The Apprentice 2016 contestants revealed!

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  • It’s that time of year again! Lord Sugar is back with another selection of business hopefuls for the new series of The Apprentice.

    It’s time to meet the contestants. Who do you think looks like the winner?

    Frances Bishop

    At 25 years old, Frances is one of this years’ youngest contestants. She owns a children’s clothing boutique and describes herself as talkative with a feisty personality.

    Paul Sullivan

    Paul is from Chigwell, Essex and owns a marketing company specialising in finance. He believes his consistency and sincerity will make him one to watch.

    Trishna Thakrar

    Trishna, 28, is a recruitment agent for a large IT company. She’s also a former semi-professional football player and believes her sensitivity might be her downfall.

    Natalie Hughes

    Natalie, 30 from Glasgow, owns a hair and beauty salon. She believes her quick thinking is her best quality and believes she has the motivation to win.

    Sofiane Khelfa

    Sofiane is a senior sales executive from Essex, working in a high-end retail shop. He believes when he gets down to business, his skills and personality will shine through.

    Samuel Boateng

    Samuel manages and generates business for over 700 companies in London. He thinks he has great public speaking abilities, and says he will be ‘on the charm offensive’,

    Rebecca Jeffery

    Rebecca, 31, owns a marketing and design business and works as the account manager and creative director. While she admits numbers and calculations are not her strength, she believes that she’s relentless and has an infectious enthusiasm.

    Karthik Nagesan

    Karthik is 33 and owns an IT consulting company. He said he is firm but polite, which makes him the ultimate ‘human magnet’.

    Oliver Nohl-Oser

    Oliver is the 33 year-old founder and director of a sausage manufacturing company, which supplies supermarkets in the UK and abroad. He believes his strengths are his marketing ability and powers of persuasion. He says he won’t be making friends with the other contestants, but instead focusing on the prize.

    JD O’Brien

    JD, 37, is the owner of a men’s beachwear company. He believes he can be a ‘good bloke’ and still make the best of any situation. JD says he will put in the hard work this series and hopes to make no mistakes.

    Mukai Noiri

    A 36-year-old digital marketing manager from London, he’s clearly well travelled and has lived over six countries and three continents. He’s admitted to being a straight talker and thinks his charm is one of is strongest qualities.

    Michelle Niziol

    35-year-old Michelle owns three companies in mortgages, property and lettings. She admits to being bossy and impatient and says she’ll struggle with letting other contestants take charge in a challenge.

    Jessica Cunningham

    Jessica owns an online fashion company and directs a PR and marketing agency. She thinks her positive helpful attitude will push her through the tasks, and wants to get close to everyone else to know how they operate, their strengths and weaknesses and use them to her advantage

    Grainne McCoy

    Grainne, from Northern Ireland, owns a makeup business and works on projects like film sets to fashion shows. She thinks her hunger and passion push her to excel and she puts the maximum amount of effort into everything she does.

    Aleksandra King

    Aleksandra owns and runs a business consultancy company. She describes herself as extremely confident, with a gift for finding a good business opportunity and can sell to anyone.

    She cites her mother as an inspiration as she is fluent in seven languages and has an ability to ‘get people’.

    Alana Spencer

    Alana, from Wales, owns a baking company and says she is determined, creative and charming. She started her first business at 17, a chocolate company, and then moved on to selling cakes.

    Dillon St Paul

    Dillion is 37 and the art director of a fashion magazine. He’s described himself as super creative, talented, kind and very funny.

    Courtney Wood

    Courtney designs and makes novelty gifts and supplies them to national and international retailers. He says he is fun with a positive attitude and believes his confidence is one of his strengths.

    The Apprentice returns to our screens Thursday 6th October at 9pm on BBC One.