The Apprentice 2016 finalists: Final two candidates profiled

The Apprentice candidates in the final confirmed


The Apprentice 2016 finalists have been confirmed ahead of Sunday night's grand final.

There have been ten weeks of tasks and the interviews are now over with after a triple firing saw the final two candidates chosen.

Alana Spencer and Courtney Wood are the only two left standing and this Sunday night they face the FINAL where one of them will go on to win Lord Sugar's £250,000 investment and become his new business partner.

Here we profile the two remaining candidates...

Alana Spencer

Alana Spencer
Age: 24
Occupation: Owner, Cake Company
From: Ceredigion, Wales
Stats: Project manager once (one once), winning team six out of ten tasks

Alana is the owner of a baking company and describes herself as determined, creative and charming. She started her first business at age 17, a chocolate company, before moving on to selling cakes. She believes she is an adaptable businesswoman who will not shy away from any task Lord Sugar sets.

Alana is hoping to expand on her current home bakery business by turning it into a wholesale cake company. She wants to make big profit selling tray bakes - like brownies - to smaller, independent shops. Alana says her cakes cost pence to make but can retail for as much as £3.

Lord Sugar was concerned about her ambition and confidence but liked the improvement she had shown over the past ten weeks and was impressed by her potential profit margins.

Alana says: “I am incredibly hard working, driven, and I'll stop at nothing to get what I want.”

Courtney Wood

Courtney Wood
Age: 29
Occupation: Owner, Novelty Gift Company
From: Essex
Stats: Project manager twice (won twice), winning team eight out of ten tasks

Courtney designs and creates novelty gifts which he supplies to national and international retailers. He describes himself as fun with a positive attitude and he believes his confidence is one of his strongest attributes. He says he is not one to sit back and plans to assert his authority in the process. He thinks his cutthroat tactics will help him reach the top.

Courtney's business plan is an online website selling novelty gifts. While he currently mainly sells products created by others, he also hopes to expand on his own design ideas for gifts.

In the interviews, Lord Sugar was worried about his lack of energy but praised his easy to follow business plan.

Courtney says: “How would I describe myself in one sentence? I'll give you one word: awesome.”


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THE FINAL of The Apprentice airs on SUNDAY, 18 December, 9pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

The final show will be immediately followed by an hour special of You’re Hired.

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