Make-up boss McGurgan fired up over Northern Ireland contestant Grainne’s Apprentice exit
Award-winning make-up entrepreneur Paddy McGurgan has slammed Lord Sugar for suggesting that Apprentice contestant Grainne McCoy's business plan for a makeup training and recruitment agency was too ambitious.
Grainne (31), from Newry, was finally fired on last night's episode of the hit television series, having made it through 11 weeks of tough business challenges.
The working mother, who has had 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, had hoped that she could become the magnate's business partner and secure a £250,000 investment.
But her business plan was torn apart by Lord Sugar (below) and his team of business gurus.
Speaking in the boardroom at the end of the show, Lord Sugar confessed that he was "confused" by her business idea.
"Grainne, I'm going to be bluntly honest with you: I just can't see this," he said.
"It's been nice to be associated with you, but it is with regret that you're fired."
However, according to leading Northern Irish makeup artist Paddy McGurgan, who runs his own make-up academy, he is living proof that such a business plan could work.
"I was surprised that Lord Sugar didn't sit up and take a bit more notice of the viability behind it when Grainne presented her business model," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"There were many different aspects to what she presented to them, but they came away with the feeling that this was not something that was achievable in any way - especially with one person as the prime source for pushing everything forward.
"But myself and others in different aspects have proved that this is a workable business model."
Mr McGurgan, who used to teach Grainne, described her performance as "great".
"I just wish she had been a little more concise with her delivery of her business model last night," he said. "I feel that maybe she didn't sell it as well as she probably could have."
Fashionista Jessica Cunningham and kids' clothes entrepreneur Frances Bishop were also fired in the episode, leaving cakemaker Alana Spencer and novelty designer Courtney Wood to do battle in the final.
The final will air tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One.