Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones Enterprise Academy proving popular at Rugby college

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DRAGON Peter Jones will be helping Rugby’s young entrepreneurs realise their potential.

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy aims to encourage more entrepreneurial activity in the UK - and it has now taken in a group of students at Rugby College.

The academy was set up in 2009 by Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones and offers qualifications with a ‘learn by doing’ approach.

Students will start their own business, be tutored by people with real business experience, gain work experience placements in a sector of their choice and work on real-life business challenges set by companies.

Joseph Tema, 18, is one of the 15 students on the course. He said: “Everyone is really enjoying the course. No one has got a bad word to say about it. It’s much more enjoable than normal school.

“Hopefully I’ll go on and set up my own business. This course will give me the right tools to do that.”

The first group project is to organise a coffee morning as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign.

It will take place in the library at Warwickshire College, Rugby, on Friday September 28 from 8.30am to 9.30am and 10am to 11.30am. Tea, coffee, cakes, bacon butties, and books will be on sale, and entrants to a raffle can win a free MoT test, hair and beauty treatments and a meal for two at the town’s Frankie and Benny’s restaurant.

Jenny Hobbs, the college’s business enterprise manager, said: “It’s fantastic.

“I’m not sure who’s enjoying it more - the staff or the students. It’s a really good opportunity for young people to start their own business.

“This is a really unique opportunity and the facilities we have in the college are brilliant.”