Our Sponsors

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency Sponsors

Sponsors are vital to Colbea’s work. Their support allows us to provide free of charge business advice to start-up businesses. This includes people who are thinking about various stages in the process of setting up a business, in the early stages of trading as well as established businesses in need of advice.

The organisations (sponsors) you see listed here all recognise the benefits of sponsorship, such as giving back to the community in which they live and work or meeting other like minded people through networking events. To find out more about becoming a Colbea sponsor, contact Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford, Chief Executive.

Birket Long LLP

Solicitors and Financial Advisers

Birkett Long LLP is one of the largest law firms in Essex with offices in Colchester and Chelmsford. We are a long established law firm; however Birkett Long is a very modern, full service firm advising both business and individual clients.
Birkett Long LLP is pleased to offer Colbea clients a free half hour consultation with a relevant lawyer at one of our offices. Please contact David Cant, Director of Business Development, to take advantage of this offer on 01206 217381 or david.cant@birkettlong.co.uk.

To find out more please visit www.birkettlong.co.uk

✆ 01206 217300 | 01245 453800

Fenwick Colchester

Department Store

The Fenwick Store, originally called Williams & Griffin, was formed in 1963 from a merger of independent stores founded originally by Herbert Williams and Henry Griffin in the 19th Century. In 2008, the store was sold to the Fenwick chain of department stores. Fenwick was founded in 1882, and is now a privately owned UK department store group with a portfolio of ten stores, including one in London’s Bond Street and a flagship store in Newcastle. Today, Fenwick Colchester offers a West End shopping experience and a wide range of products from fashion to furniture featuring the best brands in the region. Fenwick is a mainstay of Colchester High Street.

To find out more please visit www.fenwick.co.uk/stores/colchester

01206 571212

Heptagon HR

Human Resource Consulting

Heptagon HR is a Colchester based Human Resources Consultancy, established to provide simple, expert, affordable human resources support needed to run your business. With decades of HR experience, and having worked at a very senior level in many high profile and challenging organisations, we believe we have a huge amount to offer and share.

Working with SMEs, we provide support where there is no existing HR resource, but also specialise in working with businesses with an in-house HR person or team, by sharing our considerable skills, resources and expertise, both as a coach/mentor to your team, and also an additional resource to support key projects and people management needs.

To find out more please visit www.heptagonhr.co.uk


✆ 01206 501974 

Jamesons Chartered Accountants

Accountants and Business Advisers

Jamesons are a well-established independent firm of friendly Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers providing a complete range of professional accounting services for self employed businesses through to medium sized companies.

To find out more please visit www.jamesons.net

✆ 01255 220044 | 01206 841143

KAT Marketing

PR, Web Design & Marketing Agency

KAT Marketing is a full creative PR and marketing agency in Colchester delivering digital and traditional marketing campaigns as well as public relations, communication services and event management in Essex, London and across the East of England.

‘Our innovative, meticulous and highly-practical approach to all strands of marketing allows us to channel your business’s strengths to achieve the desired results.’

To find out more please visit www.katmarketing.co.uk

✆ 01206 765 544

Voice Workshop

CPD for vocal coaches and singing teachers

Voice Workshop was established by Debbie Winter and is a specialist training provider offering a range of continuing professional development for singing teachers, vocal coaches, music teachers, and choral conductors.

 To find out more please visit www.voiceworkshop.co.uk

✉ deestallan@voiceworkshop.co.uk

✆ 01206 848421 | 07747 636333

Zen Systems

Communication Systems

‘At Zen Systems, our philosophy is simple. We believe that you should get more from your telephone system, for less. More features, calls, flexibility, integration, productivity – for less than the cost of a traditional phone system.’

To find out more please visit www.zensystems.co.uk 

✉ info@zen.systems

✆  01473 760021



Baverstocks have been providing sound financial advice and helping companies realise their business ambitions since 1957, they provide services in auditing and accounting services, financial advice, taxation and IT.

To find out more please visit www.baverstocks.com


01206 576216 (Colchester) | 01376 519044 (Witham)

Baker Chapman & Bussey


Baker Chapman & Bussey is an accountancy practice that has offices in Colchester and Braintree. ‘Our expertise is with small and medium sized entities who are predominantly owner managed. We have helped many clients on to the road of starting up their own businesses and to help them grow in good times and survive in the not so good.’

To find out more please visit www.bakerchapman.co.uk

01206 715000

Fenn Wright

Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents & Property Consultants

Fenn Wright is an independently owned firm of Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Property Consultants, established in 1768, and based in the East Anglian Region.
Colbea Members Offer:
We are happy to talk to Colbea clients about property issues at any time and to give advice as to how best to manage their property resources as the Business expands.

To find out more please visit www.fennwright.co.uk

01206 763388

PrettyGood IT

IT Company

‘We are a team of highly skilled engineers that work exclusively with Colchester based companies. It’s been 9 years since we left the city, and we pride ourselves on being the best in the field. We focus on developing long term relationships based on expertise and efficiency, and are proud that most of our clients are won by referral.’

For more information visit www.prettygoodit.com

01206 532635

RDP Partnership


RDP is a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants offering a complete range of accounting and taxation services to the business start up. An informal and free initial consultation is offered to individuals starting up in business to offer advice and guidance at a very critical time. RDP is able to fix fees in advance of work being carried out and provides unlimited telephone support on a free-of-charge basis to registered clients. RDP’s office in Colchester offers ample free parking, which is an important factor for people dropping off books and records. As well as our office in Colchester RDP has offices in Ipswich and Chelmsford.

Colbea Members Offer:
We are happy to offer Colbea clients a free informal consultation where we can talk through some of the key accounting and tax issues facing the business start up. Get in touch to arrange a consultation.

To find out more please visit www.rdpaccountants.co.uk

01206 578442

Spotlight Sound

Sound and Lighting Specialists

Formed in 2009, Spotlight Sound, based in Chelmsford, Essex supply technical equipment hire across London, Hertfordshire and Kent. Spotlight Sound also provide installation and service across the United Kingdom and Europe for sound and lighting systems.

To find out more please visit https://www.spotlightsound.co.uk/

✆ 01245 206206

Ellisons Solicitors


‘We act for a diverse business client base ranging from large corporate organisations through to public sector bodies and smaller family businesses. We look after their interests by analysing risk, safeguarding assets, building businesses and resolving disputes.’

To find out more please visit www.ellisonssolicitors.com

✆ 01206 764477


Digital Marketing Agency

A digital marketing agency based in Colchester, NeonCloud can work with you to create engaging video content, build a social media presence and communicate more professionally and effectively.

To find out more please visit www.neoncloud.tv

01206 513254


Estate Agents

Boydens is one of the most experienced and respected names in local estate agency in Essex and Suffolk. We are a fourth generation family business operating from branches in Braintree, Clacton on Sea, Colchester, Frinton on Sea, Kelvedon and Sudbury. We offer an extensive range of services supported by a team with a wealth of local knowledge.

To find out more please visit www.boydens.co.uk

  01206 762244



Envirosigns Ltd was established by Robin Middleton to provide a comprehensive sign service to the public and private sector.

Colbea Members Offer:
Envirosigns is pleased to offer all Colbea clients a 10% discount off their first order.
Please contact our friendly sales teams to take advantage of this offer.


To find out more please visit www.envirosignsltd.co.uk

01206 845515

INDASA Abrasives

Abrasive Technology Manufacturers

Established in 1979, Indasa has now developed into one of Europe’s leading suppliers of coated abrasive sanding systems for the automotive, marine and woodworking industries. Fundamental to the Company’s core values is the ability to provide market specific materials, service and expertise to maximise customer value.

To find out more please visit www.indasa-abrasives.com

✆ 01206 870366

JTF Accountants

Chartered Certified Accountants

Chartered Certified Accountancy Practice in Colchester offering fixed price fees and a promise of high quality and service. Contact: Paul Frost.

To find out more please visit www.jtfaccountants.co.uk

01206 868811


Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Sanderson is a partnership of patent and trade mark attorneys. We can help you protect your business by obtaining patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, and domain names, and by conducting searches to identify rights belonging to other organisations or individuals, so that infringement can be avoided.

We understand that the results of creativity are your greatest asset. Our team of intellectual property specialists will make sure you stay in control of your own creative output.

To find out more please visit www.sandersons.co.uk

01206 571187

Barclays Bank


Barclays purpose is creating opportunities to rise. ‘We are a company of opportunity makers working together to help people rise – customers, clients, colleagues and society’.

To find out more please visit www.barclays.co.uk

GCG Consulting

Property Sector Advisers

Founded in 1983, the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG)  provides geotechnical consulting services employing state of the art research and developments in our understanding of soils and rock. GCG has established a reputation for developing innovative geotechnical solutions to technically demanding engineering problems, and is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading independent geotechnical consultants

To find out more please visit www.gcg.co.uk

01206 540011

The Lighthouse Group

Training and Development

Lighthouse Group works at every level in organisations, from Executive Teams, Senior Managers to first line Managers, frontline workers, graduates and interns to deliver outstanding people development programmes. They specialise in creating bespoke learning programmes to address a range of people development needs.

To find out more please visit www.lighthouse-group.co.uk

✆ 03333 239690 


Martyn Lewis


Martyn Lewis Chartered Accountants are a small local accountancy firm run by Martyn Lewis. They have been in the business for over 20 years and help both small and large companies. 

To find out more please visit www.martynlewischarteredaccountants.moonfruit.com

✆ 01206 823835



The Write Impression

Communications and Digital Marketing Agency

Founded in 2008 as The Write Impression by print journalists who sensed change was in the air, TWI has spent the last decade building a reputation as a leading Communications and Digital Marketing Agency.

We believe in getting the groundwork done to really understand you, your brand, your customer base, and what you really want from your marketing. We listen, learn and work with you to set out specific goals and measures that work with your business, from the sales team to the boardroom.

To find out more please visit www.twi.agency

✆ 01473 326907