Ashleigh Porter-Exley triumphed in Lord Sugar’s boardroom last night to be crowned Young Apprentice 2012, winning a £25,000 investment in a business project of her choosing.
The 17-year old from South Yorkshire beat A-Level student Lucy Beauvallet (pictured above) in the final head-to-head after the field was narrowed down to two during the final programme on BBC1.
Ashleigh, who is studying business and accountancy, impressed Lord Sugar throughout the process because of her firm grasp of numbers, but excelled in the final task, which was to devise and market a new sports clothing brand.
The teen entrepreneur said of her win: “It’s just absolutely amazing to know that I’m the winner and that Lord Sugar is willing to invest in me. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had.
“You can have as much work experience as you like but the skills I’ve learnt while being here are just unbelievable.”
Ashleigh told Lord Sugar she would invest the money in either a new accountancy firm or a property management company when she finishes her studies.
This was the third series of Lord Sugar’s Apprentice spin-off, having begun life as Junior Apprentice in May 2010. Despite tabloid rumours that it will be the last run of the teen version of the show, it is understood a firm decision on the programme’s future is still yet to be taken.