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.
I'm an acrobatic gymnast and the Academy gave me the confidence and skills to run my own gymnastics 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.
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.
The Academy encouraged me to present myself confidently in front of my peers and show everyone what I am capable of.
I turned down University to become an Apprentice.
I have a passion for business and achieved very high grades at school, but I was unsure about my future plans.
Confused and discouraged about my career path, the Academy definitely pointed me in the right direction.
My goal was to become National Entrepreneur of the Year.
I turned down my university offer in favour of the Academy and have now secured funding for my business.
I could hardly wait to meet fellow budding entrepreneurs, discuss business ideas and create my own successful company.
I have two children and was made redundant in 2007. I always dreamt of starting my own business, but didn't know how.
I didn't enjoy school and being heavily dyslexic, I didn't feel it was the right environment for me.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
I decided to join the Academy in order to explore entrepreneurship in a more hands-on environment.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
I am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
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.
It felt like an entirely new chapter of my life and, just as I expected, the course was amazing.
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.
I am so glad I joined the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It’s certainly the best decision I have ever made.