The Apprentice 2017 is back for the final: Here are the contestants, results and who won the show.
The Apprentice Series 13 attracted applicants from a range of business sectors – from fashion and construction to floristry and engineering – who all had had to adapt quickly to work as a team and avoid the boardroom firing.
With tasks that included creating a range of burgers, branding and selling robots, to planning a premium corporate experience at a sports event and running a doggy day care, the candidates were tested outside their comfort zones to truly showcase their business know-how.
The Apprentice 2017 start time
The Apprentice 2017 concluded with the final on December 17 at 9PM on BBC One.
Lord Sugar was joined by business heavyweights Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as the aspiring entrepreneurs embark on the gruelling 12 week selection process that pitted them against one another.
Returning to Wednesdays this year, the 13th series of the show aired with the final boardroom and successful candidate revealed in December.
The Apprentice 2017 contestants and results
In a twist, in the final, Lord Sugar named BOTH finalists the winners.
WINNER! James White – 26-year-old Business owner, Recruitment Firm from Birmingham
WINNER! Sarah Lynn – 35-year-old Business owner, Confectionery Company from London
Joanna Jarjue (FIRED – Week 11) – 23-year-old Digital Marketing Manager from Manchester
Elizabeth McKenna (FIRED – Week 11) – 39-year-old Business owner, Florist Chain from Nottinghamshire
Michaela Wain (FIRED – Week 11) – 33-year-old Business Owner, Construction from Bolton
Harrison Jones (FIRED – Week 10) – 27-year-old Sales Executive from London
Jade English (FIRED – Week 10) – 25-year-old PR & Marketing Manager from Manchester
Bushra Shaikh (FIRED – Week 9) – 34-year-old Business owner, Clothing Company from Surrey
Andrew Brady (FIRED – Week 8) – 26-year-old Project Engineer from Cheshire
Anisa Topan (FIRED – Week 8) – 36-year-old Business owner, Fashion PR Agency from Surrey
Charles Burns (FIRED – Week 8) – 24-year-old Management Consultant from Manchester
Sajan Shah (FIRED – Week 7) – 24-year-old Business owner, Event Company from London
Sarah Jayne Clark (FIRED – Week 6) – 25-year-old Business owner Clothing Company from Derbyshire
Ross Fretten (FIRED – Week 5) – 29-year-old Digital Product Consultant
Siobhan Smith (FIRED – Week 4) – 34-year-old Business owner, Wedding Company from London
Elliot Van Emden (FIRED – Week 3) – 31-year-old Business owner Legal Firm from London
Jeff Wan (FIRED – Week 2) – 28-year-old Business Analyst from London
Danny Grant (FIRED – Week 1) – 32-year-old Business owner, Online Retail Store from Kent
The Apprentice 2017 spoilers
This year the selection process will throw the candidates into tasks that are bigger than ever, as Lord Sugar challenges the candidates to prove to him they would be able to grow a business in today’s tough climate.
Lord Sugar explained in the first boardroom of the series: “We’re in strange times now, with Brexit. But be under no illusion, in this process I’m the one who decides who’s going to remain and I’m the one who decides who’s going to leave – simple as that.”
The Apprentice 2017 winner will be crowned in tonight’s final task as Sarah Lynn and James White go head to head.
There have been ten weeks of tasks before the interviews where a triple firing saw the final two candidates chosen.
Sarah and James were the only two left standing and and they faced the FINAL task.
In the last show, the pair had to launch their businesses to win Lord Sugar’s backing in the final boardroom of the series.
As usual, the past candidates returned to lend a helping hand as Sarah and James chose key colleagues to try and help them secure the £250,000 investment.
The Apprentice will return in 2018 on BBC One.