The new series of The Apprentice is finally upon us. Lord Alan Sugar, Baroness Karren Brady and newcomer Tim Campbell set more tough tasks, and oversee 16 new candidates as they attempt to win the investment money.
So who are this year’s motley crew? Who are the ones you’re going to want to love to hate? And who are the ones who are going to be fired early?
Here’s your 2022 line-up in full…
The Apprentice new series candidates: Aaron Willis (38, Chorley)
This flight operations instructor wants to build his own security business, but this salesperson is “hungry for success”.
Furthermore, he won’t “let anyone stand in his way”.
ED! verdict: Won’t last long
The Apprentice new series candidates: Akeem Bundu-Kamara (29, London)
This strategy manager for a financial firm is, not surprisingly, a big numbers guy. He also considers himself a people person.
Akeem also states that he has “got the ambition, the drive and the experience working with strategy”. Whatever that means.
ED! verdict: Is Akeem in too deep?
The Apprentice new series candidates: Akshay Thakrar (28, London)
Another candidate in The Apprentice new series, Akshay is the owner of a digital marketing agency and claims to speak seven languages.
Perhaps one of them is nonsense, because he also claims that the first word he uttered as a baby was “profit” and now believes that sleep is a “waste of time”.
ED! verdict: Overuse of nonsense marketing jargon klaxon!
Alex Short (27, Hertford)
Despite leaving school after the first year of sixth form, Alex now owns a commercial cleaning company.
Furthermore, he’s on the way to tripling his turnover. Impressive.
ED! verdict: One to watch
Amy Anzel (48, London)
One of the oldest candidates to enter the boardroom, Amy is owner of a beauty brand – but she’s had experience with acting and producing jingles for big companies before.
She describes herself as determined, persistent and a “tough boss”. She also says: “I can be nice when I need to be, but when I unfortunately have to be a bitch, I will.”
ED! verdict: Could be a handful
Brittany Carter (25, Bristol)
This hotel front of house manager describes herself a social and kind. What’s she doing on The Apprentice?!
Well, there’s a reason – she wants to launch the first alcoholic protein drink. Something that the world has been crying out for. *Looks to camera*
ED! verdict: Could go early
Conor Gilsenan (28, London)
Irish pro rugby player and sale exec Conor says that he’s “hyper-motivated by money”, and describes himself as a “corporate panther”.
ED! verdict: Confident and one to watch
Francesca Kennedy Wallbank (26, Surrey)
The owner of a sustainability company, Francesca is looking for investment in her company that provides a product carbon footprint service for businesses with a simple equation of her own creation.
ED! verdict: Strong personality and could be one to watch
Harry Mahmood (35, West Midlands)
Intent on starting his own bath bomb business, Harry describes himself as an “Asian Lord Sugar”.
We’ll soon see how that plays out.
ED! verdict: Strong personality but too strong for some?
30, West Yorkshire
Harpreet says: “I’m definitely not in business to make friends, I’m here to make money, and I’m pretty sure Lord Sugar isn’t looking for a new mate.”
She’s looking to “level up” her already successful coffee and cakes business.
ED! verdict: Another strong personality – but can she work with others?
Kathryn Louise Burns
Kathryn now has ambitious plans for her online pyjama business and is confident that they will one day be “worn by everyone”.
She also describes herself as ambitious, kind, and often “savage”.
ED! verdict: Polished and savvy, but will she rub others up the wrong way?
Navid is not only a qualified pharmacist but also a Nicki Minaj superfan.
Not sure how that’s going to get past Lord Sugar.
ED! verdict: If ever there was a loveable/comedy character for this year, it’s Navid
Finance manager Nick has plans for a flavoured water company.
His approach on The Apprentice? “Kill them with kindness”.
ED! verdict: Not going to last long
Saleswoman turned businesswoman Sophie describes herself as “magical and enchanting”, which is new for The Apprentice.
She also says “winning is in my DNA”.
ED! verdict: Jury’s out
The Apprentice new series candidates: Shama Amin
Another candidate in The Apprentice new series is mum-of-five and owner of a children’s nursery, Shama.
She’s ready to prove she has the “skill set that is required to be one of the best, successful businesswomen in the early years sector.”
ED! verdict: Doesn’t suffer fools gladly… one to watch
The Apprentice new series candidates: Stephanie Afflek
The final candidate in The Apprentice new series is eager to make her mark in the fashion industry,
Stephanie says: “I’m an East London girl, and I’ve got that no-nonsense sort of work ethic. I’ve got grit, determination and I’m determined to be successful.”
ED! verdict: Won’t last long
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