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Former PJEA student creates award to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy graduate Adam Bradford is continuing his work to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs, with an award that celebrates Achievement, Determination, Aspiration and Motivation (ADAM). 

Adam has been busy since he started his first business 10 years ago in his hometown Sheffield. Last year he received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for his work transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in the community, and this year he shows no signs of slowing down. 

Adam has Asperger’s, a form of autism, and when his school in Sheffield couldn’t cater well for his needs, he made the decision to move to The Grove School (now Newark Academy). There, he achieved a record-breaking 27 A*-C grade GCSEs. 

It was The Grove School that helped him to launch the ADAM award for Achievement, Determination, Aspiration and Motivation. Originally the award was only open to students at the school, but Adam has gone on to launch it as a county-wide accolade. 

Adam is passionate about helping young people to fulfil their dreams, and he believes that the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy has been instrumental in his success. 

Adam said: “My experience there gave me self-direction, confidence, and the ‘get up and go’ that I needed. The Enterprise Academy really encourages you to think outside of the box and feeds your entrepreneurial spirit. 

Giving other young people support to make their own opportunities, and to prepare for the world of work, has never been so important.” 

Adam’s current work with Youth Business International has been inspired by these beliefs. He is also involved in several social impact campaigns, including promoting awareness of autism. He has set up an enterprise challenge, worked with youth charity Sheffield Futures, been a youth ambassador to the ONE Campaign and has mentored over 1,000 young people – to name but a few of his ventures!

Adam is a huge inspiration to current PJEA students and we look forward to hearing about his continued success in the future!