Apprentice Lauren is ready for business

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This star of hit TV show The Apprentice has never been one to shy away from the limelight.

Solicitor Lauren Riley is hoping she’s got the star appeal to make her the latest protégé of multi-millionaire Alan Sugar in his television search for a business partner.

For the last fortnight the 28-year-old, from Thornton, has been on the winning team as she battles it out with 16 other contestants on the BBC programme.

Tonight, Lauren will have to prove she can sniff out a sale as the apprentices are charged with creating their own range of home fragrance products.

She describes herself as “absolutely not a shrinking violet”, a trait honed as a 
confident youngster at Hodgson High School, Poulton, and as a member of the Grand Theatre Youth Company in Blackpool.

Derek Yarwood, deputy principal at her former school, said: “Lauren was a student at our school from 1997 to 2002 and went on to be a senior prefect. I was her head of year.

“We are all proud at Hodgson. We hope to invite her back to talk about her experiences. Everyone loves the Apprentice and we are all rooting for her.”

The Apprentice is not Lauren’s first time on the small screen though. As a teenager she featured on Fully Booked on BBC, and in 2009 she appeared on the first episode of dating show Dating In The Dark.

Mr Yarwood added: “When she was in Year Eight she entered to go on to a BBC school programme called Fully Booked, presented by Gail Porter.

“She went to Glasgow with me and another boy and appeared on the show. She was naturally very confident in front of the camera.”

During her teenage years Lauren appeared 
in a number of 
productions with the Grand Theatre Youth Company, treading the boards of the famous stage.

Lauren, whose mother worked at Hodgson while she studied there, before moving up to Blackpool Sixth Form, 
is an only child and has told BBC bosses this could make her great on television – “I’m not used to letting other people have their own way. I might struggle taking no for an answer,” she has said.

Lauren studied at Lancaster University, reading law before qualifying to be a solicitor.

In 2010 she was taken on at Napthens Solicitors, based in Blackpool, working in their commercial property department where she increased turnover by seven per cent, according to her Apprentice interview reel.

The Apprentice airs on BBC One tonight at 9pm.