The Apprentice winner now turns over £1.6m a year despite ‘disaster’ right before launch
The Apprentice: Alan Sugar reflects on candidates of 2013 series
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The launch was controversial, with critics claiming it would encourage women to have more treatments, but Leah batted off the comments and her clinics have been a huge success. The cosmetics clinic’s called Dr. Leah have done very well, using the investment given wisely. They specialise in non-surgical cosmetic medicine.
In 2019, the clinic’s turnover had grown to £1.6million a year.
They also reported profits of £400,000 a year – and this could grow further as they had plans for expansion.
By taking a 50 percent stake in the business, Lord Sugar ensured he scheduled time to discuss things with Leah.
She told London Post that she “tortured” him during the first year working together.
She continued: “We were just about to open the doors to our first clinic when a guy next door to me, who I shared an entrance with and who I thought was a friend, effectively copied my business model and undercut me on all of the prices.
“I was really upset and I rang Lord Sugar that night in tears. I said, ‘This is a disaster’.
“At that moment he was just very stern. He said, ‘Leah, you need to pull yourself together, do not be this emotional about it, this is just business, he’s trying to make a quick buck.
People are going to come to you because it’s you, because it’s us, you’re going to be better than him and you need to remember that. Back yourself and stop thinking about him’.”
This advice help Leah grow from strength to strength. The doctor and Lord Sugar now run a chain of three clinics together. There is one in London’s Chiswell Street, one based in Loughton, Essex and another in London’s Glentworth Street, which is known as the Baker Street clinic.
Leah said it was nice being able to pay Lord Sugar back for his investment.
She repaid his faith after figures showed the firm made a profit of £1,002,160 – up from £718,610 in 2016.
She said “I don’t really think about that side of it. It’s nice to have paid him back. But I’ve learned so much in the years since The Apprentice that money can’t buy.
“The biggest lesson is that Lord Sugar is obsessed with the bottom line and with margin. It is at his core. He’s taught me the fundamentals of business and how they are turnover, costs and bottom line. That’s all that matters.
‘And it has been really important for me to understand that.”
However, Leah said the pair have now had to shelve ambitious expansion plans due to the “devastating” impact of COVID-19.
They had planned to open a new premises at Canary Wharf in East London and also launch a skincare range. But those plans are now on hold and will probably remain so for at least three years.
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