THE Apprentice is heading into its semi-final, with only four contestants left in the competition.
The remaining candidates are close to securing a business partnership with Lord Alan Sugar in addition to a cash prize of £250,000.
Lord Alan Sugar is back again on the search for another apprentice[/caption]
Who is in The Apprentice 2022 line up?
The Apprentice candidate Brittany Carter[/caption]
Brittany Carter is a 25-year-old hotel front of house manager from Bristol.
She would describe herself as a people person who has an optimistic outlook on life.
She is wanting Lord Sugar’s help to launch her business idea for the first alcoholic protein drink..
She said: “My motto for life is ‘always look on the bright side and be grateful for everything’ – every day when I wake up, I write 10 things that I am grateful for and when I go to sleep, I reflect on five things I am grateful for from that day.”
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Aaron Willis – FIRED
Aaron Willis hopes to win The Apprentice 2022[/caption]
Aaron Willis is a 38-year-old flight operations instructor from Lancashire.
After serving in the RAF for 12 years, he has set out to start his own security business.
Having travelled around the world in a number of different jobs, Aaron is “hungry for success”.
He revealed: “My strongest point is that I can sell to anybody, and I think that’s the reason why my business will be a success, because people will buy from me.”
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Akeem Bundu-Kamara – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Akeem Bundu-Kamara[/caption]
Akeem Bundu-Kamara is a 29-year-old strategy manager for a financial firm from London.
Akeen describes himself as a people person, but due to being a “numbers guy”, his analytical ability causes him to strategically consider every move he makes.
He revealed: “My growing up has made me who I am, I’m able to converse with everyone, but also able to show that financial, business side to myself.”
Amy Anzel – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Amy Anzel[/caption]
Amy Anzel is a 48-year-old owner of a beauty brand from London.
Amy has found a true love for her beauty business.
She takes business very seriously and is determined to represent herself as a “tough boss”.
She said: “I can be nice when I need to be, but when I unfortunately have to be a b***h, I will…”
She left in week six after being fired from the show.
Akshay Thakrar – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Akshay Thakrar[/caption]
Akshay Thakrar is a 28-year-old owner of a digital marketing agency from London.
He considers sleeping is a “waste of time” and states that his first word as a new-born was “profit”.
He believes he was put on this planet for one thing, and one thing only – that is to make money.
Akshay said: “My friends call me AK47 because I’m a killer salesperson.”
Unfortunately, he was shown the boardroom door in week nine.
Alex Short – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Alex Short[/caption]
Alex Short is a 27-year-old owner of a commercial cleaning company from Hertford.
He is a driven businessman that is “not going to stop” until he gets to where he wants to go.
Although he left school in lower sixth, he is on the path to tripling his turnover.
Alex said: “I would compare myself to a Ferrari, shiny on the outside but under the bonnet, there is a lot of fire and I’m coming for you.”
He was the fourth person to be fired from the show in week four.
The Apprentice candidate Harpreet Kaur[/caption]
Harpreet Kaur is a 30-year-old owner of a dessert parlour from West Yorkshire.
She describes herself as a born leader, who is fearless.
She wants to develop her already successful, six-figure coffee and cakes business to become a leading brand in the UK.
Harpreet explained: “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.”
Conor Gilsenan – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Conor Gilsenan[/caption]
Conor Gilsenan is a 28-year-old sales executive and former professional rugby player from London.
He describes himself as hard-working and “hyper-motivated by money”.
His business idea involves a fleet of quirky food and beverage vendors targeted for music and sports events.
Conor said: “I’m going to be the corporate panther in the boardroom, I’m going to get it done, and I’m going to be Lord Sugar’s perfect business partner.”
He was the second person to be fired from the show in week two.
Francesca Kennedy Wallbank – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Francesca Kennedy Wallbank[/caption]
Francesca Kennedy Wallbank is a 26-year-old owner of a sustainability company from Surrey.
Maths graduate Francesca is looking for an investment into her next venture.
She wishes to prove a product carbon footprint service for business with a simple equation of her own.
She is confident she will win by saying: “I’ve never lost anything, I always win.
“There are two types of people in the world – there’s people that say they are going to do things and people that actually do them, and I’m a doer.”
She was sent packing after she was fired from the show in week five.
Nick Showering – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Nick Showering[/caption]
Nick Showering is a 31-year-old finance manager from London.
Following his family business, the qualified accountant hopes to make a name for himself in the drinks industry with flavoured water,
He describes himself as a people person and someone that is a lot of fun.
Nick said: “In business I’m a bit of a force to be reckoned with. I know what I’m talking about, I know how things work, and I’m extremely experienced. So, I’m a bit of an animal in the boardroom.”
Nick was shown the door in week eight.
Sophie Wilding – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Sophie Wilding[/caption]
Sophie Wilding is a 32-year-old owner of a boutique cocktail bar from Cheltenham.
From a saleswoman to now a businesswoman, Sophie describes herself as magical.
She hopes to renovate her boutique cocktail bar with the investment prize from The Apprentice, saying: “Failure is not an option, winning is part of my DNA.”
Sophie was fired from the show in the seventh episode.
Shama Amin – QUIT
The Apprentice candidate Shama Amin[/caption]
Shama Amin is a 41-year-old owner of children’s day nursery from Bradford.
A mother of five, who describes herself as loyal and determined.
She is ready to prove she has the “skill set that is required to be a successful businessman in the early years sector”.
Shama added: “Being a lady of colour, wearing a headscarf as well, and the challenges that we face on a daily basis, I just want to be a living example for the Asian women and South Asian women out there.”
The nursery owner unfortunately quit the show due to illness.
Harry Mahmood – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Harry Mahmood[/caption]
Harry Mahmood is a 35-year-old regional operations manager from the West Midlands.
Harry wishes to show his gratitude from his grandparents by helping and supporting people.
He describes himself as “the Asian version of Lord Sugar”.
He hopes to work with Lord Sugar to develop his bath bomb buiness.
Harry said: “Everything I’ve looked into achieving, I’ve achieved. I’ve literally done everything I’ve put my mind to.”
He was the first to be fired from the show in week one.
Kathryn Louise Burn
The Apprentice candidate Kathryn Louise Burn[/caption]
Kathryn Louise Burn is a 29-year-old owner of an online pyjama store from Swindon.
Having worked a range of different jobs, she has plans for her pyjama business to move forward.
She describes herself as ambitious and a “savage”.
She revealed: “My dreams in my head are absolutely huge and I believe I can achieve them.”
Navid Sole – FIRED
The Apprentice candidate Navid Sole[/caption]
Navid Sole is a 27-year-old pharmacist from London.
He aspires to create a successful pharmacy business with the help of Lord Sugar.
Navid plans to stay true to himself through his journey on The Apprentice.
He said: “Nothing intimidates me because I just feel like I’m a strong character, strong person, strong mindset.”
He was the third contestant to be fired from the show in week three.
The Apprentice candidate Stephanie Affleck[/caption]
Stephanie Affleck is a 28-year-old owner of an online children’s store from Kent.
She describes herself as confident and brutally honest.
She is looking for funding to support to develop her designer childrens-wear store.
She admitted: “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.”
When is The Apprentice 2022?
The 2022 season of The Apprentice airs every Thursday at 9pm.
The next episode is on TONIGHT (March 17, 2022) and it is the big semi-final.
If you’ve missed any episodes, catch up with the show on BBC iPlayer.