The Apprentice

Gabrielle Omar

Age: 29

Occupation: Architect

Lives: London, UK

Gabrielle’s first job was helping at her parents’ fish and chip shop when she was 14. She learnt how to ride a bike last year and loves running, photography, drawing and painting watercolours. She says that she rules her life on gut feelings, and as a result never has regrets. Gabrielle first got a passport at the age of 19 and has had the travelling bug ever since, once travelling to 13 different countries in a year. Gabrielle feels her persistency is her strength but her trusting nature is her biggest weakness.

She says: “When it comes to business I can be like an animal and I will roar my way to the top.”

Bilyana Apostolova

Age: 25

Occupation: Risk Analyst

Lives: London, UK

Bulgaria-born Bilyana started off her career aged six, collecting snails from her grandparents’ farm to sell to pharmaceutical companies, and is now training to be a Wealth Manager for British entrepreneurs. The former head girl, who prefers rollerblading to and from work, feels her biggest achievement is her attitude to life and a dedication to advancing by learning and working hard. She loves dancing, baking and travelling. She describes herself as positive and adaptable but feels her greatest weakness is dealing with confrontation.

She says: “I got myself from a Communist block of flats in Bulgaria to the top of a skyscraper in the heart of the City of London.”

9:00pm Sunday 17 July on BBC ONE

After 11 demanding weeks, four candidates remain as Lord Sugar decides who will walk away with a �250,000 investment in the business of their choosing

Tuesday 10 May 9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

BBC One’s multi award-winning and critically acclaimed business entertainment series The Apprentice returns for a seventh series as a new line-up of corporate contenders face Lord Sugar in the battle for boardroom supremacy.

From all corners of the country, Britain’s entrepreneurial elite have come to London to face the biggest challenge of their careers – embarking on a business battle over 12 tough tasks with multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Sugar.

Selected for their entrepreneurial flair and burning passion for business – Lord Sugar has spotted something in all of them – only one can succeed in proving they have the commercial acumen and business skill to be worthy of entering into a partnership with him as winner of The Apprentice 2011.

Episode two of the hotly anticipated new series will be shown at 9pm on Wednesday 11 May on BBC One.

Vincent Disneur

Age: 29

Occupation: Sales Manager – Telecoms Software

Lives: Canterbury

Half-Belgian and half-Swiss, Glasgow-born Vincent is a film buff and frequent traveller with a penchant for theatre. The self-confessed perfectionist who was a Liverpool mascot as a child, names Bill Gates and Richard Branson as role models.

He says: “My positive approach and very good looks make me stand out from the crowd.”

Tom Pellereau

Age: 31

Occupation: Inventor

Lives: London

London-born Tom’s first job was working on a farm sorting agricultural bulbs from mud. A keen inventor and sports enthusiast, Tom succeeded in taking a prototype made in his kitchen to the shelves of two leading pharmacy outlets in the UK. He describes himself as “creative, adventurous, loyal and enthusiastic”, and cites Thomas Edison as an icon.

He says: “For me the Apprentice is a bit like the Olympics or the World Cup for entrepreneurs… I want to challenge myself, find out if I am ready to step up to this level.”

Leon Doyle

Age: 26

Occupation: Fast Food Marketing Entrepreneur

Lives: Leeds

Harrogate-born Leon, a former paper boy and lorry driver, describes himself as “charming, genuine and honest”. Leon, who survived a near fatal fall from a tree at the age of 12 once completed the Great North Run for charity. A Director and Founder of an online takeaway ordering site and publishing business, Leon notes Richard Branson as inspirational.

He says: “I don’t like your gimmicky salesman who thinks he can sell ice to an Eskimo. Chances are he probably can’t, and why would an Eskimo buy ice?”

Jim Eastwood

Age: 32

Occupation: Sales and Marketing Manager

Lives: Northern Ireland

Jim started work in his father’s fish and chip shop chipping potatoes from the age of nine and went on to maintain top sales performances as a Sales and Marketing Manager. Jim, who was All Ireland cycling champion as a teenager, champions Richard Branson and describes himself as “driven, self-motivated, resilient and an eternal optimist.”

He says: “I’m not a show pony or a one-trick pony, I’m not a jack-ass or a stubborn mule, and I’m definitely not a wild stallion that needs to be tamed. I am the champion thoroughbred that this process requires.”

Glenn Ward

Age: 28

Occupation: Senior Design Engineer

Lives: Hertfordshire

Glenn Ward took apart and rebuilt an entire computer aged eight and his entrepreneurial streak ensued when he began washing cars in his local area at age 14. An amateur footballer, Glenn cites Mark Zuckerberg as his inspiration and describes himself as “an intelligent man with a dry sense of humour” who can “read between the lines”.

He says: “Aggression isn’t the best form of strength… I bring a marriage of technical thinking with a bit of salesman bravado.”

Gavin Winstanley

Age: 27

Occupation: Managing Director – Opticians 

Lives: Liverpool

Gavin’s first foray into working life was as a salesman at a high street clothing store and was made a manager at the age of 16. A passionate football fan, Gavin started up his own online opticians, which now has two high-street stores, after noticing the profit margins on glasses when working in a London department store.

He says: “I want to be a big name in UK business… I’m everything. I’m all mouth. I’m a doer. I’m a leader.”

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