Mortgage broker out to woo Lord Sugar in The Apprentice

Ryan Fowler

September 28, 2016

Mortgage broker Michelle Niziol has been confirmed as one of the contestants on this year’s series of The Apprentice.

Nizoli is managing director Bicester based (IMS) Independent Mortgage Solutions which covers the South East of England. She qualified as a mortgage broker back in 2005 and founded IMS in 2008.

In 2011 she won top UK Broker for Barclays and in December 2015 she won the Top Independent Broker award for the South East.

And she will be hoping for more success as The Apprentice returns to screens for its twelfth series. Lord Sugar is once again joined by advisors Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as they put 18 candidates, including Nizoli, through their paces to secure a £250k investment in their business plan.

Lord Sugar kicks the series off with a task designed to test the candidates’ skills in negotiation and selling. The teams arrive at a lock-up containing antiques and collectables including furniture, vintage clothing, toys, ceramics, silver and glassware.

They must spot the treasure from the trash, before they sell their chosen items to the public and trade. The aim is simple – make as much money as possible to avoid being in the firing line on the losing team in the boardroom.

Other tasks over the coming weeks include creating an advertising campaign for jeans, manufacturing a range of sweets, hosting ‘late night opening’ events at well-known attractions, designing virtual reality games and producing and creating their own brand of gin.

The candidates must also once again face the infamous interviews in the penultimate episode, where the semi-finalists are grilled by some of Lord Sugar’s most trusted colleagues about their business plans.

The final will then see the finalists pitch their business plan to Lord Sugar and a host of industry experts, with help from a selection of this year’s fired candidates, as they aim to impress the most with their partnership offer in a bid for the £250,000 prize.

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

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