The winner of BBC The Apprentice has been revealed as Lord Alan Sugar announced his next business partner and the winner of a £250,000 investment.

The competition saw businesswomen Marnie Swindells and Rochelle Anthony go head to head in the tense final after beating out their competitors. 

Rochelle was hoping to gain a deal to help grow her beautician brand with her current hair salon in Bedfordshire where she also runs a 'hair academy'. 

Whilst Marnie, a gold-medal-winning boxer wanted to turn her passion into a business with the start of a boxer gym business. 

The pair have both shown their passion and heart for business throughout The Apprentice, but only one can be crowned the winner. 

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In the intense final the two were tasked with creating their own brand for their companies with the help of former contestants. 

After brainstorming their ideas, the finalist had to create a digital billboard, produce a TV advert and design a metaverse before pitching it to Lord Sugar and industry experts. 

Back in the boardroom, the judges gave their feedback finding that Marnie had a strong idea but wasn't sure if it was original enough. 

Whilst Rochelle also received positive feedback, however, Lord Sugar wasn't sure that her idea would work as a national business. 

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But in the end, Lord Sugar made his decision announcing that his next business partner and winner of the £250,000 investment was court advocate Marnie Swindells was the winner. 

Taking a seat in Lord Sugar's Roll Royce, Marnie said: "What an incredible opportunity"

Adding: "For a girl like me to become Lord Sugar's business, I'm not going to stop saying it because I'm so happy."