By Rebecca Hele
Dragons’ Den member Peter Jones and Prince Andrew visited Chichester College in West Sussex on Tuesday (February 7) to help inspire future entrepreneurs.
The Duke of York arrived by helicopter, where he was received by Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex and highly esteemed guests of the local community.
Peter Jones chatted to students on the college’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course and heard their ideas for their own businesses.
Rob Nunn, 17, PJEA student said, “It was really inspiring to meet Peter Jones and to hear him tell us about his experiences and his failures on the road to his success.”
Following the presentations, Prince Andrew and Peter jones took lunch in the college’s Goodwood restaurant before taking a tour of the college.
Hilary Hele, Curriculum Team Manager, Business & Management said “The PJEA students were really excited to meet Peter Jones in person and he did not disappoint. He talked about his own experiences in business and listened to their business ideas, offering ideas and suggestions.
“He was so inspiring, they will never forget this day.”
“The last few months have seen the students engaging with local businesses on challenges and projects. We are grateful to many local employers for offering valuable work experience and support.
In an age of austerity and high unemployment rates, it seems many are turning to apprenticeships and entrepreneurial talents to try to succeed.
The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy was launched at Chichester College last September to help inspire and develop young entrepreneurial talent.
Peter Jones CBE said, “It is fantastic to have Chichester College on board as part of our nationwide college network and I am delighted to be here today. Our students represent a new and exciting generation that have been rewired with the skills, confidence, the self-belief and the ambition to pursue their dreams.”