Our Stories

Where there’s a will there’s a way.
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 actually decided not to go to university and endeavoured into business straight from the Academy. I'm now currently positioned as the account director of a million pound business.
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 am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
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 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.
I could hardly wait to meet fellow budding entrepreneurs, discuss business ideas and create my own successful company.
I suddenly felt that after 12 years in education I was finally fulfilling my desire to learn real business.
I remember thinking I liked the idea of being taught by people who’d built up successful businesses themselves.
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.
Entrepreneurship is fun!
Nick Bannister with Peter Jones CBE
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'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.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
Peter Jones CBE with Jane Flowerdew
I have two children and was made redundant in 2007. I always dreamt of starting my own business, but didn't know how.
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.
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.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
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.

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