09:32 20 December 2010
Stella English was crowned winner of The Apprentice last night, after being told she was hired by Lord Sugar.
The 31-year-old beat fellow contestant Chris Bates to win the show and will work as a product manager for Sugars company Viglen, a computer manufacturing firm.
Holding back her tears, English said: Thank you, Lord Sugar. Thank you.
After being told the good news, she later said: To think that little Stella could be the winner of The Apprentice is unbelievable.
I'm so excited about the future - it's all been worth it, all that blood, sweat and tears has been worth it.
Lord Sugar was full of praise for his new employee, of whom he said: What Ive seen over the past weeks Stella is that clearly you are a great organiser of people. You do know how to handle a team.
Well liked and determined to get on with whatever youre asked to do, Ive also taken note of where you have come from; the fact that at an early age you never had any qualifications and then went out of your way to train yourself.
That shows me a lot of determination.
English and Bates had found out at the beginning of the show that they were to complete one last task where they would launch and new sprit-based drink aimed at the over-25s. The drink would cost £25 and were given just three days to complete a campaign.
Using former contestants from the show, each finalist chose four of them each to choose a spirit to market and name it.
It was Stellas drink Bourbon, however, which Lord Sugar was impressed with the most after she delivered a stunning speech, recorded an interesting advert and chose a stylish bottle for the product.
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