A self confessed perfectionist
Career: Sales Manager – Telecoms Software
Vincent got his chance to prove himself to Lord Sugar when he was elected as Project Manager and confidently stated, ‘there may be people that are good but I think I’m better’. He immediately called his team into a brainstorming session and after totally ignoring the result of the focus group, decided to call his brand ‘Every Dog’, an idea pitched by his pal Jim.
After an attempt at pun humour that fell miserably flat on it’s face, Vincent helped the rest of his team with ideas for their mobile phone App. Raising his fears that the concept for Slangatang may offend people rather than entertain, he still got behind the App and was selected as one of Leon’s top sellers.
Given the responsibility of leading the second pitch, Vincent stumbled with his words and eventually froze, leaving Jim to step in and help him out. Things went from bad to worse when ‘the question of taste’ and ‘racial stereotypes’ was raised by the online magazine executives.
Vincent defended his App as being ‘a bit of fun’ and the boys left the meeting to give themselves a collective pat on the back. In the boardroom, when it was revealed that the boys had failed to get a higher amount of downloads than the girls, the fact that Vincent had ‘fluffed his speech’ was raised by Jim as a reason for him being brought back into the boardroom.
Vincent remained tongue-tied but escaped the firing line.
Vincent was on losing team Logic.
App Downloads after 6 hours: just under 3000
Total downloads after 24 hrs: 3951
Sales Manager Vincent was the first to put forward a team name by suggesting ‘Ability’, pitching it as ‘a positive name’. He gained one vote for his suggestion, his own.
After opting to invest Lord Sugar’s £250 into the production of soup and orange juice, Vincent helped the sales of his product by using one of the most powerful business tools available to him, ‘charming the ladies’. Even Karren Brady admitted, ‘strangely enough they seem to be quite impressed’.
In the boardroom he criticised Edward’s lack of planning and told Lord Sugar what he thought to be the logic behind the team’s financial forecast. He wasn’t brought back to the boardroom, raising the all-important question – how can he top pink socks?
Vincent was on losing team Logic. Their total profit was £432.13.
Half-Belgian and half-Swiss, Glasgow-born Vincent is a film buff and frequent traveler with a penchant for theatre.
The self confessed perfectionist who was a Liverpool mascot as a child, names Bill Gates and Richard Branson as role models and would love to have been the brains behind Microsoft.
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I have an unprecedented amount of business acumen
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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