Nick Clegg announces Gazelle colleges like Gateshead as major partners in the UK’s leading enterprise event

And Gateshead College will be sending a number of students to the festival, to participate in the world-class showcase of entrepreneurship, including practical sessions, exhibitions and fringe events. 

The event involves some of the biggest names in business including Wayne Hemingway, Dragons' Den star Peter Jones CBE, Charles Morgan, founder, The Morgan Motor Company, founder and chairman of Risk Capital Partners Luke Johnson, and Lord Bilimoria, founder and chairman, Cobra beers.

The Gazelle College Group, of which Gateshead College is a keystone member, is committed to deploying entrepreneurship as a strategic driver for change in the education sector.  Gazelle will be announced as Enterprise Education Partner of the MADE festival and will also be spearheading a programme of activity during the festival.

Gazellechampions a 'learning by doing' approach to support the next generation in becoming confident and motivated self-starters, so through attending MADE the objective is to empower students to become inspired and motivated to build the great businesses of the future.

The news follows Gateshead College's decision to strengthen its position as the North East's top entrepreneurial college by becoming the Entrepreneurs' Forum's exclusive further education partner.

The move reflects the college's commitment to providing students with the confidence and skills to become the region's next generation of successful entrepreneurs. 

The college will be benefiting from access to the expertise of Forum members, who include successful business leaders like Sage's chief executive Paul Walker and Tom Maxfield, the driving force behind Tom's Companies, while students will be participating in entrepreneurial events and initiatives that would normally be unavailable. 

Gateshead College is pioneering a new approach to education which focuses on equipping all students with an entrepreneurial skills set and is a founding member of Gazelle, which was created with strategic input and direction from Richard Thorold, principal and chief Executive of Gateshead College. He said: "We are delighted our students will be attending MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival this year, with its stellar line up of speakers. 

"It is not just for our students to get inspired by their entrepreneurial spirit, but for the entrepreneurs to get inspired by some of the innovative and exciting projects our students are doing."

This year's MADE Festival will focus on how entrepreneurs can put the great back into Britain. 

Running between 19-22 September, it will bring together more than 3,000 British inventors, designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and UK policy-makers.

Speakers at the festival include Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP; Lord Young of Graffham, Prime Minister's Enterprise Advisor; Robin Rowland, CEO, Yo! Sushi; Charles Morgan, founder, The Morgan Motor Company and Lord Bilimoria, founder and chairman, Cobra beers.