Top businessman and Dragons’ Den member Peter Jones was at Chichester College this afternoon (Tuesday, February 7) to help inspire future entrepreneurs.
He chatted to students on the college’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course and heard their ideas for their own businesses.
During a presentation he also told students about his his experiences in the business world and a PJEA plaque was presented to the college’s principal, Shelagh Legrave.
There was also much excitement as the Duke of York also visited the college, arriving by helicopter and landing on Westgate Fields.
Prince Andrew met Peter Jones and Mrs Legrave, and other dignitaries, and was invited to lunch in the college’s Goodwood Restaurant, prepared by its catering and hospitality students before going on a tour of the college.
In the video Peter Jones chats to students after being presented with a gift by student Anthony Chalmers while fellow student Alex Toy gives his thoughts on the visit.
He told the students they needed to seize the opportunities presented to them to help open doors in the future.
“You are going to go through a learning curve, it’s going to rewire you for success and ultimately you will get to find ways to network and use being part of PJEA for your own success. You will be surprised in five years’ time how important today is.
“Take in as much as you can over the next six months, really engage with what the course is trying to give you and use your own skills and deployment to make it worthwhile.”
He said skills in business and entrepreneurship could be learned and it was ‘absolute nonsense’ you were born an entrepreneur and said a recession was a good time to set up a business.