Thursday, May 03, 2012 by Mike
Former Apprentice runner-up Claire Young gives her
thoughts on episode seven of The Apprentice and she's
thinks the pressure of the boardroom is starting to tell.
We're past the halfway mark of the series and the candidates
began by promising to 'step up to the mark'. It would be
interesting to see how many business clichés they squeezed into
this one-hour episode.
The candidates were gathered in the pitch dark, of what looked
like a lovely 5am start, and given a wholesale task which consisted
of £150 start-up kitty and a brief to buy products, sell, find your
best sellers and replenish. Simple? Yes, but remember this is
The Apprentice and the road to true business success never
Nick with the hair was PM versus Jade, who quite honestly I'd
forgotten was in the show. She hasn't done much to date even though
she promised that she's a 'natural born leader.' The poor woman
also looked exhausted or like she'd just fallen out of a
As the teams trotted around the warehouse picking stock I was
mesmerised at how high the girls' shoes are, how do they survive a
20-hour working day in those?
The target market was Essex and Nick's team hit the jackpot
selling fake tan, with bottles of the stuff flying off the shelves
at £10 a piece. However, Jade's team had a mixed approach. They
failed to focus on one hero item. This was a task of margin and I
predicted that Nick's team would win. Unsurprisingly, I was correct
and we saw Jade bringing Azhar and Tom back into the
Under the pressure of the boardroom Jade fell apart but her
passion and previous no faux pas performance managed to keep her
in. In the end poor Azhar was sent home in the taxi of doom. I
wonder if he saw that coming as part of his 'strategy'?
Azhar-for using the word strategy excessively. He must have been
on a course recently and learnt a new word.
Adam- This task was made for him and the market trader was in his
flow. The boy done good!