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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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Hunt angry at Sugar's Apprentice role

June 19, 2009

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made a formal complaint to the BBC over its decision to allow Sir Alan Sugar to continue to present The Apprentice despite being a government adviser.

He had earlier said that the businessman could not combine his roles of BBC presenter and government adviser and questioned “the strength of the BBC’s rules on political impartiality”.

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Very small spoonful of Sugar

By Simon Round, May 7, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar might well admire Charlie Burden for Sir Alan Sugar: The Biography, (John Blake, £17.99) in the sense that Burden has thrown together a product and could well turn a nice little profit on it.

But then Sir Alan has always prided himself on the quality of his product, which is absent here. As indeed is Sir Alan himself — Burden has not interviewed the grizzled panjandrum of The Apprentice, nor does he seem to have spoken to anyone close to Sugar.

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Sir Alan lands a £30m government contract

By Candice Krieger, May 7, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar’s IT company, Viglen, has beaten a string of overseas firms to secure a contract worth £30 million to supply equipment to government bodies.

Having been selected by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), Viglen will supply a range of computer equipment to the public sector. It will provide around 70,000 computers to more than 45 central and local government councils, including a number of NHS and local education authorities, over the next two years.

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