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Management School sponsors UK’s premier business entrepreneurship event


Sheffield University Management School will once again be a main event sponsor for this year’s MADE: Entrepreneur Festival in Sheffield.

MADE is the UK’s premier business entrepreneurship event. This October it returns for its fifth year, having educated and inspired tens of thousands of business owners and budding entrepreneurs since its inception.

Delegates have the opportunity to hear inspirational stories from successful entrepreneurs who have “been there, done that.” These ‘How I MADE it’ journeys feature presentations from nationally recognised entrepreneurs and successful business owners from across the UK, and from sectors including manufacturing and engineering; retail; food and drink, and digital and creative.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Kevin Byrne, founder and CEO of, which provides access to trusted, vetted and monitored tradespeople to stem the tide of rogue traders. He has built his Selsey-based company up from scratch to one with a turnover in excess of £13.4million
  • Petra Wetzel, founder and CEO, West Beer. In 2008 Wetzel opened WEST Brewery, Bar & Restaurant in Glasgow, a German style brewery producing beers to traditional German Purity Laws. Now in 2015, Wetzel has opened a second bar and restaurant, and is planning a new brewery which will increase brewing capacity ten-fold
  • Former JLS band member, JB Gill, who left the celebrity lifestyle behind for the world of farming. Two years on and the farm he owns and manages goes from strength to strength.

The MADE festival will also feature a range of skills development masterclasses giving delegates the skills and knowledge to help launch and grow their business.

Ian Proctor, Head of External Relations at the Management School explains why MADE is important to both the city region and the university: “As the city region recovers from the global financial crisis, its future growth will be dependant as much on the entrepreneurs creating and growing new businesses as it will on our larger established businesses.

“The MADE Festival is an important part of this as it both inspires and offers guidance to those with new business ideas and those that have already begun to build their own businesses, whilst also allowing them to network with like-minded individuals and support organisations.

“At the Management School we are educating the next generation of business owners and managers, and it is important that our students understand the entrepreneurial spirit and traits shown at MADE, whether they eventually run their own businesses or become managers in others’ organisations.”

The MADE Festival takes place on and around 22 October 2015 at the Sheffield City Hall. For more information visit

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