Articles about Alan Sugar

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Bearded Baron Shugs hired by Gov.uk to get down with the kids

PM David Cameron has hired reality TV celebrity Baron Shugs of the BBC* as enterprise tsar, the government confirmed today. The hairy walnut founded Viglen and Amstrad, but now seems to concentrate on bricks and mortar investments, that and telling deluded, wannabe entrepreneurs on Beeb show The Apprentice their ideas are …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2016
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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

Archaeologic The Amstrad PCW8256 turns 30 this month. In eighteen months it did for the typewriter what the car took thirty years to do for the pony and trap. Alan Sugar’s specification was simple – “A word processor so simple Joyce could use it”. Joyce Caley was his formidable PA and "Joyce" became the codename for the project – and the …
Simon Rockman, 09 Sep 2015

Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

Lord Sugar has declared that he is quitting the Labour Party thanks to its "anti-business" policies. In a statement released on Twitter, the Sugar Baron stated that he intended to remain in the House of Lords "representing the interests of business and enterprise in the UK." The hairy walnut was, however, calling an end to …

Life after Lord Shugs looks good, as Viglen directors' packages swell

Being a director at Viglen has become considerably more lucrative since Lord Shugs offloaded the tech supplier to Westcoast Holdings. The last standalone financials from both Viglen and sister firm XMA (the pair have been integrated) were filed at Companies House and make for remarkably boring reading, but in a good way. The …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2015
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Wasn't it all supposed to be so different by now, Meg?

Showering partners with love, making changes to the exec line-up, upping R&D and other tweaks made by CEO Meg Whitman were supposed to get HP's business firing on all cylinders, but after year three of the turnaround plan, they've yet to do so. The release of Q4 fiscal ’14 numbers for the year ended October reveal a company with …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2014

Lord Shug ends Viglen ownership with a bang

Lord Shuggie's public sector tech supplier Viglen booked a double digit sales and profit hike in fiscal '13 ended 30 September - the final full financial year under the hirsute walnut's ownership. After autumn negotiations, the business was offloaded to XMA in January for an undisclosed sum – with chief exec Bordan Tkachuk …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2014
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Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

Archaeologic We all know about the ZX80, the ZX81, the ZX Spectrum and its successors, and the QL. But these weren’t the only microcomputers Sinclair Research worked on during its brief life between 1979, when it emerged as the renamed Science of Cambridge, and 1986, the year its brand and products were bought by Amstrad and it was shut down …
Tony Smith, 19 Feb 2014
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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

Archaeologic It was a home computer that embodied so many contradictions. It was launched months after the British microcomputer boom of the early 1980s had peaked. It was a rush job: the machine that was revealed to the press in the Spring of 1984 hadn’t even existed nine months previously. It was one of the best-produced British micros of …
Tony Smith, 12 Feb 2014
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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Archaeologic In May 1983, Sinclair Research Managing Director Nigel Searle began briefing the press about the successful British micro maker’s next big release. It was 13 months after the company had launched the Spectrum and although that machine had become a huge success, punters and market-watchers were keen to hear about what Sinclair …
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2014

You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

Lord Sugar has walked away from education tech supplier Viglen, which has inked a big channel merger deal with government reseller XMA. The company's customer services boss Glyn Wragg told workers on Monday about the takeover. An anonymous source, who works at the firm, told The Channel that it was the first official word …
Team Register, 09 Jan 2014

Is computer biz Viglen about to GET FIRED? Lord Sugar's firm in rumoured sell-off

Lord Sugar is close to selling education tech supplier Viglen to Westcoast Holdings, folk in Blighty's system builder community are telling us – a claim that has been flatly denied by the named buyer. The word on the street is that Hertfordshire-based Viglen has been in talks with the group, which also houses distributor …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
Aln Sugar's not a Sugababe

Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

A division of Lord Alan Sugar's firm has launched a surveillance campaign which will see shoppers' faces scanned at hundreds of Tesco petrol stations. Amscreen, one of Lord Sugar's firms, has installed the OptimEyes advertising system in 450 Tesco filling stations around the nation. These devices contain facial recog technology …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Nov 2013
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AOL boss: Soz about that 'Abel, you're fired!' Patch showdown

AOL boss Tim Armstrong has apologised for publicly humiliating the ailing company's former hyperlocal network creative director, after he sacked the exec during a tense conference call with employees about the fate of local news platform Patch. The whole exchange was recorded, presumably by another disgruntled member of staff …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2013

Big Beardie is watching you: Lord Sugar gets into facial recognition

Lord Alan Sugar is building a huge outdoor network of advert-slinging, face-detecting cameras. When complete, the bearded tycoon's creepy surveillance technology will monitor up to 50 million Europeans and then beam tailored ads at them. The Apprentice star's company Amscreen runs a huge digital advertising network of 6,000 …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jul 2013
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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

BBC "reality" TV show The Apprentice is totally rubbish and offers no lessons of any value on how to succeed in business - indeed quite the opposite - according to a professor. “The Apprentice presents the idea that you have to be sociopathic in your relations with others in order to succeed in business," fumes Professor …
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2013
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You're still hired: Viglen bosses get to keep jobs for another year

Viglen's financial performance has improved, meaning chief exec Bordan Tkachuk and chairman Claude Littner will avoid Lord Sugar's fearsome finger - which is usually waved about when numbers are down or Apprentice wannabes get the boot. For the year ended 30 September, the public-sector-focused provider of PCs, storage and …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013

BEYOND Marxism: What Google learned from staring Glassily at Norks

¡Bong! "We have to fight for privacy or we're going to lose it" - Eric Schmidt Eric’s face had turned a sickly shade of green as the Gulfstream banked steeply over night-time Pyongyang. Down below, the metropolis was almost pitch black, the sky illuminated only by the traditional North Korean welcome of tracer fire. It didn’t improve …
Steve Bong, 07 Jun 2013
Microsoft Xbox 360 - Jubilee celebration edition

'Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an always-on console'

Quotw This was the week when former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher died, setting the Twitosphere alight with opposing deluges of vitriol and veneration. The passing of the woman the media insists on referring to as "divisive" inspired a whole slew of people to post "Ding dong the witch is dead" tweets, while others …
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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

Obituary Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister who worked alongside the world's first business computer and who privatised the UK's phone network, has died. She was 87. When Britain's Iron Lady came to power in 1979, your average Brit had just one phone, which was fixed to a wall by a wire and connected to a network …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2013
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TalkTalk bigwig parks knighted-rear in cursed YouView chair

Retail genius Sir Charles Dunstone will chair the YouView consortium until a permanent appointment can be made. Sir Charlie co-founded The Carphone Warehouse and is chairman of budget ISP TalkTalk. TalkTalk has been a YouView member since 2009. The ISP offers a free YouView box and claims to be adding 10,000 punters a week - …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Mar 2013
Aln Sugar's not a Sugababe

Inside Lord Sugar's 'you're fired' YouView bust-up with TV baron

YouView has announced that Lord Alan Sugar will leave the consortium two years after he headed up the organisation. It was reported over the weekend that he stepped down after an especially animated Apprentice-style boardroom bust-up between the peer and Richard Desmond, owner of Channel 5. Lord Sugar was apparently told "you're …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2013
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Alan Sugar's YouView loses brand judgment in court

Lord Sugar's net-based TV service YouView lost a High Court appeal over the use of its brand name late last week. The trademark scuffle with little-known telco Total Ltd, which is based in Gloucestershire, could yet force YouView to limit use of its brand. The service, which is basically "iPlayer in hardware" is backed by …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2012
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RIP Howard Strowman: The stock doctor

Obituary The career and life of Howard Strowman, who died in a motorbike accident this weekend, mirrored the ever-changing fortunes of the UK's high-tech sector. The crash happened in North Wales on Sunday, 9 September, and he was airlifted to hospital with severe injuries. He died on Tuesday morning aged 67. Strowman set up PST Group …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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BOYLE and BONG: The secret story of my OLYMPIC TRIUMPH

¡Bong! "People like me sound like a lot of big cannons" - Mao Tse-Tung When Danny Boyle rang me out of the blue wanting to devise the greatest ever Opening Olympic Ceremony, I was in tears of joy. The chance to work with the man who wrote Trainspotting and brought Bend It Like Beckham to the world's cinema screens was unmissable. " …
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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

YouView's long-awaited - no longer eagerly so, perhaps - set-top box will arrive in the shops of Britain's best-known electrical retailers "by the end of the month", but you'll have to pony up £300 for one. Two years on from its original launch window, the platform, which now combines Freeview over-the-air programming with net …
Tony Smith, 04 Jul 2012
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YouView: You're delayed - Sugar

The YouView set-top box won’t be on sale in time for the Olympics, according to a report. Baron Sugar of Clapton, aka Alan Sugar, the chairman of the consortium, doesn’t deem the technology ready for prime time. YouView originated in 2008 at the BBC as ‘the iPlayer in hardware’, a disruptive ploy to bring internet apps and …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2012
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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

Retro Week Roundup Reg Hardware Retro Week Logo Those were the days, my friend. And, indeed, we thought they'd never end, as we hopped, skipped and blooped our way through Jet Set Willy's mansion, traded between distant worlds in Elite and yet still found time to hack up our own arcade clones in any of a dozen variations of the Basic …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2012
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Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Archaeologic The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was launched 30 years ago today. At the Churchill Hotel, Clive - now Sir Clive - Sinclair stood before reporters and a barrage of camera flashbulbs to unveil the machine, the successor to the popular ZX81, on 23 April 1982. Comparing the new machine to the BBC Micro Model A - released the previous …
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2012
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Rupert Murdoch and 'unverified' missus in Twitter tangle

Updated Despite his former disdain for the internet, media mogul Rupert Murdoch has joined the Twitterati, apparently with his wife in tow. The verified Twitter account of Murdoch started issuing opinions on New Year's Eve – addressing such diverse topics as American politics, the latest book he read, and what he thought of Steve Jobs …
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Second-hand E-m@iler spews old emails, passwords

A Mac developer was surprised to discover both emails and stored passwords on a second-hand Amstrad E-m@iler Plus he picked up at a charity store. The E-m@iler Plus was a quirky phone with internet and email capabilities launched by Lord Alan Sugar's Amstrad in 2002. The low-cost technology relied on a premium-rate number to …
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2011
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Apprentice runner-up becomes Greggs bigshot

The runner-up of Beeb reality biz game show The Apprentice, Helen Milligan, was overlooked by Lord Shuggie for his £250,000 business investment but she has secured a hefty promotion at bakery chain Greggs. Milligan consistently outperformed the other contestants on the show, fronted by hairy walnut Shuggs, but when it came down …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2011
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Alan Sugar takes hot seat at YouView

Lord Sugar is to become the new non-exec chairman of YouView, formerly Project Canvas. His predecessor, Kip Meek, had been in the job less than eight months. Meek was formerly head of the Broadband Stakeholder Group and is best known as (effectively) Ofcom's No 2 from 2003 to 2007. Notable accomplishments, for sure, but it's …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Mar 2011
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Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography

A man was caught masturbating in a public library while perusing Lord Alan Sugar's autobiography. The Sun reported that the unnamed individual was cuffed by police last Thursday at Crawley Library in West Sussex. The man, who is in his 30s, was seen behaving oddly as he browsed books in the biz section of the library. He …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2010
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Alan Sugar's 'cockup braindead in call centre clueless' BT row

Alan Sugar showed UK business how to secure tip top service from BT today, pursuing a dual strategy of ranting on twitter while pulling the "don't you know who I am" line on the call centre staff. Trouble first started brewing about six hours ago, with LordAlun taking a break from slagging off Piers Morgan and touting his new …
Joe Fay, 07 Dec 2010
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Microsoft enlists faceless girl band as face of Windows 7

The Sugababes may be clumsily plodding along without any original members left in their line-up, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from enlisting Heidi, Amelle and Jade (who they?) to big up Windows 7. As usual Microsoft has completely misjudged its audience with the company's latest marketing campaign. It's already been …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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Sir Alan Sugar hits eject button at Viglen

Sir Alan Sugar resigned as chairman at Viglen on 1 July, hard on the heels of his appointment as the government’s Enterprise Champion, a Companies House document has revealed. He became a director of the UK computer maker in 2002, after buying it back in the 1990s. However, Sugar's sudden decision to hang up his boots at …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jul 2009
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Brown to Sugar: 'You're hired'

Desperate PM Gordon Brown has apparently promoted Alan Sugar and told him he's hired as "Enterprise Tsar". Lord Sugar, as he will be, is already an adviser to the government and was spotted at 10 Downing Street yesterday. Sugar is the force behind Amstrad's amazing emailing telephone, but better known for his telly role on …
John Oates, 05 Jun 2009
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Sir Alan Sugar hails £30m 'equitable' Viglen win

Viglen, the UK PC maker, has won a Office of Government Commerce contract worth up to £30m to supply public sector organisations with 70,000 PCs. Its chairman, Sir Alan Sugar, is very pleased indeed. “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract on an equitable basis”, he says. Does this suggest to you that he thinks some …
Team Register, 05 May 2009
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Furse should not resign, she should be sacked

Comment The farce of the London Stock Exchange not only crashing but failing to get its systems up and running again should surprise no one. Well, no one except LSE boss Clara Furse, who demonstrates little understanding that technology is crucial to her business. I’ve worked for members of the London Stock Exchange and everyone …
Dominic Connor, 13 Sep 2008
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Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad

Sir Alan Sugar is leaving Amstrad a year after he sold the set-top box maker business to BSkyB. The man who introduced the world - or at least the UK - to the joys of the twin VCR, the hi-fi separates system that is actually one big card-boardy box, and of course the PCW has relinquished the chairmanship of the company, which …
Joe Fay, 02 Jul 2008
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Apprentice contestant to offer Zeppelin trips above London

Those seeking to relive the experience of World War I zeppelin crews mounting early bombing raids against London will soon be able to do so, according to reports. Tourist airship flights over the capital are scheduled to begin in June, using vessels manufactured by the company which built the original zeppelins. The Times …
Lewis Page, 08 Apr 2008
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Now let us praise the humble, jetless Google founders

Comment Casting around for an example of the simple life to use in an Arab-bashing column, veteran columnist and editor Alexander Chancellor alighted on what he must have thought was the perfect foil to the free-spending Saudis. It appeared right there in front of him, on his PC, nestling between some coloured balls. Unlike Prince …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2007
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I bumped into that Alan Sugar on memory lane...

Column Alan Sugar reminds me of Hugh Laurie. In the same way that you look at the star of Jeeves and Wooster and House and think: "What a remarkable actor - but he'd have made a brilliant musician!" I look at Sir Alan and think: there goes the man who could have been one of the best journalists in the country. Two of my wealthiest …
Guy Kewney, 02 Aug 2007

Sir Alan Sugar makes more than Ingram, and Eminem takes second bite at Apple

Let's imagine someone's talking, making a pitch. This is what they're saying: "Here's the deal. We set up a distribution company, call it Ingram Micro, and turn it into the biggest IT distributor in the world. Good plan, right? And once we're the biggest in the world, the sky's the limit. Massive sales - $8.19bn in the second …
Billy MacInnes, 02 Aug 2007
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BSkyB buys Amstrad

BSkyB is paying £125m for Amstrad - Sir Alan Sugar's set-top box manufacturing firm. Sky is offering 150 pence for each Amstrad share, which is 23 per cent more than the shares were fetching on the open market last night. On the London Stock Exchange Amstrad shares have jumped almost 20 per cent to 145p on the news. Amstrad …
John Oates, 31 Jul 2007
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Sir Alan Sugar unveils East End supercomputer

Everyone's favourite shouty TV star, Sir Alan "you're fired!" Sugar unveiled a supercomputer at Queen Mary, University of London this morning. Sugar cajoles wannabe entrepreneurs on BBC1's The Apprentice and is founder of computer maker Amstrad. But the hat he wore today was the one of chairman at Viglen, the company that …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2007

BBC journo 'reveals' BBC DAB-on-iPod plan

Someone at the BBC has told someone else at the same organisation that the company is considering offering an add-on digital radio for iPods. Or maybe cars. Or maybe other devices. Staffer A could not tell staffer B when the gizmo will ship, how much it might cost, or whether it will be offered in black, white or both. One of …
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2006
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Sugar wins the ratings war

Geek TV Mixed fortunes this week for unshaven Amstrad boss Alan Sugar. The good news is that his wildly compelling BBC2 show The Apprentice - an X Factor for people who use the phrase "at the end of the day" without feeling embarrassed - slaughtered all rivals in the TV ratings. Over on the supposedly populist BBC1, hyped chatshow …
Jane Hoskyn, 24 Feb 2006
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Amstrad's em@ilers are going, going...

If you want to get your hands on one of Amstrad's em@iler phones-cum-email thingies - you better be quick. Last September, Amstrad confirmed that it was ceasing production of the em@iler following poor sales. Yesterday, Sir Alan "You're fired" Sugar said the firm had flogged almost all of its stock of em@ilers and with "minimal …
Tim Richardson, 23 Feb 2006
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Amstrad pulls em@iler from shelves

Amstrad's integrated 'phone and email device is being withdrawn from retail sale after poor sales this year provoked the company to pull the emailer. Amstrad shifted 61,000 units during the year - which Amstrad described as: "currently the worst high street retail market for many years". The board is writing off £5.7m to cover …
John Oates, 26 Sep 2005