Irish pair set for battle on The Apprentice

Irish pair set for battle on The Apprentice

TWO Irish women are battling it out on this year’s The Apprentice where they hope to win an investment of £250,000 into their new business and the opportunity to work alongside Sir Alan Sugar.

The reality show, which opens for its 10th series on BBC next week (Tuesday, October 14), is being marked by an increase in the number of candidates – to 10 women and 10 men.

The move is expected to increase the numbers of sackings made by the multi-millionare tycoon on each show.

Pamela Uddin and Roisin Hogan are Ireland’s representatives.

Uddin, 23, is a recent-graduate with a first class honours degree and received a scholarship to complete her Masters in international business.

The Waterford-born woman works as a brand manager and said she was inspired by brands such as Paddy Power for its risqué approach to marketing.

She described herself as a “dyslexic entrepreneur” and became the youngest ever Irish person to be featured in the show and is a marketing executive with British-based firm Unilever.

Roisin, 32, a chartered accountant from Dublin, is chasing her dream of starting her own business.

She said that being a risk-taker has made her a keen poker player in her spare time, and her motto is to "manipulate, persuade and conquer".

"I would identify my opponents' weaknesses and pick them off one by one," Roisin added.

The second episode of The Apprentice screens on Wednesday, October 15 at 9pm.