MADE up for a flying start

Brendan Moffett, from Creativesheffield, at the London launch of MADE The Entrepreneur Festival
Brendan Moffett, from Creativesheffield, at the London launch of MADE The Entrepreneur Festival
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Budding entrepreneurs attending MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, in Sheffield, are being offered the chance to win free office space in the Showroom Workstation, at the heart of the city’s digital and cultural industries quarter.

Two entrepreneurs will be offered free office space for six months or a virtual office – including address and mailbox, telephone answering service, support and promotion – for 12 months.

Winners will also get the help of mentors from the Workstation Creative Business Centre.

Brendan Moffett, director of Marketing Sheffield, the city’s promotional arm, said: “This competition could be the making of a start-up business in Sheffield.

“One of the biggest challenges for a new business is having the funds available to pay for premises.

“However, the benefits of winning are not only financial. The winners of this competition will be operating from one of the most credible addresses for small businesses in the city, which will really add clout to their offer.

“They will also be situated among like-minded entrepreneurs, all sharing ideas and opportunities, which is invaluable to a start-up business. With more and more people choosing to work for themselves, appropriate office space for start-up businesses has never been more important in providing the conditions needed for such businesses to thrive.”

MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival starts on Wednesday, September 21, and includes a Sheffield ‘TEDx’ event at the Showroom Workstation.

TEDx is short for technology, entertainment and design and its events are dedicated to spreading the ideas of the world’s most inspiring thinkers.

For more information about MADE, visit: www.madefestival.com.

n One in six people in Sheffield wants shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels to provide free Wi-Fi connections in the high street, according to a survey by city-based Internet Service Provider Plusnet. More than a third wouldn’t stay in an hotel that didn’t have Wi-Fi and one in seven wants Wi-Fi access to the Internet wherever they are.