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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

'I'm a mix of Willy Wonka drinking an espresso martini... crazy but full of ideas': Meet the 16 shy and retiring contestants hoping to bag Lord Sugar's £250k business partnership on this year's Apprentice

  • The Apprentice will air weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One from October 3, followed by You’re Fired at 10pm on BBC Two. Viewers can watch live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer
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A Wolf Of Wall Street wannabe, a 'mumpreneur' and nut milk connoisseur are among the 16 candidates taking part in the new series of The Apprentice.
This year’s line-up of contestants on the BBC One show includes eight women and eight men from a wide variety of business backgrounds, including IT, fashion design, law and tree surgery.
They will be competing to win a life-changing £250,000 investment for their business, and the chance to have Lord Sugar as their business partner.
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The Apprentice 2018: 1 - Camilla, 22, nut milk owner, 2 - Frank, 27, senior marketing manager, 3 - Kayode, 26, professional speaker, 4 - Sian, 25, swimwear brand owner, 5 - Sabrina, 22, tennis events company, 6 - Tom, 28, tree surgery firm, 7 - Jackie, 34, sponsorship consultant, 8 - Kurran, 22, law graduate, 9 - Sarah Ann, 37, solicitor, 10 - Daniel, 28, owner of lifestyle brand, 11 - Sarah B, 28, owner of a children's acting academy, 12 - David, 32, tax advisor, 13 - Khadija, 28, owner of an eco lifestyle brand, 14 - Alex, 21, IT analyst, 15 - Jasmine, 34, learning and development management and 16 - Rick, 33, quality control 

The Apprentice 2018: 1 - Camilla, 22, nut milk owner, 2 - Frank, 27, senior marketing manager, 3 - Kayode, 26, professional speaker, 4 - Sian, 25, swimwear brand owner, 5 - Sabrina, 22, tennis events company, 6 - Tom, 28, tree surgery firm, 7 - Jackie, 34, sponsorship consultant, 8 - Kurran, 22, law graduate, 9 - Sarah Ann, 37, solicitor, 10 - Daniel, 28, owner of lifestyle brand, 11 - Sarah B, 28, owner of a children's acting academy, 12 - David, 32, tax advisor, 13 - Khadija, 28, owner of an eco lifestyle brand, 14 - Alex, 21, IT analyst, 15 - Jasmine, 34, learning and development management and 16 - Rick, 33, quality control 
Lord Sugar will once more be joined by trusted aides Karren Brady and Claude Littner, as the 16 hopefuls look to secure the tycoon's £250,000 investment.
The hit BBC show is now in its 13th season, having began in 2005 as a groundbreaking show which featured some of the country's best young business minds.
However the programme has slowly turned into a more reality TV-inspired fare, with big personalities gloating irreverently about their skills in business.
Among the most notable boasts of the new batch include Alex Finn, a 21-year-old IT analyst with the 'gift of the gab' who states: 'I know everything. Call me Google... it’s my middle name.'
Meanwhile, businesswoman Sabrina Stocker, 22, says her role model is actress Emma Watson and describes herself as 'a mix of Willy Wonka drinking an espresso martini; classy and sophisticated on the outside and inside, a little bit crazy and wacky but full of brilliant ideas.' 
David Alden, 32, from East Yorkshire, says he 'can talk to anyone about anything' and his friends and family have nicknamed him the Duracell bunny as he can 'take on so much and never stop' in his role as a tax adviser.
'Mumpreneur' Khadija Kalifa, who has run her own eco-friendly cleaning business for the past three years, said she hopes to be likeable but can be cut-throat when necessary.
'Whatever I say I’m going to make happen happens,' she said, adding that she doesn't have time for 'idiocy' while claiming her best asset is her 'people skills'.One contestant, Daniel Elahi, 28, likens himself to Jordan Belfort, the main character in The Wolf Of Wall Street film, because of his entrepreneurial skills and lavish party lifestyle.
Business owner Camilla Ainsworth, 22, is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who loves to try anything new and exciting - from skydiving to swimming with sharks.
'I’m a bundle of energy and creativity and certainly a one off... ain’t no Vanilla Camilla,' she said.
Swimwear brand owner, Sian, 25, claims to have a strong celebrity clientbase and says she 'came from nothing' Sian Gabbidon
Swimwear brand owner, Sian, 25, claims to have a strong celebrity clientbase and says she 'came from nothing' 
This year Lord Sugar ups the ante from the start of the series and tells the candidates to 'expect the unexpected'.
The business tycoon sends the candidates to Malta straight after the first boardroom, warning them: 'Remember, this is NOT a holiday.' While there, they are tasked with buying nine items at the lowest possible prices.
Lord Sugar will also be sending the candidates to Glasgow to sell art, to Birmingham to clinch deals at a Body Building Expo and back to London to launch a budget airline.
The businessman will be joined once again by aides Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner, who will be his eyes and ears on the tasks.
Comedian Rhod Gilbert resumes his role at the helm of sister show You’re Fired, airing each week on BBC2 straight after the main show.
Two special episodes, The Final Five and Why I Fired Them, will also return to reveal the stories behind the series. 
The Final Five shares the journey of the five strongest candidates, just before they battle it out to secure their place in the final. As the series reaches its climax, Lord Sugar will reveal further insight into his boardroom decisions in Why I Fired Them.
Fans will also be able to keep up to date with Apprentice news on social media, including the programme’s new Instagram channel.
The Apprentice will air weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One from October 3, followed by You’re Fired at 10pm on BBC Two. Viewers can watch live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer.  
Opinionated: Rick, 33, is a quality control worker who says: 'I won’t pussyfoot and waste time, as time is of the essence in everything. People will have to like it or lump it'
Opinionated: Rick, 33, is a quality control worker who says: 'I won’t pussyfoot and waste time, as time is of the essence in everything. People will have to like it or lump it'
Lads, lads, lads: Kurran, 22, is a law graduate, (left) while Frank, 27, is a senior marketing manager, (right)He says: 'There’s no need to watch your back when I’m already two steps in front'
Lads, lads, lads: Kurran, 22, is a law graduate, (left) while Frank, 27, is a senior marketing manager, (right)
Shirtless: Tom, 28, is a tree surgeon firm owner and says 'There are very few people that can genuinely say they’re going to make it - but I know that I’m going to'
Shirtless: Tom, 28, is a tree surgeon firm owner and says 'There are very few people that can genuinely say they’re going to make it - but I know that I’m going to'
Something to say: Kayode, 26, (left) is a professional speaker who loves to spend his time down at the beach, while Daniel, 28, is not afraid of a party (right)Watch out for this one: Daniel likens himself to Jordan Belfort, the main character in The Wolf Of Wall Street film
Something to say: Kayode, 26, (left) is a professional speaker who loves to spend his time down at the beach, while Daniel, 28, is not afraid of a party (right)

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