Entrepeneurs of the future get help from national firm

Sheffield’s next generation of entrepreneurs have been given an inspirational donation by one of the largest private sector employers in South Yorkshire as they look to set up their new businesses.

National law firm Irwin Mitchell, is donating tickets for the MADE Festival to young businesses at Sheffield Hallam University’s Hatchery business incubator to help them get advice and support from some of the UK’s leading business people.

The Hatchery provides a free business incubation service offering young entrepreneurs a low risk environment in which to set up their business. Irwin Mitchell, one of Sheffield’s largest private sector employers, is a sponsor of the MADE Festival this year. The law firm has donated tickets for events such as ‘An Audience with Luke Johnson’ and the Inspire series of seminars at the entrepreneurs’ festival.

The MADE Festival is set to return to Sheffield for 2011, 21 – 24 September, where 2,000 delegates will rub shoulders with high profile entrepreneurs, VC’s and other funders, business writers, Government ministers, leading journalists, broadcasters and some famous TV Dragons.

Paul Firth, Partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “We recognise the need for the private sector to boost the business profile for the city and are playing an instrumental role in that. The MADE Festival shows the world that Sheffield is open for business. We are seeking to bolster Sheffield’s reputation as one of the most business friendly cities in the UK and create a business environment in which entrepreneurs can set up and thrive.

“Sheffield has a strong track record of innovation and there is strong growth in new technology businesses and sectors such as advanced manufacturing. We need to nurture new entrepreneurial talent and ensure that we help them to grow their ideas into successful businesses. That’s why we have linked up with Sheffield Hallam University to help inspire their budding entrepreneurs.”

Sheila Quairney, business and enterprise manager from Sheffield Hallam University said: “This is a great opportunity for our student and graduate start up businesses to be inspired by successful entrepreneurs and we are grateful to have been given this support and recognition from one of Sheffield’s leading businesses.”