A BUSINESS owner and law graduate from Blackburn who describes herself as a ‘real one-off’ is out to prove she is the real deal in this year’s series of The Apprentice.

The hit TV show returns to our screens next week, and not one but two contestants from Lancashire will appear alongside 14 others eager to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

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Former Westholme School student Camilla Ainsworth currently owns a nut milk company which she founded after she returned from a trip to Australia, where she said the idea to create a nut milk with a variety of different nut choices and flavours was created.

The 22-year-old attended Manchester University before she founded MylkPlus, and she describes herself as a an adrenaline junkie who loves to try anything new and exciting, from skydiving to swimming with sharks.

She said: “I’m a bundle of energy and creativity and certainly a one-off.

“I ain’t no Vanilla Camilla”

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She said while people skills are her biggest strength, her willingness to over-share can sometimes work against her.

She added that she will also be ‘keeping her cards close to her chest’ during the process.

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The second contestant to hail from Lancashire is 33-year-old Rick Monk, a quality controller from Chorley.

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Rick says that one of his best qualities is his confidence and assertiveness and that being able to separate business from pleasure means he is good at getting the best from others.

He believes befriending all the contestants will stand him in good stead to get their backing in a task but warns he is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ and will use this to his advantage.

He says: “I won’t pussyfoot and waste time, as time is of the essence in everything. People will have to like it or lump it.”

In this year's series, Lord Sugar ups the ante right from the start and warns the candidates to ‘expect the unexpected’.

Straight from the first boardroom, the business hopefuls jet off to Malta tasked with buying nine items at the lowest possible prices.

The Apprentice be on air weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC1 from next Wednesday.

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