Who is Bushra Shaikh? The Apprentice 2017 contestant – what you need to know

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THE APPRENTICE is back for another year and it’s brought with it another batch of delightfully obnoxious candidates.

Among the latest intake of 18 ambitious businessmen and women is Bushra Shaikh. Here’s all we know about Lord Sugar’s new candidate…

 Bushra Shaikh is a 34-year-old business owner from Surrey

Bushra Shaikh is a 34-year-old business owner from Surrey

Who is Bushra Shaikh and what’s her background?

Bushra Shaikh is a 34-year-old business owner from Surrey.

Currently, Bushra is an owner and designer of her own modest fashion label, creating luxury apparel for Muslim women.

Inspired by Coco Chanel, she believes her skills and determination are all she needs to succeed in The Apprentice, but she’s known to be pushy to get what she wants.

She says: “I’ve been raised not to be a pushover-in the words of Destiny’s Child, ‘I’m an independent woman.”

 The Apprentice returns to our screens on October 4

The Apprentice returns to our screens on October 4

What is The Apprentice and when is on BBC One?

The Apprentice is a hit BBC reality show, now about to enter its thirteenth series, featuring hour-long episodes.

It starts tomorrow (Monday, October 4) and airs at the same time as The Detectives: Murder On The Streets on BBC Two, Doc Martin on ITV and Grand Designs on Channel 4.

Each series of the programme aims to find a new apprentice for billionaire business mogul and Amstrad founder Lord Alan Sugar, who’s worth £1.4bn.

It aims to recreate the toughest of business environments and tasks for its set of contestants, but it is often very funny due to the incompetence and arrogance of the competitors.

The show began in 2005 and has a US equivalent that kicked off in 2004, with Donald Trump in Lord Alan’s equivalent role.

There are celebrity and junior versions of the UK show, too.

After returning on October 4, The Apprentice is on every Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

Lord Sugar fires the director of the trailer for the new season of The Apprentice – before the end of the teaser itself!

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