Belfast Telegraph

Apprentice winner 'on cloud nine'

Stella English is "on cloud nine" after being crowned Lord Sugar's new Apprentice - and says she was driven to win for the sake of her children.

The 31-year-old banker beat Chris Bates, 24, to the highly-prized job working for Lord Sugar after 12 weeks of tough tasks.

After finally learning the news on the BBC One show, the mother-of-two said: "It's still a lot to take in. I'm on cloud nine and my feet haven't really touched the ground yet."

She insisted, however, that the prospect of returning home to her two sons without the job was always out of the question.

"There were times that I felt very tired and it was much harder than I ever thought it would be. But in terms of quitting, there was absolutely no way," she said.

"When I walked out that door and looked at my boys' faces as I left, I fully intended to come back with a new job. I could never think of coming out of it without winning."

She added: "My children are two and four so they're far more interested in CBeebies than The Apprentice but hopefully they will have a much more settled life. They will be living in Hertfordshire and will have a better quality of life, which is why I've done this."

London-based Stella emerged triumphant after a nail-biting final in which previous contestants returned to help the remaining two create, market and sell an alcoholic drink.

Chris, from Surrey, came up with a pomegranate-infused concoction called Prism, while Stella created Urbon, marketed as a new take on classic drink Bourbon.

Stella, who was an early favourite to clinch the contest, will work for Lord Sugar's company Viglen, which provides IT services, largely for the education sector.


From Belfast Telegraph