Well all good things must come to an end, the best man won and the winner takes it all but let’s face it, it’s not the winning but the taking part that’s important. And just like our time here with Dave as his trusted advisors, Marie and I present to you the last edition of the Apprentice Awards for the series.
Drumroll please…and the winner of the….
Walking cliché award goes to the man that does exactly what it says on the tin, Jim Eastwood. Jim also contributed to the episode’s quote of the week with a CV reading, “I’m not a show pony or a one-trick pony, I’m not a jackass or a stubborn mule, and I’m definitely not a wild stallion that needs to be tamed. I am the champion thoroughbred that this process requires.” This followed by arguably the best quote of the series as Margaret turns to him and asks, “What impression does that give me? That you’re a bit of an ass?” Classic Marge.
The Brand lives on award- From wild stallion to ponies in a field. For those following conversations on Twitter last night, you would have noticed The Brand trending worldwide. It seems like we just can’t get enough of lovable Stuart Baggs. Not only has The Brand hired himself a PR company to look after his reputation, he’s also heading to Scotland to perform a one-off stand up comedy show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. God help us all.
Commiserations award goes to all work and no play (nor imagination) Helen Milligan. One has to question the value of tasks in this series. With Helen winning a total of ten tasks, compared to Tom’s measly three, Helen could well have been a potential winner had the series been following last year’s format; probably the most gutting form of solace anyone could have been given.
Adding to this, Marie’s ever-literal and practical hubby-to-be pointed out that actually we didn’t need to go through 12 weeks of this nonsense to get to this conclusion. If they looked at the business plans and CVs in week one, Tom would have been immediately anointed as the top of the ‘entrepreneurial elite’. However on that basis, the reluctant accountant with an allergy to verbs and prepositions, who left in the first week might have actually stood a chance given that numbers, balance sheets, and P&L were the downfall of most of the interviewed finalists (even the winner) in week 12.
But let’s face it, without the process we would have missed out on a lot laughs, cringes and reasons to feel good about ourselves.
Junior Apprentice in autumn – bring it on!