Supporting our businesses

Established or starting up, we’re here for support with procurement opportunities, funding and more

Funding and business news

Looking for funding? You’ve come to the right place. Immediate, free and unrestricted access to a comprehensive database of funding opportunities. You can browse or search for your own organisation and generate reports and save information on funding of interest.

Read the latest business news about funding, pick up some tips or sign up to receive the business newsletter. You can also find a list of companies that can offer you some valuable help and advice.

You can also learn how to save money, improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. The Government have made it clear that a low carbon economy is the future for the UK. Businesses in Colchester are responsible for around a third of CO2 emissions and a recent project showed businesses can save 10% of energy by taking simple measures in the workplace.

Procurement Opportunities

CompeteFor is a free service that enables businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to major public and private sector buying organisations.

It has identified over 100 major UK investment projects as potential partners. These targeted potential partners and their related supply chains are in addition to the existing partner projects, which include Crossrail and the transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Procurement Agency for Essex’s (PAE) role is to promote and facilitate collaborative procurement across Essex. The PAE provides services such as managing projects, hosting forums as well as promoting and maintaining high procurement standards across Essex.

Procurement Alliance for Essex

Established in April 2004, the Procurement Agency for Essex was the UK’s first example of a genuinely cross public sector, self–funding & county wide Procurement organisation.

CompeteFor Procurement Hub

CompeteFor is a free service that enables businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to major public and private sector buying organisations.

Premises and property

The following Commercial Property Consultants are devoted to delivering exceptional levels of customer service and have in-depth knowledge developed from years of experience.

Learning from client comments and a changing market place, they are experts in their field and aim to help you find the right property.

You can also search online to find details of properties that are available through responsive websites, providing an easy to use but sophisticated online property search. Thousands of properties are available for you to view, and agents willing to assist you only a email or phone call away.

  • Whybrow Chartered Surveyors & Property Consultants
  • With over thirty years experience, they are specialists in commercial property and chartered surveying.
  • Morley, Riches & Ablewhite Chartered Surveyors
  • Having worked together since the 1980s, their team has been through all the peaks and troughs of the market over the last thirty years.
  • Newman Commercial Property Consultants
  • A Colchester based practice who provide innovative property solutions to companies and individuals within the Eastern region.
  • Fennwright Commercial
  • Founded in 1986 their objective is to offer a tailor made service to its clients in all aspects of residential and commercial property.
  • Nicholas Percival Chartered Surveyors
  • As one of East Anglia’s leading, independently-owned partnerships of chartered surveyors, estate agents and property consultants, Fenn Wright has a reputation for providing the highest level of client care.
  • Rightmove
  • Over 40,000 commercial properties are advertised on behalf of commercial agents, owners, and property professionals.
  • Estates Gazette
  • First launched in 1997 it has evolved with the commercial property market, now listing over 60,000 commercial properties to buy or rent.

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