Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

News > General News > OP's Apprentice appearance sparks new business idea

OP's Apprentice appearance sparks new business idea

OP Ollie Medforth may have been the first candidate to be fired in the latest series of The Apprentice, but his brief appearance has led to a new business idea for the Yorkshire entrepreneur.
29 Feb 2024
Written by Rachel Dare
General News

OPs watching the latest series of BBC One’s The Apprentice may have spotted a familiar face in Oliver Medforth (09-12), the Raisthorpe Manor and Yorkshire Tonics entrepreneur who was unfortunate to be the first participant to be fired from the group of 18 candidates competing for Lord Sugar’s £250K business investment.

During the show, the candidates were tasked with hosting a corporate away day in the Scottish Highlands. Despite his aspirations to play to his strengths in sales on the corporate team, Ollie found himself making brownies in the kitchen as part of the hospitality sub team. With little culinary experience, Ollie inadvertently omitted to add the flour, a key ingredient for chocolate brownies. Although his mistake only contributed in a small way to the team’s overall downfall in the task, it has sparked a big new business idea for Ollie, who has used his entrepreneurial nous and creativity to launch his own brand of ‘Ollternative’ flour-free brownies.

Ollie commented: “I was disappointed to go out first, but it’s given me the opportunity to go on to do something else and create a new business idea with the flourless chocolate brownies. So, I’m doing that alongside our Yorkshire Tonics and Raisthorpe Manor distillery. I turned a negative into a positive.”

Ollie has already expanded the Ollternative range to include premium and salted caramel & chocolate brownie vodkas.

Speaking about the show he said: “It has been a fantastic experience and something I will always remember; I wish all the other candidates the very best of luck.”

Further details about Raisthorpe Manor, Yorkshire Tonics, and the Ollternative product range can be found by clicking here.

The Apprentice currently airs at 9.00pm every Thursday on BBC One until 23 March 2024.

Similar stories

Pock Connects, the new network for OPs and the wider Pocklington School community, held it More...

OPs triumphed in this year's Birkdale Bucket golf tournament which sees teams of former pu More...

Colin Bell (left) with co-founders Arjan Verbeek and Hamish Peacocke

Perenna Bank, co-founded by OP Colin Bell, is set to disrupt the UK mortgage market with i More...

Charlie Lambert has been elected as the new OP President and takes over from Joan Gough, w More...

At the start, Mark, third from the left, Steven, second from the right

OP contemporaries Mark Greenwood and Steven Kyffin took on a 200-mile cycling challenge su More...

We are sorry to report the loss of former staff member, John Williamson. More...

We are sorry to report the recent loss of former staff member, David Nuttall. More...

Old Pocklingtonian (81-89), The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, played a central More...

Most read

The Kilnwick Percy Resort and Golf Club was the venue for the Eleventh Pocklingtonian Golf Day More...

The 32nd annual Snake Lane 10-mile road race, hosted by Pocklington Runners, took place on Sunday 18 February. More...

Pock Connects, the new network for OPs and the wider Pocklington School community, held its first drinks event in London and trialed an in-school 'bit… More...

Submit your news

 
This website is powered by
ToucanTech