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Croydon The Apprentice winner returns to her old Crystal Palace school to surprise pupils

Croydon The Apprentice winner returns to her old Crystal Palace school to surprise pupils
Feb 04, 2020 Shaking Hands 0 comments

This post was first published by My London on 02/02/2020.

Carina Lepore won The Apprentice in 2019 with her idea for a family-orientated artisan bakery.

The Croydon mum is the owner and founder of the Dough Artisan Bakehouse in Herne Hill and is soon to be opening a second shop, but she took some time out of her busy schedule to visit her old school.

Carina was a student at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace between 1998 and 2004, and last week returned to speak to Year 12 students about her journey since leaving school, entrepreneurship and how she started her own business in Croydon aged just 18.

She also discussed her experiences on the BBC’s The Apprentice and what she learned from taking part in the show. She won an impressive nine of 10 tasks throughout the competition and was the project manager for three of those wins.

The 30-year-old reportedly opened a fashion store in Croydon when she was 18, and before that she reportedly worked in M&S for 10 years. She then started Dough Bakehouse, a trendy café next to Herne Hill station, after her dad’s bakery burnt down in 2017.

Carina wants to help and inspire young people to achieve their goals and offered her time and advice to any of the academy’s students who wanted to meet her.

Katherine Cumberbatch, Principal of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, said: “It was a delight to welcome Carina back to her academy to speak to our current students about her journey from our school, opening her first business and then going onto win the Apprentice.

“Carina is a fantastic role model to our students – she is a driven, ambitious businesswoman who has shown that with hard work and a passion to succeed our students really can achieve anything they set their minds to.”

She also met two of her old teachers – Mrs Sales in Food Technology and Ms Gatty, Carina’s Media Studies teacher.

Her main message of advice for the students was “don’t give up and never think that you can’t.”

Year 12 student Disha said: “It was so great to meet and speak to Carina about how she built her business and landed the investment from Lord Sugar.

“She was such a lovely person and gave us some great advice. I’m feeling very inspired.”

Original Article Link: https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/croydon-apprentice-winner-returns-old-17674573

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