotal aspect of marketing since. Click big-leaflet-jan-jun-2017 to learn more about our future curriculum.


How to join?

Come along to BIG at the North Colchester Business Centre, 340 The Crescent, Severalls Business Park, Colchester CO4 9AD between 7.45 am and 9.30 am.

No joining fee, and an all-inclusive membership fee of only £12 per month (incl. VAT).

£144.00 Click here to buy online

What our members say:
Nick Kokolski. I have been a member of BIG right from the start and I can honestly say, I don’t recall ever having come away from a meeting without something of use. I find that not only are the meetings useful, but also as I attend on a regular basis, a certain amount of networking occurs quite naturally and I have made some useful contacts.
Jenny Parrett. Would recommend to everyone that wants to accelerate their business and meet fantastic advisors. A must in business, thank you!
B.I.G. Success Story How has BIG helped you as a business owner?

BIG has helped me primarily to develop the confidence to rub shoulders with other local business owners, by demonstrating that we're all in the same boat and there is no harm or shame in being new or inexperienced. BIG has been unfailingly encouraging and supportive as well as consistently providing interesting and informative talks on every aspect of business. I feel reassured that I've covered all the bases and inspired to try new things.

What is it about BIG that you enjoy?
I love the friendliness of all the attendees and the welcoming and encouraging demeanour of the tutors and mentors. The whole event feels relaxed and unpretentious, which catalyses real interaction between the attendees, rather than simply the impersonal handing out of business cards.

If you had to stop BIG what would you do to replace it?
I would struggle to find a different networking group to fill BIG's niche. Most groups are more about acquiring as many business cards as possible and "selling" yourself to the other attendees, whereas BIG creates an environment where actual friendships and meaningful partnerships can be forged. I would not rush to attend a new networking group; I would wait to see if anything comparable was available.

Do you intend to use BIG on an on-going basis?
Yes, I have just signed up for the year, and although as a start-up business I don't have a lot (if any!) spare funds, I feel like this is an investment in my business and myself.

Anything else you would like to say about it?
Thank you for offering such a well thought out and comprehensive group tailored to the needs of small business owners and start-ups like me. I'm very grateful for the "safety net" that I feel Colbea has provided me!
Upcoming BIG Workshops