I believe that life is what you make of it.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
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.
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.
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.
Quitting my A-Levels to pursue the course was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.
I have a passion for business and achieved very high grades at school, but I was unsure about my future plans.
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.
Being part of the Academy has enabled me to express myself with confidence.
I turned down University to become an Apprentice.
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.
Entrepreneurship is fun!
I learned to juggle when I was seven years old and now run a circus performing business.
I could hardly wait to meet fellow budding entrepreneurs, discuss business ideas and create my own successful company.
I am astounded by how much I have been taught during this short period of time.
The Academy encouraged me to present myself confidently in front of my peers and show everyone what I am capable of.
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 turned down my university offer in favour of the Academy and have now secured funding for my business.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
I have two children and was made redundant in 2007. I always dreamt of starting my own business, but didn't know how.
I'm an acrobatic gymnast and the Academy gave me the confidence and skills to run my own gymnastics business.