‘YOU’RE fired’ is not something you ever want to be told, especially by a businessman with the grandeur of Lord Alan Sugar.
But Portsmouth board game inventor Rachel Lowe was delighted when she received a call inviting her to take part in tonight’s episode of The Apprentice: You’re Fired.
The show is aired on BBC2 at 10pm, straight after The Apprentice every Wednesday.
Tonight, Lord Sugar will ask the candidates to invent their own board game and pitch it to retailers.
Rachel, 37, devised the Destination series of board games while working as a taxi driver while a student at the University of Portsmouth.
She has produced games based on a number of cities and themes including Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Before tonight’s show was recorded, she said: ‘Lord Sugar set the candidates the challenge of creating a board game.
‘For the You’re Fired programme, they normally have a journalist, a comedian and a business expert. They asked me if I could sit on the panel with Dara O Briain presenting. They asked me a little while back but I had to keep it a secret.
‘I was tickled pink when I was invited to go on the show because Jo Malone was a business expert for the fragrance task, and I like her, she is amazing.
‘To be sat in her seat for the board game challenge was really exciting. I was chuffed to have been asked, really.
‘I had to watch all of the episodes and keep an eye out on the candidates to see how they have been performing.’
Asked how well she thinks the remaining contestants will do at tonight’s board game challenge, she said: ‘I know that the candidates normally don’t have much time to do the challenge in, so it will be interesting to find out how they cope with having to come up with a concept in such a short amount of time.
‘They have got to come up with a concept and they are going to have to pitch it to retailers and whoever sells the most will win the challenge.
‘That will depend on the product they come up with and how well they do their pitch.
‘Advice I would give to them if I could would be to really focus on the way the game works. Each product needs to be engaging to work; it needs to captivate every person playing it otherwise they will get bored.’
The Apprentice is now in its 10th series, with the winner being given a £250,000 investment and the chance to go into a partnership with Lord Sugar.