Meet The Apprentice 2015 candidates: Mergim Butaja

PUBLISHED: 14:28 14 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:56 14 October 2015

The Apprentice 2015's Mergim Butaja [Picture; BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks]

The Apprentice 2015's Mergim Butaja [Picture; BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks]

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The Apprentice is back on BBC One for a new series, with Mergim Butaja one of the 18 candidates hoping to impress Lord Sugar.

Mergim Butaja

Age: 23

Occupation: Sales Account Manager

Lives: Coventry

Kosovan-born Mergim fled from the war-torn country to the UK with his parents and siblings when he was seven years old.

Since the age of 18, he has been supporting his family by working in a range of jobs from sales to waiting tables.

He names CEO of leisure retail chain The Range, Chris Dawson, as his business inspiration because of their similar backgrounds.

Mergim says his determined attitude is his biggest strength and hopes he will inspire people who have lived through similar circumstances to succeed.

He says: ‘’Why am I a worthy business partner for Lord Sugar? I’d be a challenge to him. Everyone he’s met probably sucks up to him. I won’t, I’ll tell him like it is.’’


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