For the present’s first problem, the candidates had been tasked with devising a advertising and marketing marketing campaign for a cruise liner.
Things didn’t work out effectively for Harry Mahmood, the 35-year-old regional operations supervisor from the West Midlands. Harry was despatched dwelling after a tense showdown with candidates Akshay Thakrar and Akeem Bundu-Kamara.
Following Harry’s firing, we spoke to the candidate about his frustrations over being the primary to go away, being scapegoated for being “bubbly” and a comment made about him by Lord Sugar’s aide, former winner Tim Campbell, within the episode.
This collection has been a very long time coming. When did you movie it?
It’s been a number of months, nevertheless it’s a complete blur to me. I’ve been again in the true world for a very long time.
Did Lord Sugar make a good selection?
Definitely not. I don’t suppose within the context of the present that he made the proper resolution as a result of I didn’t get an opportunity to showcase my enterprise abilities, my credentials or me as an individual in any respect. Akshay as a undertaking supervisor and Akeem as sub-team chief each had alternatives to showcase what they’re about – and so they failed miserably. Nick received away with quite a bit as effectively as a result of he was instrumental with that brand. I received fired as a result of, what, I used to be bubbly? I put ahead concepts and challenged the place acceptable? Thats the one motive I can see why I received fired, which is ridiculous ‘cause all those are key ingredients in someone who you want to run a business.
You weren’t afraid to communicate your thoughts, which is finally what put you within the firing line. Do you remorse that in hindsight?
No, ‘cause with me, I don’t do faux; what you see is what you get. If I’m not glad about one thing, I’m like, “Guys, just a second, I’m not happy with this and the reason why is because it’s rubbish,” or no matter. Plenty of different persons are hesitant and sit within the background. I’m at all times the one to problem as a result of I would like to win. I’m a pure born winner. I like to achieve life and encourage individuals. For me to have this chance and get kicked out within the first episode shouldn’t be reflective of who I’m as an individual and, to be sincere with you, I don’t suppose I’ve been given a good probability to showcase who I’m.
Was it a wrestle to be fired in week one?
It’s not about what week I left; it’s a case of taking accountability for my actions. If I used to be vastly instrumental in failing a job. I might have stated, “Lord Sugar, I’ve messed up massively. If you want to keep me in the process, please do so or I’ll happily leave.” If I make a mistake or error, I personal up to it – that’s what’s known as being a human being. In enterprise, you want integrity and honesty and the truth that these two candidates had no ideas and say they tousled exhibits lots about them as enterprise leaders.
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It felt such as you had been a little bit of a scapegoat.
It’s so apparent that I used to be. Akshay knew he’d be within the firing line and strategically thought, “What can I do to save my position?” He thought, “Well, Harry and Akeem challenged each other a bit so let’s get them back in”. That gave him extra weight to get out of the firing line and push it onto me. That’s what occurred. One factor I’ll say, which hasn’t been talked about or aired, is throughout that boardroom, the boys saved saying, “Harry’s been disruptive.” And then Karren had to reduce him brief and say, “Actually, that’s not strictly true, is it?” She stated: “Harry was slightly annoying but not disruptive.” Those had been her actual phrases.
I ponder why they didn’t present that?
Yeah precisely – why would you not present that bit? Clearly Karren [Brady] herself, who adopted us the entire journey, thought it. What I didn’t discover comfy viewing was when Tim [Campbell, Claude Littner’s replacement] stated I’d been disruptive and that others had stated the identical factor. Well, A, Tim wasn’t following us and B, who’re “the others”? Akeem and the remainder who had been taking phrases out of Akeem’s mouth? Navid didn’t say that, Nick or Alex didn’t say that. It’s a bit like they took it out of nowhere ‘trigger they wished to do away with me, mainly.
Were you pleased with how the episode depicted you general?
I received depicted how the producers wished me to get depicted. I’m only a small fish in an enormous ocean; I can’t change something.
Were you unhappy not to spend extra time within the boardroom?
Yeah, ‘cause I really respect Lord Sugar. I have a lot of time for him and everything he stands for. His hard work and ethics. I really enjoyed my time in the boardroom. People ask if it was intimidating being there and I’m like, “No, it wasn’t!” I discover him very form. He’s received very form eyes. When Akeem and Akshay had been barking backwards and forwards about whose fault it was, I used to be having some quiet time with Lord Sugar.
Which of your fellow candidates stand out?
There are a number of characters I loved getting to know and suppose they’re ones to watch. I really actually like Akshay. Akeem is a pleasant man as effectively regardless of the enterprise abilities he’s missing in some departments. I really like Navid and Nick. With the ladies, Harpreet is one to watch, I believe. She’s very constructive, very good. Also, I respect Francesca. The method she conducts herself is superb. Brittany has a variety of power like myself. There’s additionally one thing about Shama, however on the identical time, I’m considering you both like her otherwise you don’t. I can’t wait to see how all of them progress.
What’s subsequent for you?
I’m specializing in the enterprise of my tub bombs for kids. My plan is to get some retailers and resort chains concerned, like Holiday Inn and vacation houses for kids, like Butlin’s and Haven. I’m actually captivated with these as a result of 20 per cent of that revenue goes straight again into the group it was introduced in. So, with each metropolis, village or city, it’ll return into group centres, orphanages, hospitals, hospices and can assist present kids with a sustainable future. I would like to actually push my different enterprise, too, which is Pharmdrop – Uber for pharmacies. It has three apps: a pharmacy app, a affected person app and a supply app for drivers. I’m trying to launch that concurrently alongside the bathtub bombs.
The Apprentice continues subsequent Thursday (13 January) on BBC One at 9pm.