Apprentice runner-up becomes Greggs bigshot
Mince-inna-bun firm bitchslaps Sugar's biz judgement
The runner-up of Beeb reality biz game show The Apprentice, Helen Milligan, was overlooked by Lord Shuggie for his £250,000 business investment but she has secured a hefty promotion at bakery chain Greggs.
Milligan consistently outperformed the other contestants on the show, fronted by hairy walnut Shuggs, but when it came down to the last two, her idea to launch a concierge service failed to whet the main man's appetite.
Instead he gave the cash to geeky inventor Tom Pelleareau, who intends to design and build chairs for staff to cut down on back pain – which he should know all about, having tussled with His Beardness during the 10-week show.
Milligan, already a PA at Greggs – purveyors of delicious bread, sandwiches, animal-products-inna-bun and all matter of sickly fatty treats – was given time off to appear in the show. She confirmed today via Twitter that she has snagged a new role.
"I can now announce that I am the new Head of Retail for Greggs in the South East!"
She will manage some 200 stores and 2,300 staff, saying in a statement: "I am more suited to being an employee in the corporate world than an entrepreneur."
Given the short-lived careers of the other Apprentice winners, she's probably done the right thing anyway... ®
"making stuff? Seems to me that the financial and legal sectors are doing just fine, and they don't manufacture a whole lot."
Are you a troll?
The financial sector ran the economy into the ground while the legal sector is only kept busy by the amount of people putting in dodgy claims to claw back some money now that they find themselves in a recession due to the financial sector running the economy into the ground.
Compare our economy to Germany's, whose gross domestic product rose by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2011 and is forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to rise by 2.5% in 2011 as a whole. The UK, by contrast, grew by 0.5% in the first quarter and is expected to grow just 1.7% for the year.
The main reason for that?
High value manufactured products that sell well to Asia. OK some of the "high value" part is pure marketing, but if you can convince someone to pay X amount for a product, then why not?
There are other reasons too, mainly the lack of a property-owning obsession v cheap rents, banks that *lend*, keeping staff onboard.
We need more manufacturing, producing goods that can be exported.
Unfortunately Labour (with assistance from BMW) killed off the last volume car maker.
But there are engineering niches in the UK, from engines to buses, it is manufacturing that will stabilise the economy (even if previous growth levels are no longer sustainable in the brave new world).
I don't dispute that the Unions had their teeth kicked in. But unfortunately, the by-product of that tooth-kicking was indeed to destroy the manufacturing industry, and lost many people their jobs, most of whom were moderate people who just wanted to do a good job for reasonable money.
And to call me a communist because I think that it actually makes sense to rent when you're younger (so that you can be more flexible, and get other jobs elsewhere, and so you don't have a huge millstone round your neck) - well, words fail me.
Oh, and the Tories also sold off all the decent council housing stock too. So there's no decent rental market any more - particularly in London.
What caught my attention is that she didn't receive the "You're Fired!" line from Alan, so I was expecting her to be given a job working with Tom on the new project, as they worked together quite well.