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In Pictures: Meet the new candidates on The Apprentice

In Pictures: Meet the new candidates on The Apprentice
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Take a look at the 16 new candidates hoping to secure investment from Lord Sugar on the long-awaited new series of The Apprentice.

After an absence of more than two years due to the pandemic, The Apprentice is finally back on our screens for a new series this Thursday.

Lord Sugar is understandably itching to get his finger out and do a spot of firing - and his sadistic desires will soon be satisfied as 16 new hopefuls enter the boardroom with the aim of securing his £250,000 investment for their business ideas.

Scroll on to meet this year's candidates!



Aaron Willis for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Aaron Willis

Age: 38

From: Chorley

Occupation: Flight Operations Instructor

Quote: "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."



Akeem Bundu Kamara for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Akeem Bundu-Kamara

Age: 29

From: London

Occupation: Financial Strategy Manager

Quote: "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."



Akshay Thakrar for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Akshay Thakrar

Age: 28

From: London

Occupation: Owner of a Digital Marketing Agency

Quote: "My friends call me AK47 because I'm a killer salesperson."



Alex Short for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Alex Short

Age: 27

From: Hertford

Occupation: Owner of a Commercial Cleaning Company

Quote: "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."



Amy Anzel for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Amy Anzel

Age: 48

From: London

Occupation: Owner of a Beauty Brand

Quote: "I can be nice when I need to be, but when I unfortunately have to be a bitch, I will..."



Brittany Carter for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Brittany Carter

Age: 25

From: Bristol

Occupation: Hotel Front-of-House Manager

Quote: "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 5 things I am grateful for from that day."



Conor Gilsenan for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Conor Gilsenan

Age: 28

From: London

Occupation: Sales Executive / Ex-Pro Rugby Player

Quote: "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."



Francesca Kennedy Wallbank for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Francesca Kennedy Wallbank

Age: 26

From: Surrey

Occupation: Owner of a Sustainability Company

Quote: "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."



Harpreet Kaur for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Harpreet Kaur

Age: 30

From: West Yorkshire

Occupation: Owner of a Dessert Parlour

Quote: "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."



Harry Mahmood for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Harry Mahmood

Age: 35

From: West Midlands

Occupation: Regional Operations Manager

Quote: ""Everything I've looked into achieving, I've achieved. I've literally done everything I've put my mind to."



Kathryn Louise Burn for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Kathryn Louise Burn

Age: 29

From: Swindon

Occupation: Owner of an Online Pyjama Store

Quote: "My dreams in my head are absolutely huge and I believe I can achieve them."



Navid Sole for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Navid Sole

Age: 27

From: London

Occupation: Pharmacist

Quote: "Nothing intimidates me because I just feel like I'm a strong character, strong person, strong mindset."



Nick Showering for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Nich Showering

Age: 31

From: London

Occupation: Finance Manager

Quote: "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."



Sophie Wilding for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Sophie Wilding

Age: 32

From: Cheltenham

Occupation: Owner of as Boutique Cocktail Bar

Quote: "Failure is not an option, winning is part of my DNA."



Shama Amin for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Shama Amin

Age: 41

From: Bradford

Occupation: Owner of a Children's Day Nursery

Quote: "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."



Stephanie Affleck for The Apprentice series 16© BBC

Stephanie Affleck

Age: 28

From: Kent

Occupation: Owner of an Online Children's Store

Quote: "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."



The Apprentice returns Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.


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