SUNDERLAND woman Katie Bulmer-Cooke’s dream of winning TV’s The Apprentice is over.
The 28-year-old was axed, together with Sanjay Sood-Smith, in a double elimination with in tonight’s episode.
Candidates were split into two teams and set the challenge of devising a new range of premium puddings before pitching them to the country’s major supermarkets.
Katie was project manager of Team Tenacity, but she and her staff failed to rack up as many orders as Team Summit, led by rival Roisin Hogan.
The Ashbrooke businesswoman was summoned to the boardroom where she and Sanjay were told: “You’re fired.”
Lord Sugar may have shown Katie the door, but he had kind words to say about the fitness specialist, calling her ‘Miss Common Sense’ and ‘a good organiser.’
“I am very disappointed,” she said. “I really wanted to go all the way, really wanted to win, not just for me but for all the people who have supported me.”
Sunderland University graduate Katie, whose Little Black Dress website has customers around the world, admitted her confidence had taken a knock when she came face-to-face with the competition.
“When I first met the other candidates, I felt really intimidated by them, by the lawyers and the bankers,” she said.
“But after the first one or two tasks, I got that fire in my belly back and found my feet.”
Although Katie is disappointed not to have made the final, she is glad to have taken part in the show.
“For me, it has been 100 per cent worth it,” she said.
“I have learned things about myself that I did not know.
“The field tests worried me because I am not a traditional sales person but I found out I am really good at it.
“And I discovered I can be a leader, which is something I did not know before because I have always been more of a one-man band.”
Katie has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from her home city.
“Everyone in Sunderland who has stopped me, who has Tweeted me, just thank you so much for believing in me,” she said.
“Everybody’s support has been fantastic.
“Although I did not win The Apprentice, hopefully they will see me go on to win in business in Sunderland.”
Katie was fired by Lord Sugar, after he went through the candidates’ business proposals and their performance in the latest task.
He told her: “Look Katie, you’ve been Miss Common Sense, a good organizer I would say.
“But I honestly cannot see how a restaurant business starting from scratch in a very niche market is going to work with you and I.
“And on that basis Katie, I do wish you the best of the luck in your ongoing business, but in this particular case, it is with regret that you’re fired.”