Sugar names his Young Apprentice

Updated: 21 December 2012 08:27

Last night a teenager from Yorkshire was named as the winner of the Young Apprentice.

Last night a teenager from Yorkshire was named as the winner of the Young Apprentice.

Ashleigh Porter-Exley was awarded the £25,000 prize by Lord Sugar who described watching her work on the popular BBC One series as "a great privilege."

Four contestants took part in the final challenge which was a sport branding task with Ashleigh and rival Lucy Beauvallet knocking out Patrick McDowell and Maria Doran. Ashleigh however pipped Lucy to the prize.

Digitalspy reports that the teen said of her win "I'd set myself up to come second. Lucy was great throughout the show and she's just as worthy a winner as me.

"I think it was Lord Sugar's instinct in the end. I'm not the usual Apprentice candidate and maybe that was what swayed him to me in the end. I think it really was a 50/50 chance when it came down to that finale in the boardroom."

She added "I wouldn't say [I'm] more determined. Everyone was there for the same reasons. I just think I had a raw edge."

"I've never claimed to be someone that I'm not. I never once made a daft claim, or said, 'I'm fantastic at this', 'I'm the chairman of this'. That definitely worked for me. I just say it as it is."