ALAN Sugar has handed the loser of the Apprentice final a prize – after buying up part of her business, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.
Businesswoman Scarlett Allen-Horton missed out on scooping a £250,000 investment when she was beaten in December’s final by baker Carina Lepore, 31.
Lord Sugar opted for south Londoner Carina’s artisan cafe business plan after deciding the recruitment field was too “crowded”.
But Brummie Scarlett, 33, has now won some dough from the business mogul – after Lord Sugar and his firm took a stake in her headhunting firm, Harper Fox Partners.
Records filed at Companies House show that Lord Sugar’s company, Amvest, took a major stake – of 25 per cent to 50 per cent – in Scarlett’s business on January 17.
On the same date, Lord Sugar, 72, became a director and his business partner Michael Ray, 56, became a secretary of the company which aims to recruit executive-level talent.
It comes just weeks after The Apprentice boss described Scarlett and Carina as "two of the best finalists that I've had for a very, very long time".
And last night an Apprentice source said: “This just shows that Lord Sugar meant what he said – and that he rates both Scarlett and Carina very highly.
“Carina won the show prize but now Scarlett is a winner as well.
“He is never one to pass up an opportunity and obviously sees Scarlett’s firm as a good investment.
“Lord Sugar does keep in touch with a lot of his contestants, but only the ones with talent.
“Now Scarlett, who has had a tough time of it in the past, is delighted at having Lord Sugar and his company on-board.
“She may have lost the final, but she has turned out a winner in the end.”
Mum of two Scarlett set up the company – whose business is listed as “activities of employment placement agencies” and “human resources provision” in April 2018.
Its April 2019 accounts, which were signed by Scarlett, show assets of £36, 532 – but with £34,817 owed to creditors.
But the company is expected to boom after her stint on the show and with Lord Sugar’s input.
After the final, show runner-up Scarlett said she was “delighted” to have recehed the final two – but that missing out on the crown had been her “lowest point”.
She said: “I was so delighted to be in the final. It was everything that I had worked for.
“Of course, I was really disappointed I didn’t win – I still am – but I am really grateful for the opportunity. I think Carina will go on to do great things.”
Scarlett – the mother of two daughters aged 11 and eight – raised her two children alone after their Dad was jailed for his role in a £1.6million drug smuggling ring.
Previous Apprentice stars to have run recruitment firms include 2012 victor Ricky Martin and James White, who was joint winner in 2017.
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