The Apprentice returns!

Sir Alan and his trusty sidekicks, Margaret and Nick, will face the latest batch of wannabes on BBC1 at 9pm this evening, searching for the next Lee McQueen or Tim Campbell.

The irrepressible Raef Bjayou was the sole entrepreneur among the bunch last year but a quick look at the 2009 candidates reveals more entrepreneurial talent this time around.

The stand-out has to be 21-year-old Rocky Andrews. The improbably-named youngster owns a 15-shop sandwich chain in the North East of England and already reportedly  earns more than the salary on offer as Sir Alan’s lackey. He’s got the obligatory sob story as well – the Rockmeister was on track to be a Middlesbrough footballer but was diagnosed with arthritis, forcing him to quit. *sniffle, sniffle*

Then there’s scary-looking Yasmina Siadatan – a restaurateur and marathon runner. She describes herself as “dominating yet adaptable”. A slight contradiction, non?

Majid Nagra apparently owns a successful car hire business and is a “reformed rebel” with a “never say die attitude”. Maj also works with youth centres and charities. Admirable? Of course. Likely to be brought up in the boardroom to prove what a good bloke he is? Without doubt.

The final self-made type is American Kimberly Davis. To be honest, I’m not convinced of the Yankee lady’s entrepreneurial street-cred: she’s down as a marketing consultant although insists, in her bio, that she has launched “highly successful marketing and development businesses”.  As Americans are the people Brits most like to hate, I’m forecasting fireworks between Kimmy and some of the other contestants.

So there you have it. Real Business will, of couse, be following their progress during the coming weeks so stay tuned. And make sure you let us know what you think of this, the latest series of The Apprentice!

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