The Apprentice 2013 candidates face the tough interview process on tonight's show, but just what are the final five's business plans?
Leah's plan is to open up a string of medical cosmetic clinics but she's grilled by Claudine Collins who tells her: “Your whole business is about people being judged on their looks. You are potentially going to make money out of young girls, maybe not feeling good about themselves, so coming in thinking they don’t look good as they are, and want to look like all the celebrities out there.”
Leah is very quick to defend her business plan as she explains: “I’m an extremely moral person. I’m very ethically aware, and I would totally challenge that point. Will Leah manage to convince Lord Sugar’s associates of the merits of her business plan?
Luisa Zissman pitches her plan to create a new baking brand, an unconvinced Mike Soutar says: "I’m confused... it talks about you being a manufacturer, as well as a wholesaler, as well as a retailer. Your business plan is half-baked."
Francesca's dance school may be a sound idea, but its her figures worry the interviewers, with Claude reamrking: “You should know that, you should know your numbers.”
Francesca initially redeems herself by quoting the figures for the second company she runs, but the numbers don’t stack up against the original claim made on her application.
Meanwhile, Neil’s business plan for an online estate agency business, where vendors do their own viewings and all other necessary processes online, is challenged right from the start in his interview with Claude.
Claude tells him that he “doesn’t have a chance” and “the market is full,” but Neil refuses to back down.
Finally there's Jordan Poulton, whose idea for an online platform that allows hobbyists or big brands to create mobile games is brought into question when the interviewers discover that Jordan has an existing business partner.
Mike Soutar queries him on his plan, asking “Isn’t your business partner the brains behind it? It sounds like he brings the real value to the business.” Jordan responds “He makes the product but without Steve Jobs there wouldn’t have been Steve Wozniak.”
The Apprentice 2013 airs tonight at 9PM on BBC One.
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