Zoey backs Leah for Apprentice crown

Zoey Harkness, Zolero Beauty, who is supporting her friend Leah Totten in The Apprentice. (1207PG15)
Zoey Harkness, Zolero Beauty, who is supporting her friend Leah Totten in The Apprentice. (1207PG15)

The best friend of Apprentice finalist Leah Totton has backed her to go all the way in Wednesday night’s showdown.

Beauty therapist Zoey Harkness of Zolero in Bishop Street has posters of her best buddy across the front of her city centre business premises and believes her friend has got what it takes to win the £250,000 from Lord Sugar.

And it seems that friendship isn’t the only thing the two women have in common.

Zoey is one of Derry’s up and coming entrepreneurs and was just 20 when she started her own business.

But she’s got real faith in Leah’s potential to go all the way on Wednesday night.

The former Foyle and Londonderry College pupil said: “Leah won the Academic Cup in both GCSE and A level and she also got the Biology Cup so you can imagine just how smart she was.

“Growing up with Leah she loved going out, she is such a fun person to be around. She really enjoyed really socialising; there was a never a dull moment.”

Ahead of tomorrow night’s final it’s been revealed how Leah and Luisa enjoyed a luxurious sun holiday to Thailand earlier in the year, proving that what happens in the boardroom, stays in the boardroom. In a series of Facebook snaps obtained by a tabloid newspaper the two wannabe winners were seen letting their hair down and relaxing in the sun after filming wrapped on the BBC1 show.

Meanwhile it has also been revealed how Leah Totton has been subjected to a series of nasty comments on online social media sites.

However she also has received a lot of support and tweeted this week: “wow Leah still trending ... This is all a bit surreal.”

Fellow finalist Luisa Zissman described Leah as “very quick, intelligent and capable.”

While Zissman is proposing a branded baking ingredients website, Derry born Totton - who currently works as a junior doctor in A&E in a hospital in London - wants to launch her own non-surgical cosmetic treatments clinic, offering lunchtime injections of Botox and facial fillers.

The Apprentice, which will finish with a two-hour special on Wednesday, is on course to match the overnight audience for last year’s final, of 6.7 million viewers.

But that was down from the 9.1 million who tuned in when the inventor Tom Pellereau won in 2011.

Tomorrow night’s all women final will see Leah and Luisa launch their proposed businesses with the help of a few fired candidates.

Follow us on Twitter tomorrow night @derryjournal for live updates from the show.

And we will have an interview with Leah online and in this week’s Friday Journal.

May the best woman win tomorrow night!