Now in its seventh year MADE has become an important date in the event calendar for businesses to stop and think, get some inspiration, meet new people, and consider doing things differently.
From established names such as Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation and James Akrigg of Microsoft through to disruptive entrepreneurs such as Jimmy’s Iced Coffee founder Jim Cregan and Steve Bartlett of Social Chain, there were many great stories to learn from.
Speaking after the event, Jim Cregan said: "The audience was really cool and the event was professionally organised. I've never been somewhere before where I've had walk on music - it was pretty special!"
As well as hearing the stories of the 12 key note speakers, attendees also flocked to over 20 fringe events which will be held throughout the week offering advice and support on all areas of business from marketing to international trade and branding.
Mark Mullen, CEO of Atom Bank, MADE’s headline sponsor, added: "Building a business as an entrepreneur can be a lonely journey. Coming to MADE16 reminds me that you're not alone. The event had a nice genuine feel to it."
Hilary Dunne, Events Director at BE Group, the company delivering MADE festival, echoed Mark's thoughts. She said: "We were delighted to welcome hundreds of inspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to Sheffield yesterday who joined us to hear from a stellar line up of individuals who epitomise the entrepreneurial spirit of this country."
"The feedback on the day was tremendous and we are delighted that delegates left feeling inspired to continue on their journeys."
A number of local and national businesses took to social media to praise the event. These included:
The event also saw the crowning of BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016, which was Ben Staerck of The Furniture Clinic. Read more about his award win here.
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