The Apprentice returns - preview plus guide to the candidates
THE ever-popular Apprentice returns tonight with a slightly altered prize - this time Lord Sugar will invest in a businesses idea.
So, the sixteen candidates are vying for one life changing opportunity - a �250,000 investment to start their own company, with Lord Sugar as their business partner.
And the boss wastes no time in testing their mettle, using the first task to challenge his potential partners’ entrepreneurial skills.
Each team are given �250 to invest in fresh fruit and vegetables, and Lord Sugar makes it clear that he expects a high return.
Sent to New Covent Garden Market, the teams do battle to offer the best product at the best price by making juices, fruit salads and soups, and pasta.
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Of course, The Apprentice wouldn’t be The Apprentice without frayed tempers and high tensions, and there’s plenty of those in this first episode.
And ultimately it’s off to the boardroom, where someone will be the first to hear those immortal words from Lord Sugar - ‘you’re fired’.
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- Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover will be live tweeting throughout the show. Follow him using the link to the right of this text.
- Alex Britez Cabral
Job: Estate agent manager
He says: “Fear is a great motivator. If you are successful, you are unpopular, so unpopularity is a good thing.”
- Helen Louise Milligan
Job: Executive assistant to the CEO of Greggs bakery
She says: “I see my job as my complete life. I work 24/7. There isn’t a cut off.”
Job: Business psychologist
She says: “Weak people in business are a waste of space and a limp handshake is unforgivable.”
- Ellie Reed
Job: Managing director of A&E Construction Recruitment
She says: “I don’t like lazy people... dole dossers that don’t want to work. I don’t like posh kids who have everything on a plate.”
- Natasha Scribbins
Job: Manager at recruitment firm KOBALTT
She says: “I’m like a really fine tuned switch. If I need to turn it down then I turn it down. If I need to turn it up then I turn it up.”
- Melody Hossaini
Job: Founder and director of youth consultancy InspirEngage International
She says: “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
- Tom Pellereau
He says: “For me The Apprentice is a bit like the Olympics or the World Cup for entrepreneurs... I want to challenge myself, find out if I am ready to step up to this level.”
- Gavin Winstanley
Job: Managing director of eyewear seller Glasses123
He says: “I want to be a big name in UK business... I’m everything. I’m all mouth. I’m a doer. I’m a leader.”
- Susan Ma
Job: Natural skincare entrepreneur
She says: “I’m short, sweet and smiley but when I do business I mean business.”
- Vincent Disneur
Job: Sales manager in telecoms software
He says: “My positive approach and very good looks make me stand out from the crowd.”
- Zoe Beresford
Job: Project manager for a drinks manufacturer
She says: “I will do whatever it takes to win.”
- Felicity Jackson
Job: Founder of career development company Surviving Actors
She says: “Lord Sugar will probably find it difficult to ever say anything negative to me because I always turn it round to a positive.”
Job: Senior design engineer
He says: “Aggression isn’t the best form of strength... I bring a marriage of technical thinking with a bit of salesman bravado.”
- Leon Doyle
Job: Founder of online takeaway ordering site themastermenu.com
He says: “I don’t like your gimmicky salesman who thinks he can sell ice to an Eskimo. Chances are he probably can’t, and why would an Eskimo buy ice?”
- Edward Hunter
He says: “I’m the wheeler dealer who accidentally became a finance professional and wants out.”
Job: Sales and marketing manager
He says: “I’m not a show pony or a one-trick pony, I’m not a jack-ass or a stubborn mule, and I’m definitely not a wild stallion that needs to be tamed. I am the champion thoroughbred that this process requires.”