60 Seconds with…Kristina Grimes

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Kristina Grimes
Business development director
Spicerhaart

Why did you join Spicerhaart earlier this year?
In an uncertain economic climate it is great to see a company investing in its people, products and systems to provide better service for clients. Any business investing now is a pleasure to work for as most are cutting back.

What is the future for mortgage finance in the property market?
Constrained mortgage finance is having a big impact on the number of property transactions, especially for first-time buyers. But we are now seeing more products and more instructions this year. Spicerhaart has just had one of its best quarters so we seem to have turned the corner.

What was it like to go on The Apprentice in 2007?
I thrived on the pressure and I grew as the show went on while loving every minute. The way the show tries to create competition and harbour arguments behind the scenes is something nobody sees which makes it more difficult. It certainly hasn’t harmed my career but you can’t live off it forever and have to make the most of it. There is a certain amount of interest from companies straight after the show finishes but since then I’ve had jobs in property and finance, and that is what got me the Spicerhaart job rather than the show.

What do you make of this year’s contestants?
It turned into a bit of a reality show in the mould of Big Brother for a while but this year has taken out much of the tomfoolery and silly characters of previous years. No-one is shining but I think the girls are doing better than the boys.

Who is the best person you have ever worked with?
The Apprentice is filmed eight months in advance so the show films two scenes with the finalists and they both spend six months working with Lord Sugar. I have never worked so closely with someone with such business acumen. He gives you independence to do things but still questions everything.

What three items would you take on a desert island? My horse Max he’s a big part of my non-work life. I’d also want grapevines to keep me going with wine and food, and the Bible in case I need divine intervention to escape.

Do you have any secret talents?
I compete in one-day show jumping events that can be incredibly dangerous. I’ve had broken bones to prove it.

Interview by Samuel Dale