Sunderland’s Katie makes last 16 of The Apprentice

BURNICE BRIGHT: Katie Bulmer-Cooke survived another episode to make the final 16 of The Apprentice.
BURNICE BRIGHT: Katie Bulmer-Cooke survived another episode to make the final 16 of The Apprentice.
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KATIE Bulmer-Cooke is among the last 16 contestants on BBC One show The Apprentice after a double-whammy ejection last night.

The fitness entrepreneur from Ashbrooke survived the fragranced candle task, but two of her colleagues were not so lucky.

Swimming teacher Lindsay Booth, 29, was fired by Lord Sugar before she was even called into the boardroom.

She said afterwards that she would have quit herself had she stayed on the show.

The only person ever to have quit the show was Raleigh Addington in 2010, who left after his brother was wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile 36-year-old fashion retailer Nurun Ahmed got the chop for her part in her team’s failure at the latest task, which involved the making and selling of luxury candles.

“I’ve learned to be a little bit more shrewd, but I’m very considerate and I have a soft approach, and that’s something I’ll never change,” Nurun said after being kicked off the show.

The task began when Katie joined her fellow female contestants for an early-morning visit to the Royal Exchange, home to some of the biggest names in luxury goods.

Lord Sugar told the newly-mixed teams that he wanted them to tap into one of the hottest trends in retail by creating their own range of home fragrance products.

The teams then headed off to create their own melted concoctions, one opting for an upmarket beach theme, while the others came up with a more exotic blend.

Tempers flared as one team was accused of nicking the other’s clients.

The next episode of The Apprentice airs on BBC One at 9pm next Wednesday.