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19 September 2012
19/09/2012 MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival opens for business at London Stock Exchange

MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2012 was officially launched today at a Market Opening Ceremony at London Stock Exchange.

The 8am event was led by MADE Chairman, Michel Hayman who opened the day’s trading. He was joined by members of the E20, the new entrepreneurs’ task-force which will meet for the first time as part of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival.

The full E20 will convene at Chatsworth House later today, for a series of summits aimed at developing an entrepreneurial solution for the problem of youth unemployment. E20 members who took part in the ceremony include Ed Wray, co-founder of Betfair, Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen, and Emma Jones, co-founder of StartUp Britain.

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Also in attendance was Marcus Stuttard, head of AIM, who will be speaking as part of Made in Britain day at MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival later this week. AIM is London Stock Exchange’s international growth market for small and medium sized enterprises, such as WANdisco, whose founder & CEO David Richards will also be appearing at MADE. The full programme begins in Sheffield on Thursday, featuring keynote speakers Peter Jones CBE, Business Secretary Vince Cable, and British Olympic legend Duncan Goodhew.

Michael Hayman, chairman of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, commented: “London Stock Exchange is the beating heart of British business, and the ideal setting for the official opening of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival. We are now into a jam-packed three day programme which will showcase the strength of Britain’s entrepreneurial culture, and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.”

Marcus Stuttard, Head of AIM, said: “The success of entrepreneurs is key not just to helping us move past current difficult economic conditions, but to the long term health of the UK economy as a whole. Entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs succeed and flourish when they operate in a vibrant funding environment that caters to their unique requirements. That’s why London Stock Exchange is delighted to support MADE and to have the opportunity to work alongside some of the country’s most exciting young companies.”

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