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CI Business Solutions
As the commercial arm of Colchester Institute, at CI Business Solutions we are committed to providing high quality training solutions to meet your business needs. Our wide range of training caters for every business, and can help you increase both your productivity, profits and workforce skills.

Every business has different training requirements. Colchester Institute understands that, and we can provide you with advice and guidance to help you identify your training needs.  We can also make you aware of employers funding opportunities you may be able to access.

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Professional Short Courses for Business

At CI Business Solutions we are committed to providing high quality training solutions to meet the needs of employers and their workforce. Our wide range of training caters for every business, and can help you increase both your productivity, profits and workforce skills.

All businesses and employers have different training requirements and each employee has their own training needs. CI Business Solutions understands that, and we can provide you with advice and guidance to help you identify your training needs. We can also make employers aware of any funding initiatives that you may be able to access.

Colchester Institute also offers a range of professional courses across a variety of sectors. Part-time day release and evening further education courses are available for those already working in their chosen industry. Continuing to be efficient and productive in the workplace is essential across any industry sector in order to produce and maintain an effective workforce.

Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of professional courses offered through CI Business Solutions and Colchester Institute.

Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the commitment to lifelong learning and achieving by which individuals can enhance their employability and career prospects, therefore ensuring they remain competitive and continue to be effective, proficient and knowledgeable in their employment field and industry sector.

Open Courses for Individuals: CPD

Short training courses and workshops open to anyone who would like to attend; developed in a diverse range of subject areas. Courses are held regularly throughout the year on specified dates.

Many of our Business and Management courses are open courses that are available to individuals who wish to further their professional development.

These short courses are scheduled throughout the year, usually lasting for half or a full day, and are delivered by tutors with a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise. Many of these courses can be adapted to suit your requirements should you require them on an in-company basis or a convenient date for you.

Bespoke Courses and Training Solutions

Do you have a group of staff members requiring training?

Do you find it difficult to send staff off-site?

CI Business Solutions has the answer…with our flexible training programmes.

Either tailor your personal requirements or start from scratch to create your perfect bespoke training programme. This option is particularly cost effective if you want to train a number of staff at the same time. With our flexible delivery at your premises or a venue of your choosing you can be sure we will help you make the most of your budget.

We also offer businesses a selection of bespoke training opportunities with flexible delivery. These range from industry certification to accredited professional programmes of study, which can either be tailored to meet your personal requirements or created from scratch in order to create your perfect bespoke training programme.

We understand that every business is different and that you may require a course to meet needs unique to you and your business. Choose to tailor a standard course to your personal requirements or let us work with you to create your perfect bespoke training programme incorporating your policies if required.


  • Mediation Skills
  • Chairing Meetings
  • Minute and Note Taking
  • Bid Writing
  • Social Media Means Business
  • Online Marketing for Real Results
  • Invisible Sales
  • Build Effective Marketing Communications
  • Maximising Sales from Trade Shows and Exhibitions
  • International E-Commerce Success
  • Networking Masterclass
  • The Art of Communicating to Win
  • Managers/Directors Short Sharp Shock
  • Debriefing Training
  • Values and Attitudes
  • Management Development Programmes
  • Team Leadership Skills Coaching
  • HR
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Telephone Handling


Introducing GAP

Make a difference – offer a work placement opportunity

At Colchester Institute our aim is to provide students with the transferable skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for the world of work.

We work with businesses both locally and regionally, to provide work experience opportunities in a variety of different sectors. This benefits our students, as they gain the invaluable work experience that is required to boost their employability prospects and your business, through being provided with a keen and enthusiastic learner, to help manage your workload.

GAP (Graduate and Professional) placements are designed to deliver real benefits in a time frame that suits you. Opt for a single student for a week or several students a few hours at a time. We pride ourselves on being flexible and our team of Advisers will help to ensure the process is a simple one

By working with us and offering valuable work experience to a young person, your business will be a hot topic among our students, their families and friends, raising the profile of your organisation among your local community and customer base.

Great work experience is invaluable when young people are looking for that big break and you could make a difference to a young person looking to move forward in life. This is why work experience with a local employer is such a valuable next step for our students. With the help of employers we really can make a world of difference to their future prospects.

Call our GAP Team today and make a big difference to a young person’s career.

Contact us on 01206 712890 or email

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CI Business Solutions,
Colchester Institute,
Sheepen Road,

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Telephone 01206 712727
Fax 01206 563351

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Monday -Thursday 08.15 – 17.00
Friday 08.15 – 16.30
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CI Business Solutions is conveniently located in the North of Colchester, within easy reach of the A12. It is situated on the Colchester Institute Campus, Sheepen Road, which runs off Colne Bank Avenue (The Avenue of Remembrance), and West Way.

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