Chesterfield businessman James Hill ‘set to appear on Celebrity Big Brother’

James Hill.
James Hill.

Chesterfield businessman James Hill is to be a contestant on this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, according to national newspaper reports.

The 28-year-old – who enjoyed an eight-week run on hit BBC show The Apprentice last year – is expected to walk into the famous house later this week.

In May, he and his dad Jason Hill admitted “serious” health and safety breaches which put the lives of staff and customers at Havana Whites in Corporation Street, Chesterfield, at risk.

He was fined more than £6,000 while his father was ordered to pay out more than £10,000.

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Meanwhile, one of James’s companies, Aspire Specialist Care Ltd, is in the process of being liquidated.

He resigned as a director of the firm – which ran the disgraced St Jospeh’s Specialist Care Home – last September ahead of his appearance on The Apprentice.

James said that since his resignation from he company he has had no involvement in the running of the home in Newbold Road, Chesterfield.

Earlier this month, the Care Quality Commission published a shock report on standards at the home following an inspection in May which resulted in five residents with learning difficulties being moved to alternative accommodation.

The home is now shut.

A 49-year-old Matlock man who was arrested on suspicion of assault following the home’s closure remains on police bail pending further enquiries.

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It is believed that Celebrity Big Brother show fees start from £20,000 for just a matter of weeks inside the house and can range up to £400,000.

Three other names also rumoured to be starring on this year’s reality TV game show are actor and comedian Boby Davro, Gemma Collins from The Only Way is Essex and legendary porn star Jenna Jameson.

• Celebrity Big Brother launches on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday.