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What top business speakers will share at UK’s biggest entrepreneur event?

16 September 2014 12:05


Headline speakers including Paul McKenna, Fraser Doherty, Jamal Edwards and Doug Richard will advise more than 3,000 delegates on how to succeed in business at the two-day event in Sheffield, Yorkshire on September 24 and 25.

World-renowned self-help guru Paul McKenna, author of best-selling titles including I Can Make You CONFIDENT and I Can Make You THIN, is jetting in from his Los Angeles home to open the festival with a powerful keynote speech.

Paul said: “I don’t just have a few tips for people, I have an actual strategy – the strategy of the super achievers.”

Fraser Doherty, who launched SuperJam at the age of 14 using his gran’s recipes and now supplies more than 2,000 supermarkets around the world.

Fraser, now 25, said: “I’m really looking forward to sharing my story at MADE and talking about all the things I’ve learned along the way, including the mistakes I’ve made, the advice I’ve followed, the downs and the ups.”

And Jamal Edwards, whose youth broadcasting channel SB.TV amassed millions of views on YouTube and saw him become a self-made multi-millionaire, will also be advising entrepreneurs looking to launch and grow their own businesses.

Jamal, still only 23 years old, who recently joined Princes William and Harry for the first royal ‘selfie’ at the launch of the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, said: “You need to be focused, dedicated, open-minded and most importantly, approachable.

“I really want to empower my generation to see the power digital can bring to them at an economic and sociological level.”

Meanwhile, creative people with big business ideas are being targeted by Doug Richard, a serial entrepreneur and a former Dragon from TV’s Dragons’ Den.

Doug believes there’s never been a better time for entrepreneurs with creative business ideas to turn them into reality, and said: “One of the things that can hold people back is thinking that either you do creativity or you do business, but that’s simply not the case.”

Other top speakers sharing their success stories will include:

• Levi Roots, the colourful musician and food entrepreneur who famously won Dragons’ Den investment in his Reggae Reggae Sauce products;
• Michelle Mone OBE, the Scottish model turned lingerie entrepreneur who launched and owns the successful Ultimo bra range;
• Shaa Wasmund, best-selling business author, entrepreneur and founder of the Smarta, the social enterprise company;
• Rekha Mehr, founder of posh bakery Pistachio Rose and Start up Entrepreneur in Residence at the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills; and
• Wayne Hemingway MBE, fashion designer and co-founder of Red or Dead brand.

As well as the MADE for Success Conference, the wider MADE festival includes numerous specialist fringe events from 22-26 September, including an exhibition and Gala Dinner.

The week-long series of events is being organised by business services provider BE Group, under licence from Sheffield City Council, with Irwin Mitchell, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield College all key festival partners.

Alastair MacColl, BE Group chief executive, said: “MADE is one of the UK’s most important business events and we’re really pleased to have attracted so many high-profile business men and women to share their success stories. MADE 2014 promises to be the best yet.’’

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