Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau has stated that learning difficulties enabled him to realise his strengths and weaknesses from an early age.

The 31-year-old inventor also said that his dyslexia had given him specific skills and talents when it came to product design.

"I was in some ways very lucky because from a young age I was very bad at certain things, so that meant I was always going to do science, engineering and design," he said.

"I discovered I could do things better than other people. If I had an idea, I could visualise it in my brain and spin it around.

"Not everyone can do that. Dyslexia for me has always been a massive positive. I was so lucky that computers came out when I was starting to write essays.”

Ironically, Alan Sugar’s Amstrad computer company played a part. “The very first computer my granddad gave me,” Pellereau explained, “was an Amstrad 1512."