The Apprentice 2016: the 18 candidates desperate to impress Lord Alan Sugar

Lord Sugar with The Apprentice 2016 contenders

Lord Sugar with The Apprentice 2016 contenders

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This year’s contestants for BBC’s The Apprentice are a modest bunch. Just kidding.

They’re as ambitious and driven as ever. And they’re desperate to go into business with Lord Alan Sugar

Here is 2016’s crop:

Alana Spencer

She says: “I am incredibly hard working, driven, and I’ll stop at nothing to get what I want.”

Age: 24

Lives: Ceredigion, Wales

Occupation: owner of a cake company

Aleksandra King

She says: “Like the Tasmanian devil in the famous cartoon, I will torpedo my way through to the win.”

Age: 38

Lives: London

Occupation: owner of a business consultancy

Courtney Wood

He says: “How would I describe myself in one sentence? I’ll give you one word: awesome.”

Age: 29

Lives: Essex

Occupation: owner of a novelty gift company

Dillon St. Paul

He says: “Sometimes batting the eyelashes can get you a lot in business. Hence, the mascara comes in handy – so they can see those lashes.”

Age: 37

Lives: Dublin, Ireland

Occupation: art director of a fashion magazine

Frances Bishop

She says: “I’m a pocket rocket. I’m quite fiery and live the rule ‘kill them with kindness’.”

Age: 25

Lives: Doncaster

Occupation: owner of a children’s clothing company

Grainne McCoy

She says: “I need guidance and a little bit of mentoring to help me make that first million.”

Age: 31

Lives: Northern Ireland

Occupation: owner of a makeup studio

JD O’Brien

He says: “I won’t suffer fools. I will get upset by other candidates who don’t know their arse from their elbow.”

Age: 37

Lives: London

Occupation: owner of a beachwear company

Jessica Cunningham

She says: “A motto I live by is: there is no competition if you’re already winning.”

Age: 29

Lives: Derbyshire

Occupation: online fashion entrepreneur

Karthik Nagesan

He says: “If I wanted to be like everyone else, I’d have waxed my monobrow.”

Age: 33

Lives: Northamptonshire

Occupation: owner of an IT consultancy

Michelle Niziol

She says: “I work 15 to 17 hours every day. 100 per cent, I’m a workaholic.”

Age: 35

Lives: Oxfordshire

Occupation: owner of a property consultancy

Mukai Noiri

He says: “I feel sorry for Lord Sugar because previous applicants have been weak.” Age: 36

Lives: London

Occupation: digital marketing manager in fashion

Natalie Hughes

She says: “I started at a young age, I’m a hustler, I’ve got the hustler’s ambition.”

Age: 30

Lives: Glasgow

Occupation: owner of a hair and beauty salon

Oliver Nohl-Oser

He says: “Sometimes I feel like James Bond when I’m in my suit.”

Age: 33

Lives: Wiltshire

Occupation: owner of a food distribution business

Paul Sullivan

He says: “I’ll play the team when I need to be part of the team, but I’m here to win; I’m not here to make up the numbers.”

Age: 38

Lives: Chigwell, Essex

Occupation: owner of a marketing agency

Rebecca Jeffery

She says: “People often foolishly mistake my enthusiasm for silliness or positivity for naivety. I’m proof that you can get things done without whinging.”

Age: 31

Lives: Greater Manchester

Occupation: owner of a design and marketing agency

Samuel Boateng

He says: “My creativity, my passion, my charm, and my likeability all roll into one, creating one perfect guy.”

Age: 27

Lives: London

Occupation: sales manager at a major car brand

Sofiane Khelfa

He says: “The best survivors in the world are the people who adapt, and I’m the best at adapting. I’m like a chameleon. I adapt to anything, anywhere, anytime.”

Age: 32

Lives: Essex

Occupation: senior sales executive in technology

Trishna Thakra

She says: “My only tactic is to be myself; this alone will make sure I win.”

Age: 28

Lives: London

Occupation: recruitment agent in IT