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BBC 'The Apprentice' winner Mark Wright inspires UEL Business Management students 

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Digital marketing whiz offers business tips to enthusiastic listeners

BBC 'The Apprentice' winner and successful entrepreneur Mark Wright impressed final year business management students at the University of East London (UEL) this week with a guest lecture on his life and career.

Mark said, “The students were so engaged, I got through about 60 per cent of my presentation, then the questions came non-stop. They were really switched on.

“They’re in their final year, and many hope to start their own business, so the big question was ‘What next? How do you go from business student to budding entrepreneur?'" 

Australian Mark came to the UK in 2012 with a passion for business and a keen interest in digital marketing. But he needed the right backing to help him turn his dream into a reality. 

He won the hit BBC show in 2014, which secured him £250,000 and business support from the show's Lord Alan Sugar.

Mark was able to launch his marketing firm, Climb Online, which is going from strength to strength, with offices in London, Bristol, and Manchester. 

Final year UEL BSc Business Management student Arthur Nkwocha, 25, from Nigeria, thought Mark was great. 

Arthur said, “I already have my own business, called Kingsman Group, which I started in 2011. It’s a record label focused on Afrobeats music, so his advice was great in terms of growing the business, and the ups and downs to anticipate. Listening to him today was a big motivation for me.”

Ann Olagundoye, UEL programme leader for Business Management, said Mark's guest lecture is part of a bigger project. 

She said, “These guest lectures are part of a series bringing top industry experts into the classroom to share their experience and business advice, which adds value. We’re linking what students learn to how things work in the real world.” 

Student Arthur concluded, “One of Mark’s top tips was that if you want to get into business, it has to be something that you like, that you’ve got passion for. You can’t just do it because someone else says it’s good. Music is definitely my passion, it’s what I want to do.”