Kristina Grimes, Business Speaker, BBC Apprentice 2007 Star, Entrepreneurship Speaker, Inspirational business speaker, Kristina Grimes stepped into the limelight as the Apprentice star, who, bizarrely to everyone watching the series, did not win the competition, despite being arguably the best candidate. From the minute Kristina Grimes hit our screens during the first episode of ‘The Apprentice’, her outstanding performance, personality, determination and business acumen made her the viewers’ clear favourite to win. Kristina grew up in Ireland. At the age of 17 less than 3 weeks after successfully completing her A-levels, she gave birth to her only child, her beloved son Graeme. Although this was a difficult time in her life, she was determined to prove that being a single mother would not prevent her becoming a successful business woman. At 18, Kristina moved to England. Whilst raising her son and holding down a full time job, she put herself through University, obtaining an honours degree in Mathematics. She then proceeded to make her mark in the pharmaceutical industry. Through sheer hard work, determination, and total commitment, she became highly successful, reaching Senior Management level. Then, the idea of entering “The Apprentice,” the show that pits 16 of Britain’s hungriest business brains against each other to see which one is worthy of a six figure salary and the chance to become Sir Alan Sugar’s apprentice took hold. In the show, Kristina proved week after week that she was the top performer, and excelled at all the tasks. Not only did she stand out as a brilliant sales person and team leader, her people skills, her determination to succeed and her innate business ability shone through.

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Kristina Grimes stepped into the limelight as the Apprentice star, who, bizarrely to everyone watching the series, did not win the competition, despite being arguably the best candidate.

From the minute Kristina Grimes hit our screens during the first episode of ‘The Apprentice’, her outstanding performance, personality, determination and business acumen made her the viewers’ clear favourite to win.

Kristina grew up in Ireland. At the age of 17 less than 3 weeks after successfully completing her A-levels, she gave birth to her only child, her beloved son Graeme. Although this was a difficult time in her life, she was determined to prove that being a single mother would not prevent her becoming a successful business woman.

At 18, Kristina moved to England. Whilst raising her son and holding down a full time job, she put herself through University, obtaining an honours degree in Mathematics. She then proceeded to make her mark in the pharmaceutical industry. Through sheer hard work, determination, and total commitment, she became highly successful, reaching Senior Management level.

Then, the idea of entering “The Apprentice,” the show that pits 16 of Britain’s hungriest business brains against each other to see which one is worthy of a six figure salary and the chance to become Sir Alan Sugar’s apprentice took hold. In the show, Kristina proved week after week that she was the top performer, and excelled at all the tasks. Not only did she stand out as a brilliant sales person and team leader, her people skills, her determination to succeed and her innate business ability shone through.

Areas of Expertise

Despite finishing as runner-up on "The Apprentice", her success with Viglen led Sir Alan Sugar to offer her a senior position within his company.

Kristina was then approached by a leading property developer, where she is now Investment Sales Director. Her success with her new role is proof that Kristina has exceptional ability and can succeed in any industry.

Since "The Apprentice", Kristina has been inundated with requests to act as a ‘keynote speaker’ at high profile events throughout the UK and Ireland. Kristina has experienced quite a demand for her to give keynote presentation as an inspirational speaker on the motivation, leadership and business skills required to succeed in today's business world. She has also appeared on television and radio programmes, including Channel 4's "Richard & Judy."

Kristina’s story proves that through hard work, determination and enthusiasm you can succeed in business, even when the odds appear to be against you. She is without doubt, an inspiration to us all.

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