I had really bad anxiety at school, but starting my own business gave me something to focus on.
I learned to juggle when I was seven years old and now run a circus performing business.
As a young single father, I wanted more skills to improve my prospects and give my daughters the security they needed.
My time at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy taught me that anything is possible. It gave me the confidence to pursue my passion and start a business.
My dad always told me, 'If you find a job that you love you will never work another day in your life', and I believe that through and through.
Confused and discouraged about my career path, the Academy definitely pointed me in the right direction.
Entrepreneurship is fun!
I have a passion for business and achieved very high grades at school, but I was unsure about my future plans.
I have always wanted to create something that screams passion, and studying at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy was a key element that supported me throughout this journey.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
I suddenly felt that after 12 years in education I was finally fulfilling my desire to learn real business.
Pitching to Peter Jones in person was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing to be chosen as the National Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
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 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.
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 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 decided to join the Academy in order to explore entrepreneurship in a more hands-on environment.
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 could hardly wait to meet fellow budding entrepreneurs, discuss business ideas and create my own successful company.
Being part of the Academy has enabled me to express myself with confidence.