Whilst in previous years there has been a north-south divide, or favouring, in the selection (or casting) of candidates for ‘the process’ of reality TV business show The Apprentice, there seems to be a fair geographical spread (and why not?) for this year’s series (perhaps a few more from further north than you would expect...and Yorkshire!) which returns to BBC One next Wednesday at 9pm, followed by You’re Fired at 10pm. There is even the usual stretch of age range, well 20s and 30s among the professionals.
Having carefully assessed the chosen 16, we’re already firmly set to back 27-year-old Senior Marketing Manager Frank Brooks from London. He is currently Marketing Specialist at Thomson Reuters in the capital.
On his profile, he is described as “a self-proclaimed trend-setter who likes to push boundaries with his humour.” He uses charisma and charm for both negotiating and building morale within a group and admits he can sometimes play people off against each other to get what he wants. He can be brutal when he needs to be and doesn’t stand for people who are lazy or shirk responsibility (I hear ya! Preach!).
Like any passionate, aspiring candidate, Frank promises to bring a ‘hardworking attitude’ with ‘fire in his belly’ and is a “unique, one-of-a-kind, generous, fun-loving soul who really knows what he wants in life.”
He philosophically claims that “being good at business is like being good at karaoke. You need to be able to be confident, command the attention of the room and to roll over failure” - I guess that is good advice for anyone looking for a new role. His karaoke song is ‘Relight My Fire’ by Take That and Lulu and hopes that he “can be the Lulu to Lord Sugar’s Take That (yay! a Manchester reference).
If he was a dinosaur he would be a T-Rex and, apparently, he smells like success!
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The other candidates (in age order) include:
IT Analyst, Alex Finn (21) from The Wirral
Nut Milk Brand Owner, Camilla Ainsworth (22) from Lancashire
Law Graduate, Kurran Pooni (22) from London
Tennis Events Company Owner, Sabrina Stocker (22) from Middlesex
Professional Speaker, Kayode Damali (26) from Cheshire
Swimwear Brand Owner, Sian Gabbidon (25) from Leeds
Tree Surgery Firm Owner, Tom Bunday (28) from Southampton
Eco-Cleaning Company Owner, Khadija Kalifa (28) from Lincolnshire
Lifestyle Brand Owner, Daniel Elahi (28) from London
Actress and Children’s Acting Academy Owner, Sarah Byrne (29) from Manchester
Tax Advisor, David Alden (32) from East Yorkshire
Sponsorship Consultant, Jackie Fast (34) from London
Learning and Development Manager, Jasmine Kundra (34) from West Midlands
Quality Controller, Rick Monk (33) from Lancashire
Solicitor, Sarah Ann Magson (37) from Teeside