The Apprentice star Megan Hornby’s business was ‘on the verge of going under’ after her time filming the BBC show it’s been reported.
The entrepreneur, 26, narrowly missed out at a spot in the final when she became the third of the final five to be fired, ahead of Marnie Swindells landing Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.
And according to The Sun after filming wrapped Megan’s sweet shop in Hull faced closing it’s doors due to the cost of living crisis.
The publication reported that Megan approached her local council for help saying she needed to revamp the business in order to stay afloat.
Speaking in a council meeting she said: ‘After initially flourishing, my business has struggled for the last six to nine months to the point that we are on the verge of going under’.
Change of fate: The Apprentice, 26, star Megan Hornby’s business was ‘on the verge of going under’ after her time filming the BBC show it’s been reported
She opened the business during lockdown selling sweets and cakes, before deciding to ask for an alcohol licence.
The Sun also revealed she told councillors: ‘People just can’t afford as much as they did before because of the cost of living crisis so I had to do something to keep the doors open’.
‘That’s why I want to start selling hot food like burgers and chips and alcohol as a venue for eating and drinking’.
Luckily her request was granted and the businesswoman revamped the sweet shop into a trendy cocktail bar.
She often takes to social media to showcase the quirky interior as well as a whole host of impressive drinks.
MailOnline have contacted Megan’s reps for comment.
It comes after MailOnline reported Apprentice winner Marnie Swindells watched her dad die in the caravan they shared when she was just eight years old — but believes her childhood trauma drove her to success.
Lord Sugar’s new business partner was wearing her school uniform when her beloved father lost his life in front of her eyes after she directed an ambulance through the caravan park to where he urgently needed medical care.
The place to be: Luckily her request for an alcohol licence was granted and the businesswoman revamped the sweet shop into a trendy cocktail bar
Party time: She often takes to social media to showcase the quirky interior as well as a whole host of impressive drinks
Just days after witnessing the heartbreaking event, boxing gym owner Marnie, 28, performed the lead role in her school’s rendition of Grease, dancing and singing on stage in a bid to prove to the world her determination to succeed, even as a grieving child.
In an exclusive interview, Marnie explained to MailOnline how she kept her late dad by her side during the Apprentice process by wearing a gold bracelet he had planned to gift her when she turned nine, but he sadly died weeks before her birthday.
She said: ‘My dad died very suddenly while we were in the caravan when he was 47. I saw the whole thing happen and I was actually the person that got the ambulance.
‘I ran to direct them because they couldn’t get in the site where we lived, I was running in my school uniform in front of the ambulance and there was this immense pressure to get them to the caravan quickly to try and help.’
An emotional Marnie didn’t want to divulge exactly how her father died but explained it was an accident, which on a different day could have been avoided.
Marnie, who grew up in Oldham, Manchester, said the same week her dad passed she acted in a school musical after her mum advised that staying strong was the only way to move forward.
Honest: Apprentice winner Marnie Swindells watched her dad die in the caravan they shared when she was just eight years old — but believes her childhood trauma drove her to success
Battle: Days after witnessing the heartbreaking event, boxing gym owner Marnie performed the lead role in her school’s rendition of Grease (Marnie pictured in her caravan as a child)
It was the anger and confusion that Marnie felt following the sad loss of her dad that inspired her to take up boxing, where her negative energy was channelled in a positive way
She explained: ‘I was the lead part in a school play around the time he died and within two days I was back in school and performing.
‘He died on a Tuesday and on the Friday night I played Sandy in Grease and was up on stage singing and dancing. My mum is very tough, and she said it’s happened now, and we have to carry on.
‘It was a strange time because I felt I had to step up and become the man of the house because my mum was never very good with forms or letters, all the admin that comes when someone dies even at eight years old, I felt very responsible. I became my dad, I had to step into those shoes.’
She fought off competition from 17 candidates to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment during the 17th series of The Apprentice and Marnie says her late father was with her every step of the way.
In particular, she felt his presence riding in the back of Lord Sugar’s Rolls Royce after being crowned champion, wearing the gold bracelet he never had the chance to gift her.
She said: ‘My dad left me a bracelet that my mum had no idea about and he must have been saving up for. It was a small, gold bracelet.
‘He died a few weeks before my birthday and my mum found it in his coat pocket when she was clearing out his stuff.
‘I wore it throughout the final few moments of the Apprentice. In the Rolls Royce, I wore it because I wanted him to be in a Rolls Royce with me. I wore it during the You’re Hired show, which was a way he could physically be there.’