Our Sponsors

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency Sponsors

Sponsors are vital to Colbea’s work. Sponsors’ support allows us to provide free of cost 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 sponsor of Colbea 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 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

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.

For SMEs, human resources can be a burden. A time-consuming, maze of policies and employment law that if not correctly adhered to, can carry considerable risks.  Our services are available on an ad hoc or retained.

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

✆ 01206848421 | 07747636333

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 has 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)

Nicholls Law


To find out more please visit nichollslawcyberdefence.co.uk

  01702 804 130

Baker Chapman & Bussey

Accountants, 01206 715000

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.

Fenn Wright

Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Property Consultants, 01206 764499

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.

Larking Gowen

Chartered Accountants

Chartered Accountants and business advisors, Larking Gowen, is over 120 years old and has offices across East Anglia. The firm has established an excellent reputation for providing a first class service to a huge range of client sectors and sizes.
Colbea Members Offer:
For further information on how we can help you, please contact Samantha Meadows on 01206 843999 or e-mail Samantha at Samantha.meadows@larking-gowen.co.uk  or visit www.larking-gowen.co.uk.

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.

RDP Partnership


RDP is a firm of Chartered Certified Accounts 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 issue facing the business start up. To arrange a consultation, just call 01206 578442. To find out more please visit www.rdpaccountants.co.uk.

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.

Ellisons Solicitors


To find out more please visit www.ellisonssolicitors.com.


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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



Envirosigns Ltd was established by Robin Middleton to provide a comprehensive sign service to the public and private sector. Colbea Members Offer: –
Envirosigns Ltd 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 on 01206 845515 or info@envirosignsltd.co.uk or visit www.envirosignsltd.co.uk.

INDASA Abrasives

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.

JTF Accountants

Chartered Certified Accountants

Chartered Certified Accountancy Practice in Colchester offering fixed price fees and a promise of high quality and service. For more information contact Paul Frost on 01206 868811 or visit www.jtfaccountants.co.uk

Sanderson and Co

Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Sanderson & Co. is a partnership of patent and trade mark attorneys specialising in a wide variety of sectors. We can 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 intellectual creativity have to be protected as they are your greatest asset. Our team of intellectual property rights specialists will make sure you stay in control of your own creative output. For more information visit www.sandersons.co.uk.

Barclays Bank

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

GCG Consulting

Property Sector Advisers

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


To find out more please visit shop.kempco.co.uk/storefront/home.

Martyn Lewis