Where there’s a will there’s a way.
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 didn't enjoy school and being heavily dyslexic, I didn't feel it was the right environment for me.
I'm an acrobatic gymnast and the Academy gave me the confidence and skills to run my own gymnastics business.
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.
As a young single father, I wanted more skills to improve my prospects and give my daughters the security they needed.
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur.
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.
Being part of the Academy has enabled me to express myself with confidence.
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.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
I have two children and was made redundant in 2007. I always dreamt of starting my own business, but didn't know how.
I am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
I turned down University to become an Apprentice.
I worked as hard as I possibly could at the Academy and was always fascinated by and enthusiastic about every activity on the course.
My goal was to become National Entrepreneur of the Year.
It felt like an entirely new chapter of my life and, just as I expected, the course was amazing.
I am so glad I joined the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It’s certainly the best decision I have ever made.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
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.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.