A NEW arrival is on the way for former Apprentice finalist Claire Young – one that looks certain to shake up her business agenda.
The television entrepreneur, who reached the final of the show in 2008, has been busy with several ventures, including the running of School Speakers which brings inspirational talkers into schools.
But changes have been afoot for Claire, 33, since she discovered she was pregnant with her partner Michael last October.
And the baby, due in June, is already posing a whole new set of challenges she has not faced before.
She said: “I thought I had flu at first. It wasn’t planned at all but I’m quite excited now and have been surrounded by friends throughout it all.
“Michael was on Dragon’s Den and runs a business too – so it’s a business reality TV baby.
“I don’t know the sex yet but I want it to be a surprise.”
Claire, who lives in Thornes, said it would be business as usual until the baby was born.
She said: “Some people get really worked up and I’m trying to keep my feet on the ground about it.
“Running your own business you’ve got more flexibility – but when you’re out of work you can’t fall back on maternity pay.
“I’m planning to have some official maternity leave after the birth, for about eight to ten weeks, and then my mum’s going to help me out.”
It has not been an easy ride so far for Claire, who has had to deal with a collapsed pelvis and a trapped nerve in her leg.
She said: “I’ve had quite a difficult pregnancy up until about six weeks ago.
“When other people I know have been pregnant there have been times where I’ve thought ‘just get a grip’ but now that it’s me and I feel all these changes in my body I can understand.
“It feels quite surreal really.”
The keen horse rider said she has had to cancel both business and leisure plans.
She said: “I’ve got no social life and I can’t ride as much as I’d like to now.
“And everyone who follows me knows I do a lot of travelling and I’ve had to cancel work trips abroad.
“My eating habits have also changed drastically. Working lots of hours you have to grab food on the go, but now if I don’t eat every three of four hours I start wretching.”
Claire said she would consider calling the baby Eva or Mary if it is a girl, and Oscar or Joseph if it is a boy.
As well as School Speakers, Claire also set up a social enterprise called Girls Out Loud which works to raise the aspirations of teenage girls.
And she co-hosts a Saturday lunchtime show on BBC Radio Leeds called Something for the Weekend.