An Ilford businesswoman has been named in the list of candidates for this year's series of BBC show The Apprentice. 

Amina Khan is among the 18 candidates bidding to win Lord Alan Sugar's £250,000 investment and advice. 

Amina is a business owner and pharmacist, with more than ten years of experience in pharmaceuticals under her belt and a Masters degree in pharmacy. 

She set up her own business, The Pharmacist Beauty, in 2020 after spotting a gap in the market when she decided she did not want to treat her adult acne with medicine. 

Her business offers customers a range of skincare, supplements and hormone balancers to help with their skin and health woes. 

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, her business overcame the odds with turnover of £1 million in the first two years of trading. 

She told the BBC of her promise to herself at the age of 13 to do "whatever it takes to become a millionaire".


The Apprentice candidate shared the news with her 83,000 Instagram followers earlier this morning. 

She is set to make waves in the series, that will air from February 1, after telling the BBC: "I am a massive risk taker, but I also pride myself in making calculated decisions when it comes to my brand.

"On my own, I’ve built the foundations for a very successful business and joining forces with Lord Sugar means we would dominate the market overnight.

"I am also one of the hardest working women I know. There is no one else like me."

The show begins next week with the candidates heading straight to the Scottish Highlands.

They are tasked with a corporate hospitality challenge to put on high end away days for corporate clients in the hope of impressing Lord Sugar and advisers Baroness Karren Brady and Tim Campbell.

We can't wait to see what how Amina fares.

The Apprentice series 18 premieres on Thursday February 1 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.