The Apprentice

ZeeshaanAge: 27

Occupation: CEO of Property Investment Company
Lives: London, UK

Zeeshaan, who grew up in Pakistan, believes his greatest strengths are that he is an eternal optimist, street-smart and well-connected. He says his weaknesses would include bossiness and that he can’t do something if his heart isn’t in it. Starting his career as a part-time waiter, he believes his greatest business achievement is still yet to come.

He says: “I’m a ‘Great’ of my generation. I’m an innovator and leader in business. I take inspiration from Napoleon; I am here to conquer.”

TimAge: 23

Occupation: Mexican Food Entrepreneur
Lives: Birmingham, UK

Tim lists his passions in life as food, travel, business and money, and the achievement he is most proud of is launching a business while still studying in his final year at university. He describes himself as happy-go-lucky, energetic and with a ‘never give up’ attitude, though admits he can lack focus. Moving up from his first job on a paper round to starting a leaflet distribution service before founding his catering company, Tim now wants to use business as a vehicle to bring new culinary experiences to people.

He says: “I’m definitely a team player. I’m not a lone ranger in any sense of the word.”

NeilAge: 32

Occupation: Regional Manager – Soccer Centres
Lives: Altrincham, UK

Neil says he would be described as focused, determined and driven, by those that know him well, though his weaknesses include being overly competitive and very opinionated. He is a Manchester United supporter and plays football regularly in an amateur league, having played semi-professionally in the past. One of his first jobs was in telesales, which he cites as the role that kicked off his career.

He says: “I’m here to win. If that means being tough and making tough decisions, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

MilesAge: 39

Occupation: Marketing Company Co-Founder
Lives: Monaco, Monaco

Myles has lived in Monaco for the past 10 years and says that people would describe him as passionate, charming and determined, but he can be too much of a perfectionist. He was a professional racing driving for a short period of time and he now works in luxury brand marketing. He says the business figures that most inspire him are Bernie Ecclestone and Richard Branson, for their vision and commercial power.

He says: “I’m business perfection personified.”

KurtAge: 26

Occupation: Health Drink Entrepreneur and Health & Safety Manager
Lives: Liverpool, UK

Kurt says his friends would describe him as intelligent, argumentative and ambitious. His first job was washing dishes as a kitchen porter and he says his greatest business achievement to date is running his own smoothie business after suffering many knock-backs and rejections.

He says: “I’m an alpha male; I always get my own way and know how to make people do what I want.”

JordanAge: 26

Occupation: Business Analyst
Lives: London, UK

Jordan says his first experience in business was at the age of six, selling his family’s litter of kittens in the playground. He describes himself as optimistic, charismatic and calm under pressure, though he thinks he can also be unforgiving and finds it difficult to ask for help. He enjoys going to technology events and recording his own podcasts and is passionate about encouraging young people to start their own businesses.

He says: “I’ve worked in third-world countries and first-world countries. I know what it’s like to struggle to feed kids and I know what it’s like to fly in a private jet.”

JasonAge: 29

Occupation: Historian and Property Entrepreneur
Lives: London, UK

Born in Athens, Jason says he has never been ‘formally employed’, instead remaining self-employed and a student throughout his career to date. His hobbies include gardening and croquet and he lists his passions as knowledge and language. He cites himself as a devotee of Question Time and says that the brands he has the most respect for are John Lewis/Waitrose and American Express, as they stand for quality and high-standard customer service.

He says: “Some people might come to this process with a game plan. I just feel my effortless superiority will take me all the way.”

AlexAge: 22

Occupation: Company Director
Lives: Cardiff, UK

Alex says his greatest strengths lie in design and calculations and he describes himself as passionate, hardworking and determined. He began his working life as a housekeeper in a hotel and started his first company at 19. He is inspired in business by brands such as Tom Ford and figures such as James Caan, and enjoys playing the guitar and sport shooting in his spare time.

He says: “I’m an old head on young shoulders. I believe that I’m the new breed of businessman that this process requires.”

UzmaAge: 32

Occupation: Entrepreneur and Make-Up Brand Owner
Lives: London, UK

Uzma describes herself as confident, creative and spiritual, though says she can lack patience. She has set up a non-profit organisation to help women reach out to one another in times of need and lists being nominated for an Asian Women of Achievement Awards as one of her greatest business achievements. She says the brand she is most inspired by is MAC, because they have created a product that most women think they can’t live without.

She says: “If I believe in something, I will go to the end to make sure it’s done.”

SophieAge: 22

Occupation: Restaurateur
Lives: Bristol, UK

Malaysian-born Sophie says her greatest strengths are creativity and the ability to ‘think outside the box’, but her weakness is mental arithmetic. She first worked as a catering company waitress and at the age of 19, began running her own restaurant while still studying as a student. She is passionate about food and describes herself as innovative and intelligent.

She says: “I don’t have a multi-million pound business but what I do have is the raw talent, the drive and the competitive streak.”

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