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An exciting competition launched by Colbea in partnership with Fenwick has now launched. The reputable Colchester High Street store will open its doors to five successful businesswomen – presenting them with the opportunity of a lifetime.


The entrants will be graduates of Colbea’s ‘In the Market for Success 2’; the ultimate female entrepreneurial programme made up of six expert-led workshops and added benefits worth over £2,000 funded by the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund.



The competition, first run in 2018, has returned to offer five businesswomen the opportunity to work with the Fenwick team and trade on the shop floor of Fenwick, the largest department store in the region.



Successful candidates shortlisted from the entry stage will be put before a competition panel in September, before the overall winners are announced in November 2020.

Colbea Chief Executive, Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford says “Colbea are passionate about supporting and empowering women in business. We are delighted to have partnered with Fenwick to offer such an extraordinary opportunity for local businesswomen and be a part in changing lives.”



Fenwick Colchester Store Director, Nancy Foster says “We are delighted to be participating in this programme for a second year,  supporting local entrepreneurial businesswomen with the opportunity to trade on the Fenwick Colchester shop floor. We are looking forward to welcoming the winners to the store next year.”



Previous competition winner Samantha Luxford of NaviStitch speaks highly of her experience; “I spent 2 months in Fenwick Colchester. During that time, I sold 350 cards and about 70 pictures – I’ve met so many people and it’s made such a difference to my business.”



Could this be you? Don’t miss out on what could be the ideal chance to kick-start your business journey and transform your life in 2020.


Please note, you must have completed In the Market for Success 2 course to enter.