Irwin Mitchell sponsors MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2015

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28 July 2015


IM LLP Logo 2015National law firm Irwin Mitchell has revealed it is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2015, the UK’s largest festival of enterprise which is being held in Sheffield in October.

The festival will see a headline event taking place at Sheffield City Hall on 22 October, where a line-up of entrepreneurs including former JLS star JB Gill and multimillionaire Annabel Karmel will provide inspirational success stories and guidance to those looking to start their own business.

An additional programme of fringe events offering a range of advice on a number of issues will also take place across the week before and after the main event.

To mark the official launch of this year’s festival on July 31st, Startup Britain’s Bus Tour is also set to roll into Sheffield’s Barker’s Pool on the day with experts offering free mentoring and workshops aimed at anyone interested in starting or growing a business.

Anyone who visits the bus in person for advice between 6pm and 8pm will also receive an exclusive discount code for the main MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival event on October 22nd.

Irwin Mitchell is a long-time supporter of MADE and this year will hold its own fringe event. The session, designed to be a practical session for start-up companies, will discuss and provide advice about accessing early stage finance.

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

“As a firm, we have long believed that entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the economy and recognise the importance of ensuring that they get off to the best start with the right support.

“We are delighted to once again be supporting the MADE festival, a fantastic event where those looking to start their own businesses can get that inspirational advice and support to push forward with their endeavours.”



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