Brett Butler-Smythe

The Apprentice semi-finalist Brett Butler-Smythe has been passing on the benefits of his experience to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Plymouth-born builder, who survived ten weeks on the BBC television programme last year, addressed more than 400 students and staff at Plymouth University.

He spoke about his time on the show, including the importance of working with colleagues to meet complex challenges, and about the experience of pitching to one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, Lord Sugar.

Since leaving the show, during which he was praised for his honesty and team ethic, Brett has returned to Plymouth and established his own construction company, Pro Build South West Limited. He said:

“Appearing on The Apprentice has change the way I look at business, and my experience on the show has given me a new lease of life in so many ways. Since leaving, I have set up my own company – which is now thriving in a number of areas – and I am looking forward to developing it further over the coming years. I relish the opportunity to share the benefits of my experiences with others, so I can help other people to understand that with drive, ambition and determination they really can achieve anything.”

Brett attended two events at the University, speaking to more than 200 staff and students on each occasion.

His talks are part of an ongoing series of sessions organised by the Plymouth Business School and Futures Entrepreneurship Centre to give students the chance to meet and hear from successful businessmen and women from the South West and beyond.

Dr Emily Beaumont, who leads the University’s two-year BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship programme, said:

“During his time on The Apprentice, Brett worked in high pressure situations and dealt with some of the most formidable figures in British business. Having since established his own business, he has skills and opinions that will undoubtedly be of benefit to our students. We are very grateful to Brett for giving up his time, and I am sure the students will take his experiences on board as they look to carve their own successful careers in business.”