Entrepreneurs gather in Sheffield for MADE 2014

This week, business owners and start-up fanatics from around the UK gathered to celebrate all things entrepreneurial at the Made Festival in Sheffield. From branding, marketing and PR, to finance, HR and legal, experts from across the industry were there to help budding entrepreneurs realise their ambitions.

The event played host to the some well known and inspiring faces, from SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards, founder of School for Startups Doug Richards, SuperJam entrepreneur Fraser Doherty and celebrity life coach Paul Mckenna. During the two day event the entrepreneurs shared their experiences and knowledge on how to achieve success.

Here are just a few of the lessons they’ve learnt from starting and running their own businesses:

Jamal Edwards: “If you are not ready for the knock backs, then stay away from being an entrepreneur. It’s full of let downs, stress and not much time to do other things.”

Paul McKenna: “You get rewarded in business for adding perceived value. It’s about really focusing on who your customers are and what they want, and how you can offer them that something extra.”

Fraser Doherty: “It’s important not to be precious about any aspect of your idea so that you can take on board and respond to the feedback you receive.”

Doug Richards: “Unfortunately a lot of people who are creative find it difficult to get started in the business world. 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.”

Read more about the advice these successful entrepreneurs had to give, and the event itself here.

We hope to see our Catalyst Centre winners sharing their wisdom at next year’s event!