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Meet the Northern Ireland woman looking to get hired on BBC's Apprentice

The Apprentice returns to the BBC next week and one Northern Ireland woman is hoping to get hired.

This year's line-up of candidates include nine women and nine men between the ages of 24 and 38 and from a wide variety of business backgrounds.

Among them is Newry woman Grainne McCoy.

The 31-year-old owns her own makeup business and works on projects from film sets to fashion shows.

She says her hunger and passion push her to succeed and she puts maximum effort into everything she does. She is confident that her self-belief and strong-mindedness will see her through the tasks.

“I need guidance and a little bit of mentoring to help me make that first million,” she said.

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The first episode will see the business newbies tackle a task testing their negotiation and selling skills.

Split into two teams, they will have to work together to pick out treasure from trash at a large lock-up containing antiques and collectables before selling them to the public.

The winning team will be the one that makes the biggest profit, meaning they will escape the threat of being fired by Lord Sugar and his wagging finger in the boardroom.

Other tasks in the series will see the candidates coming up with an advertising campaign for jeans, manufacturing a range of sweets and creating their own brand of gin.

The contestants will hope to impress Lord Sugar in order to secure his £250,000 investment in their business plan.

The business tycoon will be joined once again by aides Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as the boardroom antics get under way.

Lord Sugar said of the competition: "You can compare this to being on a life support machine and one of your colleagues here pulling the plug out just to charge their mobile phone up. That's how competitive it will get."

He added that he is only interested in seeing "who's got a good business brain" and that if people taking part are unable to tackle the process and want to complain and moan, they can "send me an email at lordsugar@idontcare.com".

Lord Sugar added that his £250,000 investment will "change someone's life forever" after previously investing £1.25 million in five businesses during the show's run.

The Apprentice will air at 9pm on Thursdays on BBC One and BBC One HD from October 6.

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