After its two-year absence due to the ongoing pandemic, the new series of The Apprentice makes its return to the screens this week and everyone is talking about the new candidates and who they think will win over Lord Sugar.

Out of the 16 candidates, Chorley man Aaron Willis is one of the many hoping to impress Lord Sugar and nab the 250,000-pound investment into their business.

Described as “hungry for success” – who is the outgoing salesman hoping to win?

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The Apprentice | Series 16 Trailer | BBC

Who is Aaron Willis?

The 38-year-old from Buckshaw grew up with an array of different jobs and potential career paths. As a former milkman, horseman and butcher man, it was clear to see Willis’ business-like mindset from a young age.

Aaron then thought he had finally found his calling when he joined the RAF. He remained here for 12 years and worked his way up to the position of Flight Operations Instructor.

Having left the RAF Aaron realised he wanted to be his own boss and start his own business.

He now works at Vulcan Security in Wigan but hopes to use the prize of The Apprentice to turn his dreams into a reality and open his own security company with Lord Sugar’s guidance.

Aaron on The Apprentice

Aaron has admitted that he is confident he will fly through to the finals and is described as an “outgoing salesman.”

Ahead of the show, Aaron said: “My strongest point is that I can sell to anybody, and I think that’s the reason why my business will be a success – because people will buy from me.”

If you want to see more of Aaron Willis or any of the other candidates, a ‘Meet The Candidates’ episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

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Meet the other 2022 candidates

Other candidates this year include Harry Mahmood, a 35-year-old regional manager from the West Midlands, who described himself as the “Asian version of Lord Sugar.”

Another is 27-year-old, Alex Short, who is the owner of a commercial cleaning company in Hertford. He said: “I would compare myself to a Ferrari, shiny on the outside but under the bonnet, there is a lot of fire and I’m coming for you.”

Up against him is Shama Amin, who said she wants to be a living example for other Asian women and mothers.

Ashkay Tharkrar, 28, is the owner of a digital marketing company and can speak seven different languages,

Other candidates on the show include Akeem Bundu-Kamara, a strategy manager for a financial firm, hotel front of house manager Brittany Carter, sales executive Connor Gilsenan, beauty brand owner Amy Anzel and sustainable company owner, Francesca Kennedy Wallbank.

Additionally, online pyjama store owner Kathryn Louise Barn, pharmacist Navid Sole, finance manager Nick Showering, boutique cocktail bar owner Sophie Wilding and Stephanie Affleck, owner of an online children’s store, will take part.



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