June 25, 2008 by Barney Brack
Michelle Dewberry, series two winner, completed 12 months at Amstrad and now runs a successful business consultancy.
She was born in Hull, East Yorkshire and from a young age was determined to create success in her life. She set herself the target to own her first property by the age of 21 and undertook a number of part time roles to earn money to make this dream a reality. When she was 18, she cold called Hull’s biggest telecommunications company to request a managerial post. She was offered an admin position in the IT department which she saw as a great opportunity to ‘get her foot in the door’ and learn. She rapidly progressed through the ranks, and set herself the goal of becoming an IT Network Analyst. She self funded and taught herself IT in her spare time until she became a qualified MCP and got the role of Network Analyst.
In 2000, Michelle relocated to Stoke on Trent to further her career and in 2001 she was headhunted by a FTSE 250 company in London who was impressed with her Programme Management skills and saw her as the ideal candidate to manage the project of relocating their business overseas. From there, Michelle recognised the potential of Offshore work and established herself as a self-employed consultant delivering exactly that.
In a bid to find a successful mentor, Michelle entered BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ in 2005 where she was the youngest candidate. She was determined to win and fulfilled her goal, becoming Sir Alan Sugar’s apprentice. After working alongside him for 1 year, Michelle left to re-establish her own consultancy, Michelle Dewberry Ltd (MDL).
Today, alongside running MDL, Michelle is an active supporter of various business initiatives up and down the country and undertakes a lot of charity work. She is also always on the look out for new business ventures to be involved in. She believes in making the most of life and each year sets herself a significant challenge. After being a spectator of the 2006 London Marathon, Michelle vowed to herself that she would run the following year, despite having no previous distance running experience and a poor level of fitness. True to her word, Michelle enrolled alone and completed the 2007 London Marathon and did so in an amazing 4 hours 33 minutes (just 10 minutes after Gordon Ramsey and beating Matt Dawson!), raising funds for the NSPCC and Wellchild charities.
She lives by her mantra, “if you believe in yourself, anything is possible”. Her autobiography, “Anything is Possible” was released in March 2007.