Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launches Made: 2012 to be held in Sheffield

Running between 19-22 September, 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.

A stellar line-up of speakers has also been unveiled, including Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE, MOBO Awards founder, Kanya King; Cobra Beer Chairman and founder, Lord Bilimoria; founder of Ariadne Capital, Julie Meyer; founding Dragons’ Den panellist and founder, School for Startups, Doug Richard; Wayne Hemingway, founder, Red or Dead and Robin Rowland, CEO, Yo! Sushi.

Returning to the festival will be Secretary of State for Business,Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, who will be joined by: LordYoung of Graffham, the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Advisor; Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, former Home Secretary and MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough; and Nick Baird, Chief Executive, UKTI.

Nick Clegg commented: “This year’s MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival will celebrate the very best of UK enterprise. From iconic British designer Wayne Hemingway tomanufacturer 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 thehighest 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.”

Michael Hayman, Chairman of MADE and co-founder of Seven Hills andStartUp 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.”

The timetable for the tree days will be:
Wednesday 19 September: E20: The Entrepreneurs’ Summit at Chatsworth
Twenty of the UK’s top entrepreneurs will come together to develop an entrepreneur action plan around youth unemployment. Special event hosted by the Duke of Devonshire. Invitation only.

Thursday 20 September: MADE in Britain
Brilliant panel discussions, keynote speeches, inspiration “shots”, exhibitions and fringe events on building and growing a British business.

Friday 21 September: Going Global
Supported by UKTI, a one-day event dedicated to expanding your business overseas and cracking new international markets.

Speakers taking part during the three days will be:

  • Will Butler Adams, Managing Director, Brompton
  • Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor, Sunday Telegraph
  • Lord Bilimoria, founder and Chairman, Cobra Beer
  • Joe Cohen, founder and CEO, Seatwave
  • Richard Farleigh, former Dragons’ Den panellist and business angel
  • Wayne Hemingway, founder, Red or Dead
  • Luke Johnson, founder & Chairman, Risk Capital Partners
  • Peter Jones CBE, Dragons’ Den & founder, The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
  • Kanya King, founder, MOBO Awards
  • Will King, founder, King of Shaves
  • Priya Lakhani, founder, Masala Masala
  • Paul Lindley, founder, Ella’s Kitchen
  • James Lohan, co-founder, Mr and Mrs Smith
  • Julie Meyer, founder, Ariadne Capital
  • Charles Morgan, founder, The Morgan Motor Company
  • Dale Murray, angel investor
  • Doug Richard, founding Dragons’ Den panellist & founder, School for Startups
  • Robin Rowland, CEO, Yo! Sushi
  • Shaa Wasmund, founder, Smarta
  • Ross Westgate, anchor, CNBC
  • Edward Wray, co-founder, Betfair
  • Claire Young, finalist in The Apprentice & founder, School Speakers

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Paul Jones

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine, and head of Capital Business Media's automotive division working for clients such as Aston Martin and Infiniti.

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine, and head of Capital Business Media's automotive division working for clients such as Aston Martin and Infiniti.