You’re hired! Candidate wins £5k to start own business in Apprentice-style contest

Tom James, second from right, receives his prize from Peter Basford, left, and local prize fund dono

Tom James, second from right, receives his prize from Peter Basford, left, and local prize fund donors Picture: TOM JAMES - Credit: Archant

It might not quite be a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar - but this entrepreneur is very happy indeed after winning £5,000 to set up his own business in an Apprentice-style competition.

The Suffolk Apprentice contest, created by Business Growth Coaches Network founder Peter Basford, saw eight candidates - recruited from colleges and universities across the county - compete in monthly tasks from April last year.

It was won by Tom James with his 'Reset and Chill' business idea, a mobile meditation space aimed at improving wellbeing in the corporate world.

Mr James said: "The Suffolk Apprentice has taught me a huge amount about business since we started back in April.

"As the winner, having been selected by the business leaders plus the incredible prize package - it has given me the confidence to fully pursue the idea to make it happen."


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Mr Basford said it was a pleasure working with all the candidates and was looking forward to helping Tom grow his business.

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