Lord Sugar picks a recruiter as his Apprentice
Recruitment manager Ricky Martin has won the latest BBC business contest, The Apprentice, securing £250,000 investment for his new business venture.
Martin, from Portsmouth, beat Jade Nash, Nick Holzherr and Tom Gearing in the eighth series of the business reality show. Martin has an Honours degree in Biochemistry, and impressed Lord Sugar with plans for a niche recruitment company in the science sector. It seems that recruiters rule, despite one adviser describing Martin's personal statement as "completely ludicrous'"when he likened himself to the Norse God Thor.
Another recruiter who won the prize of being Lord Sugar's apprentice was Lee McQueen in the fourth series in 2008. McQueen, an IT recruitment sales manager from Princes Risborough, was famed for his 'reverse pterodactyl' impressions, and he also got caught lying about his education in a CV for the programme.
However, he was forgiven by Lord Sugar and went on to work with Simon Sugar at the Amshold company, developing digital display advertising products for the outdoor market. He left two years later to start up his own company.