Around 100 Colchester firms gather for Colbea celebration and AGM

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. From left, Colbea chairman

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. From left, Colbea chairman Roy Gover, Mayoress and Mayor of Colchester Councillor Beverley Oxford and Councillor Gerard Oxford, Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford and Bob Baggalley. Picture: RICHARD BARKER - Credit: Richard Barker

Around 100 firms gathered to celebrate the work of an Essex enterprise body which helped create more than 70 businesses last year.

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. Pictured are the Mayor and

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. Pictured are the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester Councillor Gerard Oxford and Councillor Beverley Oxford with Colbea Board & Sponsors. Picture: RICHARD BARKER - Credit: Richard Barker

Over the 2016-17 period, Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) also delivered 1,289 business support services to local businesses, including business advice, mentoring and training.

Guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillor Gerard Oxford and wife Councillor Beverley Oxford, gathered at the town’s Wivenhoe House for the celebration on October 18. It included a selection of stands, the Colbea annual general meeting and its business awards.

Chief executive Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford said it was “a year of many achievements”.

“It is thanks to your ongoing support that we are able to support and enable local businesses right from pre-start stage, and advise them through their business growth,” she told guests.

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. Pictured is keynote speaker

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. Pictured is keynote speaker Jenny Parrett of Woofs n Wiggles. Picture: RICHARD BARKER - Credit: Richard Barker

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. Pictured are Colbea award w

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) marked a successful year. Pictured are Colbea award winners George Hosegood, Lorena Zambrano and Sophie Skipper. Picture: RICHARD BARKER - Credit: Richard Barker