Our Stories

Vikesh Mistry with Peter Jones CBE
I turned down my university offer in favour of the Academy and have now secured funding for my 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.
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...
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.
Emily Little
I didn't enjoy school and being heavily dyslexic, I didn't feel it was the right environment for me...
"Where there’s a will there’s a way.”
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 believe that life is what you make of it."
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…
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university….
Confused and discouraged about my career path, the Academy definitely pointed me in the right direction.
“If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.”
Ayo Jenyo
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur...
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 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.
Peter Jones CBE with Rosie Burr
I'm an acrobatic gymnast and the Academy gave me the confidence and skills to run my own gymnastics business...
Luke Astill-Boardman
I turned down University to become an Apprentice...
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 goal was to become National Entrepreneur of the Year."

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