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    Posted: 04 May 2011 at 10:10

The woman who bought her first house at 12, the Al Gore protégée and the Irish chippie: Meet this year's candidates for the Apprentice

By Georgina Littlejohn
Last updated at 7:53 AM on 4th May 2011

A trained actress who claims to be an avid fan of soaps, an online takeaway boss who nearly died aged 12 and a woman who claims she bought her first house at the same tender age are all gearing up for a boardroom battle.

Because they, and 13 other candidates, will be competing against each other for the chance to run a business that Lord Alan Sugar will invest £250,000 in.


Let the battle commence: Under the watchful eye of Lord Sugar, Karren Brady and Nick Hewer, these are the 16 candidates who will fight it out to be this year's Apprentice

And the 16 hopefuls have been warned by the hard-talking, no nonsense, self-made millionaire that the stakes have been set even higher for this year's competition.

He told them: 'I’m going to inject £250,000 worth of cash and value into a business, your business, and you’re going to run it. And I say you’re going to run it because don’t expect me to be doing all the work because I’m not looking for a "sleeping" partner.

'I’m not Saint Alan, the patron saint of bloody losers... You can look at it as a bit of an uncivil partnership, so to speak. I want you to treat this first task as if it’s your own business. Here’s something to note, this is an investment, and I want some return on my money.'

This year's candidates include 28-year-old estate agent manager Alex Britez Cabral who believes that 'if you are successful, you are unpopular, so unpopularity is a good thing.'

Then there's Melody Hossaini, 26, who speaks four languages, has worked with 12 Nobel peace prize winners including Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Sherin Ebadi and was trained on climate change by Al Gore.



JOB: Senior Design Engineer
FROM: Hertfordshire
He cites Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as his inspiration and describes himself as an intelligent man with a dry sense of humour.
He says: Aggression isn’t the best form of strength…I bring a marriage of technical thinking with a bit of salesman bravado.'


JOB: Executive Assistant to CEO
FROM: Northumberland
Helen, who likes reading in her spare time, studied Law at university and climbed the ranks from waitress to restaurant manager to 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: Managing Director - Opticians
FROM: Liverpool
made a manager of a high street clothing store aged 16. He started up his own online opticians, after noticing the profit margins on glasses when working in a London department store.
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.'


JOB: Business Psychologist
FROM: London
One of ten siblings, she worked as a teenager on her uncle's stall in Covent Garden. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, two Masters degrees and enjoys cycling in her free time.
SHE SAYS: 'Weak people in business are a waste of space and a limp handshake is unforgiveable.'



JOB: Estate Agent Manager
FROM: London  
A Londoner who lived in Paris as a child, Alex started in his industry as the tea boy. He claims his greatest achievement was taking a failing business and making it profitable within a year.
HE SAYS: 'Fear is a great motivator. If you are successful, you are unpopular, so unpopularity is a good thing.'


JOB: Managing Director – Construction Recruitment
FROM: Yorkshire
The Bradford-born golf lover started a business during a recession and it is now one of the most successful in its market.
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.'


JOB: Sales & Marketing Manager
FROM: Northern Ireland
Aged nine he worked in his father's fish & chip shop and was All Ireland cycling champion as a teenager. He champions Virgin boss Richard Branson.
HE SAYS: 'I’m not a show pony or a one-trick pony, and I’m definitely not a wild stallion that needs to be tamed. I am the champion thoroughbred that this process requires.'


JOB: Entrepreneur Creative Arts
FROM: London
A trained actress, her company specialises in career development for actors. An self-confessed avid fan of soaps, she compares herself to MOBO Awards founder Kanya King.
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.'


Also in the running this year is 26-year-old Zoe Beresford, who was awarded the ‘Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Technology Prize’ for the highest dissertation mark in the school of engineering and claims to have bought her first house - with her sister - at the age of 12.

Accountant Edward Hunter, who is half British and half Afghan, says he is a 'wheeler dealer who accidentally became a finance professional and wants out'.

And Vincent Disneur, 29, is a self-confessed perfectionist who said he would love to have been the brains behind Microsoft.

This year's series starts on Tuesday May 10 and Lord Sugar will be joined once more by Karren Brady and Nick Hewer as he whittles down the team with with his infamous 'You're fired' catchphrase', to one final winner.

They will benefit from the cash investment, rather than a role at one of Lord Sugar's companies as has happened previously.

Over the series, the contestants will be set tasks such as designing a mobile phone application, creating a new pet food and launching a magazine to prove they have the cut-throat abilities to succeed.

The Apprentice starts next Tuesday 10th May at 9pm on BBC One.


JOB: Natural Skincare Entrepreneur
FROM: Croydon
Shanghai-born Susan turned her first ever job was working on a market stall selling skin care products into a lucrative business, and says she is ambitious and easy going.
SHE SAYS: 'I’m short, sweet and smiley but when I do business I mean business.'


JOB: Inventor
FROM: London
He sold a prototype made in his kitchen to two leading pharmacy outlets in the UK. He cites Thomas Edison as an icon.
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.'


JOB: Accountant
FROM: Reading
Half-British and half-Afghan, he trained at one of the world’s leading accountancy firms and is now an accountant for a FTSE 30 energy company.
HE SAYS: 'I’m the wheeler dealer who accidentally became a finance professional and wants out.'


JOB: Founder & Director – Global Youth Consultancy Business
FROM: Midlands
She speaks five languages, has worked with 12 Nobel peace prize winners and was trained on climate change by Al Gore.
SHE SAYS: 'Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.'



JOB: Fast Food Marketing Entrepreneur
FROM: Leeds
A former lorry driver, he survived a near fatal fall from a tree at the age of 12. He says Richard Branson and Apple are inspirational.
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.'


JOB: Project Manager – Drinks Manufacturer
FROM: Cheshire
She joined her family firm straight from university, bought a house at 12 and was awarded the ‘Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Technology Prize’ for the highest dissertation mark in the school of engineering.
SHE SAYS: 'I will do whatever it takes to win.'


JOB: Sales Manager – Telecoms Software
FROM: Canterbury
Glasgow-born, he is a film buff and a theatre lover and names Bill Gates and Richard Branson as role models and would love to have been the brains behind Microsoft.
HE SAYS: 'My positive approach and very good looks make me stand out from the crowd.'


JOB: Divisional Manager – Recruitment
FROM: London
A graduate with a Bachelors Degree in International Hospitality Management, London-born Natasha is inspired by the Nike brand for their representation of women in sport.
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.'



The gang: Lord Sugar poses with sidekicks Nick Hewer and Karren Brady and The Apprentice.. You're Fired! host Dara O'Briain

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1383032/New-Apprentice-candidates-Lord-Sugars-line-fast-food-king-optician.html#ixzz1LNBkUUeJ
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  Quote moonshine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2011 at 14:15
hay i think i know one of them well i haven't spoken to him as far as i know but i have seen him about somewhere VINCENT
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  Quote Ollie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2011 at 17:51
im supporting gavin and possibly vincent

glenn (1st pic) has got odd shaped ears!

seems like 5 minutes since the last show was on
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Let the backstabbing commence!
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