Sheffield is aiming to attract more than 2,000 entrepreneurs to the city this year when it tries to repeat the success of last year’s Entrepreneurs’ Festival.
Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk have already agreed to speak at the 2011 MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, which will take place from Wednesday, September 21 to Saturday, September 24.
Dr Cable said: “The MADE Festival in Sheffield is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to share ideas and knowledge and help inspire the next generation of business owners in the UK.
“We want to make our country the best place in the world to start and grow a business. It is small businesses that will drive growth in the economy and we need to support them in every way we can.”
This year’s festival will focus on three key themes:
n Inspiring entrepreneurs to think differently and turn their ambitions into reality.
n Studying how entrepreneurs do things differently and disrupt the status quo.
n Accelerating business growth and innovation, with the support of leading global brands.
Sheffield-born Michael Hayman, who co-founded the national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, is chairman of entrepreneurs at Coutts and co-founded the communication consultancy Seven Hills, will chair this year’s festival.
He described MADE as the signature event in the UK calendar for entrepreneurs and a symbol of what business can do to help spearhead the economic recovery.
Sheffield City Council leader, Julie Dore, said: “Sheffield is confident in positioning itself as one of the most business friendly cities in the UK.
“I look forward to welcoming so many entrepreneurs, politicians, business leaders, investors and media commentators to the MADE Festival in September – giving them all the opportunity to see for themselves what an innovative and forward-thinking city Sheffield has become.”