The Apprentice 2022: Meet the candidates competing for Lord Sugar's investment

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The Apprentice returns in 2022 (BBC)
'The Apprentice' 2022 candidates have been unveiled. (BBC)

The owner of a children's day nursery, a flight operations instructor and a mathematician who has created an equation to measure carbon footprint are among the candidates competing in the latest series of The Apprentice.

The business reality show returns to BBC One at 9pm on Thursday 6 January with 16 aspiring entrepreneurs competing for an investment of £250,000 and mentoring from 74-year-old magnate Lord Sugar.

This year's hopefuls also include a former professional rugby player and an American actor who appeared on the first ever series of dating reality show The Bachelor.

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It is the 16th series of The Apprentice, which last aired in 2019, when it was won by artisan bakery owner Carina Lepore.

Lord Sugar revealed that a selection of candidates had been recruited for the show back in March 2020, but the show had to be delayed due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the candidates for 2022:

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Shama Amin (BBC)

Shama Amin

Amin is a 41-year-old owner of a children's day nursery from Bradford.

The mother-of-five said: "Being a lady of colour, wearing a headscarf as well, and the challenges that we face on a daily basis, I just want to be a living example for the Asian women and South Asian women out there.”

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Aaron Willis (BBC)

Aaron Willis

The 38-year-old Flight Operations Instructor from Chorley in Lancashire served in the RAF for 12 years and has worked as a milkman, horseman and butcher as well as starting his own security business.

He said: "My strongest point is that I can sell to anybody."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Francesca. (BBC)

Francesca Kennedy Wallbank

This 26-year-old maths graduate from Surrey owns her own sustainability company. She claims to have created a simple equation that will enable her to provide a product carbon footprint service for businesses.

The eco-conscious mathematician said: "I've never lost anything, I always win."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Conor. (BBC)

Conor Gilsenan - FIRED (Week 2)

A 28-year-old former professional rugby player from Ireland, Gilsenan retired from sport for medical reasons in 2020. He now wants to launch a chain of "quirky" food and beverage stalls aimed at music and sports events.

He said: "I’m going to be the corporate panther in the boardroom."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Amy. (BBC)

Amy Anzel

The 48-year-old American-born actor has changed careers later in life by launching her own eyebrow shaping beauty brand. Anzel competed in the first series of dating reality show The Bachelor and her film credits include Kick-Ass 2.

She said: “I can be nice when I need to be, but when I unfortunately have to be a b***h, I will…”

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Alex. (BBC)

Alex Short

This 27-year-old from Hertford did not complete his sixth form education but now owns a successful commercial cleaning business.

He said: "I would compare myself to a Ferrari, shiny on the outside but under the bonnet, there is a lot of fire."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Kathhryn. (BBC)

Kathryn Louise Burn

The 29-year-old former mortgage advisor from Swindon has worked in events management and now owns her own online pyjama store, which she says will one day be “worn by everyone”.

She describes herself as kind, but often "savage".

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Harry. (BBC)

Harry Mahmood - FIRED (Week 1)

The 35-year-old regional operations manager from the West Midlands wants Lord Sugar's help to develop his bath bomb business and become “the bad boys of the bath bomb world together.”

He describes himself as, “the Asian version of Lord Sugar”.

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Brittany. (BBC)

Brittany Carter

A 25-year-old hotel front-of-house-manager from Bristol, Carter wants to launch the first alcoholic protein drink, and is confident she will make it to the final.

Her motto for life is: "Always look on the bright side and be grateful for everything."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Akeem. (BBC)

Akeem Bundu-Kamara

This 29-year-old strategy manager for a financial firm from London described himself as a "numbers guy" who claims he is calculated about every move he makes.

He said: "My growing up has made me who I am, I’m able to converse with everyone, but also able to show that financial, business side to myself.”

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Harpeet. (BBC)

Harpreet Kaur

Kaur, 30, owns her own dessert parlour in West Yorkshire and wants to build her coffee and cake business into a leading UK brand - much like 2019 winner Carina Lepore.

She said: "I’m definitely not in business to make friends, I’m here to make money, and I’m pretty sure Lord Sugar isn’t looking for a new mate.”

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Akshay. (BBC)

Akshay Thakrar

The 28-year-old owner of a digital marketing agency from London speaks seven languages and claims his first word as a baby was "profit".

He said: “My friends call me AK47 because I’m a killer salesperson."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Sophie Wilding (BBC)

Sophie Wilding

This 32-year-old from Cheltenham boasts her qualifications from 'Witch School'. She owns her own boutique cocktail bar which she wants Lord Sugar's investment to help renovate.

She said: “Failure is not an option, winning is part of my DNA.”

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Navid. (BBC)

Navid Sole

The 27-year-old pharmacist from London wants Lord Sugar's backing to create his own pharmacy business.

The self-confessed Nicki Minaj superfan said: "Nothing intimidates me because I just feel like I’m a strong character."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Stephanie. (BBC)

Stephanie Affleck

The 28-year-old from Kent owns her own online children's store selling pre-loved designer clothing, which she hopes to expand.

She said: “I’m an East London girl, and I’ve got that no nonsense sort of work ethic."

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Apprentice 2022 candidate Nicholas. (BBC)

Nicholas Showering

Showering, 31, is a qualified accountant who has been working "in the shadow" of his family business, but is now ready to step into the spotlight by launching his own brand of flavoured water.

He claims his plan to beat the other candidates is to “kill them with kindness.”

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