What the past winners of The Apprentice are up to now - from huge successes to falling out with Lord Sugar

These former winners are thriving thanks to Lord Sugar!

The 2022 series of The Apprentice is well and truly underway on BBC One, introducing viewers to a whole new cast of ambitious individuals hoping to impress Lord Sugar.

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While we can't wait to learn more about our new group of hopefuls, we can't help but look back at the former contestants who won the reality show. Keep reading for everything you need to know about past winners of The Apprentice and what they're up to now...

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Carina Lepore - 2019

With the 2020 series of the BBC show postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Carina Leopore is the latest winner of the series. As a prize for winning the 2019 competition, Carina was awarded £250,000 by Lord Sugar to invest in her artisan bakery Dough Bakehouse. 

Carina owns artisan bakery Dough Bakehouse

Business seems to be booming for Carina as she has expanded her bakery to two more chains in Beckenham and Bromley.  However, when the pandemic hit, Carina's plans to open a series of small shops were put on hold. She told the Mail on Sunday: "Of course, when the pandemic hit, everything changed for everyone in hospitality.

"It's tough at the moment. We're ticking over, so that is good. But if it wasn't for the pandemic, we would probably have three or four shops now."

Sian Gabbidon – 2018

Sian stormed ahead to victory in 2018 and scooped the money to set up her new business Sian Marie, which is a swimwear and fashion brand. Her Topical Goddess range has been a huge hit, and has been worn on Instagram by stars including Michelle Keegan. Speaking about celebrities wearing her brands, she previously said: "The Love Island girls, the TOWIE girls. I’m friends with some of them. This year’s Love Island, I’m going to look at who is going in there. I want them to like wearing them and not be paid to wear them. From my past that’s how it’s worked. I’ve never paid anyone to wear them."

Sian set up a swimwear and fashion brand

Speaking about her life after winning The Apprentice, she continued: "Obviously doing the show and then the changes that we did to the business – turning it from very small scale to mass production – we've had quite a busy year. It's been mad – especially with the big launch party at the end of the show."

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James White – 2017

James didn't have the best time after joint winning the show with Sarah Lynn, as his new business reportedly struggled with "unfortunate setbacks" in the first few months. It was also reported that James had a fall out with Alan Sugar after he set up a different business with a friend, with The Sun revealing that Alan had reportedly said he was "stupid, daft and naïve" for the misguided decision. However, the brand Right Time Recruitment is still going strong, and James also takes part in public speaking.

Right Time Recruitment is still going strong

Sarah Lynn – 2017

Despite accidentally pitching a confectionary company that already had the same name as an existing one, Sarah and her sweet business, renamed Sweets in the City, has been a huge success and is available in WHSmiths, Holland & Barrett and Waitrose.

Sarah owns sweet business Sweets in the City

Speaking about a range of her sweets launching in Waitrose on Instagram, Sarah said: "The initial feedback has been amazing and I can’t thank everyone who has supported me and the business on this adventure so far enough - now so many new customers get to taste and see the product for themselves, so please head to your nearest Waitrose and buy a bag...or two...or three!"

Alana Spencer – 2016

Alana might be one of the most successful candidates from The Apprentice, with her cake business Ridiculously Rich by Alana, reaching annual sales of £500,000. The baker, who has since purchased a five-bedroom home, told the Daily Mail that going on the show was the best money decision she had ever made, explaining: It wasn't just my best financial decision, it was the best one I have ever made in my life.

Alana owns a successful cake business

It has made a huge difference in every aspect of my life. Financially, I have been able to take profits from my business and put down a hefty deposit to buy a house. I also have a different work schedule. Instead of baking and selling at markets, I'm office-based and work in the development kitchen." Her gorgeous cakes are now sold through ambassadors across the country and she has even bought back all of Lord Sugar’s shares, according to The Sun.

Joseph Valente – 2015

After winning the show and going into business with Lord Sugar with a boiler installation company, ImpraGas, Joseph eventually parted ways with Alan, buying him out to take control of the firm. The company made a £3million turnover and has a staff of 28, and Joseph managed to land a place on Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List for his efforts. 

Joseph is the author of a best-selling book

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However, earlier this year, Joseph sold the boiler installation business and is now the CEO of his company Trade Mastermind, which gives advice and training to businesses in the construction industry. He has also written a bestselling book, Expelled from the Classroom to Billionaire Boardroom.

Mark Wright – 2014

After Mark won the competition back in 2014, he has done on to do some great things! His digital marketing agency, Clime Online, is thriving, and made a £4million turnover in 2017. Mark was the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018, and has spoken about the business being a dream come true for him on his website. He wrote: "I wake up every day and still can’t believe I am the director of Climb Online."

Mark won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018

He continued: "This business is a dream that became a reality for me. When I came to the UK in 2012, with nothing but a passion for business and a love of digital marketing, I didn’t know how I would start running my own business…I just knew I wanted it badly. Lord Sugar and The Apprentice, combined with nine years’ experience in the industry, has created a recipe for a truly great business! I love helping companies smash their goals every day."

Leah Totton – 2013

Dr Leah has gone from strength to strength since winning the show back in 2013, and after just a few years of trying to get her cosmetic surgery clinic off the ground, she now has three clinics, with the most recent based in Baker Street.

Leah has expanded her cosmetic surgery clinic

 

Sharing a video of herself cutting the ribbon for the new store with Lord Sugar, she wrote: "Dr Leah Baker Street clinic is officially open! It is a dream come true for me to have a clinic in the heart of the medical district of London! Feeling so thankful for my amazing team @dr_leah_clinics, our loyal clients and of course my business partner @lord_sugar for putting his faith in me 5.5 years ago- which made this all possible. We have three clinics!"

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