Apprentice star advises aspiring tycoons

Television star and businesswoman Karren Brady,centreabove, hasbackedan entrepreneurship programme run by an East Midlands college.

Lord Sugar’s aide on the BBC television series The Apprentice, who is also vice-chairman of West Ham Football Club, visited West Nottinghamshire College to launch a scheme in which experts coach aspiring tycoons to help them to get their business ideas off the ground. Ms Brady talked about her experiences and joined a panel, which included Shalini Khemka, co-founder of the London Entrepreneurial Exchange, a support network for entrepreneurs, to be quizzed by 150 students.

Chelsea Salmon, 16, recently set up an anti-bullying website that she wants to roll- out to schools. “Karren made me realise that you can succeed in life regardless of your background,” she said.

Principal Asha Khemka said: “Karren Brady is the epitome of what can be achieved with an entrepreneurial spirit and a determination to succeed.”