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Management School sponsors UK’s premier business entrepreneurship event

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


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

Cooking up a storm – restaurateurs win city region business award

Friday, July 3rd, 2015


Sheffield University Management School congratulates Alistair Myers and Tom Lawson at Rafters restaurant, winners of the Young Business Person of the Year title at last night’s Sheffield City Region Business Awards

When Tom and Alistair took over Rafters Restaurant in December 2013 they had quite an act to follow, as Rafters had established a reputation over the past 20 years as one of the best eateries in Sheffield. The restaurant has continued to flourish under their management, having retained its two AA Rosettes and has been listed in 2015’s Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide.

The Management School sponsored the young business person award, and Head of External Relations Ian Proctor congratulated Alistair and Tom on their achievement: “Our role at the Management School is to help produce the business leaders of the future, so it was a pleasure to see this duo to win the award and to see what they have accomplished with their business to date. Their story is a great example of young people showing the drive, determination and acumen required in business and we wish them continued success in the future.”

The event, held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, celebrated the importance of business across the city region in 14 award categories, and the ceremony brought together the winners from the region’s four Chambers – Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham & Barnsley and Derbyshire – plus the Derbyshire Times Business Awards.

For more on the Sheffield City Region Business Awards visit the Sheffield Star website:

A gateway to growth: SUMS sponsors high-profile regional award

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Sheffield University Management School is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a major regional business award.

The Sheffield City Region Business Awards celebrate the importance of business across the city region in 14 award categories, and the ceremony brings together the winners from the region’s four Chambers – Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham & Barnsley and Derbyshire – plus the Derbyshire Times Business Awards.

The Management School is sponsoring the Young Business Person of the Year Award. As Head of External Relations Ian Proctor explains, it was a natural choice: “The Sheffield City Region Business Awards are a great opportunity to unify the business community across the region, and to celebrate excellence and improvement. The Management School is proud to be associated with this particular award, as it resonates strongly with our of objective of helping produce the business leaders of the future.”

Sheffield Chamber’s executive director Richard Wright echoes this view, saying: “The Awards are not about comparing the region’s towns, but to make sure the best companies we have got in the area go forward and can compete nationally.”

The Sheffield City Region Business Awards will take place on 2 July 2015 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Find out more here:

SUMS brings in the numbers

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Keeping a room of the region’s most prominent accountants and financers entertained after work is a tall order – but Sheffield University Management School’s lecture rose to the challenge on Wednesday 12 March.

A lively programme of speakers, headed up by Lloyds Bank’s Head of Macroeconomics Adam Chester, followed networking in the School’s new business engagement space.

As the first public lecture held since the refurbished Management School building, on Conduit Road, opened its doors, Professor Anthony Fretwell-Downing officially cut the ribbon to his namesake lecture theatre and spoke to the audience about businesses adjusting to change in a challenging economy.

Dean of Sheffield University Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe (pictured above, centre with Prof Fretwell-Dowling), also spoke on the evening. He said of the event: “It was a privilege to host such a highly regarded assembly of guests at the School. Complemented by a number of our students who chose to attend, the evening’s networking had a fantastic buzz, and the speakers were very well received.

“As the inaugural lecture in our Fretwell-Downing Lecture Theatre, we were delighted with the turnout and welcome others to attend our future events, such as Graham Honeyman’s approaching lecture on the ups and downs of building Forgemasters.”

“Adam Chester’s talk, discussing whether the economic recovery is sustainable, was extremely current and provided a fascinating insight into where Lloyds Bank see the country’s future in economic terms. A lively question and answer session was a fitting conclusion.”

Over 100 guests attended the lecture, 20 of whom went on to a roundtable event at the University of Sheffield’s Inox Dine restaurant.

Head of External Relations, Ian Proctor, said: “This was the first of many exciting events that we have planned at the School. We were delighted to hear Professor Fretwell-Downing speak in the theatre made possible by his generous donation.”

Visit the Management Gateway ( for information on up-coming events.