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The Apprentice its back as brash and as narcissistic as ever – BBC1

7 May

Sometimes when I watch the Apprentice I think it is a mix of Big Brother and a specialist holiday programme that takes you on a tour of business parks, warehouses and retail spots of London.

Every year the bitchiness starts earlier and earlier. We have got a new series and already one of the boys Neil Clough stands out as the man who seems best able to combine all round bitchiness with the now mandatory “how good am I” look. As smug as he was, he clearly was not stupid enough to volunteer to be the first project manager, always a poisoned chalice.

That “honour” fell to a Jaz Ampaw-Far  on the girl’s team and Jason Leech on the boy’s side. First week is difficult to tell who is who, as it is largely just a random collection of faces. The lesson is clear at time like this with no credit to your name never, never put your hand up to be Project Manager, there is only a downside. You win, no one remembers by week seven because it is so long ago. You lose, you’re toast. Have you people not watched the programme!!!

Sadly for Jaz that is just what she did and months from now people will pass by her at Supermarket thinking I know her from somewhere, but just would never be able to put their finger on it.

For the rest of us we watch to see if the this series will give us an apprentice legend like Stuart “The Brand” Baggs, Raef Bjayou (my all time favourite), Tre Azam or Katie Hopkins.

Be Your Own Boss – BBC3..Cycles, Chairs and Cardboard

10 Oct

Another week and another edition of Be Your Own Boss

I like Be Your Own Boss it has a touch of realism that is absent from the Apprentice, and makes far tougher decisions than you see on Dragons Den.

This week there were no surprise Billionaire appearances, but lots of pitches by budding Entrepreneurs  As is the format Richard Reed had to choose 3 entrepreneurs to work with with and from the three he will end up investing in one.

For the shortlist, we have a young and very creative dude, who was looking to build a business making cardboard dinosaurs and dinosaur themed greeting cards. There were the hip young twenty-somethings looking to build a social online community around their love of cycling. Last but not least there was an old school inventor, who was looking to to build and sell a car seat, that could turn into a suitcase you can wheel around…Inspector Gadget eat your heart out.

It was tough this week as none of them looked like a real winner. The young dude was creative but seemed to be put off by the nuts and bolts of running a business, the marketing, the sales calls etc. Plus he didn’t really want the cash just guidance.

The social networking guys had really not got anything to show, plus it didn’t help that one of the guys was stuck in America during the evaluation period. They were keen, but the idea seemed more community focused and as Richard probably wanted to say but was too polite…Show me the money!!

The last guy had what on the surface was a cool looking idea child car seat to suitcase. Sounds good but when he said he needed £300,000, I think he left Richard in a state of shock.

Well he had to go with one…Tough call, but he eventually opted for the inventor of the convertible car seat, investing £25k. Cue tears of joy from the inventor, who had already offered to leave his day job if Richard invested.

Smooth as you like…”Be Your Own Boss” – BBC3

3 Oct

I have seen his products all other the place, Innocent Smoothies, Innocent Juice, etc. It seems squeezing the odd fruit into a plastic bottle and flogging it can make you seriously rich and it has for Richard Reed, the smooth looking boss of Innocent Drinks.

He has kindly decided not keep all that juicy cash just to himself and on BBC3′s ‘Be Your Own Boss’ he is out looking for investment opportunities.

This programme starts off frantically like Dragon’s Den on LSD, morphs into the The Apprentice and ends with X-Factor style rejections.

The would be entrepreneurs are first corralled into some sort of exhibition hall where Richard blitzes his way through tens of pitches. He is assisted by a couple of helpers including Tim Campbell, the first winner of the Apprentice (I wondered where he got to).

After the pitches he chooses three entrepreneurs with a view to investing in one. The three chosen were a swimwear company, a “potted beef” company  at least that’s what I think they were selling (potted beef ? sounds yummy, not!), and finally Ash selling some sort of clever device for keeping baby milk warm.

All three were called in for follow on interviews. If a millionaire wasn’t enough, the programme upped the ante with a billionaire as Richard Branson made a guest appearance for no discernible reason other than it seems to reduce Ash to a quivering nervous wreck when he came in for his follow up conversation.

Well at least on the positive side Ash got his first customer as Mr Branson promised to by six for his Grandchildren to be (no pressure on Holly then).

Few months later they all came back and after reviews of progress made so far, Richard (Reed that is not Branson) decided the best place to splash his cash was with Ash and he got a 65,000 to develop his idea.
An honorable shout out to the ladies who pitched the wonderfully named Man Meat Spices….apparently it is barbecue sauce.