FIRED AP­PREN­TICE IS NOW THE BUSI­NESS!

LORD SUGAR’S PROM­ISE HELPED MERGIM TO GO FROM RAGS TO RICHES...

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SANDFORD News Re­porter elis.sandford@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

It def­i­nitely made me grow and de­velop as an in­di­vid­ual, mak­ing me the per­son I am to­day. Mergim Bu­taja

HE couldn’t es­cape the chop from Lord Sugar, but this rags to riches Coven­try Ap­pren­tice star has found suc­cess fol­low­ing his spell on the show.

Kosovo-born, Coven­try’s Mergim Bu­taja was fired in week six of the show in 2015, but im­pressed Lord Sugar with his grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Aged just 23 at the time, his shock fir­ing was as a re­sult of his rel­a­tive in­ex­pe­ri­ence at the time – and a DIY dis­as­ter dur­ing a handy-man task. But de­spite this, his po­ten­tial clearly showed.

In his fi­nal mo­ments as a can­di­date, Lord Sugar said to the for­mer Pres­i­dent Kennedy School pupil: “I don’t think you have the po­ten­tial, at this mo­ment in time.

“But, carry on with your dreams. OK? It is with sin­cere re­gret, Mergim, that you’re fired. We’ll stay in touch.”

And, ac­cord­ing to the Mergim, Lord Sugar kept his prom­ise: “Yes, he stayed true to his word. All I can say is there has been con­tact between us, and that there is con­tin­ued com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

Since the show, Mergim has gone on to found and work as the di­rec­tor of busi­ness trans­fer agency, In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Ac­qui­si­tions Ltd, lo­cated in a stun­ning sky­scraper in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

He said: “I set up my busi­ness and we spe­cialise in sell­ing busi­nesses world­wide. I’ve also found the wo­man of my dreams and got en­gaged, which has played a ma­jor part to my suc­cess­ful life. I’m a strong be­liever of the say­ing, ‘be­hind a strong man is a stronger wo­man.’”

It has been re­ported that his busi­ness has gen­er­ated busi­ness sales in ex­cess of £1 mil­lion in a short space of time. Re­flect­ing on his time on the show, and whether or not he would have done any­thing dif­fer­ently, Mergim spoke pos­i­tively about his ex­pe­ri­ence, say­ing: “It was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my life, it was price­less. It def­i­nitely made me grow and de­velop as a in­di­vid­ual, mak­ing me the per­son I am to­day.

“If I could have done one thing dif­fer­ently? Yes, maybe not pick up a screw­driver! All jokes aside, no re­grets at all, I wanted to make sure I was my­self through­out the process and I hope the view­ers could see that. “

And Mergim has the fol­low­ing ad­vice for the lat­est can­di­dates.

He said: “If you’re se­ri­ous about busi­ness take this op­por­tu­nity to de­velop in the busi­ness world and en­joy it.”

The Ap­pren­tice is at 9pm on BBC One on Wed­nes­day nights.

Lord Sugar points the fin­ger and, be­low, the cur­rent crop of hope­fuls on The Ap­pren­tice Mergim Bu­taja

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