Apprentice Winner Carina LePore “I am paying for staff Ubers during the COVID-19 outbreak”

Carina Lepore, owner of Artisan Dough Bakehouse recently won the 15th Series of the Apprentice, receiving Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

She became the most successful Apprentice Winner ever after winning nine out of ten tasks, never facing Lord Sugar in the boardroom.

However, no one would have predicted the turn of events that would happen after being hired as Lord Sugar’s latest Apprentice.

In an exclusive interview with the Apprentice Winner, she revealed how she is supporting her staff at Dough Artisan Bakehouse by paying for their Ubers during the outbreak so that they don’t use public transport.

Carina also revealed that the Bakehouse is remaining open during the outbreak, she said: “We made the decision to remain open, we have made it a takeaway service only, the only product that is being produced each day is bread.”

Carina emphasised that staff and customer safety was her highest priority, she added: “Social distancing measures are in place, we have arrows on the floor and only one customer in the shop at a time.”

Miss Lepore commented that her Bakehouse is keeping the community’s spirits going, she said: “Making people’s routines a little bit nicer.”

She makes this comment as people in the Herne Hill community in London visit the Bakehouse during their assigned daily walk.

The Apprentice Winner continued: “If we can make people smile with a fresh loaf of bread every day, then that is what we will continue to do.”

When asked about whether the government was doing enough to assist small businesses during the outbreak, Ms Lepore replied: “The furlough scheme and grants would help massively, it is still a really difficult time.”

This comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced that the UK government will pay for 80% of wages for workers furloughed during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Bakehouse owner suggested this a good time to start networking to support other businesses to get through this as well, she said: “We are all in it together, let’s reach out to like minded businesses, I reached out to other businesses myself.”

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