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The Apprentice winner revealed

The Apprentice winner revealed
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Lord Sugar picks his latest business partner as the winner of The Apprentice is revealed.

Harpreet Kaur has been named the winner of the current series of The Apprentice.

After a gruelling 12-week process, the 29-year-old saw off 15 other candidates to secure £250,000 of investment from Lord Sugar, who will now become a business partner in her desserts business Oh So Yum!

In the final task, Harpreet and rival Kathryn Burn, who has a pyjama company, were both required to pitch their business ideas to Sugar and a team of experts, aided by former candidates.

After final pleas in the boardroom, Sugar came to his decision.

"It is a very, very difficult situation for me," he told them. "Harpreet, I'm not sure whether this business is scalable or whether you are trying to do too much and that's what I'm worried about at the moment.

"Kathryn, I'm concerned on the longevity of it, and the popularity of it. [But] a lot of the companies that I invest in are a start from scratch situation, basically what Kathryn is proposing.

"So ladies, I think that I've decided now... Harpreet, you're going to be my business partner."

After learning of her win, Harpreet said: "I cannot believe Lord Sugar has chosen me to be his business partner!

"I have dreamed of this moment, and it just completely proves that if you work hard and you believe in yourself, dreams do come true."

The Apprentice is expected to return for a new series later this year on BBC One.

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