Gavin Bell

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 saw the BTEC Level 3 course in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship as an ideal stepping stone from education to self-employment and that is exactly what it turned out to be.

Over the year I had some amazing experiences, such as pitching to a board at Grant Thornton HQ and being chosen as one of six to go to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace following an invitation from HRH The Duke of York, KG, Patron of the Peter Jones Foundation. I learnt a great deal over the year and I know it has equipped me with key skills that I need for self-employment. The tutors were absolutely amazing and helped me through every step of my start-up.

Since graduating, I have launched my own social media marketing agency, Blue Cliff Media*. We help businesses market themselves effectively online by teaching them how to use social media or by managing their accounts for them. The business has really taken off and my success wouldn’t have been possible without my year at the Academy.”