The Apprentice Series 13 has attracted candidates from a range of business sectors - from fashion and construction to floristry and engineering - who will have to adapt quickly to work as a team and avoid the boardroom firing.
With tasks including 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 will be tested outside their comfort zones to truly showcase their business know-how.
As usual, at the end of every task, at least one candidate will be fired by Lord Sugar as the cast compete for a £250,000 business investment.
The Apprentice 2017 continues TONIGHT on December 13 at 9PM on BBC One.
The Apprentice 2017 contestants
Current Job: Owner, Florist Chain
Elizabeth describes herself as a "slightly bonkers country girl" and has a love of dogs and horses. She is a hands on practical person and will have a go at doing any job. She thinks her killer business instincts mean she’s good at making snap decisions, she says what she thinks and shoots from the hip.
Current Job: Owner, Recruitment Firm
James runs his own IT recruitment business and considers his drive and ambition to be his best qualities - he believes no one has ambition like him. He says he also has good energy, and his charming nature works well in business. He used to have the nickname ‘Del Boy’, and enjoys white collar boxing as a hobby.
Current Job: Digital Marketing Manager
In her current role, Joanna creates multi-channel strategies to improve the digital footprint of companies. She considers being determined and a great talker to be her best qualities. She hates being patronised, but will remain resilient on the show.
Current Job: Business Owner, Construction
Michaela mostly works on the day-to-day operations of a construction magazine, alongside her role at several other companies in the building sector. She believes she is very easy-going and tries to see the positive in all situations, but admits she can sometimes have a short fuse. Working as a woman in a very male-dominated industry, she says she despises men who talk down to her.
Current Job: Owner, Confectionery Company
Sarah created and leads a sweet gifting business that focuses on confectionery products for retailers and corporate clients. She considers herself to be a "people person", and believes her ability to sell is one of her greatest assets. She doesn’t think she needs tactics to win, intending to simply be herself throughout the process.