Colchester business coach, motivational speaker and founder of the hugely successful Business Woman’s Network has joined the Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) as the organisation’s first dedicated business coach.
The appointment follows Mandie’s five-year relationship with Colbea, and her recent work with the first two groups of new Colchester businesswomen as part of Colbea’s Small Steps, Big Changes campaign, providing funded support and training for new female-run businesses.
Since leaving a management role to start her own business coaching consultancy and found the Business Woman’s Network in 2009, Mandie has made regular appearances on television and radio, national and regional press and has become a published writer and speaker on the issues faced by women in business, addressing national organisations, the Home Secretary and sitting on a think tank for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Colbea Chief Executive Bob Baggalley said: “Having already worked with us in our Business Innovation Group and helping deliver the first ‘Small Steps, Big Changes’ programmes to enable women in business, Mandie will be a familiar face for many at Colbea. As our first dedicated business coach, Mandie will bring great experience, energy and expertise to the business advice team, and we are delighted to have her on board.”
Speaking about her new appointment, Mandie said: “I have been so inspired by the new business people, male and female that I have met and worked with so far, and the staff, sponsors and supporters who make the service possible. I am so excited to be part of the Colbea team and look forward to helping even more businesses get started and succeed, it’s a privilege to be part of their business journey.’
Mandie will work as a one-to-one business coach at Colbea, in addition to delivering workshops, training and mentoring as part of Colbea’s on-going programme of business support services.
I’m exceptionally proud of this new role as it will enable me to help even more local businesses. There are many different programs, events and opportunities for Colbea and myself to be helping you so do feel free to get in touch to learn more;