Apprentice star on judging panel for county awards

Judges Katie Wright, Richard Osborne, Dr Mairi Watson and Alan Piggot
Judges Katie Wright, Richard Osborne, Dr Mairi Watson and Alan Piggot

It was a role reversal for Apprentice star Katie Wright as she got to sit in the hotseat as part of the judging panel for Northamptonshire Young Entrepreneur Award 2013.

The 27-year-old, who faced Lord Alan Sugar in the boardroom in the hit BBC series last year, grilled contents during Dragons’ Den-style pitches at the University of Northampton on May 20.

Katie Wright on the Apprentice last year

Katie Wright on the Apprentice last year

The four hopefuls, who had been shortlisted from an impressive list of candidates, presented their business concepts in a bid to win a package of prizes valued at £10,000, ranging from £1,000 cash funded by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and a five-page website to free accounting and 5,000 printed leaflets and distribution.

Mrs Wright, from Brackley, who now works as a business development director for Liberata, said: “We asked plenty of probing questions but overall compared to the Apprentice boardroom they had an easy ride.

“The standards were high which ensured the decision was a tough one.”

Launched by Northamptonshire business networking group NN coNNect, the competition was open to 18 to 24-year-olds based in the county with an interest in business.

Finedon businessman and NN coNNect group director Paul Green said: “We launched the awards as a way of recognising and encouraging young business talent in the county.

“Small to medium sized businesses are the backbone of Northamptonshire’s economy, with youthful entrepreneurial flair key to the success of a great number of our businesses.”

The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 5, from 5.30pm to 8pm at The Hub, Northampton Business School at University of Northampton Park Campus, Boughton Green Road.

Tickets cost £7.50, which includes a finger buffet and refreshments.

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