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Business support contacts

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea)
Colbea provide business advice, training and counselling to new and existing businesses as well as having 34 business incubation units to rent. Go to www.colbea.co.uk or call 01206 548833.

Signpost
A local organisation that can help with getting back to work. Help includes assistance with CV writing, filling in application forms and redundancy.  Go to www.sign-post.info or call 01206 861800.

Essex Chambers of Commerce
Essex Chambers offers a wide range of support to local businesses.  From courses that aid skills development to opportunities to network with other local businesses.  Contact www.essexchambers.co.uk or call 01206 765277.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Have now introduced a finance hotline.  This is available to all FSB members via a freephone number 08000 193633.  There are also services such as 24 hour legal helpline, insurance services, business banking and finance for business.

Business Link East
Go to www.businesslink.gov.uk for lots of useful tips on how to survive the credit crunch, including a free interactive business health check tool, tips on managing your cash flow and debts and reducing business energy bills.

GOV.UK
Gov.UK offers advice on dealing with redundancy, mortgage, rent arrears or skills and training..

GrowthAccelerator
GrowthAccelerator  aim to help businesses double within 3 years.  They will help businesses to:seize new business opportunities, open doors to the right funding, match businesses with expert business coaches close to and within the relevant sector and suggest ways to boost innovation, develop products and grow markets.