ALMOST 100 businesses gathered at Wivenhoe House in Colchester to celebrate the work of the Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) in 2015/16. Guests included sponsors, supporters, tenants and those businesses who Colbea has supported.

They included guest speaker Angela Berry from the Lampshade Company, who started her business in 2011 from her back bedroom with support from Colbea business advisors and is now a multi awardwinning nationwide brand.

In 2015/16, Colbea delivered 1,557 business support services, including advice, mentoring and training and assisted in the creation of more than 150 new businesses.

The event, centred around exhibitors’ stands including Colbea sponsors, tenants and supported businesses, along with free drop-in business advice stands. Business advisors and sponsors announced the winners of the Colbea Business Awards.

The winners were: Best Client – Ribbon & Labels Supplies; Best Tenant – Leading Motion; Best Business Start-Up – Red Rocket Studio and Best Young Entrepreneur – Rebellious Judgement