As many people may know, I was a candidate on last year’s show. What people might not know is that my idea was, like Vana, an app. It is now my business The Link App. Despite not winning I went on the launch my app regardless. The final is always an interesting episode and this one didn’t disappoint.
It’s been few weeks since I have done a review for The Apprentice, sorry about that but I am so busy in my day-to-day life TV is the last thing on the list. I make a special effort to watch it to compare it to my time on the show and to get the blog done but I wouldn’t be good business sense if I let it take away at all from running The Link App. Anyway, I am back. I concluded a call 5 minutes into the show so watched almost all of it.
Week 8 so a more serious stage of the programme, those left standing have done well to get to here. This week’s task was an events planning one, children’s party planning to be specific. It had lots of promise to be a fun episode but it was a bit flat for me. The editing team decides what particular aspects are going to be heavily featured and this week it was the turn of health and safety. As a lawyer this pleased me immensely as a viewer not so much.
I got to the end of the whole thing feeling there were fewer than usual business lessons to be had, save for Richard’s well thought out but poorly delivered comments about focussing on the margins. I think one of Lord Sugar’s assistants may have uttered the customer is king- or words of that sort. I am not the biggest Apprentice fan or anything but I do like to make a case for its relevance on UK television if it somehow at least ties to business lessons and they have a glimmer of hope to inspire a younger generation to be entrepreneurial. However either I missed them in the five minutes I was on the phone or they were sadly lacking. Also not a lot in the way of entertainment for me either.
I do feel Gary’s team was somehow on a road to failure as soon as the nut allergy was mentioned, that no matter what happened from that point they were lining up Lord Sugars puns about the mother going out on a stretcher etc. Allergies are a serious issue of course but no doubt the options were limited and drama expected.
In the end David was the one fired. I knew he wouldn’t last (see my previous blog) even when he won as project manager. There is a particular type Lord Sugar seems to prefer and no slight on him, he’s not it. From the clips we saw he wasn’t particularly entertaining in his role and it was clear he was the weakest target for the other three left in the final boardroom to pick off.
Next week’s episode is property sales, now that should be interesting.
So the weeks of trying to learn everyone’s names while it looks like there are dozens of them running about are behind us, 14 candidates remaining at start of this week. I was thinking we might get a double firing. Not this week so the next two episodes I would say.
The ominous phone call comes, candidates to be at St James Square with 30 mins to get ready. That annoyed me as when I was on it, we only got 20 mins, one likes to looks ones best when there are up to 10 million people watching you. Elle questioning whether it was worth getting out of bed for, a funny moment but not the motivated start you would look for in your next business partner perhaps.
So we are well and truly underway with series 11 now.
Something has VERY much impressed me about these candidates, particularly this episode, I will reveal exactly what at the end of this post.
This episode was one of those that looks fun to be a part of. Choosing pet products and selling them on during a pet exhibition. To be fair I think both teams did quite well and both project managers excelled at keeping the moral of their teams up, which is important in a sales task. Continue reading →
Ok so this episode was a combination of two of my favourite parts of The Apprentice. The abroad part and the scavenger hunt. Essentially the task is the most simple. Find everything on the list for the cheapest price. The team that doesn’t gets penalised. The penalty is £50 plus the retail price of the items. The most obvious thing to me would therefore be to secure the most expensive items first, with the i Continue reading →
Instagram @misslaurenriley Taking a moment to appreciate this incredible scenery… Still UK but the opposite of my London life #wanderlust #travel #staycation #lakedistrict #views #calm
Every so often in life you get to the stage where you need a break. I don’t mean the ‘yeah I fancy a holiday’ or ‘oh wouldn’t a spa be nice’. I mean I’m working 6 days a week plus and had to cancel my much anticipate trip to South Africa because the business cannot spare me type scenario. Throwing that in there as context, not to moan, I make my own choices and love what I do but this little trip meant a lot to me. Continue reading →
I am very excited to share with you my brand new YouTube channel http://youtube.com/c/misslaurenriley Vlogging is something that feels like a natural progression from blogging and something I have meant to do for a while now. I absolutely love blogging so I feel that this is going to be fun too.
In my first video I share a bit about me and what I intend to talk about in my channel. It would mean a lot to be if my blog followers would also become by vlog followers and subscribe here.
I know for me and millions of other people our ‘lunch hour’ is never an hour. Its one of the major reasons people complain to me about weight gain. “I was too busy to eat healthy”, “I don’t have time to prepare my meals”, “I ate junk food as it was the quickest choice”. These are absolutely arguments I sympathise with and ones I admit to using myself from time to time. Continue reading →
So for months it felt like the August bank holiday was on the horizon and I had plans to go away but as so often happens I had to work right up to and during the weekend. So dreams of going away were just that.
Now what!? I have carved some time off but have zero plans except who to spend it with. Thankfully the team at YPlan came to my rescue. As most people know my business is an app so when it comes to anything app related I’m a bit fanatical. Now mixing fun and tech is a dream. Their official site is https://yplanapp.com/ but of course you can download the app too. So I had Saturday night Sunday night and Monday day off….ohhhh the possibilities. Continue reading →
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