Our Sponsors


Partnership working at its finest

Our Sponsors believe in the work we do to help local people, local businesses and local communities to thrive. That's why they back us. They know how important it is to make smart decisions and access top quality services when you're a growing business. They role model excellence themselves, and we are delighted to have their support.


Thankyou to them all!

1st Computer Services

Steve Dimon

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Let 1st take away the pain and worry of IT in your business.

1st enable business owners to have peace of mind and the confidence to focus on their own core business goals and growth.

Have a look on the website to see how their customers put trust in dedicated, client focused support.

1st support clients, large and small, across a multitude of business sectors, industries and budgets. Through scalable, resilient systems design 1st help them to grow their business systems and adapt to change.

Oak Marketing Compliance

Kev Jefcoate

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Kev Jefcoate is an RAF Veteran as well as an accomplished Board Director, with over 25 years of International Sales & Marketing experience gained whilst working in blue chip companies, such as Mitsubishi Chemical and Hewlett-Packard, as well as a wide and diverse range of SME's and latterly start-up organisations.


Kev’s robust commercial acumen combined with resilient leadership skills, have ensured he has performed in some of the toughest market conditions, not only surviving but building profitable businesses.  Whilst a highly proficient marketeer, his broad range of business skills have been developed, honed and refined in industries from Information Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering, through to Financial and Agriculture. 


Highly skilled in writing sales / marketing and communication plans that utilise the complete marketing mix, coupled with a strong digital comprehension, enabling the creation of sales pipelines / lead generation / lead nurturing / CRM / to deliver sales growth.


Kev is passionate about people, with a strong track record in managing, motivating and developing cross functional teams to produce results.  Always delivered through a pragmatic approach, teaching people to fish, rather than catching them a fish!

In addition to his business skills, Kev is also an experienced press / keynote speaker and past President of the European Media Manufacturers Association.  Always looking to deliver and exceed expectations, delivering with tenacity and passion but with room for humour; It’s why he is definitely a ‘Kev’ and not a ‘Kevin’!

Kate Underwood HR & Training

Kate Underwood

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Kate is an HR Director with 25 year’s experience. In 2015, she founded Kate Underwood HR & Training to help small businesses grow into success stories.

From recruitment and appraisals to policy reviews and compliance audits, they provide reliable, cost-effective solutions and ongoing HR support so you will always feel safe your business is legally compliant.

By utilising the latest HR technologies and training techniques, they are dedicated to saving you time, money and admin by unlocking the potential of your greatest asset - your employees so you can get back to doing what you do best… running your business.

Plan 2gether

Mike Hancock

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Plan2gether is a small family Estate Planning firm dedicated to getting the best value for their clients.


They provide:

  • Lasting powers of Attorney

  • Wills - Single, Joint, Mirror Wills

  • Estate Planning – we provide plans to give you peace of mind, giving you options and flexibility while you are alive and continuing to protect your estate after you die.


They provide high quality services at reasonable prices so that all the good work done by their clients in creating wealth will not undone through poor advice or expensive fees! 

Roses and Roots

Louise Hill


Louise is a Holistic Wellbeing Mentor. Often we feel that we have to “keep going “, neglecting personal needs & failing to heed our bodies messages of overwhelm.


Louise is here to help you step back, assess the situation and to help you create a plan to move forward. Contact Louise and she'll take you on a journey to bring your whole being into balance.


So Graphics

Jason Colman

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Jason is Director of So Graphics Ltd, a high quality graphic design company. Meeting the needs of clients across various industries and sectors, Jason prides himself on offering not only a great service but building long-term relationships. So Graphics genuinely cares about your business' brand and growth.

So Graphics offers a bespoke service at an excellent price, employing skills and expertise to ensure your business' design assets are memorable and impressive. Whether you need a new logo, a complete website design, or a full branding portfolio, So Graphics offers innovative solutions.

Being responsive to suggestions whilst offering contemporary ideas, Jason ensures his clients feel involved with the creative process that ensures collaborative design development. Jason's clients return again and again as their businesses grow.

Jason is delighted to be a supporter of Collabor8. Being a designer, he understands the importance of working collaboratively with other creatives including copywriters, website developers, printers and illustrators. SO Graphics prides itself on working with clients to understand their business and values. These collaborations ensure memorable designs and happy customers! As an experienced business owner in a competitive environment, Jason also wants to back other small businesses at this difficult time. It's time to support each other to grow and prosper in a 'new normal’.

The Bookkeeping Team

Kevin Jarvis

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The Bookkeeping Team help business owners at all stages of their business life. They enjoy helping startups who are keen to get their idea off the ground but need a hand navigating the tax system, and also working with more established businesses at the next stage as they grow.

The list of services they offer is extensive, but here are some of the more popular ones:

 Help with self-assessment tax returns
 All things tax related including Corporation Tax & VAT
 Bookkeeping training for your team
 Payroll services
 Limited Company Accounts
 Xero & Quickbooks Online Training

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