Our Stories

Being part of the Academy has enabled me to express myself with confidence.
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.
As a young entrepreneur myself, I’m keen to provide opportunities to other young people.
I am so glad I joined the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It’s certainly the best decision I have ever made.
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.
My time at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy taught me that anything is possible. It gave me the confidence to pursue my passion and start a business.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
I suddenly felt that after 12 years in education I was finally fulfilling my desire to learn real business.
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.
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 worked as hard as I possibly could at the Academy and was always fascinated by and enthusiastic about every activity on the course.
Pitching to Peter Jones in person was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing to be chosen as the National Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.
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.
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.
I am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
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.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
The Academy encouraged me to present myself confidently in front of my peers and show everyone what I am capable of.
Ayo Jenyo
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur.
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.

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