By Rory Reynolds
A SCOTTISH business group has launched its own Apprentice-style competition to find a new boss to head up its operation.
Edinburgh-based Winning Entrepreneurs are appealing to young business minded hopefuls to bid for the position as head of the group, who meet to share business experience and ideas.
Applicants will be thankful that they don’t have fiery self-made multi-millionaire and government business tsar Alan Sugar to impress.
But they will have to win over seasoned Scots businesswoman Belinda Roberts, along with BBC Online Dragon and Shaf Rasul.
The winning applicant – who will have to have impressed judges with their business acumen and present a campaign – will become an apprentice managing director, before taking over the group’s mantle.
Current managing director and founder Belinda Roberts launched the Born to Win campaign, and said that future entrepreneurs could have the business skills to get to the top – but not know it yet.
She added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join us and be exposed to some of the country’s most successful and exciting business talent including Gill Eastgate of NKD Clothing who was this year’s JCI Creative Entrepreneur of the Year.
“We recognise that the entrepreneurial path is rarely straight, so even if that is not your long term goal, I can guarantee that you will meet with and learn from Scotland’s top business leaders.
“Whilst background and education are not of key importance, we need someone who is positive, self-motivated and ambitious with first-class communication skills.”
After the initial screening, 20 business hopefuls will take part in a selection day, where they will be whittled down to the final six.
The finalists will have to develop an Apprentice-style business plan to impress the judges, before the winner and future group leader is chosen.
Budding hopefuls can visit www.born2win.co.uk for more details.