The Apprentice (UK)

Season 7 Episode 1

250 Business Start Up

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 10, 2011 on BBC
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250 Business Start Up
Each team is given £250 to launch a business selling fruit and vegetables to the London public.

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  • Very nice starting episode...Lord Sugar made the right choice...

    I always loved this show...Lord Sugar is by far the best Apprentice host, ruthless and blunt...The new reward for winning the show, 250k investment in a business owned by the winner makes this more difficult or easier...depends on the candidate...if the candidate is a working manager it's gonna be hard to win this, however if we are talking about a candidate who holds a company then it may be much easier...

    In connection with this episode, what made Edward be eliminated was in my opinion the fact that he revealed of not using his Accounting skills, his lack of bluntness in explaining why they lost the tasks, mainly not manufacturing at full production the Orange Juice due to Leon's incapacity of using the machines properly...Lord Sugar saw his as a bold fellow, who didn't exactly knew what he was doing...And also deciding to sell soup as well cost him as it didn't brought so much money as expected...Had Edward blamed more Leon for their loss he would have had a chance but he seemed not to know what he was doing...What one should learn from here is never offer yourself as a PM in the first episode unless you have a solid plan.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lord Sugar: I'm not looking for bloody sales people. I'm looking for somebody who's got a brain, who's gonna start a business with me.

    • Susan Na: I'm confident that my business with Lord Sugar will make millions.

    • Alex Britez Cabral: I take cutthroat and ruthless to a completely new level. The only focus for me is myself. I am cold and hard. I am unstoppable.

    • Tom Pellereau: I've been running a business for the last five years. I know how difficult this is. But underneath these glasses, is a core of steel.

    • Helen Louise Milligan: My social life, my personal life don't mean anything to me. I live to work, that's all I do. I'm here to win.

    • Leon Doyle: I've already proved myself in business. I turned over a million pounds from nothing. I'm a natural-born businessman.

    • Vincent Disneur: I'm the best of breed within my industry, I've got plenty of charisma, and...yeah, I'm not bad looking.

    • Jim Eastwood: I'm a doer. I'm a high achiever. I believe I can be the champion thoroughbred that this process requires.

    • Melody Hossaini: Last year, I set up a global business, literally with nothing. I worked with twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners in over a hundred countries. Don't tell me the sky's the limit if there are footprints on the moon.

    • Narrator: It's the business deal of the decade. To fight for it, Britain's entrepeneurial elite head for London. Keen to kick-start a company, sixteen potential business partners. On offer, a quarter million pound investment. The money's on the table. The boss is in the boardroom.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is Karren Brady's first appearance in the main series, replacing Margaret Mountford. She previously appeared on Junior Apprentice.

    • Series Seven was initially to have been broadcast in March 2011, but was held back until May as Series Five had only finished in December the previous year.

    • In previous series' the winning candidate has been offered a position in one of Alan Sugar's companies, with a £100,000 salary. From this series onwards, the prize changes to a £250,000 investment in a new business, with Lord Sugar being the joint owner.


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