Our Stories

I had really bad anxiety at school, but starting my own business gave me something to focus on.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
I am astounded by how much I have been taught during this short period of time.
Entrepreneurship is fun!
The Peter Jones enterprise academy gave me the skills and guidance needed to start my own business. At 20 I now run a successful recruitment company.
I was looking for a new challenge in my role at Grant Thornton and the Level 5 Apprenticeship is the ideal opportunity for this.
I remember thinking I liked the idea of being taught by people who’d built up successful businesses themselves.
Peter Jones CBE with Louis Bollard
I have a passion for business and achieved very high grades at school, but I was unsure about my future plans.
I suddenly felt that after 12 years in education I was finally fulfilling my desire to learn real business.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
I decided to go ahead and apply for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I believe that life is what you make of it.
Emily Little
I didn't enjoy school and being heavily dyslexic, I didn't feel it was the right environment for me.
Having just come out of rehab, I had completely lost all confidence in myself, lacked direction and was desperate to not relapse into old habits.
I could hardly wait to meet fellow budding entrepreneurs, discuss business ideas and create my own successful company.
Ayo Jenyo
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur.
I’m not the most academic individual and I was close to failing my GCSEs, so graduating with a distinction was a very proud moment for me.
I'm determined to never stop learning and the Level 5 Apprenticeship is the perfect next step to allow me to do this after graduating from the Academy.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
I worked as hard as I possibly could at the Academy and was always fascinated by and enthusiastic about every activity on the course.