The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth sent home in double firing

And then there were 15...two female candidates axed by Lord Alan this week

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Lord Alan Sugar and his “You’re fired!” index finger were busy again tonight with two more candidates leaving the competition.

Swimming instructor Lindsay Booth and fashion retailer Nurun Ahmed were both eliminated from the business contest after the teams were tasked with marketing scented candles.

Booth, 29, who owns her own swimming academy, admitted she was out of her depth, telling Lord Alan she was “disappointed” in herself.

“I know I haven’t been the person I thought I was going to be when I came here.  If anything, I’ve learnt I’m probably best at sticking to what I know best and that’s swimming,” she said.

Nurun Ahmed is fired by Lord Sugar

Lord Alan fired her before the final boardroom showdown and made light of Booth’s predicament. “As a swimming instructor, I can tell you, you’re drowning at the moment.  You really are.  This place is full of sharks,” he said.

Booth later confessed that she would have become the first candidate to quit the show if Lord Alan hadn’t fired her. "I think he knew that and he got in there first,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ahmed was also fired from the show after failing to prove her sales ability on the candles task.

Team Tenacity make their scented candles

Despite having helmed the winning team in the second episode Ahmed was next in line for Lord Alan’s caustic remarks. He called her past success “luck” and said she doesn’t have the project manager’s acumen.

The 36-year-old from Peterborough said the experience had toughened her up but she still believed she could be nice and succeed in business.

Ahmed said: "I've learned to be a little bit more shrewd, but I'm very considerate and I have a soft approach, and that's something I'll never change."

The Apprentice winners enjoy a spa treat (BBC)

The next episode of The Apprentice airs on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 29 October.