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Apprentice Sophie 'glad to leave stress behind'


Sophie Lau. Photo: BBC/PA Wire

Sophie Lau. Photo: BBC/PA Wire

Sophie Lau. Photo: BBC/PA Wire

FIRED Apprentice hopeful Sophie Lau said her boardroom experience was so stressful she actually wanted to leave.

The 22-year-old restaurateur, inset, found herself in Lord Sugar's boardroom with contestants Uzma Yakoob and project manager Natalie Panayi after they lost a task to design and sell a piece of flat-pack furniture.

Lau said: "Natalie and Uzma were just at each other and I couldn't get a word in edgeways – it got to a point where they were just shouting and shouting and shouting at each other. I was like, 'I just want to go. Send me back to the house or make me fired, but I've been here for hours and they're still fighting'."

The third contestant to be fired from series nine of The Apprentice added: "We lost all the time because we couldn't work as a team.



"I went to university, so I know what it's like to work as a team. I did team projects every single week, but some of these girls, who have their own businesses, have no idea how to work as a team."

Her team, Evolve, lost out to the boys' team Endeavour, whose Foldo – a table which turns into a chair – trumped the girls' TidySidey, a storage unit, tray and stool that was criticised as a "box on wheels", with sales of 3,216 to just 174.

Lau said there was "no way" she would have the "horrendous" item in her home and felt Yakoob, who had design experience, should have been fired.

"I felt she should have gone if that was her best work, if that was her peak," said Lau, who runs a speed-dating dining business.