The Apprentice 2018: Meet the Hampshire tree surgeon starring in this year’s series

The Apprentice is returning to our screens next week. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures
The Apprentice is returning to our screens next week. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures
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A Hampshire tree surgeon will be one of the 16 candidates taking part in the new series of The Apprentice. 

Tom Bunday, who is the owner of a tree surgery firm, will be competing to win the £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar over the coming weeks. 

Hampshire's own Tom Bunday has a tree surgery firm. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

Hampshire's own Tom Bunday has a tree surgery firm. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

The 28-year-old is from Southampton and started his successful arboricultural (tree care) business despite having struggled at school. 

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He says: ‘There are very few people that can genuinely say they’re going to make it - but I know that I’m going to.’ 

Mr Bunday believes his loyalty is one of his best qualities along with the fact he loves not knowing what is around the corner but admits he finds it difficult to ‘switch off’.

Lord Sugar, Karen and Claude will all be back for the new series. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

Lord Sugar, Karen and Claude will all be back for the new series. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

The Apprentice returns to BBC One at 9pm next Wednesday (October 3). 

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This year’s series sees sixteen budding entrepreneurs put through their paces by business heavyweight Lord Sugar as the search for his next business partner begins.

Baroness Brady and Claude Littner resume duties as Lord Sugar’s trusted advisers and his ‘eyes and ears’ on the tasks, reporting back on the candidates’ every decision in the boardroom.

This year, The Apprentice will be bigger and better than ever and Lord Sugar will up the ante right from the start and warns the candidates to ‘expect the unexpected’.

For his first challenge, Lord Sugar immediately sends the candidates abroad - with a strong word of warning ringing in their ears; ‘Remember, this is NOT a holiday’. 

And if the candidates statements are anything to go by – it could be a vintage year for the show. 

Here are some of the biggest pre-show brags from this series: 

- ‘I know everything. Call me ‘Google’... it's my middle name.' 

- ‘There’s no need to watch your back when I’m already two steps in front.’ 

- ‘I am a mix of Willy Wonka drinking an espresso martini… classy and sophisticated on the outside; inside, a little bit crazy and wacky but full of brilliant ideas.’ 

It sounds like Hampshire’s own Mr Bunday will have a few big egos to navigate if he wants to successfully become Lord Sugar’s business partner.