Swinton’s Ashleigh is Lord Sugar’s Young Apprentice

Ashleigh Porter-Exley, from Swinton, the winner of this year;s Young Apprentice. Picture: Jim Marks

Ashleigh Porter-Exley, from Swinton, the winner of this year;s Young Apprentice. Picture: Jim Marks

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Swinton teenager Ashleigh Porter-Exley has triumphed as the Young Apprentice after impressing the BBC television show’s boss Lord Alan Sugar with her “sheer and utter graft.”

The 17-year-old, who dazzled judges with her ethical streetwear brand, won in the final head-to-head against student Lucy Beauvallet.

Ashleigh is to use her £25,000 prize to either set up her own property management business or an accountancy firm.

The budding tycoon is studying for her NVQ in business and admin and taking an evening course in accountancy.

The pair made it through to the final boardroom decision after their clothing initiative beat the other finalists .

Lord Sugar said: “Ashleigh, I’ve seen you take over tasks during the course of the last seven weeks and sometimes bring them through.

“I’ve seen you controlling what’s going on and it’s been a great privilege to have had you here in this process.”

Ashleigh said: “It’s just absolutely amazing to know that I’m the winner and that Lord Sugar is willing to invest in me. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had.

“You can have as much work experience as you like but the skills I’ve learnt while being here are just unbelievable.”

The winner - who has had jobs since she was just 13 - said her family would be proud of her.