Week 1: Turnover is vanity and profit is sanity

Time to be a couch critic, it always looks easier when you’re not in front of the camera or under pressure from Sir Alan.

Team Ignite: The signs were there from the start, Mona the team leader didn’t know what a duster was. Debra called her team members puppets. The women are already arguing and it can’t be long before the hair pulling and scratching starts.

Team Empire: The guys should have easily won the task, as we’d have expected men to have cleaned more cars in their time. Can’t believe it took them 1 1/2 hours on the first car and they hadn’t even mastered the basics of closing the door before turning the hose on. Howard was clearly concerned when he turned up and you could see him looking for a scapegoat, should they lose.

Boardroom: Mona was losing her composure and Debra kept her cool, whilst Anita didn’t standa chance. She really looked like she was on work experience throughout, had she been really good at what she thought she was doing, she should have hit £200 on the budget… lol…

>> Anita – you’re fired!

As one of the guys in the house mentioned at the end – “Turnover is vanity and profit is sanity” BUT remember… Cashflow is King!

You would have had to tune into The Apprentice: You’re Fired! on BBC2 afterwards to actually see if she was capable of smiling!

Carol Vorderman made a great comment about “some men these days don’t have any practical skills and the girls have to do it all” – not quite sure what she was on about but what a laugh. The You’re Fired programme was actually more entertaining than the show itself.



Want to find out more about the real business world?

Keith Cunningham (Tony Robbins Wealth Mastery speaker and Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad) is flying over from the US to be in Birmingham this Saturday 28th March 09. Come along and learn from the best!

He will be discussing why “A recession is a terrible thing to waste.”

Find out more here and come and see him live:

The Apprentice: You’re Fired! 2009 – Series 5, BBC, UK

The Apprentice is back for another series, every Wednesday on BBC1 at 9pm.

With 15 contestants battling for a job with Sir Alan Sugar, this is a must for all business fans and people who love reality TV!

Join this facebook group to keep up to date, have a laugh when it goes horribly wrong and to cheer on your favourites as well!

See the last episode online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Lets find some quality candidates this year…


The first episode of The Apprentice kicks off on BBC1 at 9pm on March 25 2009. Don’t miss it!

Twenty thousand CVs were received from applicants around the UK last year and I forgot to post mine! So at least I saved the price of a stamp 😉

Check out the candidate profiles of those that made it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/candidates.shtml

This series is licence payers’ (and Sir Sugar’s) money well spent. Forget Orange Wednesday at the cinema – Sugar Wednesday is what mid-week was made for!

** Play along with the other viewers and guess who will be fired with the Predictor:


Name Age Occupation
——- —– —————
Rocky Andrews 21 Sandwich Chain Owner
Debra Barr 24 Senior Sales Consultant
Noorul Choudhury 33 Science Teacher
Ben Clarke 22 Trainee Stockbroker
Kimberly Davis 33 Marketing Consultant
Howard Ebison 24 Retail Business Manager
Paula Jones 29 Human Resources Consultant
Mona Lewis 28 Senior Financial Manager
James McQuillan 32 Senior Commercial Manager
Majid Nagra 28 Business Development Manager
Anita Shah 35 Business Strategist
Yasmina Siadatan 27 Restaurateur
Phillip Taylor 29 Estate Agent
Lorraine Tighe 36 National Accounts Manager
Kate Walsh 27 Licensing Development Manager



Sir Alan apprentice ‘bottles it’

“The new series of The Apprentice is already a man down following one candidate’s decision to quit before the cameras started rolling.

The man, who has not been named by the show’s producers, bowed out before the first task had even been announced.

Sir Alan Sugar said he had “never met the fellow” and added “there was nothing sinister about it”.

But in the first episode of the series, Sir Alan tells the remaining group that one of them had “bottled it” and left.” – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7948783.stm