Lord Sugar

The Apprentice, X Factor - Jewish stars take over

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

Singer Katie Waissel may have fluffed her lines in front of Simon Cowell but she’s made the finals of ITV’s X Factor.

And on BBC, a former JFS girl and a King David Manchester boy are battling to impress Lord Sugar in the Apprentice.

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Lord Sugar's kosher Apprentice hopefuls

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

A former kosher food manager for Tesco and a woman who once lived in Israel are two of the contestants vying to become this year’s Apprentice.

The sixth series of Lord Alan Sugar’s reality TV series begins on October 6, with the lineup including Londoner Melissa Cohen.

Ms Cohen, a onetime hairdresser who prides herself on having “single-handedly increased Tesco’s share of the kosher food market to 75 per cent”, cites Richard Branson as one of her idols.

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Tweet like Sugar

By Robyn Rosen, August 12, 2010

It appears Lord Sugar has joined the Twittersphere after an account called @Lord_Sugar announced on the social networking site this week: "Dipping my toes into Twitter…" When loyal fans questioned if it was really the famed businessman, his PR, David Fraser, was quick to confirm its authenticity.

Lord Sugar then dedicated his next tweet to praising eight-year-old Connor Pickering from Warwickshire, who has been nicknamed Alan Sugar Junior after sacking two classmates from his fairy cake business.

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Employee drops case against Alan Sugar

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2009

A sex discrimination case against Lord Alan Sugar and Apprentice winner Lee McQueen has been dropped.

Hanna Sebright, 46, has claimed that sexist remarks were made to her while she was working for Amscreen.

Lord Sugar, who was recently appointed as the government’s enterprise tsar, was chairman of Amscreen until July this year.

Ms Sebright made a claim of unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination against Lord Sugar, his son Simon, Lee McQueen and Sean Keenan.

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Alan Sugar: Small business are 'moaners'

By Jessica Elgot, November 4, 2009

Alan Sugar has faced calls for his resignation as government enterprise 'tsar' over derogatory comments he made at a conference about small businesses, callling them "moaners".

Lord Sugar, who is the star of the BBC's The Apprentice, came under fire from the Federation of Small Businesses Liberal Democrats after the comments, made at a conference in Manchester for small to medium businesses.

He allegedly told the delegates: "I can honestly say a lot of problems you hear from people who are moaning [about the recession] are from companies I wouldn't lend a penny to.

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£2.6m for sugar's pal

By Candice Krieger, October 15, 2009

Claude Littner, a friend of Lord Sugar and a regular on The Apprentice, is to collect £2.6m for his stake in Powerleague after the five-a-side football-centre operator agreed a £42.5m takeover by Patron Capital.

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Sugar relieved after Sun terror tale proves false

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A front page story in the Sun which named Lord Sugar and other prominent British Jews as potential targets for Islamic extremists was fabricated by the article’s main source, it has been revealed.

Headlined “Terror target Sugar: Alan on Gaza ‘revenge’ list”, the piece claimed the Apprentice star and others including Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Lord Levy, Amy Winehouse and record producer Mark Ronson were on a list being drawn up of “Britons supporting Israel”.

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You’re furred: Alan Sugar becomes a Lord

By Candice Krieger, July 23, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar took his seat in the House of Lords this week, as Lord Sugar of Clapton in the Borough of Hackney.

He was named as a member of the Upper House by Prime Minister Gordon Brown last month, and will now operate as an “enterprise czar” for the government.

Why Clapton? Lord Sugar, 62, said: “I struck my first business deals on the streets of Clapton as a 12-year-old boy by collecting lemonade bottles for the one penny deposits, and sitting on the main road asking for a penny for the guy.

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Baron Sugar of Clapton

By Candice Krieger, July 20, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar took his seat in the House of Lords this afternoon, becoming Lord Sugar of Clapton in the borough of Hackney.

Lord Sugar told the JC: “I struck my first business deals on the streets of Clapton as a 12 year-old boy by collecting lemonade bottles for the 1 pence deposits and sitting on the main road asking for a penny for the guy, so it meant a lot to me to walk into the House of Lords today and collect the title Lord Sugar of Clapton. It was a wonderful day being surrounded by my family and I am only sorry that my mum and dad aren’t around to have witnessed it.

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Sugar faces bully charge

July 2, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar is being taken to an employment tribunal for alleged sex discrimination and bullying.

The woman complaining is Hanna Sebright, managing director of Amscreen Healthcare, one of the businessman’s leading companies.

She has made allegations about the conduct of the government’s so-called “enterprise tsar”; his eldest son, Simon; and Lee McQueen, last year’s winner of Sir Alan’s BBC programme The Apprentice.

She is seeking £140,000 in damages in a claim for constructive unfair dismissal.

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