Ashleigh wins Young Apprentice crown

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STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 2101 THURSDAY DECEMBER 20 ''For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only.''Undated handout photo issued by the BBC of Ashleigh Porter-Exley who has won the Young Apprentice 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 20, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Apprentice. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
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SOUTH Yorkshire teenager Ashleigh Porter-Exley has triumphed as the Young Apprentice after impressing show boss Lord Sugar with her ‘utter graft’ and skills as a wannabe tycoon.

The 17-year-old, who dazzled judges with her ethical streetwear brand, won in the final head-to-head against student Lucy Beauvallet.

Ashleigh is to use her £25,000 prize to either set up her own property management business or an accountancy firm.

Ashleigh, of Swinton, Rotherham, is studying for her NVQ in business and admin and taking an evening course in accountancy.

The pair made it through to the final boardroom decision after their clothing initiative beat the other finalists .

Lord Sugar said: “Ashleigh, I’ve seen you take over tasks during the course of the last seven weeks and sometimes bring them through.

“I’ve seen you controlling what’s going on and it’s been a great privilege to have had you here in this process.”

Ashleigh said: “It’s just absolutely amazing to know that I’m the winner and that Lord Sugar is willing to invest in me. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had.

“You can have as much work experience as you like but the skills I’ve learnt while being here are just unbelievable.”