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Fired Apprentice candidate: Claude is better business partner than Lord Sugar

Sajan Shah is the seventh hopeful to leave the contest.

The latest fired Apprentice candidate has dismissed Lord Sugar as not the best prospective business partner on the show.

Sajan Shah became the seventh hopeful to leave the contest on Wednesday night and claimed he would rather enter into a partnership with Lord Sugar’s aide Claude Littner who has a “more contemporary business mind”.

The two teams were tasked with branding a vehicle and creating an advertising campaign before pitching to a panel of experts which ended in a car crash for Shah’s team Graphene who were led by James White.

Sajan
Sajan Shah (BBC/Freemantle Media)

The 24-year-old admitted he was “pretty disappointed” to leave the competition but suggested his business style was too modern for Lord Sugar.

He told the Press Association: “He (Lord Sugar) is not outdated but as a millennial I think a little differently about business.

“If I was to go into business out of Lord Sugar, Claude or Karren, I’d definitely do it with Claude,” he added.

“I think he is a much more contemporary business mind… he’s got his head screwed on in regards to how business should be and he’s helped lots of Lord Sugar’s businesses so I think he’s probably the best business partner of them.”

“Hopefully Claude will direct me a little bit more than Lord Sugar did,” he said.

Elizabeth during the commercial shoot (BBC/Freemantle Media)

The recruitment company owner said Lord Sugar had “obviously done really well for himself” but Littner had a better understanding of how the business markets are today.

If he had been successful, Shah said he would have been able to convince Lord Sugar of the “millennial market” and “could have really gone in there and helped him out with future business”.

Sajan is fired (BBC/Freemantle Media)

On his final task, Shah said he felt stuck in his role as the director of the TV commercial after Graphene teammate Elizabeth McKenna decided the concept while the team also inadvertently ended up in a reenactment Norman settlement from the Middle Ages.

Despite hauling four candidates back into the boardroom, Lord Sugar opted to save his multiple firing for another week as he only dispatched Shah.

Shah said construction business owner Michaela Wain – who was Vitality’s successful project manager for the week seven task – was his favourite to win as he compared her to Baroness Karren Brady.

“She’s definitely very driven like Karren… She works in an industry just like Karren where men are dominating. She comes across well, she’s a really strong female, she showed it in this task and winning it as well. I think the momentum is on her side so I think she’ll go quite far.”

:: The Apprentice returns next Wednesday at 9pm.

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