Started working life as a salesman at a high street clothing store
Career: Managing Director - Opticians
Gavin asked to see Leon’s credentials when he put himself forward for Project Manager, insisting that he wanted ‘to get the right person’. He also showed his disapproval of the team’s choice of mobile phone App saying, ‘if it was down to me I probably wouldn’t have chosen the App that we’ve gone for’.
With the pitches looming, Gavin hoped to be selected for the sales team and wasn’t afraid to show his annoyance when Leon didn’t select him as one of his ‘top sellers’. Despite all of his misgivings he still dressed up in a pink woolly hat and took to the stage at the gaming fair to sell his product Slangatang.
In the boardroom Gavin admitted that in hindsight the boys’ product wasn’t ‘a global application’, but everyone loves a pink woolly hat and Gavin was spared the firing line.
Gavin was on losing team Logic.
App Downloads after 6 hours: just under 3000
Total downloads after 24 hrs: 3951
Glasses aficionado Gavin went head-to-head against wheeler-dealer Edward for the Project Manager position. Gaining only two votes, Gavin was forced to take the back seat, but that didn’t stop him putting the squeeze on Edward’s management skills by saying, ‘If I was PM I would have a structure in place.’
After losing the task, it was up to the boys to dissect why. Gavin was brought back into the boardroom, despite having the second highest sales figures. Edward felt that although Gavin had put himself forward for the role of Project Manager, he’d done it ‘sheepishly, so that no one would be inspired.’
Gavin fought back in the boardroom and criticised Edward’s project management skills by saying, ‘you wanted to wear the hat, but you didn’t fulfil the role’. Lord Sugar decided he was happy with Gavin’s input into the task and told him he was safe.
Gavin was on losing team Logic. Their total profit was £432.13.
Gavin's first foray into working life was as a salesman at a high street clothing store - he was made a manager at the age of just 16. A passionate football fan, Gavin started up his own online opticians, which now has two high-street stores, after noticing the profit margins on glasses when working in a London department store.
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I've done it all, I've been the best at everything I've ever done
Lord Sugar returns to our screens with the next batch of hopefuls competing to be his new apprentice.
06 Oct 2010
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