The Apprentice 2022 candidates: Meet the 16 business hopefuls hoping to impress Lord Sugar
4 January 2022, 12:08
Who are The Apprentice 2022 candidates and what are their business plans? Meet the 16 contestants...
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The Apprentice is finally back, with Lord Sugar determined to find the next big business brain.
And this year we can expect just as much drama as ever, with a pharmacist, former professional rugby player and hotel manager taking part.
So, who are The Apprentice 2022 candidates and what are their business plans? Find out everything...
Lives: Chorley, Lancashire
Occupation: Flight Operations Instructor
Aaron served in the RAF for 12 years as Flight Operations Instructor and is now starting his own security business.
He describes himself as outgoing and full of life, adding:“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.”
Occupation: Strategy Manager for a Financial Firm
Describing himself as a ‘people’s person’, Akeem loves being around others.
He is also a pro when it comes to numbers and has ‘got the ambition, the drive and the experience working with strategy’ to make him stand out from the crowd.
“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,” Akeem said.
Occupation: Owner of a Digital Marketing Agency
Not afraid of hard work, Akshay believes sleeping is a ‘waste of time’ and said his first word as a new-born was ‘profit’.
The businessman also speaks seven languages and is a keen salesperson.
Occupation: Owner of a commercial cleaning company
According to Alex, he is ‘driven, focused and is not going to stop until he gets what he wants’.
Alex said: “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.”
Occupation: Owner of a beauty brand
Amy found her love for beauty after working in sales, showbiz and jingles.
She describes herself as a ‘tough boss’, adding: “I can be nice when I need to be, but when I unfortunately have to be a b****, I will...”
Occupation: Hotel front of house manager
Unlike many of her fellow contestants, Brittany describes herself as ‘kind’, as well as sociable, and enthusiastic.
She also has a positive outlook on life and wants Lord Sugar’s backing for her business idea of the first alcoholic protein drink.
She said: “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.”
Occupation: Sales executive and former professional rugby player
Ex-rugby player Conor describes himself as a ‘corporate panther’ and his business idea consists of a fleet of food and beverage vendors targeted at music and sports events.
Occupation: Owner of a sustainability company
Mathematics graduate Francesca’s business plan involves providing a product carbon footprint service for businesses.
She said: “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.”
Lives: West Midlands
Occupation: Regional Operations Manager
Describing himself as ‘the Asian version of Lord Sugar’, he hopes they can work together to develop his bath bomb business.
“Everything I’ve looked into achieving, I’ve achieved. I’ve literally done everything I’ve put my mind to,” Harry said.
Lives: West Yorkshire
Occupation: Owner of a dessert parlour
‘Born leader’ Harpreet wants to expand her successful coffee and cakes business with the help of Lord Sugar.
The no-nonsense business woman said: “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.”
Kathryn Louise Burn
Occupation: Owner of an online pyjama store
After working as a mortgage advisor and events manager, Kathryn has turned her hadn to pyjamas.
Describing herself as ambitious, kind, and often ‘savage’, she added: “My dreams in my head are absolutely huge and I believe I can achieve them.”
Navid aspires to create a successful pharmacy business and describes himself as quirky and unique.
“Nothing intimidates me because I just feel like I’m a strong character, strong person, strong mindset,” he said.
Occupation: Finance Manager
Qualified accountant Nick wants Lord Sugar’s investment in his line of flavoured water.
He said: “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.”
Occupation: Owner of a boutique cocktail bar
Sophie describes herself as magical and enchanting, and has big renovation plans for her boutique cocktail bar.
She thinks winning is ‘in her DNA’ and that her ideas are truly ‘out of the ordinary.’
Occupation: Owner of a children’s day nursery
Describing herself as loyal, determined and outspoken, Shama is ready to prove she has the ‘skillset that is required to be one of the best, successful businesswomen in the early years sector.’
She said: “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 South Asian women out there.
Occupation: Owner of an online children’s store
Stephanie describes herself as confident, decisive and brutally honest and wants help with her growing children’s store.
She wants to be part of the rapidly growing pre-loved fashion industry and ‘make a difference in the world.’