Thousand of delegates will hear top speakers

Vince Cable speaking at MADE at the City Hall in 2012
Vince Cable speaking at MADE at the City Hall in 2012
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It will be hard not to start up a company by the end of next week - after MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival returns to Sheffield.

The inspirational event has a stellar line up of people who will share the secrets of success in sectors including food, internet movies, fashion, software, and self-help.

And, in a sign of its burgeoning influence, it a huge 40-event fringe festival runs all week at venues across the city.

More than 3,000 delegates are expected to attend to hear from Levi Roots, Michelle Mone, Jamal Edwards, Doug Richard, Wayne Hemingway and headline speaker Paul McKenna.

The MADE for Success Conference will be held at Sheffield City Hall on Wednesday and Thursday September 24 and 25.

A free business exhibition will be held in the City Hall Ballroom from Wednesday to Friday.

And a gala dinner for 400 will be held at the Cutlers’ Hall on Thursday hosted by Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor.

Brendan Moffett, director of Marketing Sheffield, said: “MADE is the UK’s biggest and best celebration of entrepreneurship and this line up of top speakers will make it a must-attend event for new businesses.

“We hope to attract more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to Sheffield for a host of engaging conference sessions, events and exhibitions, providing the best advice, knowledge and support to accelerate business growth.

“MADE puts a real focus on young entrepreneurs and we’re working with local schools, Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Sheffield to attract high numbers of young people.”

To see the full event listing of all the MADE Festival Fringe programme visit www.madefestival.com.