Modest Ashleigh Porter-Exley wins Young Apprentice 2012
Ashleigh Porter-Exley won 'Young Apprentice' last night (20.12.12) and believes one of the main reasons she scooped the £25,000 prize money was because she didn't boast about being "fantastic" at everything
Ashleigh Porter-Exley thinks Lord Alan Sugar chose her as this year's 'Young Apprentice' winner because she never boasted about being "the best".
The 17-year-old student scooped the prize on the BBC One show last night (20.12.12) after seeing off competition from fellow finalists Lucy Beauvallet, Maria Doran and Patrick McDowell, and she is now determined to invest her £25,000 prize money wisely.
She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I think one of the main reasons why Lord Sugar gave me the money is because I never put myself out there and said, 'I'm the best here. I'm fantastic at this and fantastic at that.' I'm just me and I get on with it.
"Throughout the process I've been quite careful with money so I'm not going to waste the money. I'll spend it on what it needs to be spent on.
"I'm looking forward to finishing my qualifications and getting a bit more experience and concentrating on an idea that's going to work rather than just blowing the £25,000. I've got business ideas but until my heart is set on it and I know it's going to work then I'm not going to just throw it away. £25,000 is a lot of money.
"It is tempting to spend it on a couple of pairs of shoes and my car insurance but I'm not going to do that!"
Joint project managers Ashleigh and Lucy took on Maria and Patrick in the grand finale with both teams tasked with designing a brand new global sportswear range, and Ashleigh admits she wouldn't have begrudged any of her fellow 'Young Apprentice' stars winning the prize money.
She added: "Words cannot explain how fantastic it was when Lord Sugar said, 'You're hired.' It's still not sunk in yet.
"I never expected to win and working with so many great people just made the experience amazing.
"I think we all deserve the money equally. I wouldn't have begrudged Lord Sugar if he had decided to give Lucy the £25,000, or anyone else. Anyone could've had that money and it's the experience which counts."