Colbea Shortlisted for National Enterprise Network’s 2018 NEN Awards
Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) has been shortlisted in the National Enterprise Network’s 2018 NEN Awards.
Colbea has been shortlisted in the ‘Enterprise Engagement’ category for it’s In the Market for Success (IM4S) initiative. IM4S has supported over 100 female entrepreneurs since its launch in 2017.
Established in 2007, the annual NEN Awards aim to recognise excellence in the delivery of enterprise support. Speaking about 2018’s shortlist Graham Marley, NEN Chairman, says, “The organisations featured on the 2018 National Enterprise Network Awards shortlist have all clearly demonstrated excellence in the delivery of enterprise support. It was clear from all of this year’s entries that there are some fantastic enterprise initiatives and truly dedicated individuals within our network.”
Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford, Colbea Chief Executive (pictured) says, “We’re delighted to be recognised on a national scale for the work we have done on a more local level in supporting a number of fantastic start-up businesses created by some truly inspiring entrepreneurs during our IM4S initiative.”
The winners will be announced on Friday 16th November at a dedicated awards ceremony during NEN Annual Conference.
In December 2016, Colbea won sixteen and a half thousand pounds of funding from the RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund to launch a new all-inclusive business support package to support aspiring female entrepreneurship and help to create a new generation of, previously underrepresented, female-led businesses in Colchester. It was called In the Market for Success. During a three-month programme, each aspiring businesswoman enjoyed six expert-led workshops covering; Business Planning, Financial Forecasting, Product Development, PR, Marketing and Next Steps Planning and a test-trading opportunity at Colchester’s High Street Market on a busy Saturday. Plus, a 12-month Virtual Tenancy and ongoing business support from Colbea’s advisors, to help each entrepreneur in the transition from employed to employer.
Five programmes, eighteen months and 83 new businesswomen later, IM4S has become a self-sustaining micro-community of co-interested, co-supportive and cross-promoting business people. They connect with the local economy, they connect with each other, and they connect with Colbea.