Peterborough’s Joseph Valente moves closer to becoming next winner of The Apprentice

Joseph Valente. Picture: Jim Marks/Boundless/BBC/PA Wire

Joseph Valente. Picture: Jim Marks/Boundless/BBC/PA Wire

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Peterborough’s candidate in hit BBC show The Apprentice is moving ever closer to becoming Lord Sugar’s next business partner.

With only three episodes left before the words “you’re hired” are uttered in the fabled boardroom, Joseph Valente has made a strong case to secure the investment of £250,000 on offer to the winning candidate.

Lord Sugar and this year's Apprentice candidates (back row left to right) Natalie Dean, David Stevenson, Mergim Butaja, Richard Woods, Vana Koutsomitis, Ruth Whiteley, (second row left to right) Scott Saunders, Charleine Wain, Jenny Garbis, Brett Butler-Smythe, Elle Stevenson, Sam Curry, (front row left to right) April Jackson, Joseph Valente, Selina Waterman-Smith, Aisha Kasim, Gary Poulton and Dan Callaghan. Picture: Jim Marks/Boundless/BBC/PA Wire

Lord Sugar and this year's Apprentice candidates (back row left to right) Natalie Dean, David Stevenson, Mergim Butaja, Richard Woods, Vana Koutsomitis, Ruth Whiteley, (second row left to right) Scott Saunders, Charleine Wain, Jenny Garbis, Brett Butler-Smythe, Elle Stevenson, Sam Curry, (front row left to right) April Jackson, Joseph Valente, Selina Waterman-Smith, Aisha Kasim, Gary Poulton and Dan Callaghan. Picture: Jim Marks/Boundless/BBC/PA Wire

Plumbing boss Joseph made it through tonight’s episode unscathed as Lord Sugar whittled down the eight remaining candidates in what is a 12-week process.

And his strong performances so far have drawn praise from Peterborough businesswoman Nurun Ahmed who featured in the last series of the primetime TV show.

Nurun said: “He’s done exceptionally well. He’s exceeding my expectations. From what I’ve seen he’s coming across as a very credible candidate.

“He’s very forthright, speaks his mind and has a lot of integrity. He’s not scheming or having a game plan and he comes across as very likable.

“Lord Sugar has warmed to him. He admires people who have integrity and honesty.

“Overall, he’s done really well.”

In one task where Joseph was on the losing team, his performance was deemed so good that Lord Sugar told him he would not be fired even before the project manager had announced which team members would be brought back into the boardroom to face a grilling.

This came as a shock to Nurun, who said: “I’ve always been an Apprentice fan and it’s never happened before.”

But despite his strong progress over the first two months, Nurun does not believe Joseph is the strongest candidate in the process.

Speaking before tonight’s episode aired, she added: “I’m putting my money on Vana and Richard.”