The Apprentice 2016: Meet the candidates! New cast of business wannabes revealed

The Apprentice 2016 contestants revealed

The Apprentice 2016 candidates have been revealed this morning ahead of the show's return to TV next week.

The Apprentice 2016 hits screens on Thursday 6 October for the twelfth series. Lord Sugar is once again joined by advisors Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as they put 18 brand new candidates through their paces to secure his £250k investment in their business plan.

While the series may have moved to Thursday nights, the show will continue as always to follow Lord Sugar’s potential business partners as they set out to prove their business skills are ready for any challenge in the fight to the final boardroom.

A total of 18 contestants on The Apprentice 2016 cast have been unveiled today: The nine men and nine women come from a range of careers and backgrounds, from bakeries and business consultancy to property and IT, each with different experience to draw from during the tasks.

Since Lord Sugar offered the opportunity to become his business partner, he has invested £1.25 million in five businesses – and he wants this year’s candidates to understand how tough they need to be to prove they deserve his investment.

Lord Sugar said: “I need to see who’s got a good business brain, that’s all I’m interested in. The winner gets a £250,000 investment and it will change someone’s life forever.

"You are going to learn more about yourself throughout the course of this process, I promise you that. Sometimes, some people can’t stand the heat, and they complain and they moan. If you want to moan you can send me an email at lordsugar@idontcare.com.”

Lord Sugar wants the new candidates to be under no illusion how competitive the process will be, telling them: “You see 18 people here, and we’re here for 12 weeks - that tells you there are going to be occasions where more than one person is going (to be fired). And I don’t care how many it can be.

"I really don’t care. I’m very flexible and it is a very, very competitive situation. You can compare this to being on a life support machine and one of your colleagues here pulling the plug out just to charge their mobile phone up. That’s how competitive it will get."

The Apprentice 2016 starts on Thursday, October 6 at 9PM on BBC One.

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