Our Stories

Peter Jones CBE with Nathan Dore
As a young single father, I wanted more skills to improve my prospects and give my daughters the security they needed...
Luke Astill-Boardman
I turned down University to become an Apprentice...
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 learned to juggle when I was seven years old and now run a circus performing business
“If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.”
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university….
Emily Little
I didn't enjoy school and being heavily dyslexic, I didn't feel it was the right environment for me...
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…
Ayo Jenyo
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur...
"I am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner!"
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!
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...
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...
"My goal was to become National Entrepreneur of the Year."
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...
Confused and discouraged about my career path, the Academy definitely pointed me in the right direction.
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'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 was looking for a new challenge in my role at Grant Thornton and the Level 5 Apprenticeship is the ideal opportunity for this.
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...
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013

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