The Apprentice is back, with Lord Alan Sugar ready to hire and fire all over again with a brand-new group of wannabe entrepreneurs ready to prove that they have what it takes and earn a £250,000 investment.

Here's everything you need to know about series 15 of The Apprentice. 

When is The Apprentice on?

The Apprentice kicks off on Wednesday 2 October at 9pm on BBC One.

The Apprentice: You’re Fired - an aftershow airing on BBC Two - will also be making a return, but with a difference. Previous host Rhod Gilbert has stepped down to focus on his own national stand-up tour. He will be replaced by comedian Tom Allen, who works on Bake Off: Extra Slice and Bake Off: The Professionals.

There'll also be two special episodes - The Final Five and Why I Fired Them - which will each air ahead of the series finale.

Who are the contestants?

The latest entrepreneurs have now been confirmed. Read on to find out who they are, what they do and just how cocky they are going into this show (there's some classic one's in here). 

  • Carina Lepore, aged 30 from South London. She's the owner of an artisan bakery, and claims to be a natural leader that people latch onto. Let's see if she volunteers to be project manager in the first episode, shall we?
  • Dean Ahmad, aged 20 from Essex. He owns a sports management agency which he started at the tender age of 15. He claims to be able to persuade anyone to do anything... so let's see if he can convince Lord Sugar not to fire him.
  • Iasha Masood, aged 27 from Manchester. Iasha is an account manager who states that she will be the eccentric one of the group, which will make her stand out. We hope it's not for the wrong reasons!
  • Jemelin Artigas, aged 34 from South London. A network marketing consultant, she claims to be "next level stubborn" and wants things to go her way. Watch out for some bickering, people. 
  • Kenna Ngoma, aged 24 from Greater Manchester. Owner of an alcohol-infused ice cream company, Kenna will do anything to win. He actually used to be a pro-footballer before an injury stopped him, so he's got the right mentality. 
  • Lewis Ellis, aged 28 from Lancashire. He's a digital marketing project manager who calls himself a "maverick" who doesn't necessarily follow the rules... hopefully he'll make an exception for Lord Sugar. 
  • Lottie Lion, aged 19 from Somerset. Librarian Lottie claims to have a cut-throat attitude and will not be a push over. Maybe that will mean she won't be 'checking out' early of the competition. 
  • Lubna Farhan, aged 33 from Luton. Lubna is a finance manager and mother, who became her own role model after she had nobody else in her life growing up. But will she be the role model for the job?
  • Marianne Rawlins, aged 36 from Lincolnshire. Originally from the US, Marianne is the owner of a risk management company who cites conflict management as one her greatest skills. God knows we'll need some of that. 
  • Pamela Laird, aged 30 from South London. Beauty brand owner Pamela likes to be the underestimated one of the bunch. She claims to have an "entrepreneurial gene", so hopefully that will serve her well in the competition. 
  • Riyonn Farsad, aged 30 from South London. Riyonn is an events manager who claims to "get on with everyone". We sure hope that's true when we eventually get a group shouting match one episode. 
  • Ryan-Mark Parsons, aged 19 from South London. Ryan-Mark describes himself as "the epitome of luxury" and "a 60-year old trapped in a teenager's body". We won't add any more.
  • Scarlett Allen-Horton, aged 32 from the West Midlands. Owner of a recruitment company Scarlett claims to have a great track record in employment and have an upbeat personality. Once again, let's hope that comes in useful during a screaming match. 
  • Shahin Hassan, aged 36 from Birmingham. He's a chartered engineer who claims to be "ruthless in his pursuit of success"... watch out for him in the boardroom. We may seem some contestants being thrown under the bus. 
  • Souleyman Bah, aged 20 from South London. Souleyman is a para athlete and motivational speaker. He aims to be brutally honest, something refreshing for the boardroom. 
  • Thomas Skinner, aged 28 from East London. Thomas is the owner of a pillow company who has a childhood filled with entrepreneurial ventures. He's also the Gryffindor of the group who claims to do "everything on impulse". 

The Apprentice contestants

Who are the judges?

As always, Lord Sugar is the show's host, and he'll be joined once again by Karren Brady and Claude Littner as they keep an eye on the new host of hopefuls.

Who won last year?

The last woman standing was Sian Gabbidon, a fashion designer who specialised in swimwear. Since then she's gone on to expand her brand - Sian Marie - on ASOS. 

How to watch The Apprentice online

If you're in the UK, the easiest way to watch The Apprentice online is on BBC iPlayer, where the BBC will keep episodes after they've aired.

That's trickier if you're going on holiday and watch to keep up with the show while you're abroad, but you can use a VPN to trick iPlayer into thinking you're still in the UK. Our recommendation is to use NordVPN, but we've picked out a few other good options in our guide to the best VPNs for BBC iPlayer.