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Be part of the Creative Fringe at MADE

by Camilla

The MADE Festival is held in our hometown of Sheffield, and every year budding entrepreneurs gather to learn the secrets of success from those who have made it. One of the highlights of this year’s programme is The Creative Entrepreneurs Fringe Festival on Friday 26 September, designed specifically for aspiring, early-stage and established creative entrepreneurs.

The day at the Creative Fringe will include a talk by the incredibly knowledgable and inspiring Doug Richard – original Dragon’s Den panelist, School for Creative Startups founder and Folksy business mentor (surely top of his CV) – followed by a business surgery forum, where designers and makers can get specific advice for their business. There are also plans afoot for mini pop-up boutiques, where creative businesses can show off their wares, plus a chance to meet and talk to fellow creative people, in a non-scary, non-corporate kind of place where the word ‘networking’ can only be heard in faint whispers.

Win tickets to the festival
We’ve got 20 pairs of tickets to The Creative Entrepreneurs Fringe Festival @ MADE to give away! That’s not just 20 tickets, but 20 pairs, so if you win you can even bring along a friend. For your chance to win, just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post or send an email to competitions@folksy.co.uk with the subject line ‘Take me to the Fringe’. The competition closes at midnight this Friday (19 September) and winners will be informed as soon as possible after the closing date.

Show your stuff
The organisers of fringe festival are looking for designers and makers to dress the event and sell their work in mini pop-up shops. Stalls are free and there will be a community of 400 creatives in one room, so if you want to see Doug sitting on one of your chairs, propped up on one of your cushions, or sampling your handmade treats, send us an email at community@folksy.co.uk and let us know what you’d like to bring or do.

The Creative Entrepreneurs Fringe Festival @ MADE
Friday 26 September

Memorial Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA


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The Creative Entrepreneurs Fringe Festival is being organised to celebrate the launch of the first School for Creative Startups course in the North, which starts in Sheffield in January. So if you’re interested in getting more help and advice about how to run a creative business, you can find details about the course and how to apply here >>

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Gwin Kerry September 14, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Sounds brilliant -I’d love a ticket… fingers crossed!

Joy Beardsley September 16, 2014 - 8:20 am

Yes please! Sounds great.

Rebecca Hardy-Griffith September 16, 2014 - 8:27 am

Amazing!! So yes please take me to the fringe!!


Michelle Potts September 16, 2014 - 9:01 am

What an amazing opportunity!
Would love to be considered for tickets

Sophie (Imogen's Imagination) September 16, 2014 - 9:05 am

ooooh! free tickets, free stalls, free advice…what more can a girl ask for!

Rebecca Liggins September 16, 2014 - 9:10 am

“Take me to the Fringe”
What a fantastically fun and folky event! Fingers crossed for a pair of tickets and good luck to everyone!
Becca x

Ann September 16, 2014 - 9:15 am

Sounds just the ticket!

Dolapo September 16, 2014 - 9:48 am

Would be great to go and get involved!

Kelly street September 16, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Why have I only just heard of this, I need to see what it is all about, amazing sounding stuff x

Louise Miller September 17, 2014 - 12:16 pm

This sounds amazing! Take me and my fringe to the fringe!!

Kerry Harvey September 17, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Sounds amazing!

Carly September 17, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Would love tickets!

Kayleigh Walker September 17, 2014 - 1:32 pm

I would love to come to this <3

Chrissi Froud September 17, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Looks fab, love Sheffield too :-)

Claire Hill September 17, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Take me to the Fringe, this would be a lovely way to kickstart my new career, leaving my day job and trying to make crafting a more permanent earner

Jo Tambourini-Kay September 17, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Me thinks I could do with this! :)

Joyce Marney September 17, 2014 - 11:43 pm

How Craftily Entrepreneurial Folks!
Yes Please!
Sounds like just the ticket & would love a pair for my crafty folksy self and friend.
With best wishes & good luck to all !……..
Joyce :-)

Susan Duguid September 18, 2014 - 9:51 am

Would love tickets to the Sheffield Creative Fringe.
What an opportunity to meet other creatives and I’m free that day!!

Sarah Middleton September 19, 2014 - 9:07 am

Sounds fantastic! I’d love to attend.

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