Baby food founder joins MADE panel

Exciting: Paul Lindley
Exciting: Paul Lindley
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Entrepreneur Paul Lindley is to return to his home city of Sheffield as a special guest panellist at MADE, the city’s entrepreneur festival, which takes place next month.

The founder of baby-food business Ella’s Kitchen was born in Sheffield and lived in the city until he was eight, before moving to Zambia.

Returning to Britain, he qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG before spending nine years at children’s TV channel Nickelodeon, where he become communications director and general manager.

He started Ella’s Kitchen after spotting a gap in the market for healthy food for young children.

Last year, families spent more than £50 million on Ella’s Kitchen products.

The company’s success secured Mr Lindley the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the National Business Awards and led to him being selected as one of the Department for Business’s inspiring entrepreneurs in the Business In You campaign to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs.

Mr Lindley said: “It’s always great to return to Sheffield, but more so for something as exciting as MADE.

“I was fortunate enough to be part of last year’s festival and there was a fantastic atmosphere, a true celebration of entrepreneurialism. I’m yet again looking forward to meeting new people, gaining some new inspiration and hopefully doing a little inspiring myself.”

Other speakers at this year’s MADE Festival include Kanya King, founder of Europe’s largest urban music awards show.

He is joined by entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den judge Peter Jones and Wayne Hemmingway, founder of the fashion chain Red or Dead.

For information or to attend the festival visit the Sheffield City Hall website www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or call 0114 2 789 789.