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!
We are more than another business networking group, Colbea’s Business Improvement Group is here to support you via training, education and help for your business, wherever you are on your business journey, including:
- Interactive support 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
Coming up at Colbea’s Business Improvement & Networking Group
10.10.17 – BIG October Build your IT at BIG
Colbea business advisor & IT specialist Keith will be contributing to our next BIG meeting – on Tuesday 10th October – answering your questions about how to manage, protect and get the best out of your IT systems. See below for details on how to join BIG
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).
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!