The Academy allowed me to take control of my life and gave me the encouragement and ambition to take the path that makes me who I am today.
I worked as hard as I possibly could at the Academy and was always fascinated by and enthusiastic about every activity on the course.
I remember thinking I liked the idea of being taught by people who’d built up successful businesses themselves.
Being part of the Academy has enabled me to express myself with confidence.
I was determined to study at the Academy and made the bold decision to move from the Shetland Islands to Manchester in order to make it happen.
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.
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
I didn't enjoy school and being heavily dyslexic, I didn't feel it was the right environment for me.
I learned to juggle when I was seven years old and now run a circus performing business.
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 have a passion for business and achieved very high grades at school, but I was unsure about my future plans.
I am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
My tutors helped me overcome the disadvantages of having special educational needs and after graduating on the Level 2 course I went onto the Level 3.
I had this great idea for a luxury pet brand and the Academy gave me the knowledge I needed to get the business up and running.
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.
I turned down University to become an Apprentice.
I'm an acrobatic gymnast and the Academy gave me the confidence and skills to run my own gymnastics business.
Confused and discouraged about my career path, the Academy definitely pointed me in the right direction.
I turned down my university offer in favour of the Academy and have now secured funding for my business.
As a young single father, I wanted more skills to improve my prospects and give my daughters the security they needed.