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The Apprentice returns to screens on Thursday 6 October for the twelfth series. Lord Sugar is once again joined by advisors Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as they put 18 brand new candidates through their paces to secure his £250k investment in their business plan.

Here’s this year’s candidates:

Alana Spencer

Age: 24
Occupation: Owner, Cake Company
Lives: Ceredigion, Wales

Aleksandra King

Age: 38
Occupation: Owner, Business Consultancy
Lives: London

Courtney Wood

Age: 29
Occupation: Owner, Novelty Gift Company
Lives: Essex

Dillon St. Paul

Age: 37
Occupation: Art Director, Fashion Magazine
Lives: Dublin, Ireland

Frances Bishop

Age: 25
Occupation: Owner, Children’s Clothing Company
Lives: Doncaster

Grainne McCoy

Age: 31
Occupation: Owner, Makeup Studio
Lives: Northern Ireland

JD O’Brien

Age: 37
Occupation: Owner, Beachwear Company
Lives: London

Jessica Cunningham

Age: 29
Occupation: Online Fashion Entrepreneur
Lives: Derbyshire

Karthik Nagesan

Age: 33
Occupation: Owner, IT Consultancy
Lives: Northamptonshire

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Michelle Niziol

Age: 35
Occupation: Owner, Property Consultancy
Lives: Oxfordshire

Mukai Noiri

Age: 36
Occupation: Digital Marketing Manager, Fashion
Lives: London

Natalie Hughes

Age: 30
Occupation: Owner, Hair and Beauty Salon
Lives: Glasgow

Oliver Nohl-Oser

Age: 33
Occupation: Owner, Food Distribution Business
Lives: Wiltshire

Paul Sullivan

Age: 38
Occupation: Owner, Marketing Agency
Lives: Chigwell, Essex

Rebecca Jeffery

Age: 31
Occupation: Owner, Design & Marketing Agency
Lives: Greater Manchester

Samuel Boateng

Age: 27
Occupation: Sales Manager, Major Car Brand
Lives: London

Sofiane Khelfa

Age: 32
Occupation: Senior Sales Executive, Technology
Lives: Essex

Trishna Thakrar

Age: 28
Occupation: Recruitment Agent, IT
Lives: London