Chesterfield businessman is gunning for success on The Apprentice

Chesterfield businessman James Hill enjoyed his eight-week run on The Apprentice.
Chesterfield businessman James Hill enjoyed his eight-week run on The Apprentice.
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A North Derbyshire businessman says he has what it takes to triumph in the new series of hit TV show The Apprentice.

James Hill – whose nickname is ‘Del Boy’ – will compete against 19 other candidates to win the chance of going into business with millionaire Lord Alan Sugar.

And James is confident Lord Sugar will tell him ‘You’re hired’, rather than his catchphrase ‘you’re fired’ as he eliminates people from the comptition.

James said: “Having to fend for myself since the age of 16, I believe my strength of character and drive to succeed will put me in good stead.

“Del Boy’s my nickname – always chancing, I’m a bit of an opportunist.”

The son of Chesterfield businessman Jason Hill, James’s entrepreneurial spark began aged 13 when he sold chocolate bars to his school classmates to make extra dinner money.

The 26-year-old launched his business career by setting up a hand car wash in the town.

The multiple business owner’s previous ventures include supplying gaming machines to clubs in the UK, which he later expanded to Ireland, and opening a restaurant and bar.

James, who is behind Havana Whites, on Corporation Street, in the centre o f Chesterfield, admits he can be ‘a bit of a know-it-all’ and his tendency to get ‘over-excited’ may get on people’s nerves.

However, he said he believes his ‘strength of character’ will see him through Lord Sugar’s tough recruitment process.

The Apprentice starts on BBC1 tonight, at 9pm. Previous winners have included last year’s victor Leah Totton, who set up a cosmetic clinic with Lord Sugar, as well as Tom Pellereau, who enjoyed success with his curved nail file.