10th Dec, 2016

Reaction: Coventry Apprentice candidate Natalie Dean fired

Shaun Reynolds 4th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY resident Natalie Dean was the latest candidate to be fired from the hit BBC show The Apprentice, and Observer reporter Shaun Reynolds caught up with the 25-year-old to discuss her thoughts.

The accounts manager, who likes to view herself as a ‘Margaret Thatcher’ style leader, was ‘fired’ from the process following the latest challenge.

Having only won one task, Natalie faced the boardroom on four occasions and admitted that the ordeal of awaiting your fete in the boardroom was terrifying.

A proud Sheffield Wednesday fan, Natalie told The Observer: “I think I would’ve had a great opportunity to showcase my business plan however it just wasn’t to be.

“I’ve only been out of university for four years so my aim is to re-launch my business plan in three years time once I’ve gained some more experience in the industry.”

For viewers, the boardroom is known as a place of tense discussions and opinionated views on how a task either failed or passed with flying colours.

Natalie said that what happened in the boardroom stayed in the boardroom and no hard feelings were talked about in the house.

Natalie added: “It is an extremely stressful and intense process.

“Being in the boardroom is obviously part of the task and what you see on TV is very condensed – just a couple of minutes of what is two or three hours of discussion.

“Lord Sugar receives a full understanding of the task from Karen and Claude however they have no input on what we do – they just simply take notes and provide Lord Sugar with the feedback he requires.

“It was a great experience, I applied online and received an application form, from there I had to talk about my business plan and was chosen for the process.”

Hundreds of thousands of people watched tonight’s show and being aired on the BBC at primetime means Natalie received her fair share of comments on her social media accounts.

The tom-boy said: “I received lots of positive feedback, one thing that was quite funny was people’s comments about my facial expressions – that did make me laugh.

“When going through the process there is nothing else you can do – you’re in The Apprentice and have little time to focus on things outside of life, luckily there wasn’t much football on at the time so I wasn’t too bothered.”