In a changing business world, there has never been a better time to take stock of your entire indirect overhead spend and see where you stand.

Colbea and Auditel are offering a FREE to user commercial cost review of your overheads, to identify current usage and spend, and highlight potential opportunities for improved service, reduced admin and lower cost, through the ‘Colchester Business Cost Reduction Programme’.

What’s covered?


In the ‘Colchester Business Cost Reduction Programme’, independent cost and carbon specialists Auditel will produce a RAG (Red, Amber, Green) report for Colchester Borough SME’s, free of charge, confirming the current position with regards to annual cost, suppliers, and any contractual commitment.


The Cost Review Diagnostic report will review the following overheads:


  1. Business energy
  2. Water & wastewater
  3. Merchant services
  4. Mobiles, telephony & connectivity
  5. Business insurance
  6. Waste & recycling

The report will also include any recommended actions for these overheads, with priority suggested for Green cost areas.


Suggestions may include embracing new technology, rationalisation of suppliers, an independent tender, process reviews, increased sustainable activity, review of organisations needs and exposure, and more.


This programme is for any businesses with a premises in Colchester, Essex.



Who is it for?


This programme is for businesses with premises in Colchester, for businesses under 250 employees, and in any sector, but would be more beneficial to established businesses (i.e. those who have been trading for at least one year).

When is it?


This is an ongoing programme that attendee’s can join onto at any time. The cost review diagnostic report will be completed and provided by Auditel.


To join onto the programme, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.

We’ve helped thousands of new businesses get started and develop. Will you be our next success story? If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact us on 01206 548833 or email


Paul Copsey is Commercial Director of Connect Consultancy Ltd t/a Auditel and Chairperson of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Ipswich. Having worked with SMEs for over 20 years, Paul understands the challenges faced and the time constraints that impact on reviewing business costs.


Paul is an expenditure analysis specialist who offers SMEs the opportunity to save time and unlock hidden profits by offering cost savings across a wide range of core and non-core business costs.



Kim Gear has been working as a consultant with Auditel over the past 4 years. Kim works directly with SMEs to understand their key costs, help them make informed decisions and provides solutions to deliver savings.


Kim has also studied an FdA in Leadership and Management, allowing her to mix academic understanding of businesses with a practical approach to cost savings.

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