Irwin Mitchell Announces MADE Festival Support

National Law Firm Hosts Deputy Prime Minister At Launch Event

25.05.2012

National law firm, Irwin Mitchell, has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting British business with the announcement that it will be sponsoring this year's MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2012.

Running between 19-22 September 2012, the festival will bring together more than 3,000 British inventors, designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and UK policy-makers for a three-day masterclass on creating and building a fast-growth business.

Speakers confirmed include Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE, MOBO Awards founder, Kanya King; Cobra Beer Chairman and founder, Lord Bilimoria; founder of Ariadne Capital, Julie Meyer and Robin Rowland, CEO, Yo! Sushi.

Announcing the launch event at Irwin Mitchell's offices in Sheffield, Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP, Nick Clegg commented:

"This year's MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival will celebrate the very best of UK enterprise. From iconic British designer Wayne Hemingway to manufacturer Charles Morgan of The Morgan Motor Company, the event will showcase this country's brilliant business talent.

“The Coalition Government is committed to being on the side of the entrepreneur. The number of new business start-ups last year was one of the highest in our history – and we want to encourage that trend.

“And I am particularly proud that this great event is taking place in Sheffield, once again giving us a chance to showcase the innovation and creativity of this great city.”

Paul Firth, regional managing partner at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield, said:

"Irwin Mitchell is delighted to be supporting the MADE Festival again and particularly honoured that the event has been launched at our offices in Sheffield.  Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy and we believe it is vital they receive the right support and advice so they can flourish and drive the UK forward."

Michael Hayman, Chairman of MADE and co-founder of Seven Hills and StartUp Britain, said:

“MADE champions entrepreneurs, Britain's new steel. This year the Festival focuses on two big themes, Made In Britain and Going Global. It seeks to inspire and accelerate Britain's brilliant makers and inventors, exporters and innovators. MADE welcomes some of the biggest names in business and public life and is a landmark event on the commercial calendar.

“It will deliver a world class showcase of practical sessions, exhibitions and fringe events all with the aim of helping entrepreneurs to make their business great. This year marks the third MADE Festival, a transformational hat trick of inspiration for business and the city alike. I am thrilled to be chairing it."

Brendan Moffett, Director of Marketing Sheffield, said:

“Sheffield has an international reputation for advanced engineering, creativity and manufacturing innovation. With its entrepreneurial spirit, it is the ideal location for MADE.”