Northern Ireland

Young Apprentice: Derry teen James McCullagh misses out

James McCullagh
Image caption James McCullagh was narrowly beaten into second place in the Young Apprentice 2011.

County Londonderry teenager James McCullagh has lost out on winning the Young Apprentice 2011 title.

He was beaten in Monday night's final by 16-year-old Zara Brownless.

As well as the title, Zara will now get a £25,000 fund which will go towards kick-starting her business career.

The pair went head-to-head on the final BBC programme of the series in a challenge to devise and develop an online computer game and accompanying viral advert.

James went for a game called 'Crazy Cabinet' which allowed players to pretend to be prime minister in a time management challenge.

Eventual winner Zara developed 'Piggy Panic' in which the main character Porky Pete tries to escape from a butcher.

Lord Alan Sugar paid tribute to James' efforts all through the eight weeks of competition.

"James was a very worthy finalist and a great salesman throughout the process," said Lord Sugar.

"The world of business is his oyster."

But he also praised the worthy winner.

"It was a hugely tough decision but Zara really showed wisdom and clarity far beyond her years," said Lord Sugar.

"I look forward to seeing her develop her film company into a hugely successful business."

Speaking after her win, Zara said: "To say this is a dream come true doesn't even come close - I've loved the whole Young Apprentice experience and taken so much from it, and now I'm so excited about what the future holds for my business career."