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After winning The Apprentice last year, Marnie Swindells has revealed she’s “saddened” by the fact that her co-stars haven’t kept in touch. The businesswoman was triumphant in getting Lord Sugar’s investment in a nail-biting finale last year, but a year on, her cast has failed to stay connected.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Marnie explained: “I speak to Mark (Moseley) mainly because we live so close to each other, I speak to some of the candidates from previous years.
“I’m saddened that my candidates from my series haven’t stayed in as close contact as we could have. We went through a lot together and it would have been really nice if we’d all made a bit more of an effort to stay in touch.
“But that said, some of them have gone on to have babies, we all live in different corners of the UK so it’s understandable but it’s sad, just wish we’d held on for a little bit longer.”
Fans of the BBC One show will remember Marnie presented her business plan for her existing boxing gym called Bronx to Lord Sugar in a bid to win his £250,000 investment.
After weeks of gruelling tasks and boardroom showdowns, it all came down to Marnie and salon owner Rochelle Raye Anthony.
Following a nail-biting final boardroom, the business tycoon, 76, decided to go with Marnie’s business idea.
Despite not staying in touch as a collective group, Marnie believes that only those who go through the process understand what it’s like as it’s a truly unique experience.
She continued: “I think once you’re a part of The Apprentice alumni and you’ve been through that process, it’s an immediate connection.
“I’ve spoken to a few of the candidates from this series and immediately it feels like we’ve known each other for 10 years. It’s a very unique experience that nobody can truly understand unless they’ve been through it.”
The new series of The Apprentice started last week, with a new batch of hopefuls hoping to be taken under Lord Sugar’s wing.
Speaking about what it’s like watching it now she’s no longer on it, the gym owner expressed: “It was honestly a relief, I watched it and I was able to enjoy it again like I used to, just lose myself in it being a tv show.
“When you’re watching yourself back, there’s a lot more pressure, it’s quickly followed by a lot of commentary so it was nice to watch it without the pressure.”
Marnie owns Bronx Gym London, for more information please visit www.bronxldn.com.
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