You’re hired! Graduate wins The Apprentice

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A Goldsmiths graduate has won The Apprentice 2023, securing funding worth £250,000 for a boxing business with its headquarters in south London.

Portrait of Marnie Swindells, winner of The Apprentice 2023

Marnie Swindells, winner of The Apprentice 2023

History and politics graduate Marnie Swindells was told “You’re hired!” by Lord Sugar in the final of the BBC show.

Marnie, who graduated from Goldsmiths in 2015 with a BA in History and Politics, saw off competition from 17 candidates to be named Lord Sugar’s new business partner.

After graduating from Goldsmiths Marnie completed the law conversion and barrister training courses at BPP University Law School. She was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 2018, the same year she started work as a paralegal specialising in civil litigation. 

Throughout this time Marnie developed a love of boxing, going on to become a gold medal-winning fighter as well as taking up coaching and promoting.

She has this into a business and earlier this year opened the BRONX boxing gym in Camberwell, which is near to the Goldsmiths campus.

In a recent newspaper interview, Marnie talked about her love of south east London . She told My London: “I think it is the hub of creativity. It's just always got something going on. Someone's always thinking of a new idea here, a new concept. There's art everywhere. I love it."

Marnie was not the only former Goldsmiths student to feature on this year’s The Apprentice. Shazia Hussain, who left the show early on in its run, graduated from the College in 2003.