A Hampshire tree surgeon will be one of the 16 candidates taking part in the new series of The Apprentice.

Tom Bunday, who is the owner of a tree surgery firm, will be competing to win the £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar over the coming weeks.

Hampshire's own Tom Bunday has a tree surgery firm. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

Hampshire’s own Tom Bunday has a tree surgery firm. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

The 28-year-old is from Southampton and started his successful arboricultural (tree care) business despite having struggled at school.

He says: ‘There are very few people that can genuinely say they’re going to make it – but I know that I’m going to.’

Mr Bunday believes his loyalty is one of his best qualities along with the fact he loves not knowing what is around the corner but admits he finds it difficult to ‘switch off’.

Lord Sugar, Karen and Claude will all be back for the new series. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

Lord Sugar, Karen and Claude will all be back for the new series. Picture: Jim Marks/ BBC Pictures

The Apprentice returns to BBC One at 9pm next Wednesday (October 3).