Dronfield entrepreneur to appear on new series of The Apprentice

Jessica Cunningham is a candidate on the new series of The Apprentice, which starts on Thursday, October 6.
Jessica Cunningham is a candidate on the new series of The Apprentice, which starts on Thursday, October 6.
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A Dronfield woman is among 18 candidates who will compete in a new series of The Apprentice.

Jessica Cunningham, 29, who is an online entrepreneur and an operations director for a PR and marketing agency, will go head-to-head with fellow competitors to become Lord Sugar’s business partner and claim a £250,000 investment.

Appearing on a video on the BBC website, Jessica said: “I’ve got loads of energy - a bit too much!

“I talk a lot. I’m very much a dreamer, but in a good sense. I believe you’ve got to have high visions to hit high.

“I don’t think anyone’s ever met anyone quite like me.”

The 11th series of the popular BBC One show will see candidates compete in 12 different tasks, with at least one candidate being ‘fired’ every week.

Lord Sugar’s advisor will once again include Baroness Karren Brady and new aide Claude Littner.

Jessica added: “I’m very much like the female version of Jim Carrey. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

“I am a very chilled out person and but then I am like an elastic band. If someone pushes me too far, I flip.

“I’m just going to be a really good candidate.”

Jessica will be following in the footsteps of Chesterfield entrepreneur James Hill, who shot to fame after appearing on The Apprentice in 2014. He lasted until week eight before being fired by Lord Sugar but his stint on the show was embroiled in controversy after it was revealed he had a criminal record. In August 2015, Hill entered the Celebrity Big Brother house, going on to win the show in September 2015.

The Apprentice starts on Thursday, October 6.

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