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Catch Caroline and Michelle on The Apprentice!

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Eagle eyed viewers of BBC1’s The Apprentice might have spotted Caroline and fellow SVA member Michelle Smith of ValueAdd doing deals with Karen Brady’s team last night…

(Note the glass of wine – typical Glaswegian fashion. Michelle: We need to stop being such cliches!!)

Filmed during the summer heatwave, we were sworn to secrecy about this little televisual moment until broadcast.  However, this little snapshot doesn’t show the whole story.

And I’m now allowed to tell people since it’s been broadcast…

Week 8: The Apprentice – the whole story!

In this episode the apprentices need to sell merchandise and artworks of Scottish based artists.  Michelle, having a finger on the pulse of Glasgow’s MediaCity, invited a few ladies along to the gallery viewing they’d organised.  Unfortunately for this team (and what you didn’t see on the programme) was that it all went a bit wrong.

We came in at the end of the day, just as they sold the jelly teddy “Home Sweet Home” picture out from underneath Oli Norman, owner of ItIsOn’s nose.  Oops – Sir Alan was not going to be happy that his corporate art buyer went away empty handed!

Meanwhile, we bought some nice tea towels and bags etc on a deal because with 5 of us buying, we got a bulk discount anyway.  Each was supposed to be £30, we got them for £15.  With an hour left to go there was still stock all over the gallery.  And then, their printing machine broke and they were left with huge amounts of surplus stock…

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We’d been chatting to Sabrina and Sian and they were asking what we did etc.  It came out that we knew each other via SVA and how VAs meet up at lots of different conferences – the main one being in London and then several regional ones including the one SVA sponsor in Newcastle.  Desperate, they clawed at getting any money at all…  which is when I did a rather special deal.

For £60 we received all the stock they had left, including the unprinted bags – which we put to good use at Northern VA Collaboration as goodie bags.

At a price of £3/item, it was a discount of 90% off their original price of £30 per item.  I can see why they didn’t want to show it: virtual assistants fleecing the Apprentices on a deal.  It doesn’t look great. But the losing team did have a big argument about who’d sold me the surplus.  Let’s settle it: The idea came from Sian.

(I think I should go on next year’s show!)

So as much as most of the footage ended up on the cutting room floor – I think I can safely claim to be “As seen on BBC1’s The Apprentice”

Competition – Win The Apprentice Goodie bag!

We’ve still got some leftovers.  If you’d like to win some of the goodies we got from The Apprentices, we have a little swag bag to give away…

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