FIRED APPRENTICE IS NOW THE BUSINESS!
LORD SUGAR’S PROMISE HELPED MERGIM TO GO FROM RAGS TO RICHES...
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.
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