Derry’s MP and the city’s Church of Ireland Bishop have congratulated Derry doctor Leah Totton on becoming Alan Sugar’s new business partner.
SDLP MP Mark Durkan said: “I am delighted for Leah who should be rightly proud of herself today after having won The Apprentice.
“This remarkable achievement shows yet more positive recognition of Derry – coming after the high-profile of landmark City of Culture events (like One Big Weekend and Return of Colmcille) as well as St. Patrick’s ‘Songs of Praise’ success and Hollybush Primary School’s winning of the highly-coveted green energy ‘Ashden Award’.”
Leah emerged as the winner after going head to head with Luisa Zissman in Wednesday night’s final.
Bishop Ken Good, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, also offered his congratulation to the former Foyle College pupil.
“This popular TV series has reminded us of the extent to which tenacity, courage and commitment are required to build any business. We are facing significant economic challenges and the need for an entrepreneurial spirit has never been greater.”
He continued, “All of us from Leah’s home city are delighted with her success. Her achievement will serve as an inspiration to all aspiring entrepreneurs. It also reminds us of an old maxim that is relevant beyond the world of business, that the best way to predict the future is to create it.”