A space to learn.

Colbea runs a variety of specific business training
courses; all designed to help you at every stage of
your business journey.

Latest Training Courses

Colbea offers a range of business training
programmes and courses to help you
successfully start-up and grow your
business.

 

Our training courses are hands-on,
interactive, and will help you take
proactive steps towards business
success.

 

Book today to develop the skills
to take your business to the next level.

Training for Pre-Start/New Businesses

 

Business training courses covering a wide range of topics, suited for pre-start or early stage
businesses. All courses are fully funded, unless indicated otherwise.

First Steps to
Start-up Success

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

First Steps to Start-up Success is a comprehensive training course for those starting up or developing a new business.

 

This business training workshop – split into bite-sized sessions – will take you step-by-step through the process of setting up and structuring your business.

 

It’s all about getting started – how to prepare yourself and your finances and exploring your business idea in depth.

 

WHAT’S COVERED?

  • Getting yourself ‘business ready’
  • Making your marketing work
  • Business banking
  • Managing your business money
  • Preparing for business planning
  • Your next action steps

We’ve helped thousands of new businesses get started. Will you be our next success story?

Who is this course for?

Anyone looking to start-up or develop a new business or idea.

 

No prior business knowledge is required.

Introduction
to Finance

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

The Introduction to Finance course covers many key topics to help you get your business financially set-up and ready to enter the world of trading. Here’s an overview of the course topics:

 

  • Understanding a Profit & Loss Account
  • Gross Profit / Net Profit calculations
  • Business Viability, including the basics of Business Taxation
  • How to present your forecast within a Business Plan
    • Personal Budget
    • Start-up Costs
    • Pricing
    • Sales Forecasting
    • Cash Flow
    • Profit & Loss
  • Question & Answer session
Who is this course for?

These workshops are for residents of Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Southend, Tendring, and Uttlesford, for businesses of any size, at any stage, and in any sector.

 

Workshops would be more beneficial to new businesses and individuals who need to create or develop their finances to enable the future success of their business.

Import &
Export Training

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

The Import/Export training courses cover many key topics to help you get your business set-up and ready to enter the world of trading. Here’s an overview of the course topics:

 

 

  • Exporting – How do I Start?
  • An Introduction to Incoterms®
  • Customs and Logistics for Newcomers to International Trade
  • Working with Distributors and Agents in Export Markets
  • An Introduction to Rules of Origin
  • An Introduction to Letters of Credit and Export Finance
Who is this course for?

These free workshops are for residents of Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring, and Uttlesford, for businesses of any size, at any stage, and in any sector.

 

Workshops would be more beneficial to new businesses and individuals within the Import/Export sector to enable the future success of their business.

Digital
Skills Workshops

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

Each attendee can choose to attend any of the workshops listed below. Each workshop will be held multiple times throughout the year, and you can also book for additional refresher/Q&A sessions:

 

  • Driving Traffic to your Website / SEO
  • E-commerce / Online Sales
  • Website Development
  • Social Media
  • Project Management Tools for Digital Marketing
  • Q&A / Refresher session
Who is this course for?

These free workshops are for residents of Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring, and Uttlesford, for businesses of any size, at any stage, and in any sector.

 

Workshops would be more beneficial to those businesses and individuals who need to create or develop their online presence to enable the future success of their business.

Training for Growing/Established Businesses

 

Business training courses covering a wide range of topics, suited for already existing businesses
looking to grow/expand. All courses are fully funded, unless indicated otherwise.

Essex Business
Accelerator

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

A series of eight online sessions supporting entrepreneurs and businesses facing challenging circumstances. The programme helps bridge the gap between ‘what is’ and ‘what could be’ by providing foundational business development and innovation skills. A social learning event that will develop your skills and empower your business.

 

WHAT’S COVERED?

 

  • Session 1 – An introduction to the programme: entrepreneurial networks and pitching in general
  • Session 2 – Discovering your drivers: value-led business development
  • Session 3 – Tools for innovation: using the Business Model Canvas and engaging with business model innovation
  • Session 4 – Understanding what makes your customers tick: product-market fit and business model fit
  • Session 5 – Build a marketing strategy and develop your brand. Empower the language of the business
  • Session 6 – Financial metrics that matter. Cost drivers to revenue streams: exploring the key performance indicators that inform and steer the business
  • Session 7 – Covering the soft skills around presenting and public speaking as well as tools for PowerPoint and creating a solid pitch deck: the role that leadership plays
  • Session 8 – Pitch to impress: a chance to deliver a powerful pitch to an expert panel and showcase the credentials of the business
Who is this course for?

Open to all businesses registered in Essex but predominantly aimed at early-stage entrepreneurs (with businesses under three years old) who seek growth and want to bring in new opportunities.

Digital
Skills Workshops

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

Each attendee can choose to attend any of the workshops listed below. Each workshop will be held multiple times throughout the year, and you can also book for additional refresher/Q&A sessions:

 

  • Driving Traffic to your Website / SEO
  • E-commerce / Online Sales
  • Website Development
  • Social Media
  • Project Management Tools for Digital Marketing
  • Q&A / Refresher session
Who is this course for?

These free workshops are for residents of Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring, and Uttlesford, for businesses of any size, at any stage, and in any sector.

 

Workshops would be more beneficial to those businesses and individual who need to create or develop their online presence to enable the future success of their business.

Import &
Export Training

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

The Import/Export training courses cover many key topics to help you get your business set-up and ready to enter the world of trading. Here’s an overview of the course topics:

  • Exporting – How do I Start?
  • An Introduction to Incoterms®
  • Customs and Logistics for Newcomers to International Trade
  • Working with Distributors and Agents in Export Markets
  • An Introduction to Rules of Origin
  • An Introduction to Letters of Credit and Export Finance
Who is this course for?

These free workshops are for residents of Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring, and Uttlesford, for businesses of any size, at any stage, and in any sector.

 

Workshops would be more beneficial to new businesses and individuals within the Import/Export sector to enable the future success of their business.

Low Carbon
Sustainability Training

 

A space to learn

What will I learn?

Low Carbon Sustainability Training will explain the jargon behind climate science and help attendees get started on measuring and reducing their impact. An overview of course topics include:

 

  • How to get started on the road to Net Zero
  • Measure & understand your carbon emissions
  • Actions to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Benefit your business and the planet
  • Learn from local case studies
Who is this course for?

These free workshops are for residents of Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring, Uttlesford, Epping Forest, or Rochford for businesses of any size, at any stage, and in any sector. Anyone looking to start-up or develop a new business or idea would benefit from attending, and no prior business knowledge is required.

 

Workshops would be more beneficial to established businesses who are looking to create a carbon reduction plan.

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