Farmer's daughter from Leicestershire in battle to win Young Apprentice
A farmer's daughter from Leicestershire is one of the contestants in this year’s series of the Young Apprentice.
Alice Smith, 17, from Lutterworth, has been unveiled by Lord Alan Sugar as one of 12 candidates who will be hoping to win a £25,000 business development fund to kick-start their careers.
In her Young Apprentice profile A-level student Alice says she earns an income by locally selling free-range eggs from the chickens on her farm, as well as waitressing and working in a golf shop.
She is a huge fan of Leicester Tigers and says her aim is to promote awareness of the medical condition endometriosis, from which she suffers.
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She says: “I keep my eyes on the prize and I just don’t get swept up in all the nonsense.”
Also in the running are a former chip shop worker, a ukulele player and a fashion designer among others.
The other contestants are: Patrick McDowell, 16, from Wirral, Cheshire; Andrew Tindall, 16, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; Sean Spooner, 16, from Corby, Northamptonshire;
Max Grodecki, 16, from Benenden, Kent; David Odhiambo, 17, from Luton, Bedfordshire; Ashleigh Porter-Exley, 17, from Swinton, South Yorkshire; Navdeep Bual, 16, from Ilford, Essex; Maria Doran, 17, from Belfast, Lucy Beauvallet, 16, Brighton; Steven Cole, 17, from Maidstone, Kent and Amy Corrigan, from West Hampstead.
Lord Sugar tells the hopefuls in the first episode: 'We’ve got whole countries going bankrupt and I believe it is young people like you who will bring prosperity back to this country.
'I don’t like teacher’s pets and I don’t like school bullies. This is about the real world. I’m not making you sit exams – the only grade you’ll get here is ‘F’ for Fired.'
Young Apprentice starts on November 1 at 8pm on BBC One.