The winner of last year’s ‘Apprentice’ Tom Pellereau has unveiled his new invention, alongside businessman and TV personality Lord Sugar.
It’s a ‘revolutionary’ curved nail file called Stylfile.
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According to the official website, the Stylfile collection is “a range of nail files designed with a unique curved shape that follows the natural shape of the nail”.
The collection claims to make filing easy, allowing you to have “gorgeous nails in no time”.
First off, there is standard nail file the S-File, which costs £4.49. The Emergency file - a smaller version containing both a file and buffer for use on the move – is the same price.
The S-buffer, which helps you to “achieve sparkling nails in seconds”, is £4.99.
The curved shape of all these products is supposed to make messy and uneven nails a thing of the past.
Pellereau beat fellow finalist Helen Milligan to win 2011’s ‘Apprentice’ after Lord Sugar decided to follow his ‘gut instinct’, despite the inventor losing a record number of tasks.
The Apprentice winners: where are they now?
Winner: Tim Campbell
After beating loudmouth Saira Khan to become Alan’s first ever Apprentice, Tim was given a £100k-a -year gig at Amstrad’s health and beauty division marketing an anti-wrinkle gadget. He obviously did a good job as he was kept on when his initial 12-month contract expired, but left a year later to start his own business - the Bright Ideas Trust, which provided start-up cash for young entrepreneurs. Lord Sugar called him “a great asset”, but probably wouldn’t approve of the management spiel found on Tim’s website – he has shown a “talent and ability to actualise his ideas” apparently. He's done very well with his new business and in February 2012 he picked up an Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal for his work at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Winner: Michelle Dewberry
The “silent assassin” surprisingly won series two ahead of loudmouth sales manager Ruth ‘The Badger’ Badger, wooing Alan with steely determination, tough upbringing and the fact she was once a check-out girl at Kwik Save. However, their relationship didn’t last and she quit her job - heading up an environmental recycling project for his Xenon Green computer firm - after only eight months after the duo decided the project was ‘premature’. Sadly, at around the same time she went on leave, she lost the baby she was having with fellow-contestant Syed Ahmed. After consulting for the likes of The Royal Mail and the Chamber of Commerce she launched a number of wacky websites, including current venture Likebees.com – a social buying site offering discounts for families. She is also a regular on Sky News’ ‘Sunrise’ reviewing the day’s news.
Winner: Simon Ambrose
Despite his well-known mistrust of qualifications, Sir Alan hired Cambridge graduate Simon in the 2007 grand final – despite his infamous attempts at break dancing in an earlier episode. Smart Ambrose was given a job at Amsprop - Sugar’s property company - and stayed there for a whopping three years, helping launch the firm’s website (ironically his own isn’t finished yet). After he finished surveyor training he upped sticks, apparently to set up his own property business, though according to his LinkedIn page he’s been working at the investment company Blue Sigma Capital.
Winner: Lee McQueen
Even though he lied on his CV about studying at university for two years (he’d actually only been for four months), Lee became Alan’s apprentice in 2008 – quite possibly because of that ‘reverse pterodactyl’ impression. He landed a job at Amsholm (we’re noticing a pattern with the names of Alan’s businesses) developing digital advertising, though famously he called in sick on his first day of work. Despite the rocky start, he lasted two years, before leaving in 2010 to start up the Raw Talent Academy – which provides training and mentoring to sales staff.
Winner: Yasmina Siadatan
Ballsy Yasmina won series five after narrowly edging out the more ‘robotic Kate Walsh (who would go onto to use those wooden skills as a TV presenter). Yasmina was the show’s strongest ever project manager - winning three tasks - and took her famed ‘risk-taking’ skills to Amscreen Healthcare – which provides digital signs for the NHS. She began a relationship with a colleague shortly after starting and six months later was pregnant. She handed in her notice during her maternity leave due to getting pregnant a second time.
Winner: Stella English
Feisty Stella just beat hunky Chris to the top prize after developing a posh version of bourbon called, er, ‘Urbon’. Her reward was a top job at Alan’s computer firm Viglen - but she hated it, saying her role was just a “glorified PA” and quit this May. Contrary to reports, she didn’t actually fall out with Lord Sugar as he immediately gave her another job at YouView – a web-connected TV firm of which he is a non-executive chairman. “Stella has contributed a lot in her time at Viglen” Alan insisted, via Twitter. She resigned from the role in October 2011 and is now suing Sugar for constructive dismissal.