BBC One The Apprentice

Founder: Lubna Farhan (ACA)

BBC One The Apprentice UK 2019 - Season 15

'CANDID...don't hold back' is a personal development and improvement brand. It was formed out of Lubna's passion and obsession with learning and development, both physical and mental.

Mission Statement:

"To help develop and improve individuals physical and mental health so that they can be the best version of themselves"

A qualified Chartered Accountant by profession and now turned Entrepreneur! She was a candidate on BBC One The Apprentice UK 2019 - Season 15 after being one of the 16 selected from a pool of almost 100,000 applicants.

Her beginnings are very humble and the journey has been long with a lot of hard work, sweat and grit but because of it she feels proud when looking back and seeing how far she has come.


Chartered Accountant

School Governor

She was brought up on a rough Council estate by my single Mother, from a Pakistani heritage. Being the only ethnic minority family in the neighbourhood she experienced racism first hand, which in the long run has made her stronger and has taught her to stand up for herself and be a voice to others.

The youngest of 4 siblings she lacked positive role models as she was surrounded by people who were satisfied depending on benefits, had no interest in education and lacked ambition. She knew from a young age that she was different and immersed herself in studying, which she loved. She consequently did well academically and unsurprisingly secured all 10 GCSE's (all A's and B's), great A-Levels, Scholarship at University and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant before appearing as a Candidate on BBC One The Apprentice UK 2019.


She is now a Wife and proud Mother of two very small children, 3-year-old and a 2-year-old. Being an Asian Woman and the main bread winner, she is completely independent, proud and strong.

It has always been important for her to give back and thus she was a School Governor of a developing primary school in Luton and also Trustee/Treasurer of a women’s charity ‘Stepping Stones’.

Currently, she is working on writing her autobiography so watch this space!

"I am a very down to earth individual and like to keep things real. People close to me may say I am straight talking but find my honesty refreshing and know they can come to me for an honest, reliable and valuable opinion.

Being open minded and taking each day as it comes is something I embrace. I want to make the most of the beautiful life I have been given and feel that challenges and overcoming them are an important part of personal development."

One of her favourite quotes:

                                 "Great things never come from comfort zones"

1st Class BSc Hons Degree

Trustee/Treasurer of Charity