Business leader’s talk aims to inspire

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SHEFFIELD Federation of Small Businesses is holding a presentation about how to encourage enterprise as part of the city’s MADE festival.

The three-day event is being held at Sheffield City Hall from September 19 to 21, and is now in its third year.

The festival is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and business growth, and it is anticipated that over 3,000 people will attend from the business world around the UK.

For the first time, the Federation of Small Businesses is playing a leading role and will be providing one of the major speakers at the ‘fringe’ events - when David Watkins, a South Yorkshire FSB committee member, will be leading a seminar called The Naked Entrepreneur.

David said: “This seminar is aimed at small businesses that are looking to develop their aspirations for growth and innovation, but will be particularly relevant to new -starters: people who have yet to put their business ideas into action. “For the past four years the number of businesses in the UK has been reducing by an average of 20,000 a year due to closures and bankruptcies.

“It is vital for economic survival that we turn this around and encourage more people to start their own business.

“We can only return to growth if the multitudes of people with great business ideas and the vision and aspiration to make it happen can be encouraged to start the enterprise journey.

“This seminar aims to do just that. But as well as encouraging pre-start entrepreneurs to take the first steps, we will also be hoping to provide added inspiration to fledgling businesses in the early months of trading or more established businesses looking to grow.

“Answers to all the questions every entrepreneur wanted to know but never dared to ask will be uncovered, ideas will be laid bare and they will find the unadorned truth by coming along to The Naked Entrepreneur,” he said.