Apprentice Jade is hoping to go far
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