Ap­pren­tice Jade is hop­ing to go far

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AN en­tre­pre­neur is bid­ding to be­come Lord Alan Sugar’s latest pro­tégé.

Jade English, from Bro­ken Cross, is one of 18 con­tes­tants star­ring in the new se­ries of the hit show The Ap­pren­tice which aired last Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 5.

The con­fi­dent 25-yearold PR and mar­ket­ing man­ager ap­plied for the show with a lit­tle en­cour­age­ment from her friends.

She said: “I had al­ways imag­ined giv­ing it a try but wasn’t sure I was cut out for it. I al­most didn’t show for that first au­di­tion but went for it and got all the way to the house. It has been an amaz­ing jour­ney and I have learnt so much about my­self.

“I think I have a good busi­ness idea which needs in­vest­ment and The Ap­pren­tice is a great ave- nue to go down.” She added: “I don’t think you ever re­ally get used to be­ing on cam­era but you do start to be your­self around it after a while. You can’t help but be your­self when you’re in the mid­dle of all the chal­lenges, or the house. Be your­self is the ad­vice you’re given.”

Jade has also been the fo­cus of some na­tional news sto­ries and ad­mit­ted she is wary of the celebrity sta­tus that comes with ap­pear­ing in the show.

She said: “It’s very bizarre that peo­ple are in­ter­ested in my life. It’s a very unique ex­pe­ri­ence. But I just have to go with the flow and try and en­joy it. Ul­ti­mately though I want to be taken se­ri­ously as a busi­ness­woman. I have worked re­ally hard to get where I am and I hope I in­spire other young woman that they can achieve what they want.”

Prior to go­ing to the show she worked for a PR firm be­fore branching out as a free­lance.

The Ap­pren­tice sees can­di­dates com­pete in a va­ri­ety of busi­ness chal­lenges be­fore fac­ing Lord Sugar and ‘ The Board’, who elim­i­nates con­tes­tants one by one un­til a win­ner is found.

Jade man­aged to avoid hear­ing the dreaded ‘You’re fired’ from bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Lord Sugar at the end of the first episode last week, but is re­main­ing tight lipped about how far she got in the com­pe­ti­tion, which has al­ready been filmed.

She said: “In terms of tasks...I re­ally en­joyed the one with the ro­bots. That’s all I can say.”

Jade cred­its both her par­ents for her en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.

She said: “Mum is an amaz­ing woman. She man­aged to raise me while work­ing. She did re­ally well in her ca­reer as an IT man­ager at As­traZeneca.

“Dad is also an in­spi­ra­tion. He is a wealth man­ager for a firm in Hale and has al­ways en­cour­aged the en­tre­pre­neur­ial and com­pet­i­tive spirit in me.”

Sir Alex Fer­gu­son was a guest of Nick Bianchi (right) at Mac­cles­field Town FC

Jade English, from Mac­cles­field, is a con­tes­tant on The Ap­pren­tice

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