Monday, October 05, 2009 by Jim
Entrepreneurs: Good losers? Great at handling rejection? Don’t take this the wrong way, but no.Rewind four months to Apprentice fever and Sir Alan’s helper Karren Brady, MD of Birmingham City FC, was singing the praises of finalist Clare Young.‘If you don’t employ her, I will,’ said Karren joining in the drama and perhaps not quite expecting Sir Alan to ignore her advice and hand the job to eventual winner Lee McQueen.Good to her word Karren duly offered loser Clare a sales role at Birmingham for a salary reportedly in excess of the £100,000 a year she missed out on.After initially expressing her delight at the role, it seems Clare has now made a u-turn and decided to start-up on her own.Judging by her column in Saturday’s Sun
, I think it’s fair to say Karren isn’t best pleased:“CLARE YOUNG, of The Apprentice fame and wannabe WAG, is not a Bluenose. She has decided to start her own business and not take a job at my club. I send an e-mail to all staff to let them know the heart-rending news. Later I hear the sales team have all gone to the pub for an all-day celebration but I never did find out whose birthday it was?”Ouch... I guess only time will tell if Clare's made the right decision to go it alone or has foolishly bitten the hand that was willing to feed her.