Our Stories

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.
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.
Luke Astill-Boardman
I turned down University to become an Apprentice.
The Academy encouraged me to present myself confidently in front of my peers and show everyone what I am capable of.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
My goal was to become National Entrepreneur of the Year.
I worked as hard as I possibly could at the Academy and was always fascinated by and enthusiastic about every activity on the course.
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 remember thinking I liked the idea of being taught by people who’d built up successful businesses themselves.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
I am so glad I joined the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It’s certainly the best decision I have ever made.
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.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
Being part of the Academy has enabled me to express myself with confidence.
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 am both shocked and thrilled to have set up a business so young. The benefits of attending the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy took me by surprise.
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 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 learned to juggle when I was seven years old and now run a circus performing business.
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.
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.

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