Ten weeks ago, eighteen potential business partners arrived at the Boardroom in the hope of becoming Lord Sugar’s next business partner.
The Apprentice 2017: The Final Five will profile the remaining candidates on Friday, December 8 at 11:25PM on BBC One.
Revealing the true stories behind each candidate, it’s time to get up close and personal, and discover what really drives their ambition, and makes these budding tycoons tick.
Featuring interviews from parents, partners and friends, along with Lord Sugar’s trusted aides Karren Brady and Claude Littner, The Final Five delves into the candidates’ backgrounds, as well as looking back over their highs and lows in the process so far.
Those left in the competition are:
A 39-year-old Florist Chain owner from Nottinghamshire. 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.
26-year-old from Birmingham, 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.
In her current role, 23-year-old Joanna from Manchester 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.
33-year-old Michaela from Bolton 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.
35-year-old Sarah from London 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.
The Apprentice 2017: The Final Five, Friday, BBC One, 11:25pm
The Apprentice 2017 continues Wednesday at 9PM.
The final airs Sunday, December 17.