JUST SAYING: Peter Jones "Entrepreneur of the Year"


Published on: 09/05/2016

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Emma Sivess from Chelmsford College is nominated for Peter Jones Entrepreneur of the Year

Business guru and founder of the Peter Jones Academies - Peter Jones has said "Entrepreneurs are not born – they are made". At Chelmsford College we are dedicated to help develop the UK's next generation of business leaders and are delighted that Emma Sivess has been nominated for this year’s Peter Jones Award for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Emma from Springfield is one of six Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students from across the UK who will pitch to Peter Jones CBE and a high profile panel of judges at the Dragons’ Den star’s HQ, to vie for the country’s highest accolade for young entrepreneurs and £5,000 worth of investment.

When asked about her nomination, Emma said "I am thrilled to have been chosen as a finalist for the award, but feel a bit sick at the thought of pitching to Peter Jones and his panel! Being a student at Chelmsford College has enabled me to work on so many of my personal attributes and business skills, putting them into practice in different aspects of the course," She went on to explain that "I have also transferred these skills into my beauty storage business Vanity Decay - which has now been trading for almost a year and has grown a substantial following. (www.vanitydecay.com) It gives me so much pride to see my business expanding and excelling; like being featured in Cosmopolitan magazine. I can't wait for the final challenge of pitching Vanity Decay, as terrified as I am, and I'm so thankful to the Peter Jones course and Chelmsford College for enabling me to do this."

Emma and her competitors will face tough questioning from the judging panel – which includes Jamie Burke, Sales Director at Softcat; Michael Hayman MBE, Co-founder of Seven Hills; Neil Old, COO of Jessops and Sarah Bell, Partner at Grant Thornton – as they present their business ideas, developed as part of their course at Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Emma is pictured with Julia Holden (Head of Business, Law and Travel and Tourism at Chelmsford College) and her Peter Jones Academy Tutor, Claire Woods. Julia said, "We are thrilled to hear that Emma has got through to the final of the National Entrepreneur of the Year competition. She has put a huge amount of energy and hard work into her business whilst completing her BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship with Distinction. She’s secured herself a place at Sussex University and we all wish her the best of luck with this next challenge".

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