Our Stories

Peter Jones CBE with Nathan Dore
As a young single father, I wanted more skills to improve my prospects and give my daughters the security they needed.
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 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.
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.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
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 decided to join the Academy in order to explore entrepreneurship in a more hands-on environment.
Ayo Jenyo
My childhood dream was to set up my own business. And now I'm an entrepreneur.
I remember thinking I liked the idea of being taught by people who’d built up successful businesses themselves.
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.
If you want something you never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done before.
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 am so glad I joined the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It’s certainly the best decision I have ever made.
I am thrilled to be the 2014 National Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
I was looking for a new challenge in my role at Grant Thornton and the Level 5 Apprenticeship is the ideal opportunity for this.
The Academy helped me realise that there is an alternative to university.
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.
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.
Luke Astill-Boardman
I turned down University to become an Apprentice.
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'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.

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