The Apprentice Blog: Expert opinions from those in the know (Week 8)
Fri, 11 May 2012
Our two former Apprentice contenders – Ellie Reed and Natasha Scribbins – blog on this year’s series of The Apprentice. With Reed on holiday, it’s Scribbins on her own this week.
Her blog starts below the ad:
It is getting closer to the finishing line, and Recruiter Ricky is still going strong in Week 8, making my prediction of him reaching the Final Five very likely.
He found himself on the winning team again, although there could have been some major casualties on team Sterling had they not won. The team made some major errors in dealing with their clients, particularly Stephen Brady, whose skills in building business relationships was quite shocking. In fact, I think Ricky was one of the strongest players when dealing with clients – and his sales and negotiation skills were again clearly demonstrated this week.
I actually don’t see him winning The Apprentice and he is going to have to be very careful in the forthcoming weeks, as any silly mistakes could cost him dear. In addition, he needs to keep his banter to a minimum, as this really will not be of interest to Lord Sugar.
As for Laura who was fired this week, I think Lord Sugar made the right decision; she was really drifting from week to week, and did not do or provide anything of real substance.
I am wishing Ricky luck for the final weeks to come. He really needs to stay focused if he is going to make it through to the final.
Ellie Reed, who previously to appearing in last year’s series was a senior consultant with Beresford Blake Thomas, founded and now runs her own rec-to-rec business – Ellie Reed Consulting – in West Yorkshire and is also involved in motivational speaking in schools.
Natasha Scribbins made it to the final five contestants on last year’s Apprentice and is now group operations director EMEA at engineering recruiter Find the Engineer and rec-to-rec firm We are Recruitment. Both enterprises encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of recruitment by hiring consultants to work as associates.