Perfect Pitches: Young dragons secure first places at Havering College's new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

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Meet eleven young entrepreneurs who are striding out in business as the first cohort of students at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy based in Brentwood.

Young Dragons: the first cohort of students at the new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Brentwood

Young Dragons: the first cohort of students at the new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Brentwood

We are really excited by the calibre of our first group of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students.

The budding businessmen and women have successfully pitched for a place at the new academy launched by Havering College of Further and Higher Education (http://www.havering-college.ac.uk).

The students will follow an exciting programme leading to recognised BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. The course combines academic study with real-life business challenges, working with business people as well as running their own micro businesses.

Curriculum manager Maxine Halford said: “We are really excited by the calibre of our first group of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students. They are all very ambitious, very motivated and many already have successful fledgling businesses.”

Students who successfully complete the one year course – which is equivalent to two A-levels –will be invited to a national graduation ceremony attended by Peter Jones CBE. They will also have the chance to apply to be National Entrepreneur of the Year when they could secure a position representing the Peter Jones Foundation alongside Peter Jones himself.

The young entrepreneurs studying at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at the Brentwood Innovation Centre in Brentwood High Street include: Nusrat Khan, 19, from East Ham; Sharné Mahoney, 18, from Manor Park; Abby Powell, 17, from Romford; Yolanda Tapambwa, 18, from Hornchurch; Victoria Blackshaw, 17, from Havering-atte-Bower; Harry Squires, 18, from Romford; Chidozie Toplis, 18, from Chigwell; Kudaishe Kamudyriwa, 20, from Romford, Diana Johns, 19, from East Ham and Nissi Kyeremeh, 19, from Chigwell.

Sharné, who previously studied Fashion at Havering College, designs, makes and sells jewellery and clothes and is launching a website.

She said: “I am really excited and look forward to life of being self employed and hopefully a successful entrepreneur.”

Fellow student Chidozie Toplis is combining his passion for filmmaking with his business ambitions.

Chidozie said: “My hopes for the future are to own and run one of the UK’s largest media organisations.”

The college is looking to the business community to share their expertise with the young entrepreneurs.

If you would like to find out more about the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy courses offered by Havering College of Further and Higher Education, call our admissions team on 01708 462801, email information(at)havering-college(dot)ac.uk or visit the website at http://www.havering-college.ac.uk.

To find out how your business can get involved and support the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and other enterprise initiatives at Havering College of Further and Higher Education, call our Enterprise Hub co-ordinator Laura Trapp on 01708 455011 ext 2030 or email ltrapp(at)havering-college(dot)ac.uk

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