National Enterprise Network member Colbea sees funding success

National Enterprise Network member, Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) has been awarded £16,500 by NatWest to deliver dedicated women-only business workshops over the next 18 months. Colbea has won £16,500 of funding through the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund to launch ‘In the Market for Success’, to provide opportunities for aspiring businesswomen in Colchester and […]

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National Enterprise Network member, Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) has been awarded £16,500 by NatWest to deliver dedicated women-only business workshops over the next 18 months.

Colbea has won £16,500 of funding through the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund to launch ‘In the Market for Success’, to provide opportunities for aspiring businesswomen in Colchester and surrounding rural and coastal areas throughout Essex over the next 18 months. Once launched, the women-only business support programme will culminate in delegates test trading their business from Colbea’s ‘New Business’ stalls on the busy Colchester market.

sof_identifier_with_text_web‘In the Market for Success’ is one of 52 winners nationwide from over 800 entries, which attracted more than 24,000 votes from the Great British public. Colbea is one of ten winners in the ‘Midlands and East’ region. Janat Hulston, the Midlands and East Board Chair, says, “We’d like to fund projects that can deliver measurable positive social impacts which help entrepreneurs, and in particular women to start their own businesses.”

In 2016, the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund has committed £2.5m to supporting projects which help to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills, with a further £2.5m allocated for 2017.

Colbea’s ‘In the Market for Success’ programme to support women interested in starting a business will launch in 2017. To register your interest, please contact Jane Green on 01206 548833 or email enquiries@colbea.co.uk

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Editor’s Notes

COLBEA (Colchester Business Enterprise Agency) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing training, advice and business support services to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Colchester and the surrounding area.

Colbea’s business advice services for new business start-ups are either free of charge or heavily subsidised. This is made possible through the generous support of Colchester Borough Council and sponsorship from a range of local businesses.

Colbea is a member of the National Enterprise Network (NEN), which advises the Government on business enterprise and entrepreneurship.