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Maths wizard wins Junior Apprentice

Maths wizard Arjun Rajyagor has been crowned Lord Sugar's first Junior Apprentice, bagging a £25,000 "pocket money" fund to launch his business career.

The "elated" 17-year-old beat off competition from three other finalists - Zoe Plummer, Tim Ankers and Kirsty Cleaver.

The last task on the BBC1 show saw the teens create and market a brand of bottled water.

Lord Sugar heaped praise on Arjun, from Essex, declaring: "Arjun has that natural business flair combined with intelligence that some people are born with - you can't learn it.

"I know that Arjun is going to become the best at whatever he wants to do and I will be here for support all the way."

Arjun has received a conditional offer to study Engineering Science at Oxford University and aspires to become his own boss of an electrical engineering company.

He described his win as "mind-blowing" and his time on the show as "the most amazing experience of my life".

The £25,000 prize will be controlled by Lord Sugar and will be carefully handed out when brainbox Arjun wants to take on a suitable venture.

Lord Sugar added: "I was so impressed with all of the candidates - they were outstanding for their age - but there had to be just one winner, and Arjun has done himself and his family proud."

Arjun said: "It's been an amazing opportunity and I can't believe I'm the first Junior Apprentice. It's absolutely mind-blowing and it hasn't even set in yet."

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