The Apprentices Tim Campbell makes pledge for Martin Lewis to be made a Lord

He's working with a Lord and Baroness on the panel of The Apprentice, now Tim Campbell wants to see Martin Lewis get a peerage.

The MoneySavingExpert has warned existing support for the energy price rises is not going to be enough and serious poverty is ahead.

Tim exclusively told Daily Star: “Martin’s a legend and needs to get a lordship, he needs to be in the House of Lords because he is doing something that is making a difference to people rather than pontificating, like some others in the world.

“I think it’s going to be more devastating than people could imagine, I hope Rishi Sunak will continue that line where he said, ‘I’m going to do as much for every single person in the UK’. "

In advice for people looking to start a side-hustle to help ends meet, the businessman, who won the first series of The Apprentice 17 years ago and returned as a panellist this year suggests: "Think about what is the problem I am solving?

“If you can do that – and articulate the solution – that’s going to be your marketing campaign.

“You can understand who you’re selling it to and how to stand out from the competition.”

“Despite criticism the 2022 show wasn’t as good as previously Tim says they are reaching a new demographic which will allow it’s sustainability.

He says: "People are always going to say the business ideas aren’t great but it has had the best viewing figures in the last 10 years, averaging nine million per show.

“Where people are saying it’s old and tired, the audience numbers are saying differently.

“More importantly, young people are watching it, which is really powerful.”

Finalists Harpreet Kaur, 30, who runs a dessert company and Kathryn Burn, 29, an online family pyjamas entrepreneur, have been slammed by viewers for not doing anything unique and having weak pitches.

Tim, 44, disagrees and suggests to keyboard warriors: “Put a better idea in for next year’s show and beat them all.

“They’re definitely the right people in the final.

“For too long in business we have seen an underrepresentation of women at the top-flight."

Following his victory 17 years ago, Tim worked at Lord Sugar’s Amstrad firm for two years before setting up a charity the Bright Ideas Trust to help young people get a head start in business.

He now works for trading company OSTC Markets, who are planning their launch into the sub-Sahara continent.

He was invited back for the latest series to fill in for Claude Littner, 72, following his cycling accident, advising Lord Alan Sugar, 74, alongside Baroness Karren Brady, 52.

Tim says: “I’m proud to be back doing it full circle.”

Now he’s partnered with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to help parents learn about T-level qualifications – which launched two years ago.

As well as classroom study, they provide a 45-day placement in industries for young people between 16-19.

The Foundation’s research found 87% of parents worry about the uncertainty of the job market for their children.

Tim says: “You can now choose a different route focused on technical skills, which are valuable to the employer because employers have helped create them.

“As we’ve seen with the impact of Covid and Brexit we need more controlling of technical skills on our own shores, so we have to empower the next generation.

The campaign couldn’t be more crucial now as a rise in National Insurance and cost of living crisis is on the cards following the financial turmoil of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, despite his stint on the panel this series, Tim will be sticking to his day job going forward.

He laughs: “Seeing me in anything transparent or sequin would be devastating for the world.

“I’d probably step on someone’s toe and crack their feet, so I definitely won’t be anywhere near a Strictly dancefloor or eating kangaroo boll*cks in a jungle.

“I’m perfectly content where I am.”

*Tim Campbell MBE backs T-levels as a next-level qualification to help young people find jobs and establish their careers. Parents can find out more and access free resources by visiting the T-level info website at

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