Colbea calls for women to take “unique opportunity” to start own business

Colbea calls for women to take “unique opportunity” to start own business

– £32k grant funding for award-winning support project to put another 100 budding businesswomen ‘In the Market for Success’ –

Essex’s aspiring businesswomen are being encouraged to head to the Colchester Business Centre with their best business idea to take one of one hundred places on the re-launch of an award-winning business support programme.

Thanks to a £32,740 grant from the Natwest Skills & Opportunities Fund, Colbea is offering 100 places on In the Market for Success Too (IM4S 2) to budding female entrepreneurs for just £50.

The complete start-up package, worth over £2,000, includes training workshops, business mentoring, a free virtual office service for 12 months and a test trading spot on Colchester’s High Street Market.

First launched in 2017, IM4S assisted in the creation of 83 new businesses over 18 months, won the National Enterprise Network Enterprise Engagement Award in November 2018, and culminated in Samantha Luxford, pictured, winning a two-month trading opportunity in Fenwick’s 90,000 square ft Colchester High Street store. Speaking about the effect of the programme on her business, Samantha says; “I am very grateful to Colbea for providing the IM4S course.”

Jackie Clifford, Director of Clarity Learning & Development, is the course leader of the re-launched IM4S 2 programme, as well as being one of the external trainers delivering the courses’ expert training workshops.

Jackie says, “I’m thrilled to be part of the team delivering In the Market for Success 2. This is a unique opportunity for women who are thinking of starting a business or who are in the very early days of their business to come together, learn heaps and form an ongoing network of support.

“I’m looking forward to seeing confidence blossom, determination grow and businesses succeed; the ripple that comes from one woman starting her business is enormous and will have an impact on family, friends, community and the wider world – who wouldn’t be overjoyed to have the chance to be part of that?”

Pictured is Samantha Luxford. Photo credit – Sophie Skipper.

The first In the Market for Success 2 course begins on 8th March 2019. Booking is essential.

Apply now at or call 01206 548 833

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