Chamber President to Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship at Upcoming Showcase Dinner

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’ President, Steve Manley cordially invites businesses across the region to join him at one of Sheffield Chamber’s flagship events, the President’s Annual Dinner.

The event aims to celebrate, recognise and encourage youth enterprise and entrepreneurship, which Steve outlined as a significant focus in November last year when he accepted the chains of office.

A former teenage entrepreneur while studying at Loxley College, Steve went on work for a high-profile office supplies firm, before establishing Universal Office Products from a back bedroom with business partner Mark Broadbent in 2002. Today the business is one of the UK’s leading independent single source office supply specialist, with a turnover of £7m and a 98 per cent client and staff retention rate.

Steve Manley said: “Over the years I’ve met a lot of young people from across the region with some great ideas and vision, so it was a natural fit to choose youth enterprise as a theme for my Presidency – especially as a former teenage entrepreneur myself.

“I have joined the local volunteer board of Young Enterprise and spoken at a number of Young Enterprise and a Sheffield Future Business Leaders’ events, addressing close to a thousand students/young business people in total.

“I’m looking forward to my President’s Dinner event where I can further showcase and celebrate the burning spirit of enterprise amongst the next generation of entrepreneurs with the wider business community.”

Sam Christmas, Commercial Partnership Manager at Sheffield Chamber, added:

“The President’s Annual Dinner would not happen if it was not for the generosity of our sponsors. On behalf of the Chamber team, and all those involved, I would like to thank CT, Keebles, Fellowes, Universal, Vow Wholesale and the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.”

Held on the 3rd October at the Cutlers Hall in Sheffield, the black-tie dinner will welcome over 300 guests including the a-list of the region’s business community, Chamber board members and dignitaries.

BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby is set to host the event which once again doubles as a fund-raising opportunity for the new Chamber Charity of the Year, which will be announced during the evening.

Sheffield Chamber’s Hall of Fame award also returns, which sees the Chamber honour two individuals from across the community and business sectors. Furthermore, and keeping on theme, Steve Manley will also recognise and award an outstanding leader from the community who has gone above and beyond in their chosen field, which will be linked the Presidents theme of Young Entrepreneurship.

A drinks reception is followed by a three-course meal with table wine and entertainment by famous Rotherham busker, Alfie Sheard.

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