Lancashire contestants aim to impress in this year’s The Apprentice.

The Apprentice is back and now going into its 14th series.

The show, which will air at 9pm next Wednesday (3rd October), aims to recreate some of the toughest business environments for its’ search to find a new apprentice for Lord Alan Sugar.

The shows’ hour-long episodes provide an abundance of humour often due to the contestants’ incompetence and arrogance.

The hit BBC reality show will set the bar high from the beginning as Lord Sugar will jet the hopefuls off to Malta and task them with buying nine items at the lowest prices possible.

“Remember, this is NOT a holiday”, he warns them.

The end of last season saw an unprecedented win as Lord Sugar crowned two winners instead of one: Sarah Lynn and James White.

This year a Lancashire man will star on The Apprentice and hopes to impress Lord Alan Sugar.

Rick Monk, 33, from Chorley, is one of the 16 candidates on this year’s show.

Rick, whose day job is as a quality controller, told the Lancashire Post that one of his best qualities is his, “confidence and assertiveness”, and that being able to separate business from pleasure means he is good at getting the best from others.

A reality show is not a reality show without winning tactics from the contestants however, and Rick is no different.

He believes befriending all of the contestants will set him in good stead but describes himself as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

He told the Lancashire Post: “I won’t pussyfoot and waste time, as time is of the essence in everything.

“People will have to like it or lump it.”

Blackburn’s Camilla Ainsworth is also set to appear on the show.

The 22-year-old believes her people skills are her biggest strength, although worries her openness and willingness to overshare can sometimes work against her.

“I’m a bundle of energy and creativity and certainly a one off… ain’t no Vanilla Camilla,” she told the Lancashire Post.

The show began in 2005 and has a US equivalent that kicked off in 2004, with Donald Trump in Lord Sugar’s equivalent role, until he quit to run for President.

There are celebrity and junior versions of the UK show, too.

Maria Jacovou

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