DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg has named a group of entrepreneurial colleges, including Warwickshire College, as major sponsors in a leading UK enterprise event.

The Lib Dem leader announced that the Gazelle Group, of which Warwickshire College is a founding member, would be playing a formal role at the Entrepreneur Festival 2012, during an official launch reception in Sheffield.

The college will be sending a number of students to September’s event to take part in a showcase of entrepreneurship, including practical sessions, exhibitions and fringe events.

The three-day festival involves some of big big names in business, including Wayne Hemingway, Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones, Charles Morgan, founder of the Morgan Motor Company, founder and chairman of Risk Capital Partners, Luke Johnson and Lord Bilimoria, founder and chairman of Cobra beers.

Mariane Cavalli, principal and chief executive of Warwickshire College, 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.”