Meet the contestants who will take part in the next series of The Apprentice.
Name: Edna Agbarha
Job: Business psychologist
About her: One of 10 siblings, Agbarha started her working life as a teenager on her uncle’s Covent Garden market stall. She has a degree in Psychology and two Masters degrees.
She says: “Weak people in business are a waste of space and a limp handshake is unforgivable.”
Name: Ellie Reed
Job: Managing director of A&E Construction Recruitment
About her: Bradford-born Reed started in the world of work with a paper round and eventually went on to set up her own construction recruitment company.
She describes herself as “positive, fun and driven” and once chased a burglar out of her house at 17.
She says: “I don’t like lazy people... dole dossers that don’t want to work. I don’t like posh kids who have everything on a plate.”
Name: Felicity Jackson
Job: Founder of career development company Surviving Actors
Interests: TV soaps
About her: Jackson worked in a hair salon as a teenager before going into children’s entertainment and training as an actress. She now runs a company which aids actors in their career development and compares herself to Mobos founder Kanya King.
She says: “Lord Sugar will probably find it difficult to ever say anything negative to me because I always turn it round to a positive.”
Name: Helen Louise Milligan
Job: Executive assistant to the CEO of Greggs bakery
Interests: Reading, swimming
About her: Stockport-born Milligan is a law graduate who worked her way up from waitress to restaurant manager before landing a job with Greggs.
She describes herself as “calm, loyal and tenacious”.
She says: “I see my job as my complete life. I work 24/7. There isn’t a cut off.”
Name: Melody Hossaini
Job: Founder and director of youth consultancy InspirEngage International
About her: Born in Iran, Hossaini lived in four different countries before settling in the UK and speaks five languages. She has worked with 12 Nobel peace prize winners including Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama and has won the Woman Of The Future award for her voluntary work. She has also been trained on climate change by Al Gore.
She says: “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
Name: Natasha Scribbins
Job: Manager at recruitment firm KOBALTT
About her: German-born Scribbins achieved only four GCSEs and started working as a cleaner aged 15, but went on to get a degree in International Hospitality Management.
She says: “I’m like a really fine tuned switch. If I need to turn it down then I turn it down. If I need to turn it up then I turn it up.”
Name: Susan Ma
Job: Natural skincare entrepreneur
Interests: Ma describes herself as an “adrenaline junkie”
About her: Ma moved to Australia from Shanghai at the age of six and then to London when she was 13. She studied philosophy and economics at university and has turned her first job on a market stall selling skincare products into a successful business.
She describes herself as “ambitious, optimistic and easy-going”.
She says: “I’m short, sweet and smiley but when I do business I mean business.”
Name: Zoe Beresford
Job: Project manager for a drinks manufacturer
About her: Beresford bought a house with her sister at the age of 12 and joined her family firm straight from university. She was awarded the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Technology Prize for the highest dissertation mark in the school of engineering.
She describes her attitude as “not ‘why?’ but ‘why not?’”.
She says: “I will do whatever it takes to win.”
Name: Alex Britez Cabral
Job: Estate agent manager
About him: Cabral’s first job was making tea at an estate agent’s before becoming a thriving agent himself.
He describes himself as “ambitious, driven, and extremely focused” and his greatest achievement is taking a business which was losing money and turning it around to a fast growing profitable business within a year.
He says: “Fear is a great motivator. If you are successful, you are unpopular, so unpopularity is a good thing.”
Name: Edward Hunter
About him: Half-British and half-Afghan, Reading-born Hunter’s first job was as a gardener at the age of 12. After university he worked in auditing, then went on to become an accountant at a leading firm.
Hunter describes himself as a “man with strength of character and conviction who is honest and direct”.
He says: “I’m the wheeler dealer who accidentally became a finance professional and wants out.”
Name: Gavin Winstanley
Job: Managing director of eyewear seller Glasses123
About him: Winstanley was a salesman at a high street clothing store and was made a manager at the age of 16. He started up his own online glasses retailer, which now also has two high street stores, after noticing the profit margins on glasses.
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.”
Name: Glenn Ward
Job: Senior design engineer
About him: Techno-whizz Ward’s entrepreneurial streak reared its head when he began washing cars in his local area at the age of 14. He cites Facebook founder 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.”
Name: Jim Eastwood
Job: Sales and marketing manager
Lives: Northern Ireland
About him: Eastwood started work chipping potatoes in his father’s fish and chip shop from the age of nine.
Eastwood, who was All Ireland cycling champion as a teenager, is a fan of 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.”
Name: Leon Doyle
Job: Founder of online takeaway ordering site themastermenu.com
About him: The former paperboy and lorry driver describes himself as “charming, genuine and honest”.
Doyle, who survived a near-fatal fall from a tree at the age of 12, once completed the Great North Run for charity.
He cites Richard Branson and Apple 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?”
Name: Tom Pellereau
Interests: Inventing, sports
About him: Pellereau’s first job was working on a farm sorting agricultural bulbs from mud.
He is proud to say that a prototype made in his kitchen made it on 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.”
Name: Vincent Disneur
Job: Sales manager in telecoms software
Interests: Film, theatre and travel
About him: Half-Belgian and half-Swiss, Glasgow-born Disneur is a self-confessed perfectionist who was a Liverpool mascot as a child.
He names Bill Gates and Richard Branson as role models and would love to have been the brains behind Microsoft.
He says: “My positive approach and very good looks make me stand out from the crowd.”