Greggs boss aims to be Sir Alan Sugar’s Apprentice

Helen Louise Milligan
Helen Louise Milligan
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THE assistant to the chief of North East bakers Greggs has been unveiled as one of the contestants on this year’s series of The Apprentice.

Helen Louise Milligan (pictured) has just been announced as one of the 16 contestants aiming to secure the position as Lord Sugar’s seventh protege on the popular BBC1 show, which returns next week.

The law graduate, who was born in Stockport but now lives in the region, is aiming to impress the tycoon with the business acumen she has sharpened working as executive assistant to the chief executive of the bakery giant Greggs for the past two years.

The 30-year-old, who describes herself as calm, loyal and tenacious, and readily admits to workaholic tendencies, said: “I see my job as my complete life. I work 24-7. There isn’t a cut off.”

The show has already been filmed, with participants, their family and friends sworn to secrecy over the result.

Greggs chief executive Ken McMeikan said: “We are all very proud of Helen for being selected for The Apprentice. She is a fantastic individual and very talented.”

Helen is not the first person from the region to appear on the show.

In the 2009, 29-year-old estate agent Philip Taylor from County Durham made it to week seven before hearing Lord Sugar’s catchphrase ‘You’re fired’.

The would-be tycoon was mocked for dreaming up a character called “Pantsman”.