Mark Wright is the CEO of a digital marketing agency, Climb Online, which he launched with Lord Alan Sugar’s backing after winning the show. Climb Online is a digital marketing agency that aims to disrupt what it sees as the traditional reputation of “secrecy and dishonesty” seen in the industry with an approach that puts customer service first.
Upon winning The Apprentice and considering the prospect of going into business with Lord Sugar, Mr Wright said: “I am just absolutely stoked and quite emotional.
“I’ve worked so hard and to be sat here is life changing and the best thing to ever happen to me.”
After winning, the company went to turning over £1.7 million in his first year of trading.
Since launching, the business secured contracts with more than 250 businesses in, including Company Check, Groupon, Emirates, Dickie’s and My Voucher Codes.
In 2015 it turned over £2m which doubled by 2017.
After winning the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Startups Awards in 2016, Mr Wright said: “I am extremely proud of everything Climb Online has achieved to date.
“Aside from exceeding our own growth objectives, we have successfully aided the growth and development of hundreds of businesses from across the UK and overseas through innovative digital marketing campaigns.
“This of course would not have been possible without the dedication of my hardworking team, and Lord Sugar’s ongoing support.
“I now cannot wait to see what the next two years bring!”
The company grew from just seven staff to 40 across Essex, Central London and Bristol in that same year.
Mr Wright secured a spot on Forbes ’30 under 30′ list in 2017.
He also received several awards including Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 UK business awards.
Despite his achievements so far, Mr Wright said he will “not stop or feel a sense of complacency until Climb Online secures international offices and becomes the largest and most desired digital agency to work with across the UK and overseas”.
He is set set on expansion into Ireland, the UAE, South Africa and Australia.
Australian born Mr Wright was a backpacker living in London when he and 75,000 others tried out for the 2014 series.
His internet marketing firm, Climb Online, turned over £5million in 2020.
He said: “Before I was on the show, I was nobody and flat broke.
“It was a real opportunity — it was not a publicity stunt.”
Climb Online is one of the UK’S fastest-growing digital agency and they scale brands, such as Tiktok, HP, Emirates, MADE and amongst other famous brands.
They help companies get more customers which helps transform businesses.
He said: “I always saw my parents doing and talking about business and from that I wanted to become my own boss, do my own business and become an entrepreneur.
“When you find your right career, it’s like you are finding the right partner, you get the right feeling and you don’t need to keep checking the time on the clock.”