The Apprentice 2013 results: Who was fired? Sophie Lau gets the chop

Sophie Lau (The Apprentice 2013)

Sophie Lau has become the latest candidate to be fired from The Apprentice 2013 in tonight's results.

This evening's last task saw the candidates designing their own multi-functional flat-pack furniture and pitching it to potential buyers.

The groups returned to the boardroom to find out who has secured the most orders, with Nick and Karren revealing the all important results:

Evolve designed the ‘TidySidey’, a portable storage unit, tray and stool. Their sub-team sold 174 units. The department store ordered 0 units and the catalogue chain ordered 0 units, resulting in a total order of 174 units.

Endeavour designed the ‘Foldo’, a table that turns into a chair. Their sub-team sold 216 units. The department store ordered 500 units subject to some design tweaks, and the catalogue chain ordered 2,500 units, resulting in a total order of 3,216 units.

Lord Sugar praised the boys team, saying: “Alex, this is one of the best products that I have seen in all the years that I have been in this boardroom. Very, very good indeed.”

But it was the third loss in a row for the girls, and Lord Sugar told them: “Ladies this is getting very disappointing. It doesn’t matter how good you pitch, your product sucks. It’s like going into war with a peashooter.”

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Project Manager Natalie decideed to bring Uzma and Sophie back into the boardroom and Lord Sugar delivered his verdict.

“Natalie, you claim that you’re not a designer. You claim that you wanted to manage the designers. But what you didn’t manage to do is produce a good product," the boss explained. "Uzma, I’ve had a lot of complaints that you seem to never be responsible for anything, never going to be your fault. In your own words you are a design person. You should have done much better in this.

"Sophie, I think market research is a way of not being responsible for selling, not being responsible for the design of the product, not being responsible for manufacturing. I think you’re hiding a little bit.

"But Natalie, this was a disaster, an unforgivable disaster. And I’ve come to the conclusion that out of the three of you here today, and this may be unfair, but my gut feeling tells me that, Sophie, you’re fired.”

As Sophie left in a black cab, she reflected on her time in the process: “I do feel hard done by. I honestly did what the Project Manager wanted me to do, and I did try. It’s just we’ve got a lot of stubborn characters, a lot of bitchiness going on, and I like to keep my dignity and my class.”

The Apprentice 2013 continues next Wednesday 22nd May, 9pm on BBC One and BBC One HD

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