The Apprentice returns to the BBC next week and one Northern Ireland woman is hoping to get hired.

This year’s line-up of candidates include nine women and nine men between the ages of 24 and 38 and from a wide variety of business backgrounds.

Among them is Newry woman Grainne McCoy.


The 31-year-old owns her own makeup business and works on projects from film sets to fashion shows.

She says her hunger and passion push her to succeed and she puts maximum effort into everything she does. She is confident that her self-belief and strong-mindedness will see her through the tasks.

“I need guidance and a little bit of mentoring to help me make that first million,” she said.

The Apprentice has seen its fair share of stand-out characters from Northern Ireland – sure who could forget our very own ‘Jedi Jim?!’

Meanwhile, Dr Leah Totten from Derry won the show in 2013, and has since gone on to huge success with her cosmetic skin clinics in London and Essex under the Dr Leah brand.

So naturally we’re expecting big things from Grainne.

The first episode will see the business newbies tackle a task testing their negotiation and selling skills.

Split into two teams, they will have to work together to pick out treasure from trash at a large lock-up containing antiques and collectables before selling them to the public.


The winning team will be the one that makes the biggest profit, meaning they will escape the threat of being fired by Lord Sugar and his wagging finger in the boardroom.

Other tasks in the series will see the candidates coming up with an advertising campaign for jeans, manufacturing a range of sweets and creating their own brand of gin.

The contestants will hope to impress Lord Sugar in order to secure his £250,000 investment in their business plan.

The business tycoon will be joined once again by aides Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as the boardroom antics get under way.

The Apprentice will air at 9pm on Thursdays on BBC One and BBC One HD from October 6.

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