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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

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

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
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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
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Viglen veteran Rolfe heads to Lenovo

Viglen old-timer Ashley Rolfe, right-hand man to chief exec Bordan Tkachuk, has pitched up at Lenovo as a tech evangelist. Rolfe left the role as product development director last week, ending a near 18-year tenure with Lord Shuggie's only remaining IT company of any size. Hertfordshire-based public sector specialist Viglen …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2012
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Westcoast Group shuffles management deck

Westcoast has rejigged its management team to accommodate an expanding waistline having swallowed Viglen and QC Supplies in this month alone. Current UK and Ireland MD Duncan Forsyth has moved to a Group MD role overseeing Westcoast, XMA and new buys Viglen and consumables trader QC Supplies. In turn sales and marketing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014

XMA just swallowed Sugar firm, now looks to eat consumables biz

Less than a week after Westcoast Holdings-owned XMA swallowed Lord Sugar's public sector-focused tech biz Viglen, the group looks to have hoovered up consumables trader QC Supplies. Word in the distie channel is that a deal has been finalised for QC, which wholesales and resells cartridges from its Halifax base, and filings at …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2014
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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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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 Viglen …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jul 2009

Crown Commercial Services turn screws on Commodity IT suppliers

Crown Commercial Services is turning the screws on suppliers operating on the Commodity IT Hardware & Software framework by cutting margins and ruling that all orders over £250k will require special approval. These new terms come into effect on 1 March and run for eight months, following CCS's decision to extend the agreement, …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014

Systemax's Euro tentacle set to buy ailing schools supplier RM

The word sweeping through the technology channel is that big changes are afoot at education supplier RM with the parent of reseller Misco understood to be acquiring the software and services business. Sources claimed that talks between the LSE-listed RM and NYSE-listed firm Systemax, which trades in Europe as Misco and Inmac …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2013

Will Jocks strap on beefy ARMs to grapple rival racks next year?

When the University of Edinburgh decided to enter the gruelling cluster-building competition for students at this year's International Supercomputing Conference, they didn’t have to look far for hardware suppliers eager to feed their need for speed. The server-wrangling undergraduates turned to UK-based businesses Viglen and …
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New £4bn UK.gov IT shopping centre slips launch deadline

Bosses have been told whether or not their businesses have provisionally made it onto a new list of approved IT suppliers for Blighty's public sector - and resellers feature heavily. The three-year IT Hardware and Services (ITH&S) framework offers £4bn in work and sales, and will - after delays - eventually replace ESPO Contract …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2012

RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

Education tech supplier RM didn't even test the appetite among rivals or privateer equity firms to buy its flattering PC biz before murdering it because the business was only just keeping its head above water. The long-standing system builder this week quit the business to concentrate on higher margin software and services. …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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Sugar prepares for Viglen bid

Alan Sugar has topped up his stake in Viglen Technology, the UK stock-market listed PC builder, by buying 9.766 million shares today at 24p. Following the surprise move, Sugar's stake in Viglen increases from 33.7 per cent to 41.7 per cent. This means that Amshold, Sugar's 100 per cent owned investment vehicle, is required under …
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 1998
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Viglen buys stake in schools Web site

Viglen has bought a 49 per cent stake in Pedagag limited, owner of @School (atschool.co.uk), an on-line internet based content resource which enables primary school children to "surf the Internet in safety and provides help with homework, school projects and tests". Viglen is buying the stake through its VigEcom educational IT …
Drew Cullen, 14 Oct 2000
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Viglen too sweet for Sugar

It seems Alan Sugar's eye for a good deal may have backfired in his bid to gain full control of his PC firm Viglen. His stake in the company is now around 42 per cent after paying out 24p a share - a price at which he feels the company is undervalued. With such a recommendation, Viglen's remaining shareholders are being advised …
Tim Richardson, 13 Nov 1998
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Sugar urges Viglen shareholders to reject his takeover offer

Alan Sugar, the Amstrad and Tottenham Hotspur and Viglen chairman, is to make a mandatory offer for the outstanding shares in Viglen that he does not own. But in a curious twist, he is urging other shareholders to refuse his offer for the PC builder. The offer at 24p per share values Viglen at £29.3 million, around one third of …
Drew Cullen, 12 Oct 1998
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Viglen checks out Sainsbury's schools deal

Viglen has netted a contract to be sole supplier of PCs for Sainsbury's School Scheme for 2000. The London-based systems builder, yesterday named one of the government's chosen few for its Computers for Teachers programme, will be part of Sainsbury's scheme to give free kit to schools. It poached the deal - which has given away …
Linda Harrison, 13 Jan 2000
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Viglen scores through Misys deal

System builder Viglen Technology has won a £3 million contract to supply Misys Financial Systems with PCs. The London-based manufacturer will ship 10,000 specially configured computers to Misys customers over the next three years, according to an announcement this morning. Commenting on the company’s success, Viglen CEO Bordan …
Linda Harrison, 11 May 1999
The Register breaking news

Viglen wins Northern Ireland megadeal

Viglen has scooped the contract to run IT for Northern Ireland's primary schools. The deal runs for three years and is worth £26.2m, and is the fourth that Viglen has won from the Northern Irish education system, worth £50m in total. Under these contracts, the system builder-cum-education reseller will supply Northern Irish …
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2002
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Viglen beds down with LineOne for ISP launch

UK PC builder Viglen is to start an ISP next month through a deal with LineOne. From mid-April, all Viglen PCs will come pre-loaded with the VigOnline ISP. Users of the "free Internet service" will pay call charges but no monthly fee. The two are also developing a customised portal, giving Viglen customers access to more than a …
Linda Harrison, 31 Mar 2000
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Viglen unveils e-biz division

Viglen is to set up a new division to buy Internet companies as it steps up its search for a dissatisfied Net guru to join its ranks. The London-based PC builder today revealed its intention to form a subsidiary "to make strategic investments in a series of ecommerce and Internet related ventures". According to Sir Alan Sugar, …
Linda Harrison, 18 Jan 2000
The Register breaking news

Viglen shareholders jump for Sugar offer

Viglen Technology's shareholders have ignored executive chairman Alan Sugar and accepted his bid to buy them out of the company. Shareholders accounting for 22 per cent of the company accepted the purportedly reluctant takeover bid of Sugar's wholly-owned holding company, Amshold. Sugar's 24p per share offer for the PC builder …
Linda Harrison, 27 Nov 1998
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Viglen dips toe into net investments

Viglen is still looking for a disgruntled e-ntrepreneur to head up its VigEcom, its new Net investment subsidiary. The search has not stopped VigEcom from making its first punt -- a 26 per cent shareholding in Intelligent Network Technology for £2.5 million. The news accompanies the publication of Viglen's results for the six …
Sean Fleming, 24 Feb 2000
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Asda signs Viglen for back to school PCs

Asda is cashing in on the start of the computer buying season , with a Back to School drive to sell cut price PCs. The supermarket chain will have PCs for sale in every store, retailing at £799. Asda claims this is £200 cheaper than most other outlets. The hardware is being supplied by Amstrad subsidiary Viglen, and will carry …
Lucy Kewney, 01 Sep 1998
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Welsh gov splashes its cash on 10 lucky resellers

Ten resellers have won a place on the Welsh Assembly Government's (WAG) two-year framework for PCs and peripherals. Following a tender for the IT Equipment and Associated Services agreement, Computacenter, Computerworld Wales, Kelway, Misco, Gaia Technologies, Viglen, Stone Computers, Softcat, XMA Computer Products and Desk Top …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2011
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Mirror editor in Viglen share-deal row

Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan is being investigated by the Stock Exchange after it emerged he bought shares in Viglen Technology the day before they were tipped by his paper. The share-dealing row, which has even embroiled The Register, goes back to 17 January when the tabloid editor paid £20,000 for shares in the London PC …
Linda Harrison, 03 Feb 2000
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Sugar takes Viglen private

This article was first published in December 1998 Following the failure of Viglen Technology shareholders to take executive chairman Alan Sugar's advice, the PC builder looks set to return to the private sphere. Shareholders accounting for 22 per cent of the company accepted the purportedly reluctant takeover bid of Sugar's …
Drew Cullen, 28 Aug 1999
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School's out for Viglen as results show healthy growth

Viglen Technology has posted steady growth for its end-of-year, saying sales to the schools market remained a focal point of its operations. The London-based systems builder saw sales rise to £90.1 million for the year ended 30 June 1999, against £87.2 million the previous year. Pre-tax profit was up slightly to £4.2 million …
Linda Harrison, 22 Sep 1999

HDS: 'We're out of the traps to become a grown-up channel biz'

Hitachi Data Systems has for the first time handed its sales team in the UK and Ireland a channel component within their overall revenue target. This is one of a number of changes made by the new guard at the storage vendor in the wake of a shakeup of local management last year, including the additions of new regional veep …
Paul Kunert, 31 May 2012
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Viglen profits remain linear at best

Amstrad lovechild Viglen Technology will try and dig its way out of continually flat profits by re-focusing its efforts on networking and value-added software services. The company's aim is to move away from purely direct PC sales which took a massive hit last year as market share fell by 50 per cent. Viglen has just announced …
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Local gov buying group inks £50m software framework

The Pro5 buying consortium has confirmed that 12 suppliers have made it onto the next generation software and services framework agreement. The framework is worth tens of millions over a 36-month period. The procurement group includes the Central Buying Consortium as well as purchasing organisations for the North-east, Eastern …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2012

Cluster kids, pick your weapons: It's the Battle of Leipzig 2.0

Napoleon experienced his first defeat* there 200 years ago... Now nine teams of university undergrad students will travel to Leipzig in the hopes of winning the clash of big iron that is the International Supercomputing Conference 2013 (ISC’13) Student Cluster Challenge. Nine teams of university undergrad students will build …
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Viglen: new focus and name but the same results

PC builder and Internet scout Viglen has released its year-end results - and they look much the same as last year's. Sales are down slightly from £90.1 million to £87.0 million, operating profit is up slightly to £3.0 million (from £2.8 million), profit before tax is down £0.6 million to £3.7 million and earnings per share is up …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2000
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D-Link unhooks from UK boss

D-Link has split with long-serving UK and Ireland general manager Chris Davies amid suggestions that he had no place in the next growth drive. Davies joined the networking firm in January 2007 following a long spell as sales manager at IBM. Prior to that he had a yearly stint as sales director at distributor Wick Hill and GM at …
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2011
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School sales make up 60% of Viglen business

Learning Technology, the system builder formerly known as Viglen, has reported 59 per cent of its sales now come from the education market. To reflect the importance of education business to the company, it is now shifting its financial reporting period to tie in with the academic year. So, for the fifteen months to September …
Robert Blincoe, 06 Dec 2001
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Viglen's off the page ban pays off

Viglen PC unit shipments eased "only" one cent for the six months to 31 December 1998, compared with the same period in 1997, despite a move away from off-the-page sales into higher margin networking. Like is not being compared with like -- the London computer builder's equivalent trading period in 1997 was only five months long …
Drew Cullen, 10 Feb 1999
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HDS training up partners for enterprise sales

HDS wants its top partners to become more specialised to sell its storage gear into enterprises. Enterprise provide around 80 per cent of HDS revenues as they buy the majority of the mid-range HDS storage as well as the high-end VSP. HDS wants its partners to take on more professional services skills in consulting and the …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2011
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Sugar buys the company formerly known as Viglen

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Sir Alan Sugar, chairman of Learning Technology Plc, a network integrator and PC retailer to the UK education market, has decided to bring the company back under his control for a bargain-basement price after seeing its share price plummet to record lows in July. Expressing disgust at …
ComputerWire, 05 Aug 2002

Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

First it was Gartner, now Gabe Newell, the former Microsoft executive and billionaire computer games baron behind Half-Life, has laid into Windows 8. Newell, who oversaw the first three versions of Windows under Bill Gates among other roles during his 13 years at the software giant, has reportedly called the touchscreen-friendly …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jul 2012
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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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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Becta agrees £400m ICT framework

More than 20 suppliers have been included in a services framework agreement set up by the soon to be abolished education ICT agency. Becta has divided the framework into two lots. The first covers network technologies, which will incorporate infrastructure services and mobile connectivity services, and the second covers ICT …
Kable, 30 Nov 2010
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Buying Solutions signs £6bn framework deal

The Treasury agency Buying Solutions has said that a pan-government framework arrangement with 20 suppliers could be worth £6bn. The deal, announced on 25 March 2010, will deliver desktop hardware, IT hardware infrastructure, software and associated services to Whitehall departments, their agencies, local authorities and the NHS …
Kable, 29 Mar 2010
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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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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 The …
John Oates, 05 Jun 2009

Nvidia pitches Tesla GPU-as-CPU tech 'personal supercomputer'

Nvidia has introduced a desktop computer architecture based on its Tesla graphics chip and it's calling the system the first "real" desktop supercomputer. The typical spec comprises an AMD four-core Phenom processor plus a trio of Tesla C1060 two-slot cards and a Quadro FX card to take the GPU total to four. The Quadro handles …
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2008
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Sugar steals Virgin's ‘unrewarded entrepreneur’

Viglen has ended its quest for an "unrewarded Internet entrepreneur" to head its e-commerce business. The PC builder announced today it had appointed Rajiv Bhatia as MD of VigEcom, Viglen's Web and e-commerce investment company. Bhatia joins from Virgin Group, where he was previously group projects director "with particular …
Linda Harrison, 23 Mar 2000
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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
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Sugar advertises for ‘Unrewarded Internet Entrepreneur’

Alan Sugar, British household name and chairman of Viglen Technology, is famously bearish on Internet companies - or at least the valuations placed upon them. But he could be ready to change his tune, if the job advert placed in last Saturday's FT is anything to go by. The mercurial businessman is seeking an "unrewarded …
Team Register, 14 Dec 1999