Harpreet Kaur parts ways with Lord Sugar

The Apprentice winner Harpreet Kaur has parted ways with Lord Sugar as she buys back her shares in Oh So Yum.

Harpreet Kaur wins The Apprentice 2022 f

"I’m excited for the journey ahead."

Harpreet Kaur has parted ways with Lord Sugar, 18 months after winning The Apprentice.

Harpreet won the 2022 series of the popular business programme, receiving a £250,000 investment for her desserts business Oh So Yum!

She has now bought back her shares from Lord Sugar.

Speaking of her experience working with Lord Sugar, Harpreet said:

“I am extremely grateful for the knowledge and support that Lord Sugar and his team of advisors have given me.

“It has been invaluable in getting Oh So Yum! to the place where it is today, and I’m excited for the journey ahead.

“I could never have imagined what we would have achieved in such a short space of time, but this is just the beginning. Watch this space!”

Lord Sugar tweeted: “Harpreet is an exceptionally bright and driven business woman. I’ve enjoyed our time working together.

“Whilst the time is right for us to now go our separate ways, I have no doubts she will continue to flourish.

“I look forward to seeing the Oh So Yum! brand go from strength to strength.”

Harpreet soon received messages of congratulations from her supporters.

Fiance Akshay Thakrar wrote: “Proud of you.”

One individual wrote: “What an incredible achievement! Proud and happy for you both!”

Another wrote:

“You’re a true inspiration to all Asian ladies in business.”

Harpreet Kaur won the show in March 2022 after she went head-to-head against Kathryn Burn.

The final meeting in the famous boardroom saw Lord Sugar making his decision with his aides Karren Brady and Tim Campbell.

He admitted that Harpreet was an excellent candidate, but questioned the success of her business plan.

Tim advised: “She’s been a really good candidate. Lots of the other people in the process really respect her, they followed her and she’s delivered several times.”

Sharing Lord Sugar’s concerns, Karren said at the time:

“The question you have to ask yourself is, is it scalable?

“What is unique that turns her from her two stores, to the 100 stores that she has the ambition to be?”

Following her victory, Harpreet stated that she wanted to “level up” her business and aimed to become a leading brand in the UK.

On winning the show, Harpreet exclaimed:

“I cannot believe Lord Sugar has chosen me to be his business partner!

“I have dreamt of this moment, and it just completely proves that if you work hard and you believe in yourself, dreams do come true.”

Harpreet has become the latest winner to have parted ways with Lord Sugar.

Joseph Valente, Alana Spencer and James White have all walked away from Lord Sugar shortly after winning his investment.

Sian Gabbidon won the 2018 series, but in 2022 she parted ways too.

Speaking to Fubar Radio, Sian explained:

“We parted ways, I decided that I wanted to do my own thing.

“We had four years together, it’s been a rollercoaster of a journey, and for me, it was taking back my business and doing things my own way.”

Sian added that she broke the news to Lord Sugar in a general conversation and that now she was living her “best life.”

She added: “Not in a negative way towards him [Lord Sugar], but it’s just nice to have a bit more fun.”

Sana is from a law background who's pursuing her love of writing. She likes reading, music, cooking and making her own jam. Her motto is: "Taking the second step is always less scarier than taking the first."

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