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Anytime Fitness East


Category: Gym, Fitness

Address: Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Contact number: 01206 707080

Contact name: Graeme Gafoor


Over 2.5 million members choose Anytime Fitness. Why? Because it’s convenient, affordable, and fun. With 24/7 access to thousands of our clubs around the globe, you can workout on your terms. Fitness has never been so easy.

Unique discount to other HBN members: £8 discount to £26.95 per monthly subscription (from £34.95 per month)

Click here to go to the Anytime Fitness East website



Category: Commercial banking

Address: 9 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

Contact number: 07867 351561

Contact name: Steve Loader


Steve Loader manages a portfolio of businesses in and around the Colchester area with a turnover between £250k-£500k. Steve is looking to grow his Portfolio with businesses that are looking to expand or are looking for a personal and professional service. He has experience in commercial lending up to £500k across all Industries and 10 years experience in banking across both retail and business banking.

Unique discount to other HBN members: Call Steve direct to have the benefit of his business experience, general queries, ideas and funding advice.

Click here to go to the Barclays website

Birketts LLP


Category: Solicitor

Address: Briely Place, New London Road, Chelmsford, ESSEX CM2 0AP. Also in Ipswich, Norwich & Cambridge

Contact number: 01245 211 211

Contact name: Jolyon Berry


Jolyon is a local, he lives in Wivenhoe with his family, and he is also a partner at Birketts LLP; a top 100 UK law firm. With a rich heritage of over 150 years it remains a progressive and innovative, award winning law firm. Birketts LLP advises business and individuals across Essex, East Anglia and beyond.

The firm’s ethos is to provide clear, legal advice which is also the name of their short video;

Jolyon’s particular expertise is in the field of employment law however as a partner in the firm he has access to the full resources of the firm and will be able to help you with any legal query you might have.

Click here to go to the Birketts LLP website

Boadicea Bar & Restaurant


Category: Food & Drink

Address: Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8FU

Contact number: 01206 862822

Contact name: Josh Broome


We believe life is about experiences, and all experiences are better shared. Just like our hometown, we also love how seamlessly the old can blend with the new to create something truly unique. With that in mind, we present Boadicea.

Classic British dishes with a modern tapas twist, in a rustic & industrial yet modern environment, Boadicea is more than a restaurant & bar. Delicious food & eclectic drinks, available 7 days a week, tucked away just outside the centre of Britain’s most historic town.

Click here to go to the Boadicea Bar & Restaurant website

Colchester Medical Practice

Colchester Mdical Practice

Category: Health Care

Address: Wimpole Road Surgery, 52 Wimpole Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2DL

Contact number: 01206 794794

Contact name: Dr Linda Mahon-Daly

If you live in our area and wish to join the practice, please ask for details at reception. Please note that your details need to be input onto the computer system before an
appointment can be made with a GP.

Please complete New Patient Registration Form.

OPEN SURGERY – Monday-Friday mornings between 8.00am-10.00am.
Routine pre-bookable appointments are available up to one month in advance.

If you are confronted by a serious problem such as severe chest pain or severe bleeding, call an ambulance (Tel.999) before calling the
surgery. For help out of hours please call NHS 111.

You should always try to come to the surgery for a consultation. Please telephone the surgery before 10.00am. The doctors carry out visits between morning and afternoon surgeries.

The following services are available at the practice:

Diabetic clinic
Cardiovascular Clinic
Antenatal/Postnatal/Family Planning
Cervical Smears
Asthma Clinic
Childhood Immunisation
Blood Test Clinics
Influenza/Pneumonia Vaccinations
Travel Vaccinations (please phone well in
Non-NHS Examinations/Reports (a fee will be payable)

Click here to go to the Colchester Medical Practice website

Colchester Van and Truck Hire


Category: Van and truck hire

Address: 103 Hythe Hill, Colchester, CO1 2NP

Contact number: 01206 701 777

Contact name: Mark Fieldings


Rent a van from as little as £39 a day. If you’re looking for a quote or more information on our vans and trucks, call us today on 01206 701 777.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 10% Off van hire

Click here to go to the Colchester Van and Truck Hire website



Category: Gaming

Address: 134 Hythe Hill, Colchester, CO1 2NF

Contact number: 07951255481

Contact name: Daniel Colaianni


We always want to be there for our readers and fans as, after all, you are the people that allow DoubleUpGaming to do what we all love to do. We pride ourselves in getting to know the people we work with, write about and most importantly that we care passionately about. The team works tirelessly everyday to produce quality content that you love and aspires to become a larger part of the gaming industry.

Since founding DoubleUpGaming I have found my self enveloped within the gaming and indie community all around the world. Everyday is an interesting day – a day where I get to meet and communicate with new people, find out and inform readers about amazing new games but most importantly I get to be apart of great strides within the gaming industry. Gaming and writing is what I love to do…

Click here to go to the DoubleUpGaming website

Freedom Funerals

Freedom Funerals

Category: Funeral Parlour

Address: Freedom House, Hawkins Road, Colchester, CO2 8JY

Contact number: 01206 862963

Contact name: Le Jashok


* Friendly, caring, professional and respectful service at all times…
* Our dedicated Director is at your service day or night to help you through this time, offering advice and guidance.
* Arrangements can be discussed in the privacy and comfort of your own home or in our easily accessible premises at a time to suit you and your family.
* Private Chapel of Rest – available for reflection and silent moments
* Please be assured all of your wishes will be carried out with loving care and dignity
* We are pleased to offer a choice of funerals to suit all budgets and requirements with no hidden or extra costs (Major credit cards accepted)
* Specialist in low-cost funerals without compromising personal service or attention to detail – again with no hidden or extra costs.
* A choice of Burials – Cremations – Woodland/Green Burials
* A choice of prepayment funeral plans are available
* Member of the Association of Green Funeral Directors

Unique discount to other HBN members: 15% discount off a funeral

Click here to go to the Freedom Funerals website

GO4 Enterprises


Category: Social Enterprise

Address: 68 Plume Avenue, Colchester CO3 4PJ

Contact number: 01206 571183

Contact name: Pete Hope


The primary aim of Go4 Enterprises is to provide opportunities for people not in employment, education or training to volunteer, train or gain employment.

A secondary aim of Go4 is to encourage enterprise. We do this by providing a venue (the Go4 Market) for independent traders to sell their goods to the public.

Most of these traders would not be able to afford to rent a unit at a commercial rate. At any one time there are up to a dozen traders selling though the Go4 Market.

Click here to go to the GO4 Enterprises website

Grand Central


Category: Restaurant

Address: Albany Gardens, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Contact number: 01206 795043

Contact name: Adam


American style restaurant with a unique twist. Bespoke cocktails, authentic American beers, bottomless sodas and simply awesome milkshakes. The GC acts as a hub for activity in the Hythe and is firmly embedded in the community.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 1) 20% off of breakfast Monday to Friday (exc BH) and a 20% reduction on lunch times too. 2) Free use of the upstairs area in the week for any meetings.

Click here to go to the Grand Central website

Harp Interiors

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Category: Interior Design

Address: Unit 5, Broomfield Road, Elmstead Market CO7 7FD

Contact number: 01206 329062 / 07887 751966

Contact name: Hayley Roy


Harp Interiors is a business focused, commercial design and refurbishment company who assist you with your renovation in a way that suits you. If you work with us, the team will take the time to get to know you and your business and helping you in the way you feel comfortable.

From brand to build, you get assistance to ensure your project runs smoothly, working with experienced people who really care about your business. The team at Harp are committed to help you get more from your time, offering a brand, design and layout service as well as commercially viable advice for your space. You can utilize our experience and work with us saving you time and money, making sure you get the right products at the right price.

Harp Interiors are unique Designers with an eye for success and always concentrate on the flow of a business – all of our designers have worked in hospitality businesses and understand the practical issues as well as bringing creative flair and unique interiors.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 10% off first interior design

Click here to go to the Harp Interiors website

Hythe Forward


Category: Community Land Trust

Address: The Colchester Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, CO2 8JX

Contact number: 01206 244 757

Contact name: Belinda Federl

The Hythe story to date has been one of partial regeneration and frustrated ambition, but this is the start of an exciting new chapter.

Now, through the establishment of the first community land trust (CLT) in Essex, we have the chance to do things differently.The purpose of a CLT is to put local residents, businesses, landowners and community groups in the driving seat. At this very early stage we have a vision statement for Hythe Forward to: ‘make the Hythe a safe, attractive and prosperous place to live, work and do business’.Related to this we have three overall aims:

1) To stimulate commerce and enterprise

2) To develop quality public space

3) To ensure provision of quality, affordable family housing

Precisely how we deliver against these aims will depend both on the opportunities that emerge and the wishes of the CLT board and members.

Click here to go to the Hythe Forward website

Hythe Hill Motorcycles

Hythe Hill Motor Cycles

Category: Motorcycle Sales and Servicing

Address: 120 Hythe Hill, Colchester, CO1 2NP

Contact number: 01206 870 553

Contact name: Norman


Our main aim is to supply a more affordable range of bikes to people who appreciate value for money. We feel that it is becoming increasingly difficult for people new to motorcycling to be able to afford that first big bike after taking their test, this where Hythe Hill Motorcycles can help by supplying them with an affordable machine which is restricted to 33bhp or full power, complete with full M.O.T, fully serviced, and with a warranty, we also offer substantial discounts on helmets, clothing, gloves, security products, to assist them with their first step into the exciting world of motorcycling.

We have over 4000sq metres of showroom space, full workshop facilities, insurance approved repairs, custom builds, tyre fitting, etc. If you can’t see what your looking for then give us a call because we bikes coming in on daily basis we may have just what you are looking for.

Click here to go to the Hythe Hill Motorcycles website

Illuminate Design


Category: Lighting, Sound and Vision Specialists

Address: 6 Edwards Park, Grange Way, Colchester, CO2 8FZ

Contact number: 01206709694

Contact name: Ben Payne


We are a multi-disciplinary company offering the complete package of audio, lighting and AV services to the entertainment, events and leisure industries.

Our team brings together over 45 years experience, delivering a wide range of projects and events.

Our main areas of expertise include:

– Lighting, Audio & Staging

– AV Packages

– Full Production Services

– Hire & Sales

– Consultancy & Design

– Full Installation Services

– Maintenance & Support

– Training & Familiarisation

– Crew Personnel

Click here to view our special offer for all HBN members

Unique discount to other HBN members: 20% off all hire equipment to all Hythe Business Network members

Click here to go to the Illuminate Design website

Inkpen Downie


Category: Architecture & Design

Address: Balkerne House, Balkerne Passage, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PA

Contact number: 01206 577244

Contact name: John Inkpen


Inkpen Downie is a chartered practice consisting of Architects and Interior Designers who work with new, existing and historic buildings. The Directors are Ben Downie BArch (Liverpool) MSc RIBA and Interior Designer John Inkpen LDAD, who have built the business on a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise, which underpins the working practice of the entire team. At Inkpen Downie we offer a fresh, open and efficient approach to design and are committed to achieving excellence through quality. We are passionate about buildings, people and the materials that we work with, we are dedicated to finding accessible, long term and sustainable design solutions for all.

As architects and designers we believe that good design improves quality of life at no additional cost. We are able to bring a variety of skills to bear as appropriate to a project, including;

Interior Design
Green Building Techniques
Energy Consultancy
Historic Building Consultancy

We can complement our in house skills with those of a team of external consultants from whom we can help the client select according to the needs of the project.

Click here to go to the Inkpen Downie website

Lindsay Wakelin Photography


Category: Photography

Address: 26B Hythe Quay, Colchester CO2 8JB

Contact number: 01206 823 299

Contact name: Lindsay Wakelin


Using the right photography can help you connect better with your target audience.
My name is Lindsay and I’m a commercial photographer with a studio in Colchester,Essex.

I specialise in Product photography, Portraiture and Events coverage.

You may want your products cut out onto a white background for packshots or cut out onto a clear layer so the image can be placed anywhere on your site or against another background or maybe have your products placed on a white background with an added shadow or you may want images of someone using them…

All my photography services are tailored specifically to your business. My professional and creative approach to photography can help deliver a fresh perspective of your services.

Family photography –
Wedding photography –
Boudoir Photography –

Contact me to arrange a consultation prior to the work so we can discuss your business photography needs.

Click here to go to the Lindsay Wakelin Photography website

Lisa Wenborn – Freelance PA


Category: Secretarial

Address: Freelance

Contact number: 07515 489587

Contact name: Lisa Wenborn


Lisa is a highly skilled independent contractor offering PA and Office Administration support to businesses and individuals and, although based in Colchester Essex, technology allows her to take on business related tasks that can be outsourced with ease. She is totally adaptable and constantly flexible able to provide you with support wherever you are.
Lisa provides each client with a professional and reliable service establishing a good working partnership that will actively support you in meeting your business goals and increasing your sales and profits.

Click here to go to the Lisa Wenborn – Freelance PA website

Little Green Storage

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Category: Storage, Office Space

Address: Elmtree Garage, Elmstead Market, CO7 7EE

Contact number: 07771940763, 01206 805672

Contact name: William Sunnucks


Storage units available

Small secure storage units to rent.
From £13 per week

For business and household goods:

– anything cluttering your office, loft or garage
– office paperwork and archives
– sports equipment e.g skis, boating kit, bicycles
– computer equipment or furniture

Monthly rentals, competitive prices, flexible terms, 50-200 sq ft

Click here to go to the Little Green Storage website

Media 48


Category: Website Design

Address: Unit 6C, Commerce Way, Colchester Essex, CO2 8HR, United Kingdom

Contact number: 0800 756 1470

Contact name: Simon Crown


Media48 is a full service design agency with a fresh approach to helping businesses towards exciting ways of thinking and innovative ways to communicate. We create award winning designs. We deliver outstanding website design and graphic design for print. We love illustration, eye-catching photography and inspiring copy.

From branding and design to digital media and truly innovative communications, Media48 offers its clients unique ideas and solutions.

Click here to go to the Media 48 website

Mews Beautique


Category: Beauty Therapy

Address: Shop 2, Haven Road Colchester, Essex

Contact number: 01206 616490

Contact name: Deborah Griffith


Visit our warm and friendly salon where we can pamper you from head to toe from a night out to your big wedding day.

Click here to go to the Mews Beautique website

Minty Studios


Category: Web Development & Graphic Design

Address: 134 Hythe Hill, Colchester, CO1 2NF

Contact number: 01206 700 230

Contact name: Jamie & Kelly


A professional all in one web solution company based in Essex, UK. Specialised in brand identity, web design & web development, although Minty Studios provides a lot more than that. They can provide you with lots of fresh ideas to improve your business image and we can also carry these ideas through in style throughout the whole branding of your product or company.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 15% Discount off your first Minty Studios project

Click here to go to the Minty Studios website

Oakley Wine Agencies


Category: Wine Specialists

Address: 26 Hythe Quay, Colchester CO2 8JB

Contact number: 01206 863330

Contact name: Nick & Jane Oakley


Originally established in 1990, Oakley Wine Agencies specialises in the wines of Portugal, Northwest Spain and Brazil.
Providing an ‘export office’ service for several wineries in Portugal and Northwest Spain and South America, with two Brazilian partners, they activity source wines – creating brands, when necessary, for major multiples. They count almost all of the UK multiple supermarkets as clients as well as specialist wine shop chains and online/ mail order sellers.

All Oakley Wine Agencies’ winery partners are family estates with a passion for quality, while giving real value for money.

Click here to go to the Oakley Wine Agencies website

Ovenden Bookkeeping and Accounting Services


Category: Accountant

Address: 21 Burr Close, Harwich, CO12 5EN

Contact number: 01255 483 494

Contact name: Alan Ovenden


We are a family book-keeping and accountancy service operating on the border of Essex and Suffolk covering the areas of Tendring, Colchester, Ipswich and surrounding locations. We all know that maintaining good financial records helps you keep in control of your business. Yet finding the time to complete your own book-keeping after a full day’s work can be exhausting, and it’s always the easiest thing to put off until tomorrow.

If you are fighting to find the time, or if you are struggling with the more technically complex elements of book-keeping, why not delegate your business book-keeping to us, because as freelance accountants we have the time not only to do your book-keeping, but if desired to offer you a full financial and management accounting function and tailored business consultancy.

We will provide you with an efficient, cost effective and personal service which will allow your business to become more competitive, help improve profitability and allow you to concentrate on other day to day business matters.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 15% Off the preparation of a full set of company accounts.

Click here to go to the Ovenden Bookkeeping and Accounting Services website

Platinum Crown


Category: Property Lettings, Sales, and block management

Address: 134 Hythe Hill, Colchester, CO1 2NF

Contact number: 01206 705 555

Contact name: Cyril Thomas


Platinum Crown specialises in providing first-class lettings and property management services to landlords. As a landlord, you should not have to deal to with the day-to-day burdens of property management on top of your day job. It is our job to ensure that your properties are managed in the most efficient way possible and all you should receive on a monthly basis are rental payments and income and expenditure reports from us.

To ensure that you get the best value for your money, our pricing structure is transparent and our management agent fees are competitive.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 20% off our lettings and property sales fees.

Click here to go to the Platinum Crown website

SAS Accounting Services


Category: Accountants and Bookkeepers

Address: The Colchester Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JX

Contact number: 01206 671 771

Contact name: Simon Robinson


Who are we?

We are a growing firm of accountants offering a complete service for small businesses, from start-up advice to ongoing support; for sole traders, companies and partnerships. We advise on all aspects of bookkeeping, accounting, and taxation matters.

We are proud to be a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, giving clients the confidence in our skills, knowledge and professionalism from a regulated firm and giving piece of mind in the service offered.

What can we do for you?

We can streamline your bookkeeping processes to give you accounting information in real time, so you can react to the events in your business. We can prepare year end Financial Statements and Tax Returns and advise you of all your pending tax liabilities, all in good time to ensure you have adequate time to plan your payments. We prepare Self Assessment Tax Returns for individuals and partnerships, ensuring all deadlines are met. We haven’t missed one yet! We also do VAT returns, payroll processing and hosting of Registered Offices.

What makes us different?

We are a modern forward thinking firm, with fresh ideas to help you and your business. We keep explanations jargon free and tailor our service to your needs.

Click here to go to the SAS Accounting Services website

The Hythe Pharmacy

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Category: Health Care

Address: 2 Hythe Quay, Colchester, CO2 8JB

Contact number: 01206 867 273

Contact name: Ben Tuffour


The Hythe Pharmacy proudly serves the local community and many surrounding areas.  If you are looking for a pharmacy that cares enough to go the extra mile, we would be delighted to look after you.

We offer:

  • Excellent customer service from our helpful and caring team
  • Fast, friendly prescription service at the counter
  • Expert advice on prescriptions and over the counter medicines
  • Private consultations with our Independent Pharmacist Prescriber – no appointment necessary
  • Hassle-free NHS repeat dispensing service
  • Quality products including healthcare, beauty, baby,plus many more
  • Free delivery service available 6 days a week – we can arrange for your medicines to be delivered to your home

We are pleased to offer a 10% discount off all products at the pharmacy.  Please note this excludes NHS prescription charges.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 10% Discount off all products at the pharmacy. Please note this excludes NHS prescription charges.

Click here to go to the The Hythe Pharmacy website

Vaughan & Blyth


Category: Construction

Address: Estuary House, Whitehall Road, Colchester, CO2 8HA

Contact number: 01206 791660

Contact name: Bob Bloomfield


Vaughan & Blyth have been established since 1950 and since then they have successfully carried out a variety of development and contracting projects. The many projects range from residential and commercial new build to refurbishments and industrial buildings. Our Specialist departments are able to offer a complete service from decorating to extensions, right through to new build.

Many of the projects have been carried out within a design and build package utilising the in-house facilities of a drawing office, steel fabrication and joinery workshop within our new office/workshop complex.

Click here to go to the Vaughan & Blyth website

Velvis Cars


Category: Luxury second hand cars

Address: 100a Hythe Hill, Colchester, CO1 2NP

Contact number: 01206 861 351

Contact name: Andrew Wynne & Jay Knight


Providing the finest examples of Prestige, Performance, Sports and Diesel Vehicles.

Specialising in executive diesels, performance and exotic cars you can be assured that each car has been selected and inspected thoroughly by our fully qualified engineers.

Our comprehensive range of services include detailed warranties, Unbeatable finance rates, Fantastic part exchange prices, Competitive delivery rates and excellent after sales care.

At Velvis Cars we pride ourselves on delivering both a product and service that is second to none.

Unique discount to other HBN members: 10% off car Service, free service and MOT on any vehicle brought from Velvis

Click here to go to the Velvis Cars website

Weston Business Centre

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Category: Business Centre

Address: The Colchester Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, CO2 8JX

Contact number: 01206 266 777

Contact name: Chloe Gardner


Weston Business Centres are purpose built, state of the art facilities specialised to provide fully serviced office accommodation for firms operating in the modern business environment. There are two business centres, Stansted and Colchester. Stansted is based within close proximity of Stansted Airport next to the M11, and Colchester situated close to Hythe train station with links direct to London and easily accessible to the A12, A14 and A120.

Click here to go to the Weston Business Centre website

Wheelworx and Paintworx

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Category: Car Body Work

Address: Wheel Refurbishment Centre, Units 8-10, Oyster Park, Greenstead Road, Colchester, Essex. CO1 2SJ

Contact number: 01206617271

Contact name: Karl Dyer


Wheelxworx is an Alloy wheel refurbishing specialist. We offer our refurbishment in and around Essex and Suffolk. If your wheels are damaged or corroded they can really effect the look of your car & of course, it’s value. You can end up paying a lot of money for factory fitted wheels when they may not even be as good as your original set.

– Increase the value of your car
– Cheaper than purchasing new alloy wheels
– Powder Coat & Wet-Spray Finishing
– Custom Finishes
– Tyre Fitting Service

Alloy wheel repairs & refurbishments

Wheelworx repair all makes & sizes. It doesn’t matter whether they are polished, painted or machined. We also offer bespoke custom painting, powder coating, polishing and wet-spraying to further enhance the look of your car.

We take care of everything so there’s no need for you to worry. Our services include the following:

– High quality refurbishment of your wheels
– Top quality powder coating or paint combinations to your required finish.
– Manufacturers colours
– Balancing, stripping & refitting of tyres
– New Valves

Click here to go to the Wheelworx and Paintworx website

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