The Apprentice star hopes to inspire others on to success

WINNER Ricky Martin toasts his win with a glass of Champagne
WINNER Ricky Martin toasts his win with a glass of Champagne
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WINNER of The Apprentice, Ricky Martin, has vowed to make his business successful in a bid to inspire people from his home town of Stubbington to follow their own dreams.

The 27-year-old was crowned the show’s winner on Sunday after impressing Lord Sugar with his business plan for a science recruitment firm, as previously reported in The News.

During an interview with The News yesterday, Ricky said he is determined to make his new firm a success to show people from Stubbington that they too can turn big ambitions into a reality.

‘I’d like to think that I will be an inspiration to people from the area and show them that it doesn’t matter if you come from a small community, you can still achieve something big if you put your mind to it,’ he said.

‘I’m proud of who I am and where I’m from – my roots will always be in Stubbington.’

Having beat fellow finalists Jade Nash, Nick Holzherr and Tom Gearing to be named The Apprentice 2012, Ricky earned himself £250,000 of investment from Lord Sugar and his input as a business partner. The pair will now work together to develop Ricky’s plan and create the infrastructure for the new firm.

Former wrestler Ricky added: ‘I’m extremely excited to have Lord Sugar as a business partner.

‘I know it means there is a lot more pressure to succeed, but I’m confident that pressure will bring out the best in me. We’re going to have meetings soon to discuss ideas and decide how to drive the business forward.

‘Lord Sugar has already brought lots of great ideas to that table, such as expanding the business to include technology as well as science. I’m looking forward to working with him and seeing what we can achieve together.’

Ricky plans to leave his current employer, Whiteley firm Matchtech Group PLC, as soon as possible in order give the new business his full attention. He’s considering relocating from his current home in Southampton depending where the business is based.