Profile: Darren Leppard – Hard work & passion a realistic inspiration

When it comes to thinking about careers and jobs, the pressure for students and graduates these days is immense. It is hard to imagine how you can achieve success without further education, and even though there are so many role models on TV of famous celebrities that have made an achievement in life without education, it is difficult to know how they got there and whether they just got lucky!

Profile: Karren Brady

We talk to Karren Brady, who is set to take over from Margaret Mountford as Lord Sugar’s eyes and ears on The Apprentice. Karren became managing director of Birmingham City football club at the age of 23; the only woman to hold this position in the premiership and the youngest director of a UK plc. Now 38, she is married to retired footballer Paul Peschisolido and lives in Birmingham with her two children – Sophia, 12, and Paolo, nine. Once the takeover is complete of Birmingham City FC it is widely predicted that she will blow full-time on her career as the first lady of football.

Getting to know you: Nat Hardwick

I’m Managing Director of SFEDI Enterprises Ltd. We’re the enterprise arm of SFEDI, the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative. SFEDI are the UK national standards setting body for business enterprise and also carry out research into the needs and issues of small business. Originally government funded we’re now an independent organisation run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. In terms of how we work together, SFEDI does the thinking, we do the doing!

The Apprentice relationship out in the open tonight

The alleged relationship between The Apprentice contestants Philip Taylor and Kate Walsh comes to light on tonight’s show, it has been claimed.

Media reports have suggested that the pair are”blissfully happy” together, with Taylor supposedly meeting Walsh’s mother.

A show source said: “Kate and Philip are mixing business with pleasure – and it’s not having a positive effect on them selling. Their relationship is a big part of this week’s show.”

During tonight’s show, Taylor suggests a pub visit to Walsh and fellow contestant Lorraine Tighe expresses annoyance at the pair.

Tighe said: “I want to know what is causing all the distractions. And I hope for Kate, Phil and Ben’s sake it is not Kate’s beauty.”

Walsh has claimed that although she shared a kiss with Taylor, they did not have a fully-fledged fling.

Business Woman of the year: Gail Rebuck

It’s coming to something when you receive the top business award for women in the UK from Sir Trevor McDonald and all the press want to do is talk about your daughter.

That was the ‘plight’ yesterday of Random House’s chair and CEO Gail Rebuck CBE, who was yesterday named the 36th Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. For the record her daughter is Georgia Gould, the 22-year-old Oxford graduate at the centre of a storm over a safe Labour seat for which she’s running in which a sealed ballot box had been tampered with.

‘I’m no bottler’ – says businessman who quit The Apprentice

Adam Freeman – the man who created a media storm after quitting The Apprentice hours before he was due to meet Sir Alan Sugar – has hit back at claims he is simply a cocky Essex boy who bottled it.

He’s been called a wannabe and a drop-out, but the 31-year-old businessman from Chigwell has told how he decided to pull out after producers tried to pressure him into presenting himself as another Sir Alan.