I have two children and was made redundant in 2007. I always dreamt of starting my own business, but didn't know how.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
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 suddenly felt that after 12 years in education I was finally fulfilling my desire to learn real business.
I’m really on the way to setting up my own business now. If you’re thinking about studying business then the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is perfect.
As a young entrepreneur myself, I’m keen to provide opportunities to other young people.
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.
I’m not the most academic individual and I was close to failing my GCSEs, so graduating with a distinction was a very proud moment for me.
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.
The challenge of launching a micro-business and then being assessed on the performance of that business was what made me join the Academy.
I am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
I had really bad anxiety at school, but starting my own business gave me something to focus on.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
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 turned down University to become an Apprentice.
I worked as hard as I possibly could at the Academy and was always fascinated by and enthusiastic about every activity on the course.
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.
It felt like an entirely new chapter of my life and, just as I expected, the course was amazing.
For anyone interested in entrepreneurship, I would highly recommend the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.
I turned down my university offer in favour of the Academy and have now secured funding for my business.
Entrepreneurship is fun!