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Business Coach Mandie Holgate Joins the Colbea Team

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;

07989 935556


  • June 2, 2014

2 Awesome Business Women Embrace Video for Their Marketing Strategy

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=620190751374711&set=vb.150300181697106&type=2&theater Sarah Brice video Vehicle Repair Solutions Auto Chicks







I just wanted to share with you something from 2 of the ladies that are on 1 of my monthly masterclasses.

Each month we’ve looked at targeting their marketing and focussing their attention. But this month I wanted to see real action. Real results. So instead of just practising, they both awesomely rose to the challenge and filmed a short video talking about an area of their business. We then got them on line. No mucking around. No lets just check it for the 100th time. Real action!

For Cristina its all about the launch of her new “Don’t Suck it In” 6 week program that is ideal for the busy woman who wants to look fabulous but not leave the house on a cold’s winter night – and for her first ever video I think it rocks. Watch out for Cristina sharing this across her online marketing and promoting it where ever she goes – Here is her Facebook to see what actions she takes https://www.facebook.com/smartfitnessmakeover?ref=br_tf She changed her shape in just 6 weeks!

And For Sarah from Vehicle Repair Solutions they’ve been targeting ensuring that the local business community knows of the tailor made services, free car care checks and Auto Chick events they run. And with this Sarah’s first ever video they are going to ensure their marketing strategy is powered up a gear, so everyone knows what they can offer.  Here is their Facebook page so you can see what Sarah does with her first video too https://www.facebook.com/AutoChicksColchester 

You see awesome business women, marketing is not always about being perfect. Its about being seen, showing you care and why you are the right people for the job. Your passion comes across in these short videos and people get to know why you are right for them.

So what action are you going to take?

  • December 17, 2013