Award category: Enterprise Engagement Award
What the judges said
“In their application, Colbea described their In the Market for Success programme, launched with funding won through the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund. Five programmes later, Colbea are able to clearly demonstrate how the initial programme has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the depth and breadth of their engagement.
The results of their engagement were clear to see with over 83 new female-led businesses established. But more than that, Colbea tackled head-on the issue of keeping these new businesses engaged with them through the creation of a supportive and private Facebook group, a targeted email newsletter, face to face events and their most innovative tactic of establishing a partnership with Fenwick, East Anglia’s largest department store.
In this category we look for organisations who are innovative and find new ways to link their clients to new opportunities – Colbea’s In the Market for Success programme described a project that was engaging, creative and delivered real impact.“
What this award meant to Colbea
“The Colbea team are delighted to have won the 2018 Enterprise Engagement Award. The award is testament to the hard work of the trainers and team involved in delivering In the Market for Success for female entrepreneurs. It clearly shows how we as an organisation, work in partnership with the local business community, to propel our start-ups and support them through the critical first years.”
Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford, Colbea Chief Executive