Who won The Apprentice 2022? Winner of final with Harpreet Kaur and Kathryn Burn - and when is next series out

Lord Sugar has chosen his latest business partner

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The latest series of The Apprentice saw a new batch of 16 entrepreneurs compete to win an investment of £250,000 and a partnership with Lord Sugar.

Over 12 weeks, they competed in a range of tasks designed to test their business acumen and teamwork skills.

This year’s challenges saw candidates go fishing, design a new computer game, and create a new brand of baby food.

Who were the finalists?

The 16 candidates were whittled down to two finalists: Harpreet Kaur, who owns a dessert parlour, and Kathryn Burn, who sells matching pyjama sets.

In the semi-final, Harpreet and Kathryn both had their businesses scrutinised.

There was concern that Kathryn aimed to import her pyjama sets from China, and also about how popular her product would be in the long term.

Claude Littner, who returned for the semi-final to grill the candidates in his typically ruthless style, was also worried about the logistics of Harpreet co-owning her dessert business with her sister.

Both finalists planned to use Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment to grow their business, turning them into leading brands.

What was the final task?

Both finalists were tasked with launching their companies which they then had to pitch to Lord Sugar.

But they weren’t alone, as the previously fired candidates returned to lend each finalist a hand in their last project.

They were given three days to create branding and produce a digital billboard and television advert for their business.

Both Harpreet and Kathryn were launching their personal businesses to prove to Lord Sugar that they were worth investing in.

Harpreet needed to show Lord Sugar that her dessert business Barni’s was scalable, and Kathryn had to prove that there is a market for her matching pyjama company.

Who won The Apprentice season 16?

After a tough final challenge where both finalists impressed Lord Sugar, he finally chose his new business partner.

Harpreet Kaur won the day, gaining Lord Sugar’s investment and business skills in their new partnership.

When making his decision in the final boardroom, Lord Sugar said: “This is very difficult for me. A lot of the companies that I invest in are a start-from-scratch situation, basically what Kathryn is proposing.

However, in classic Apprentice fashion, Lord Sugar made an about turn and announced: “Harpreet you’re going to be my business partner.”

Harpreet said: “I have dreamt of this moment and it just completely proves that if you work hard and you believe in yourself dreams do come true.”

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What is Harpreet Kaur’s business?

Harpreet’s dessert parlour, Barni’s Desserts, was rebranded as Oh So Yum in the final challenge.

And, after she was revealed as the winner in the final on 24 March, she quickly completed the brand change online, launching the Oh So Yum website.

On You’re Hired, which aired after just after the season finale, Lord Sugar suggested that he and Harpreet would be opening a new store.

Despite doubt being cast over her sister Gurvinder’s ongoing presence in the business, it seems that she will remain involved as Harpreet and Lord Sugar expand Oh So Yum.

Will there be another season of The Apprentice?

Yes, The Apprentice has been renewed for a 17th season which is expected to air in 2023.

It’s not surprising given that the show continues to pull in millions of viewers every episode.

The first episode of season 16 had a viewership of 4.6 million, the highest first episode figures since 2017.

Applications for the 17th season closed in February.

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