TRIBUTES have been paid to a Colchester businessman who died while taking part in a yachting regatta in Greece.

Stuart Bradshaw, who was chief executive of Stanway-based Push Investment Group, was found in the sea off the island of Spetses at the end of June.

Mr Bradshaw, who grew up on a farm in Fordham and attended Colchester Royal Grammar School, was found in a bay area of the island with what appeared to be injuries on the left side of his head, according to the coastguard.

Tributes have now been paid to Mr Bradshaw.

In a statement Push Investment Group said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Stuart Bradshaw, our esteemed CEO, on Friday 28 June 2024.

“Stuart Bradshaw has been an integral part of Push Investment Group since its inception.

“His dedication, passion, expertise and exceptional leadership led the development of the group from its humble beginnings, as Push Energy, into a portfolio of companies successfully trading in multiple sectors.

“He leaves an indelible mark on every one of our companies and their respective industries.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Stuart’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

In the statement Push Investment Group said a memorial service would be held where they would be “honouring his memory and celebrating his invaluable contributions.”

The statement added: “We are deeply grateful for the time we had with Stuart and for the legacy he leaves behind.”

The Greek island of Spetses, which is part of the Saronic Islands group, has an area of 27km² and is home to just over 3,700 people.

The coastguard added that Mr Bradshaw was taken to a local hospital where he was confirmed dead.