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Was anyone else surprised at who won the this years competition?

The previous week the person who had won was utterly trounced upon by a a team who had managed to break all Apprentice records for what they sold.

Arjun Rajyagor

The Junior Apprentice

Age: 17

Education: A Levels in Physics, Maths and Systems and Control, AS Level Further Maths

Lives: Essex

The Final: Arjun wins Junior Apprentice...

Arjun was paired with Tim as joint Project Manager and asked to create the branding and advertising campaign for a bottle of water. Previously famed for being a ‘calculator basher’, Arjun impressed Karren Brady with his creative skills by taking control of the filming of the advert. Choosing the shoots and directing the actors, Arjun unleashed his flair to show that he was more than just a ‘mathematics man’. During the pitch for the brand ‘A Bottle of Water’, Arjun handled the questions about the simplicity of the brand with confidence. In the boardroom, Arjun detailed his past achievements in various business ventures, from being a head prefect to fixing computers from his house. As the tension mounted, Lord Sugar announced Arjun as the first Junior Apprentice winner.

Week 5: Arjun is Project Manager for Revolution

One of Arjun’s main aims as Project Manager was to ensure that his team were happy with the decisions made about the product. Revolution and Instinct chose the same product, so it was up to both teams to reach a compromise. Feeling a lack of team input, Arjun steered negotiations on behalf of Revolution and was left with two lower priced products. He went on to delegate well, but made the mistake of taking the retail pitch away from Zoe and doing it himself. During the Boardroom battle Emma and Zoe felt that that Arjun had chosen the wrong products and relied too heavily on them for guidance when meeting the designers. However, Lord Sugar recognised that Arjun had sold £700 of the group’s total sales and praised his mathematical and business skills over the last five weeks. Arjun secured a place in the final.

Week 4: Arjun's quiet determination pays off

Arjun impressed his team last week with his quick-fire maths skills during the cupcake task. So during this week's art task it was no surprise that he was swift to point out the importance of 'volume sales.' Keeping Zoe's sometimes dominating character in check, he decided to stick with quiet determination and this paid off when he sold one of the artist Tom Lewis's higher-priced pieces. Keeping calm in the face of a busy art exhibition and helping sell the total of £6,005 worth of art, he and his team went on to receive a treat from Lord Sugar.

Week 3: Arjun’s maths skills save the day

Arjun played a vital role for his team in this week’s cupcake task and stepped up to the challenge set by his project manager, Zoe. Putting his maths and analytical skills to good use, the 17 year old was able to make sure the team didn’t over order the cupcake bases when Emma and Adam were adamant they needed more. As the task progressed Arjun got stuck into selling the cupcakes along with Zoe, but appeared flustered as time ran out and the pressure increased. Despite a lull in trade, with a little help from Arjun’s number crunching, team Revolution made a profit and won the task.

Week 2: Arjun pitches for the winning team

Arjun struggled to have his voice heard at the beginning of the task, with his and Rhys’ suggestions often being brushed off by the other half of the team. However, Arjun began to shine after Tim showed a reluctance to pitch the product and he stepped up to the challenge. After a shaky start, the 17 year old’s quick thinking and straight-talking helped secure his team orders for their product and victory in the boardroom.

Week 1: Arjun does his best for team Instinct…

Arjun keeps his head down and goes with the flow in his efforts to win the challenge for the boys. The 17 year old proved that he had no problem interacting with the public as he, Jordan and Adam took to the streets to sell their cheese.

About Arjun

Self-confessed maths fanatic Arjun loves computers – he built his own aged 12, and now runs a repair business from his bedroom.

Kirsty Cleaver

Made The Final

Age: 17

Education: Higher Modern Studies, Higher Drama and Higher Business Management

The Final: Kirsty Drip drops and doesn’t stop

Kirsty was teamed up with Zoe as a joint Project Manager and then given the task of creating a new brand of bottled water. Brainstorming the target market with Zoe and a team of ex-candidates, they decided to target the teenager demographic. She helped create the idea for the television advertising campaign and enthusiastically directed the shoot. Together with Zoe, Kirsty helped put together a fantastic pitch that impressed the professionals from the other water brands. When the task results were announced, Lord Sugar felt that although the pitch had gone very well, Kirsty and her team hadn’t targeted their market correctly. She, therefore, lost out on a place in the final two. Kirsty said that she was pleased with how far she had come and was leaving ‘with her head held high’.

Week 5: Kirsty is Project Manager for Instinct

Having been on the losing team for the past three weeks, Kirsty was keen to show that she could be a good Project Manager. After an upbeat arrival in Amsterdam, Kirsty felt that she and Tim were in a strong position, as they shared the same business style. Having selected the same product as Revolution, it was up to both teams to negotiate over who would take the higher and lower priced products. Kirsty took a risk and decided to opt for the high-end products that would bring in more revenue, but were not compatible with the retail stores Lord Sugar had selected. This gamble paid off, as not only did she find herself in the winning team and through to the final, she also helped to break an Apprentice record by producing £39,700 worth of sales!

Week 4: Kirsty goes it alone in the world of art

Having proved she could work on her own initiative during the cupcake task, it was decided that Kirsty should meet the artists and secure the artwork on her own. However, Kirsty's abrupt sales skills weren't to the liking of all in the world of art and unfortunately she lost out on Tom Lewis the 'urban artist' for whom both teams had pitched. Admitting she wasn't 'big on art' herself, she appeared more comfortable putting the exhibition together than selling the artwork. Finding herself alongside Hannah and Tim in the losing team she managed to fight for her place and return to the candidate's house.

Week 3: Kirsty’s left feeling frustrated

Kirsty played an important role during the market research for the cupcake challenge. With Rhys appearing unsure of what to do, she stepped forward and gathered some vital information on pricing for the team. As the task developed Kirsty continued to be the most dominant of the pair and later admitted to feeling frustrated at Rhys’ lack of input. Once the team’s loss was revealed, Kirsty escaped an invitation to the boardroom leaving Rhys, Hannah and Tim to battle it out.

Week 2: Kirsty’s practical approach is left unheard

Kirsty’s idea for a collapsible storage unit was soon eclipsed by Hibah’s games unit suggestion. In an effort to please everyone, Adam combined both ideas to create “Flex ‘n’ Store”. When Emma suggested making the product out of cardboard Kirsty voiced her reservations, but the team went ahead regardless and, as a result, went on to lose the task.

Week 1: Kirsty shows her potential for pitching

Kirsty demonstrated a knack for forward planning with her agreement on and insistence that the girls should “be prepared” by pricing all of their cheese before heading to the market. This group decision proved to be one of the keys to the team’s success. Kirsty also showed a flare for market trading, impressing customers with her informed sales pitch.

About Kirsty

Kirsty is a self-confessed sports fanatic with an interest in “pretty much any sport”. Her first job was as a waitress in her parents’ restaurant where she served breakfast before school. Kirsty still works there, but is now much more involved in running the family business.

Zoe Plummer

Made The Final

Age: 16

Education: Studying for AS Levels in English, French, German, Drama and Art

Lives: London

The Final: Zoe makes her jingle debut

Zoe and Kirsty were the joint Project Managers in charge of creating a new brand of bottled water as their final task. Although ex-candidate Hibah came up with the name of the product, Zoe had a strong creative input into the branding, working with graffiti artists to produce a backdrop for the launch, and even sang the advert jingle herself. In the pitch, Zoe handled awkward questions about the colour of the product, calmly and concisely. However, selecting the wrong target audience for the product was Zoe’s undoing.Zoe missed out on a place in the final two, but said that she had come on to the show to improve her business mind and skills, which she had accomplished. She therefore felt confident of carving out a successful career in the business world.

Week 5: Can Zoe prevail in retail?

Having been accused by Arjun of being too domineering during the art task, Zoe decided to take that on board and be less hands-on. However, her abrupt questioning along with Emma and her inability to ask the right questions of the designers meant the team didn't get as much out of the pitch as they could have. During the retail pitch, however, Zoe showed where her strengths lay, impressing the retailers with her professional and confident sales skills. During the Boardroom battle Lord Sugar expressed his concerns about Zoe's manner and her ability to work in a team. However, her performance over the last five weeks gained her a place in the final.

Week 4: Zoe's art background gets an airing

As the daughter of two professional artists, Zoe took to this task like a paint brush to canvas. Going it alone at the beginning of the task, Zoe used her background to schmooze and impress the selected artists. When it came to the exhibition, however, some of her fellow team members accused her of muscling in on their sales pitch, with Lord Sugar raising this point in the boardroom. Any accusations of being pushy did her little harm though, and she found herself part of the winning team, having helped sell a very impressive £6,005 worth of art.

Week 3: Zoe heads up the winning team

As an avid baker with proven sales skills Zoe was quick to nominate herself as project manager for the cupcake challenge. Emma was also keen for the position but the pair soon compromised, leaving Emma satisfied with Zoe’s offer of the “head chef” title. The team initially worked well under Zoe’s watch and came up with a theme and branding quickly. However, after choosing to lead the market research, Zoe missed a trick in choosing not to raise the price of the team’s personalised cupcakes. This mistake was highlighted by Lord Sugar, but despite the oversight team Revolution made a small profit and claimed victory in the boardroom.

Week 2: Zoe’s pitches prove popular

Zoe, along with Hibah, was unimpressed with the multi-functional idea her team members came up with. Despite her lack of faith in the product’s potential, Zoe was able to turn on the charm to impress the retailers, Adam and the rest of her team with her confident pitch. Zoe’s sales skills may have stood out for her project manager, but her lack of ideas during their initial brainstorm meant that Adam chose her to return to the boardroom to face Lord Sugar.

Week 1: Zoe makes a confident start in the first episode

As the self-assured 16 year old promised, Zoe certainly didn’t blend into the crowd in the first episode. Her selling skills impressed board member Nick Hewer and helped team Revolution secure a significant win over the boys. However, her “commanding presence” and tendency to take control led to the other girls questioning her ability to work in a team.

About Zoe

Zoe spends her free time selling vintage clothes from a market stall in London. She is an advanced open water scuba diver who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Zoe hopes to start up a foreign law interpreting firm one day.

Tim Ankers

The Final Two

Age: 17

Education: Studying for A Levels in Politics, History, Economics and General Studies

Lives: Lancashire

The Final: Tim makes it to the final two...

Teamed up with Arjun, Tim shared the task of creating a whole new brand of bottled water. Showing a creative flair, he came up with the idea for the jingle and advert, joking that he should be cast as the main role. He also led a market research group and from this came up with the brand identity and name of ‘A Bottle of Water’. During his pitch, Tim came across calmly and eloquently, answering off the cuff questions from the professionals with ease. During the Boardroom battle Lord Sugar praised Tim and Arjun’s product and Tim found himself in the final two with Arjun. When asked why he should be the first Junior Apprentice, Tim detailed his past achievements and said that he had worked long days on various projects from raising lambs to helping out on a farm. Lord Sugar was impressed with both candidates, but chose Arjun over Tim to be his Junior Apprentice.

Week 5: Tim gets on his bike

Despite showcasing a very dubious Dutch accent on route to Amsterdam, Tim seemed to shine during this task. Working alongside Kirsty, he skilfully handled product negotiations with the rival team. Having taken responsibility for the sales of the higher priced product (the bikes), Tim set to work on selling as many as he could. Despite getting the name of the brand wrong on several occasions, his positive attitude and natural sales skills helped him break an Apprentice record by selling £39,700 worth of products. Tim secured himself a place in the final.

Week 4: Tim takes on the role of Project Manager

After his brush with the boardroom last week Tim decided to keep his promise to Lord Sugar and become Instinct's Project Manager. The self professed 'non arty-farty' candidate took on the role with bags of enthusiasm, so much so that he nearly appointed fellow candidate Hannah as his 'secretary'. Losing out on the pitch for Tom Lewis, the artist both teams had pitched for, knocked the team's art sales and Tim found himself back in the boardroom alongside Hannah and Kirsty. However, a strong performance as Project Manager saw him survive to sell another day.

Week 3: Tim’s back in the boardroom

This week, Tim was once again quick to present a range of reasons why he shouldn’t take the role as project manager and was swift to state his confidence in the team’s choice of Rhys. During the brainstorm session Tim was the most vocal member of the group and it was his idea for fashion themed cupcakes that was chosen. Once the group split into pairs, Tim’s enthusiasm and support for his project manager waned. Both he and Hannah felt they had been left to their own devices under Rhys’ command. It was this lack of support that had Tim returning to the boardroom, fighting for his place along with Rhys and Hannah.

Week 2: Tim’s full of bright ideas

Tim came to the table full of ideas during the brainstorming process at the beginning of the task. It was one of his creations, “slide stuff” that was chosen for the project and helped them to victory. After impressing Nick Hewer with his energy and creativity, Tim later ducked out of pitching for the team even though the product was his idea, leaving the pressure on Arjun to perform.

Week 1: Tim shows potential but fails to follow through

Tim showed a flash of creativity and business initiative with his ‘credit crunch lunch’ idea, which proved popular with the punters. But as the pre-prepared snack boxes sold out, Tim failed to make more. He blamed the difficult weather conditions, and more specifically the wind, his “least favourite weather type.” It was this mistake that lead Jordan to select the sheep shearer to join him in front of the board but, after taking a grilling from Lord Sugar, Tim survived to sell another day.

About Tim

Tim believes that the most important thing in business is good common sense. His first job was as a stable boy for his neighbours. Despite not coming from a farming background, Tim earns money from farm work and gardening when he’s not studying.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/jnr/series1/index.shtml

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Was anyone else surprised at who won the this years competition?

The previous week the person who had won was utterly trounced upon by a a team who had managed to break all Apprentice records for what they sold.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/jnr/series1/index.shtml

Tim should have won.

From what I understand - the 'prize' was £25,000 for them to invest. So Sugar isn't really looking for an employee, he is looking for an entrepreneur. The only one, in my opinion, that had note worthy entrepreneurial characteristics was Tim. Zoe came across a potential entrepreneur, but it was a deception, she was just flamboyant and actually quite aggressive, petulant and immature. Tim seemed to be the one with a genuine eye for exploiting the market.

I can imagine Arjun taking the 25k and investing it in a high interest account, or a very calculated, safe investment. Not really what I took the spirit of the show to be. Tim would do something unusual and either blow it or make a killing.

If it was the standard apprentice - Arjun is the winner, he has the right balance of innovative thinking, business acumen, political ability and, most importantly, respect for and reliance on the hierarchy. Entrepreneurs make terrific employees for very specific strategies but can quickly become counterproductive. Having said that I think Tim could control this and make a great employee but not as effectively as Arjun.

Kirsty is just a bright, capable, but unremarkable, young lady.

Tim the winner for me.

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Tim should have won.

From what I understand - the 'prize' was £25,000 for them to invest. So Sugar isn't really looking for an employee, he is looking for an entrepreneur. The only one, in my opinion, that had note worthy entrepreneurial characteristics was Tim. Zoe came across a potential entrepreneur, but it was a deception, she was just flamboyant and actually quite aggressive, petulant and immature. Tim seemed to be the one with a genuine eye for exploiting the market.

I can imagine Arjun taking the 25k and investing it in a high interest account, or a very calculated, safe investment. Not really what I took the spirit of the show to be. Tim would do something unusual and either blow it or make a killing.

If it was the standard apprentice - Arjun is the winner, he has the right balance of innovative thinking, business acumen, political ability and, most importantly, respect for and reliance on the hierarchy. Entrepreneurs make terrific employees for very specific strategies but can quickly become counterproductive. Having said that I think Tim could control this and make a great employee but not as effectively as Arjun.

Kirsty is just a bright, capable, but unremarkable, young lady.

Tim the winner for me.

Ahem. Tim said that he couldn't perform in the cheese and wine task as it was too windy. He said that wind was his least favourite type of weather.

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Was anyone else surprised at who won the this years competition?

The previous week the person who had won was utterly trounced upon by a a team who had managed to break all Apprentice records for what they sold.

Arjun Rajyagor

The Junior Apprentice

Age: 17

Education: A Levels in Physics, Maths and Systems and Control, AS Level Further Maths

Lives: Essex

The Final: Arjun wins Junior Apprentice...

Arjun was paired with Tim as joint Project Manager and asked to create the branding and advertising campaign for a bottle of water. Previously famed for being a ‘calculator basher’, Arjun impressed Karren Brady with his creative skills by taking control of the filming of the advert. Choosing the shoots and directing the actors, Arjun unleashed his flair to show that he was more than just a ‘mathematics man’. During the pitch for the brand ‘A Bottle of Water’, Arjun handled the questions about the simplicity of the brand with confidence. In the boardroom, Arjun detailed his past achievements in various business ventures, from being a head prefect to fixing computers from his house. As the tension mounted, Lord Sugar announced Arjun as the first Junior Apprentice winner.

Week 5: Arjun is Project Manager for Revolution

One of Arjun’s main aims as Project Manager was to ensure that his team were happy with the decisions made about the product. Revolution and Instinct chose the same product, so it was up to both teams to reach a compromise. Feeling a lack of team input, Arjun steered negotiations on behalf of Revolution and was left with two lower priced products. He went on to delegate well, but made the mistake of taking the retail pitch away from Zoe and doing it himself. During the Boardroom battle Emma and Zoe felt that that Arjun had chosen the wrong products and relied too heavily on them for guidance when meeting the designers. However, Lord Sugar recognised that Arjun had sold £700 of the group’s total sales and praised his mathematical and business skills over the last five weeks. Arjun secured a place in the final.

Week 4: Arjun's quiet determination pays off

Arjun impressed his team last week with his quick-fire maths skills during the cupcake task. So during this week's art task it was no surprise that he was swift to point out the importance of 'volume sales.' Keeping Zoe's sometimes dominating character in check, he decided to stick with quiet determination and this paid off when he sold one of the artist Tom Lewis's higher-priced pieces. Keeping calm in the face of a busy art exhibition and helping sell the total of £6,005 worth of art, he and his team went on to receive a treat from Lord Sugar.

Week 3: Arjun’s maths skills save the day

Arjun played a vital role for his team in this week’s cupcake task and stepped up to the challenge set by his project manager, Zoe. Putting his maths and analytical skills to good use, the 17 year old was able to make sure the team didn’t over order the cupcake bases when Emma and Adam were adamant they needed more. As the task progressed Arjun got stuck into selling the cupcakes along with Zoe, but appeared flustered as time ran out and the pressure increased. Despite a lull in trade, with a little help from Arjun’s number crunching, team Revolution made a profit and won the task.

Week 2: Arjun pitches for the winning team

Arjun struggled to have his voice heard at the beginning of the task, with his and Rhys’ suggestions often being brushed off by the other half of the team. However, Arjun began to shine after Tim showed a reluctance to pitch the product and he stepped up to the challenge. After a shaky start, the 17 year old’s quick thinking and straight-talking helped secure his team orders for their product and victory in the boardroom.

Week 1: Arjun does his best for team Instinct…

Arjun keeps his head down and goes with the flow in his efforts to win the challenge for the boys. The 17 year old proved that he had no problem interacting with the public as he, Jordan and Adam took to the streets to sell their cheese.

About Arjun

Self-confessed maths fanatic Arjun loves computers – he built his own aged 12, and now runs a repair business from his bedroom.

Kirsty Cleaver

Made The Final

Age: 17

Education: Higher Modern Studies, Higher Drama and Higher Business Management

The Final: Kirsty Drip drops and doesn’t stop

Kirsty was teamed up with Zoe as a joint Project Manager and then given the task of creating a new brand of bottled water. Brainstorming the target market with Zoe and a team of ex-candidates, they decided to target the teenager demographic. She helped create the idea for the television advertising campaign and enthusiastically directed the shoot. Together with Zoe, Kirsty helped put together a fantastic pitch that impressed the professionals from the other water brands. When the task results were announced, Lord Sugar felt that although the pitch had gone very well, Kirsty and her team hadn’t targeted their market correctly. She, therefore, lost out on a place in the final two. Kirsty said that she was pleased with how far she had come and was leaving ‘with her head held high’.

Week 5: Kirsty is Project Manager for Instinct

Having been on the losing team for the past three weeks, Kirsty was keen to show that she could be a good Project Manager. After an upbeat arrival in Amsterdam, Kirsty felt that she and Tim were in a strong position, as they shared the same business style. Having selected the same product as Revolution, it was up to both teams to negotiate over who would take the higher and lower priced products. Kirsty took a risk and decided to opt for the high-end products that would bring in more revenue, but were not compatible with the retail stores Lord Sugar had selected. This gamble paid off, as not only did she find herself in the winning team and through to the final, she also helped to break an Apprentice record by producing £39,700 worth of sales!

Week 4: Kirsty goes it alone in the world of art

Having proved she could work on her own initiative during the cupcake task, it was decided that Kirsty should meet the artists and secure the artwork on her own. However, Kirsty's abrupt sales skills weren't to the liking of all in the world of art and unfortunately she lost out on Tom Lewis the 'urban artist' for whom both teams had pitched. Admitting she wasn't 'big on art' herself, she appeared more comfortable putting the exhibition together than selling the artwork. Finding herself alongside Hannah and Tim in the losing team she managed to fight for her place and return to the candidate's house.

Week 3: Kirsty’s left feeling frustrated

Kirsty played an important role during the market research for the cupcake challenge. With Rhys appearing unsure of what to do, she stepped forward and gathered some vital information on pricing for the team. As the task developed Kirsty continued to be the most dominant of the pair and later admitted to feeling frustrated at Rhys’ lack of input. Once the team’s loss was revealed, Kirsty escaped an invitation to the boardroom leaving Rhys, Hannah and Tim to battle it out.

Week 2: Kirsty’s practical approach is left unheard

Kirsty’s idea for a collapsible storage unit was soon eclipsed by Hibah’s games unit suggestion. In an effort to please everyone, Adam combined both ideas to create “Flex ‘n’ Store”. When Emma suggested making the product out of cardboard Kirsty voiced her reservations, but the team went ahead regardless and, as a result, went on to lose the task.

Week 1: Kirsty shows her potential for pitching

Kirsty demonstrated a knack for forward planning with her agreement on and insistence that the girls should “be prepared” by pricing all of their cheese before heading to the market. This group decision proved to be one of the keys to the team’s success. Kirsty also showed a flare for market trading, impressing customers with her informed sales pitch.

About Kirsty

Kirsty is a self-confessed sports fanatic with an interest in “pretty much any sport”. Her first job was as a waitress in her parents’ restaurant where she served breakfast before school. Kirsty still works there, but is now much more involved in running the family business.

Zoe Plummer

Made The Final

Age: 16

Education: Studying for AS Levels in English, French, German, Drama and Art

Lives: London

The Final: Zoe makes her jingle debut

Zoe and Kirsty were the joint Project Managers in charge of creating a new brand of bottled water as their final task. Although ex-candidate Hibah came up with the name of the product, Zoe had a strong creative input into the branding, working with graffiti artists to produce a backdrop for the launch, and even sang the advert jingle herself. In the pitch, Zoe handled awkward questions about the colour of the product, calmly and concisely. However, selecting the wrong target audience for the product was Zoe’s undoing.Zoe missed out on a place in the final two, but said that she had come on to the show to improve her business mind and skills, which she had accomplished. She therefore felt confident of carving out a successful career in the business world.

Week 5: Can Zoe prevail in retail?

Having been accused by Arjun of being too domineering during the art task, Zoe decided to take that on board and be less hands-on. However, her abrupt questioning along with Emma and her inability to ask the right questions of the designers meant the team didn't get as much out of the pitch as they could have. During the retail pitch, however, Zoe showed where her strengths lay, impressing the retailers with her professional and confident sales skills. During the Boardroom battle Lord Sugar expressed his concerns about Zoe's manner and her ability to work in a team. However, her performance over the last five weeks gained her a place in the final.

Week 4: Zoe's art background gets an airing

As the daughter of two professional artists, Zoe took to this task like a paint brush to canvas. Going it alone at the beginning of the task, Zoe used her background to schmooze and impress the selected artists. When it came to the exhibition, however, some of her fellow team members accused her of muscling in on their sales pitch, with Lord Sugar raising this point in the boardroom. Any accusations of being pushy did her little harm though, and she found herself part of the winning team, having helped sell a very impressive £6,005 worth of art.

Week 3: Zoe heads up the winning team

As an avid baker with proven sales skills Zoe was quick to nominate herself as project manager for the cupcake challenge. Emma was also keen for the position but the pair soon compromised, leaving Emma satisfied with Zoe’s offer of the “head chef” title. The team initially worked well under Zoe’s watch and came up with a theme and branding quickly. However, after choosing to lead the market research, Zoe missed a trick in choosing not to raise the price of the team’s personalised cupcakes. This mistake was highlighted by Lord Sugar, but despite the oversight team Revolution made a small profit and claimed victory in the boardroom.

Week 2: Zoe’s pitches prove popular

Zoe, along with Hibah, was unimpressed with the multi-functional idea her team members came up with. Despite her lack of faith in the product’s potential, Zoe was able to turn on the charm to impress the retailers, Adam and the rest of her team with her confident pitch. Zoe’s sales skills may have stood out for her project manager, but her lack of ideas during their initial brainstorm meant that Adam chose her to return to the boardroom to face Lord Sugar.

Week 1: Zoe makes a confident start in the first episode

As the self-assured 16 year old promised, Zoe certainly didn’t blend into the crowd in the first episode. Her selling skills impressed board member Nick Hewer and helped team Revolution secure a significant win over the boys. However, her “commanding presence” and tendency to take control led to the other girls questioning her ability to work in a team.

About Zoe

Zoe spends her free time selling vintage clothes from a market stall in London. She is an advanced open water scuba diver who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Zoe hopes to start up a foreign law interpreting firm one day.

Tim Ankers

The Final Two

Age: 17

Education: Studying for A Levels in Politics, History, Economics and General Studies

Lives: Lancashire

The Final: Tim makes it to the final two...

Teamed up with Arjun, Tim shared the task of creating a whole new brand of bottled water. Showing a creative flair, he came up with the idea for the jingle and advert, joking that he should be cast as the main role. He also led a market research group and from this came up with the brand identity and name of ‘A Bottle of Water’. During his pitch, Tim came across calmly and eloquently, answering off the cuff questions from the professionals with ease. During the Boardroom battle Lord Sugar praised Tim and Arjun’s product and Tim found himself in the final two with Arjun. When asked why he should be the first Junior Apprentice, Tim detailed his past achievements and said that he had worked long days on various projects from raising lambs to helping out on a farm. Lord Sugar was impressed with both candidates, but chose Arjun over Tim to be his Junior Apprentice.

Week 5: Tim gets on his bike

Despite showcasing a very dubious Dutch accent on route to Amsterdam, Tim seemed to shine during this task. Working alongside Kirsty, he skilfully handled product negotiations with the rival team. Having taken responsibility for the sales of the higher priced product (the bikes), Tim set to work on selling as many as he could. Despite getting the name of the brand wrong on several occasions, his positive attitude and natural sales skills helped him break an Apprentice record by selling £39,700 worth of products. Tim secured himself a place in the final.

Week 4: Tim takes on the role of Project Manager

After his brush with the boardroom last week Tim decided to keep his promise to Lord Sugar and become Instinct's Project Manager. The self professed 'non arty-farty' candidate took on the role with bags of enthusiasm, so much so that he nearly appointed fellow candidate Hannah as his 'secretary'. Losing out on the pitch for Tom Lewis, the artist both teams had pitched for, knocked the team's art sales and Tim found himself back in the boardroom alongside Hannah and Kirsty. However, a strong performance as Project Manager saw him survive to sell another day.

Week 3: Tim’s back in the boardroom

This week, Tim was once again quick to present a range of reasons why he shouldn’t take the role as project manager and was swift to state his confidence in the team’s choice of Rhys. During the brainstorm session Tim was the most vocal member of the group and it was his idea for fashion themed cupcakes that was chosen. Once the group split into pairs, Tim’s enthusiasm and support for his project manager waned. Both he and Hannah felt they had been left to their own devices under Rhys’ command. It was this lack of support that had Tim returning to the boardroom, fighting for his place along with Rhys and Hannah.

Week 2: Tim’s full of bright ideas

Tim came to the table full of ideas during the brainstorming process at the beginning of the task. It was one of his creations, “slide stuff” that was chosen for the project and helped them to victory. After impressing Nick Hewer with his energy and creativity, Tim later ducked out of pitching for the team even though the product was his idea, leaving the pressure on Arjun to perform.

Week 1: Tim shows potential but fails to follow through

Tim showed a flash of creativity and business initiative with his ‘credit crunch lunch’ idea, which proved popular with the punters. But as the pre-prepared snack boxes sold out, Tim failed to make more. He blamed the difficult weather conditions, and more specifically the wind, his “least favourite weather type.” It was this mistake that lead Jordan to select the sheep shearer to join him in front of the board but, after taking a grilling from Lord Sugar, Tim survived to sell another day.

About Tim

Tim believes that the most important thing in business is good common sense. His first job was as a stable boy for his neighbours. Despite not coming from a farming background, Tim earns money from farm work and gardening when he’s not studying.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/jnr/series1/index.shtml

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He was part of a two person team that had the highest income generation in the history of the competition including the adult competition.

That counts for nothing.

1) It's a gameshow

2) If they'd have had to have raised the capital themselves to buy those expensive bikes, then had had to arrange meetings with H.O.Frasier and Dickens and Jones themselves, then I'd have been impressed.

But they didn't.

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That counts for nothing.

1) It's a gameshow

2) If they'd have had to have raised the capital themselves to buy those expensive bikes, then had had to arrange meetings with H.O.Frasier and Dickens and Jones themselves, then I'd have been impressed.

But they didn't.

All candidates were subject to the same parameters.

Who do you think should have won then and why? Or are you just being argumentative?

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Although I didn't see many of the episodes I was pretty impressed with Arjun (very mature and full of common sense). Tim was pretty good I suppose, but I think there history before the apprentice says a lot. Tim kept saying how many jobs he had and how many hours he had worked (all for other people), whereas Arjun had set up his own PC repair company from home. If they are looking for an entrepreneur then they chose right.

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All candidates were subject to the same parameters.

Who do you think should have won then and why? Or are you just being argumentative?

Just because I don't agree doesn't mean I'm being argumentative.

I thought Tim was weak generally, but did Ok in the last 2 weeks. I actually thought Arjin was the best all the way through. For a 17 year old he had amazing confidence without being arrogant. He was mature, decisive and instantly credible. Unlike Zoe, who would have been far more suited to the adult show because of her ludicrous attitude. If my child grows up to be like that at 16, I'll want my money back.

Fair play to all these kids, but I thought Arjin was the obvious best and I liked Rees a lot too.

It is a gameshow though.

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Was anyone else surprised at who won the this years competition?

No, not really. Sugar always looks for someone who will bow to his superiority, as well as being a good all rounder. Arjin ticked those boxes.

Tim struck it lucky with the big sale, but he was nothing special. A bit dim if you ask me. Wind was his "least favourite weather type" haha.

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My wife and I were incredulous that Arjun won. Were some of you watching a different show? Despite their obvious deficiencies too, the winner should have been Zoe (pushy) or Tim (lazy)rather than Arjun (lightweight).

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My wife and I were incredulous that Arjun won. Were some of you watching a different show? Despite their obvious deficiencies too, the winner should have been Zoe (pushy) or Tim (lazy)rather than Arjun (lightweight).

Zoe? You are joking. The only reason I didn't want her shot in the face is the fact she is 16. I found her obnoxiousness tolerable due to her youth. Tim is lazy - you cannot reward that. I think Arjun was a decent winner. The sad thing is the adults are no better than the kids.....

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Zoe? You are joking. The only reason I didn't want her shot in the face is the fact she is 16. I found her obnoxiousness tolerable due to her youth. Tim is lazy - you cannot reward that. I think Arjun was a decent winner. The sad thing is the adults are no better than the kids.....

Throughout the series I found it was Zoe who got things done, whether the others liked it or not and Tim came up with some good ideas. Arju just looked like a rabbit in the headlights for much of the time. The stereotypical bright but annoying schoolboy. Investment banking for him not entreprenuerism.

I really don't know who wrote that preamble in the OP, Arjun's mum?

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Throughout the series I found it was Zoe who got things done, whether the others liked it or not and Tim came up with some good ideas. Arju just looked like a rabbit in the headlights for much of the time. The stereotypical bright but annoying schoolboy. Investment banking for him not entreprenuerism.

I really don't know who wrote that preamble in the OP, Arjun's mum?

Zoe tried to do 'driven business woman' but came across as 'rude, obnoxious, immature sulker'

Her diatribe about her creative fulfillment made me cringe.

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I found Zoe to be the most credible candidate overall, despite some selfish tendencies. In time she'll learn to hide her contempt though.

Her arrogant, self assured manner is just the ticket for any pompous London business. She sold well, and had charisma.

I don't think of successful business people as being friendly or warm. Quite the opposite. We'll hear more of her I'm sure.

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This show is sad imo. Indoctrinating kids at a young age that being a bolshy annoying money grabbing **** is the way forward. These young uns should be poking each other behind the bike shed at this age. Not sitting in a board room trying to tell bawbag Sugar how great they are and how much money they want.

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I'd prefer to see these kids still being kids rather than the pretentious little twerps they all were.

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This show is sad imo. Indoctrinating kids at a young age that being a bolshy annoying money grabbing **** is the way forward. These young uns should be poking each other behind the bike shed at this age. Not sitting in a board room trying to tell bawbag Sugar how great they are and how much money they want.

Not one of them was fat either. That's hardly representative of the average teenager.

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Just because I don't agree doesn't mean I'm being argumentative.

I thought Tim was weak generally, but did Ok in the last 2 weeks. I actually thought Arjin was the best all the way through. For a 17 year old he had amazing confidence without being arrogant. He was mature, decisive and instantly credible. Unlike Zoe, who would have been far more suited to the adult show because of her ludicrous attitude. If my child grows up to be like that at 16, I'll want my money back.

Fair play to all these kids, but I thought Arjin was the obvious best and I liked Rees a lot too.

It is a gameshow though.

Sorry, I didn't mean to accuse you of anything I just thought you might just be playing devils advocate.

I agree that Arjin was the best all rounder, definitely. Best candidate for employment, but I think he would be a bit lost out on his own. Throughout the show Sugar was going on about finding an entrepreneur and someone that was different, someone who would take risks and so on. I thought almost all of them were very analytical, safe, conformist, not what Sugar was claiming to want - including Tim, but he was least like that and the most likely to take a risk and do something innovative with the prize fund.

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I'd prefer to see these kids still being kids rather than the pretentious little twerps they all were.

Yeah I thought that. Like CCC I thought the show was sad - rewarding kids for being as much like greedy, corporate whore business people as possible.

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