The Apprentice 2018 contestants: Meet the new candidates!

The Apprentice 2018 contestants revealed

The Apprentice 2018 candidates have been revealed for the brand new series.

The Apprentice is back! The new series returns to BBC One at 9pm and airing weekly on Wednesdays from 3 October 2018, and available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer.

As always, budding entrepreneurs will be put through their paces by business heavyweight Lord Sugar as the search for his next business partner begins.

Baroness Brady and Claude Littner resume duties as Lord Sugar’s trusted advisors and his ‘eyes and ears’ on the tasks, reporting back on the candidates’ every decision in the boardroom.

This year, the award-winning series will be bigger and better than ever, as Lord Sugar ups the ante right from the start and warns the candidates to “expect the unexpected”. For his first challenge, Lord Sugar immediately sends the candidates abroad - with a strong word of warning ringing in their ears; “Remember, this is NOT a holiday”.

A total of 16 contestants on The Apprentice 2018 cast have been unveiled today who you can meet in the gallery above.

This year, the candidates come from a broad range of backgrounds; from Law, Tax and Arboriculture (tree surgery) to Fashion Design, Marketing and Sport. However, they all have one thing in common, a passionate desire to secure a £250,000 investment in their business plan and win a partnership with Lord Sugar.

The new series promises to be "bigger and better" than before, featuring a range of tasks set across and the UK and even abroad.

For his first challenge, Lord Sugar immediately sends the candidates to Malta - with a strong word of warning ringing in their ears; “Remember, this is NOT a holiday”.

Over the past seven years, Lord Sugar has invested a staggering £2m into eight fledgling businesses. Last year’s shock decision, which saw him partner with both finalists, each receiving a £250,000 investment, proves that anything can happen in the boardroom.

Who will be next?

The Apprentice 2018 begins on Wednesday, October 3 at 9PM on BBC One.

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