By Marcus Leach

A free business bootcamp at MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival that teaches small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to expand their financial capabilities is to welcome Ella’s Kitchen founder Paul Lindley as its high profile guest speaker.

The former chartered accountant has built his organic baby and toddler food brand into a £30 million a year success story in the past five years. The brand now has an 11.8% share of the UK baby food market.

Paul will share his insight at the two hour bootcamp from business accounting software provider Intuit and training specialist BCSG. The session will feature a practical training course aimed at helping small business owners organise their finances and set up for long-term success.

Following the training there will also be the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Intuit’s small business specialists for advice and time saving tips.

The bootcamp will be a key part of MADE which will see 2,000 entrepreneurs from all over Britain come to Sheffield to share their knowledge and ideas and to meet some of the country’s leading business figures and politicians.

Headlining the MADE Festival will be the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP and the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk MP, alongside some of Britain’s best known entrepreneurs.

“I started my own business with a professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant in accountancy but most small business owners won’t have that expertise or skill set when they enter the market," Paul Lindley, Ella’s Dad and founder of Ella’s Kitchen, said.

“I’m looking forward to being part of a practical bootcamp that will provide entrepreneurs attending MADE with invaluable advice about running their businesses, and I hope that my experience with Ella’s Kitchen will prove informative as they start their business journey. Intuit is giving these startups an important foundation that could help many make it through those critical early years.”

The course will cover the basics of good record keeping, how to track and improve cash flow as well as save time on everyday tasks like invoicing, expenses and calculating and reporting VAT.

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