Someone pass me a cigarette. After 12 weeks, the Apprentice has finally reached its peak and we have our winner.
What a fantastic series. Big up the BBC. Big up the assortment of crazies. And big up Sir Alan.
Andrew Horton, the finance director of Beazley Group, has been appointed chief executive of the company.
Nicholas Friedlos has been appointed chief financial officer of Mapeley.
Roderick Weaver, the outgoing group finance director of TT Electronics, will act as chief executive of the company until August when new CEO Geraint Anderson joins the company.
Sarel Johan du Toit has been appointed finance director of Central Rand Gold.
Recruitment entrepreneur Richard Paisley found Germany’s approach to entrepreneurialism a little hard to handle when he first started doing business in the country.
“I’m sure thousands of women have dreamed of receiving something from Bill Nighy,” joked fashion designer Nicole Farhi as she accepted a gong from the British actor at the Real Business/CBI First Women Awards last night. “But I’m not sure an award from the Confederation of British Industry is quite what they had in mind.”
Gillian Nissim’s online job network Workingmums.co.uk has over 21,000 candidates on its books. This is no knitting circle; most of these women have over seven years business experience.
Graham Hetherington has been appointed chief financial officer of biopharmaceutical company Shire.
It’s today’s hot topic: is lying on your CV ever okay? Real Business is leading the debate at 12.30 on Sky News. Log on.
Should the British government follow Norway’s lead and introduce “diversity quotas”, specifying that 40 per cent of all boardroom positions are held by women – and prosecuting firms that don’t measure up? “No way,” says CBI director general Richard Lambert.