Tom Pellereau wins The Apprentice
Inventor Tom Pellereau was crowned winner of 'The Apprentice' last night (17.07.11) and will now go into a potentially-lucrative business partnership with Lord Alan Sugar
Tom Pellereau was crowned winner of 'The Apprentice' last night (17.07.11).
The 31-year-old inventor beat fellow finalists Helen Milligan, Susan Ma and Jim Eastwood to land a business partnership with Lord Alan Sugar and an investment of up to £250,000.
All four finalists had to undertake challenging interviews with Lord Sugar's unforgiving business associates - troubleshooter Claude Littner, Mike Soutar, pioneer of Britain's free magazine business, chief executive with a business worth over £300m Matthew Riley and former advisor Margaret Mountford - where they presented their business ideas, as well as answering tough questions.
Although Tom's proposal for a new work chair came under fire, he won praise for his likeability and amicable approach, which convinced Lord Sugar to hire him.
Deciding on his winner, the businessman said: "Tom you've got the experience in making, inventing and selling stuff. The current business idea needs tweaking and that's what business is all about. My decision is - Tom; You're going to become my business partner."
After the final Tom said: "I've gone from being on the other side of the table to being on the same piece of paper at Companies House! I just can't wait to get started."