Peter Jones Enterprise Academy In With A Chance Of Winning Huge Investment

Mon, 2002-09-09 01:00

East Durham College's Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students are in with a chance of winning a £5,000 investment.

A businesswoman, whose life was dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship, has donated money to the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy to give its most promising students the financial backing to kick-start their business ventures.

Carol’s donation will be invested in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy’s National Entrepreneur of the Year, the highest accolade across the nationwide Academy network, offering students from East Durham College the chance to win up to £5,000 to invest in their business.

Students at East Durham College, such as Jade-Nadine Rye, 19, Durham, who has recently set-up Fashionista J.R., her modelling and event business, will be entering the National Entrepreneur of the Year award competition with a chance to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges led by Peter Jones CBE in the summer.

Carol was inspired by her father’s entrepreneurial spirit, who set up a business just months after arriving in the UK. She learnt that stumbling blocks, such as her dyslexia, could be managed and often used to her advantage. Carol ultimately turned her insights and capabilities, by using pioneering techniques and technology, to help individuals with the ambition to start their own business.

In 2008, Carol was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a number of operations and difficult treatments over the course of the last three years of her life. This never stopped her trying to live her life as normal and certainly did not stunt her entrepreneurial spirit as she continued exploring new business ideas.

Carol’s inspiring story sets an example for the UK’s future entrepreneurs, motivating them to reach for the stars and achieve their dreams. Her legacy will now continue through her support of the next generation of business leaders.

Stanley Saffer, a Lawyer and close friend of Carol Slesser commented:“Carol gave her life to entrepreneurism and helping others. A very determined individual, Carol used her expertise, confidence and personable nature right until the very end, always looking out for new business ideas to explore.

“Carol had huge admiration for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and I know that the future National Entrepreneur of the Year winners will make her incredibly proud.”

Carol’s vision is closely linked with that of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, whose mission is to encourage all young people to choose their own path and make their dreams a reality. Set up in 2009 by entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den Peter Jones CBE, the Academy advocates a ‘learning by doing’ approach and provides a supportive and inspirational environment.

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy has nurtured a whole host of successful young entrepreneurs, including Harry Day, National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, and founder of Harry Day Tailoring and Vikesh Mistry, winner of The Edge Challenge 2013 and founder of driving instructor comparison site, The Instructor Engine.

Carol’s donation will give many more impressive students the chance to give their businesses the financial boost they need and ensure they get off to the best possible start.

Peter Jones CBE commented: "We were delighted that Carol Slesser chose to donate so kindly to the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

“Each year, the Academy network produces a huge number of very impressive and exciting young entrepreneurs and I am thrilled that the money donated by Carol Slesser will go to help start a business of the future.

“I want to encourage as many of our Academy students as possible to apply for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award, where I have every faith that the winner will successfully continue Carol’s entrepreneurial legacy.”