We can help 

Whether you have an existing business in Colchester or you are setting off on a new venture, we have the tools to ensure everything runs smoothly

Our Team

Colchester is going places.  The Economic Growth team can help with plans for growth, relocation and skills.   We work in partnership with you to help you with your business decisions through our network of connections.  It’s an exciting time in Colchester, join us on the journey.

Ian Vipond

Strategic Director

Email Ian

01206 282717

Fiona Duhamel

Economic Growth Manager

Email Fiona

01206 282252

Teresa Hogsbjerg

Economic Development Manager

Email Teresa

01206 505842

Karen Turnbull

Economic Growth Development Manager

Email Karen

01206 282915

Business Advice & Starting a New Business

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Support Organisations

These organisations aim to help your business to identify and realise its potential with free business support to enable it to grow and compete successfully.  They offer a great choice of advice, training, networking and more, all tailored to your needs. 


Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (COLBEA)

37 Queen Street Creative Business Centre

NWES Enterprise Agency

Eastern Enterprise Hub (including the Colchester Games Hub)

Colchester Market: why not test out your business idea by taking a market stall?

The BEST Growth Hub

Local Commercial Agents

The following can help you with location or relocate enquiries to ensure that your business is in the right place.


Fenn Wright Commercial

Morley, Riches & Ablewhite Chartered Surveyors 

Newman Commercial Property Consultants

Nicholas Percival Chartered Surveyors

Whybrow  Chartered Surveyors & Property Consultants

What our investors say

“We’re backing Colchester by developing the Knowledge Gateway, our science and technology park that’s home to a growing cluster of SMEs – and we’re providing excellent support to businesses across the region.”

Bryn Morris | Registrar, University of Essex

“When it comes to creativity, Colchester punches far above its weight. There’s huge excitement around the creative industries, with civic and commercial partnerships unlocking the potential of people and companies with great ideas.”

Steve Mannix | Executive Director, Mercury Theatre

Locations for Growth

Colchester is one of the fastest growing districts in the country… 

Why Colchester?

Find out why you should bring your business to Colchester.

Colchester – Ultra Ready