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  • It's an opportunity like no other.

  • I don't like teachers' pets and I don't like school bullies.

  • What I like is young people that have the potential to succeed in business.

  • From all over the country, Britain's youngest aspiring entrepreneurs

  • - have come to London. - Has everybody signed on

  • to the fact that this task was all about making money?

  • - You're acting like an idiot. You kept shouting over him. - Guys, let it go!

  • - Let it go, seriously. - Stop shouting, Amy.

  • Aged 16 and 17, all have a burning passion for business.

  • - Are you going to listen to me? - We're not doing this now, OK?

  • Don't dodge the question. Did you lose control of the task?

  • - Listen. - We did listen. - There you go, not even listening again.

  • They'll battle it out for a prize worth £25,000...

  • - Fabulous! - ..the ultimate kick-start to a career in business.

  • Oh, I'm sweating like a pig at the butcher's!

  • But to succeed, they'll have to impress the boss - Lord Sugar.

  • You tried to be too clever, and I'm afraid that it's backfired.

  • In charge of a vast business empire, Lord Sugar started his career

  • while still at school.

  • Now he's on the hunt for his next Young Apprentice.

  • Bottom line is - you totally went off the rails here.

  • To win, they have to work as a team...

  • - No, no. It's poor management. - It was bad management.

  • - ..but shine as individuals. - 650, cash in hand now.

  • GIRL SHRIEKS

  • Because, in the end, there can only be one Young Apprentice.

  • With regret, you're fired.

  • You're fired.

  • You're fired.

  • Previously on Young Apprentice....

  • Now, your task today is that you are going to have to produce a cookery book.

  • ..Lucy's team served up recipes for students.

  • Six teaspoons of peanut butter, four tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce.

  • But in the race to meet the deadline...

  • - When are we getting pictures through? - Are they having a laugh?

  • ..things boiled over.

  • Those sorts of comments are poor from a project manager.

  • - Are you all right? Don't worry about it. - I'm just really angry.

  • Sean's team launched a cook book for the professional women...

  • Ooh, that looks really good.

  • ..against the advice of its focus group.

  • They didn't like just girls.

  • They wanted busy, professional men and women.

  • You never listen to absolutely everything from your market research.

  • And Patrick's pitch...

  • It's really not meant to be, er...

  • Erm...

  • It's not, it's really not meant...

  • ..was thin pickings.

  • That pitch was an absolute disaster.

  • In the boardroom, the student cook book was the best seller.

  • Supermarket, Nick?

  • 5,000 copies.

  • 5,000. Wow.

  • David was brought to book.

  • The fatal error was the market.

  • But it was young publisher Sean proved the author of his own downfall.

  • Your mistake today was taking your eye off the ball.

  • Sean, it is with regret, you're fired.

  • Now just ten remain in the fight to become Lord Sugar's

  • next Young Apprentice.

  • 6am.

  • PHONE TINKLES

  • - Good morning. - 'This is Lord Sugar's office.

  • 'He would like you to meet him at the Coliseum.

  • - 'The cars will be ready in 20 minutes.' - OK, thank you. Bye.

  • Guys, in 20 minutes the car's coming to pick us up.

  • HE GROANS

  • Ow.

  • 20 minutes, guys! 20 minutes! 20 minutes. Get up.

  • - Do you know where the Coliseum is? - I think it's a stadium or something.

  • I think it's going to be a manic day.

  • I think this 20 minutes is a start of what's to come.

  • I got a slap on my hand for being too quiet,

  • - so this week I have to put up my volume a bit. - Yeah.

  • Game on.

  • The London Coliseum.

  • Purpose-built as a world-class theatre, now famous for its opera.

  • First, an overture from the boss.

  • - Good morning. - Good morning, Lord Sugar.

  • Welcome to the London Coliseum.

  • This is the home of the English National Opera.

  • And in order to put on these great operas, obviously they need

  • the singers, the musicians, the actors and, of course, the set.

  • And your task today has got a lot to do with that.

  • You're going to go out and procure ten items

  • that are going to be used in an opera.

  • So this task is all about the art of negotiation -

  • you're going to have to get the right price

  • and you're going to have to do it in the right amount of time.

  • Now, I'm going to mix the teams up.

  • David, I'd like you to move across to Team Platinum.

  • And Navdeep and Alice, you move over here to Team Odyssey.

  • - Everything clear? - Yes, Lord Sugar. - Well, very good luck.

  • I'll see you back in the boardroom tomorrow morning. OK? Off you go.

  • With over 200 performances each year,

  • the producers need plenty of props.

  • From antiques to animals,

  • from the stylish to the sinister.

  • The teams have eight hours and a list of ten items to find and buy

  • for some of the world's most famous opera productions.

  • But first, they need leaders.

  • - Project manager. - I would like to put myself forward this week.

  • I feel I've been in the boardroom twice and both times

  • it was probably because I wasn't leading the team.

  • Does anyone else want to put themselves...?

  • - I was going to. - I actually think Steven's really good at organising.

  • - Shall we just take a vote? - You guys go for it then.

  • - Steven. - Steven. - Sorry. - That's fine.

  • 'When I'm in a team, I like to know what role I'm doing,'

  • when I'm doing it, how I'm doing it.

  • I make sure people know what they're doing, when, and how.

  • - Are you three OK with being on one team? - That's fine. - OK.

  • - Lucy, I'm going to put you as leader. - That's fine.

  • Actually, reconsidering, as you wanted to be project manager,

  • - do you want to lead the sub-team? - I'd love to. - Yeah?

  • When you manage men you have to treat them like dogs,

  • then they'll know who the leader is.

  • When managing women, you must flatter them,

  • you have to be kind, smile, show your softer side.

  • OK, so, David, I'm going to put you as project manager for the sub-team.

  • OK. Lead the ladies.

  • Into the spotlight to lead the other team, catering entrepreneur Andrew.

  • I would like to put myself forward as project manager.

  • - I'm good with money management and I'd like to win so bad. - THEY LAUGH

  • - I think I can lead yous to a win, definitely. - Who votes for Andrew?

  • OK, let's get going. Right, shall we go through each item?

  • Alice, have a look for the human hair.

  • Nav, keep looking for the red velvet. Get a few numbers together.

  • I'll have a look for the car.

  • Maria, have a look for the cash register.

  • Patrick, look for the boots. Right, have they all got your items? Start looking.

  • I was just wondering whether you sell real hair?

  • - Do you know what votives are? - 'No, I don't know.'

  • 'The strategy is definitely just try and find shops

  • 'which have the items in.'

  • We can't leave if we haven't got leads.

  • I was just wondering, would you know anything about taxidermy?

  • - 'About what, sorry - taxi driving?' - No, taxidermy.

  • Do you know what votives are?

  • 'Bald heads?'

  • What I was thinking, we've got ten items. If we do two items each...

  • I'm perfectly happy with the car and the fabric.

  • I sort of want to do the car. The black plastic link chain...

  • We'd need to look for, like, an independent DIY shop.

  • - There's two items that I have no idea what they are. - Me too.

  • - OK, are we all talking about the same two items? - Votive.

  • - And caddle-a-brum. - Yeah.

  • I don't have a clue what these are either.

  • Can-del-a-brum.

  • - Yeah, candelabrum. - Candelabrum. - Candelabrum.

  • Maybe it's something that goes in a car or in a washing machine.

  • - MUMBLED: - Candelabrum...

  • - Ca-da-le-brum. Cadalebrum? Candelabrum. - Can-del-a-brum.

  • - Candelabrum. - Candelabrum.

  • What's the majority saying? Do we reckon that's a drum?

  • Maybe it might be good if we separated now.

  • We need to start going to places, so have you got your items?

  • - Are you clear on what you've got to do? - We'll see you guys in a bit.

  • - Remember, the cheapest that you can go. - Yeah.

  • - Got it. Bye, guys. - See you later, good luck.

  • While Andrew's team stays put, Steven and his team split,

  • hit the road...

  • and carry on calling.

  • Do you have army boots?

  • - 'What type do you want?' - I want ten pairs of size nines.

  • Do you have a 30-metre black plastic chain?

  • - 'I'm sorry. This is a pet shop. We don't sell that.' - OK, thanks.

  • C-A-N

  • D-E-L-A-B

  • RUM. Candelabrum.

  • 'I'm not sure on that one, I'm afraid.'

  • - Do you sell olive trees? - 'We do, yeah.'

  • We're looking specifically for a four-foot olive tree.

  • - 'Er, we have got a four-foot tree.' - OK, thank you very much. Thanks, bye.

  • Lucy, you're going to lead out on this sale and flirt your way...

  • - Oh, God. I don't know if I can do that. - You can, Lucy.

  • Hello. I just spoke to you on the phone.

  • - I'm looking for a four-foot olive tree. - Standard or lollipop or bush?

  • I don't know. Can we look at both of them?

  • That looks about right.

  • - It is really nice. It is £62.95, though. - It is, isn't it? - Mm.

  • - Could you push the price down for us? - Down a little.

  • Why should I?

  • Tell you what, let's give the whole garden centre here a discount. No!

  • - No, no, but... - Tell you what, I'll get my staff in and see if they'll take a discount.

  • - We'll buy this tree. - I'll tell you what - hang on. - Come back!

  • What I did notice is that you have a 10% discount on your...

  • - House plants. - House plants, yes.

  • Could we perhaps negotiate that to be a house plant by any chance?

  • - It's a good line. - We are desperate for this plant. - Are you really?

  • If you're that desperate, you'll pay anything!

  • - It would really, really help us out. - We'll call it a house plant.

  • - And you can have your 10%. - Could we do 15%?

  • - Could you please push it down to 15%? - No. 10%.

  • Are you not willing to go down a bit further, with a face like this?

  • - OK, fine, we won't go there. - I've said 10% and that's it.

  • - 10%, we'll take it. - Thank you very much. - We'll shake on it. - All right.

  • High-five, guys.

  • I think that that went really well.

  • Something that I would like to remind you, Amy,

  • is that Lucy did say that she was going to lead out on that.

  • I didn't get the deal, she got the deal.

  • Yeah, but when she's talking, let her do most of the talking. Yeah?

  • OK.

  • If I was going to liken my business skills to any animal

  • I'd pick a tiger or a lion,

  • because I think those are quite aggressive animals

  • and don't like to be messed with.

  • Can you pass me the phone?

  • Back at the Coliseum, determined to find leads before leaving,

  • Andrew's team.

  • Islington, is that... That's London?

  • Andrew, we've been looking at these books now for half an hour.

  • And we've found some things. I'm very nearly on a car,

  • - you're looking at boots. - We've had two businesses -

  • - they could be in different parts of London. - Where even are we now?

  • - Have we got any maps? - Just this. - Just this.

  • What part of London should we stick to?

  • As project manager, you should make that decision.

  • You can't just pin me when I don't know London.

  • So far I really think we have no form of organisational structure

  • whatsoever. I mean,

  • we've got, "You find this and we'll go out and buy some stuff."

  • Other than that, nothing.

  • - You've only found one shop so far? - Yeah, and what have you found?

  • - I've got a number here. - I have an actual address.

  • You're so immature sometimes.

  • OK, let's just get on because we've got to do this all day.

  • Don't worry, the other team will be having as much problems as we are.

  • East London. First stop for Steven and Ashley,

  • a street full of discount shops.

  • Right. So we need 15 metres red velvet. Cool, let's go.

  • - Usually 9.95 a metre. - It's going to be 150 quid, isn't it?

  • Would you be able to do around the £4-5 mark?

  • - I need literally your absolute best. - I'll do it at the 6.50 mark.

  • If you could drop to 6, we would be more than happy. Shake my hand.

  • - 50's my margin, honestly. - £6. - Go on. - Thank you.

  • That's £90, please.

  • - You don't know what a candella-brum is, do you? - No, I'm afraid I don't.

  • - Sorry. - Neither do we!