StartUp Britain Bus helps launch MADE 2015

The StartUp Britain Tour stopped at Sheffield last week to help launch MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2015.

Stopping at Barkers Pool on 31 July, over forty members of the public boarded the bus to receive free specialist business advice from StartUp Britain advisers and Sheffield’s business support organisation, Business Sheffield.

As well as kick starting the countdown to Sheffield’s MADE Festival in October, StartUp Britain’s bus visit is part of an ongoing national campaign, helping the number of UK businesses started in 2015 to reach a record 600,000.

Andrew Wilson, MADE Festival event organiser, said: "We are delighted to welcome a wide range of innovative business leaders to this year’s MADE Festival.

"The StartUp Britain Tour was a great feature and we look forward to building on this momentum with the MADE Festival in October."

226 loans, worth some £1.1m, have already been distributed to individuals in Sheffield and it’s hoped that Friday’s event will have helped raise awareness and added to these figures even more.

Both working to help drive enterprise, this is the third year that StartUp Britain have teamed up with MADE and they’ll be back in Sheffield on 22 October for the festival.

The line-up of inspirational entrepreneurs for this year’s festival includes former member of JLS, JB Gill and multi-millionaire mumpreneur Annabel Karmel.

As well as the usual mix of inspirational success stories, this year’s MADE will focus on offering festival goers practical hands-on advice with a series of MADE Masterclasses covering a range of key business topics such as low cost digital marketing, increasing sales and outstanding customer service.

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