How The Apprentice’s Linda Factory Made Her Millions and Connected With Lord Sugar

Terrifying Apprentice Interviewer Linda Plant, who was one of the business experts for the final four candidates to bake on tonight’s episode, was well worth it but missed out on a deal that could net him £250m. she

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The Apprentice: Jessica breaks down when Linda Plant calls her characters into question

Apprenticeship candidates will face some formidable interviewers tonight – and the one who really struck a chord with fear is Linda Plant.

With a sharper eye and sharper tongue, Linda has become known for tearing candidates apart during the interview stage.

And the multi-millionaire will return to our screens tonight to give the final four of this year an intense grilling before the finale.

“Only two people can make it through and it’s important to pick out their business plans are as stark as it seems,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a snap with some of her CVs. surname.

So how did Linda earn millions of dollars and rise to become Lord Sugar’s trusted advisor?

The 70-year-old first ventured into the business at the age of 10 when she diligently sold socks on a stall at a Leeds Saturday market and was paid the equivalent of 12p a day.

Linda Plant is one of the interviews attracting candidates on The Apprentice tonight



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“I’ve built my career from humble beginnings to become one of Britain’s most successful business leaders,” she writes on her website.

She dropped out of school at 16 without a degree and started working full-time in the markets – with the family owning three stalls at the time.

Linda got married at 17 and by 21 she was a mother of two – after building 13 stalls, she turned them into a wholesale fashion business.

She forayed into fashion by launching her own knitwear brand, Honeysuckle, and went on to sell the business for millions of pounds at the age of 29.

“I later became one of the first women to head a fashion company that floated on the stock exchange. I rose from the stock market for a few years,” says Linda.

Linda, who was crowned ‘Woman of the Year in Northern Business,’ presented a range of winter trousers at a show in London’s Olympia and admitted: “If someone could drowned in success, I would say I almost sinned for it.”



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The savvy businesswoman then co-founded an electronics business which she sold for a staggering 8 figures in 1988.

Linda has admitted her biggest mistake in business was not investing in businessman John Hargreaves, who needed £250,000 for his new business venture – Matalan.

“I had dinner with John last year and he reminded me that my £250,000 would now be worth around £250 million if I invested in Matalan. It was a pretty big mistake,” she confessed.

Linda, who has three children and three grandchildren, currently runs very successful interior design and property development businesses while splitting her time between Florida and London.

She started with Lord Sugar while building her business and has known him for over 20 years and since 2015 she has been helping her old friend by interrogating his Apprentice candidates. that.

“As the no-nonsense interviewer for the final five seasons of five candidates on BBC’s The Apprentice, I have detailed and advised Lord Alan Sugar on candidate Business Plans, credibility and falsehoods. their flaws,” she said.

Linda caused a stir in July 2020 when she issued an urgent appeal to workers to stop being scared about the coronavirus.

During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, Linda said that employees should return to the office to ensure the economy is not affected.

She sparked a heated debate on Twitter – with some viewers agreeing with her views and others suggesting she was a ‘non-contact millionaire’.

Linda asked, “How will the business survive and thrive if our employees don’t work?”

“What about a small office, when people come to work, they come up with ideas for each other, collaboration means creativity.

“The long-term effects of working in an isolated environment, employers don’t know the mental effects this will have.

“If as an employer you cannot survive in your business, how will the employer survive and thrive?

Linda Plant says working from home has a negative impact on businesses



“We have to get our employees back to work and I believe that as long as the employer has considered everything, made the workplace as safe as possible, the time flexibility – not every member Every city and town in this country has busy pipelines.

“But if your employer is afraid to take public transport, flexible hours, do everything you can.

“At the end of the day, how are we going to get our economy going, how are we going to get people back into business?

“How are we going to bring cafes, coffee shops, sandwich shops, small businesses back to creativity? We have to re-create normality.”

Host Ben Shephard then had to cut Linda off because the other guests couldn’t talk aside.

“You’ve said a lot, Linda,” said Ben, who then passed on to another guest who argued that people are as productive as they are at home but feel happier.

* The Apprentice airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm

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