Lord Alan Sugar knows what it takes to lead and succeed in Business. In 1968, he founded consumer electronics company Amstrad and now, over 50 years later, he has an estimated worth of over £1 billion.
Having left school in Hackney aged 16, Lord Sugar started selling electronic goods out of a van he bought for £50. A former Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, he sold his Amstrad empire to Sky in July 2007. His other companies include Amscreen, the UK’s largest digital media owner and property investment firm Amsprop. Until 2014 he was chairman of Viglen, a manufacturer specialising in computers, networks and solutions. In 2000, he was knighted for his services to business and he holds two honorary Doctorate of Science degrees, awarded by City University and Brunel University respectively. Lord Sugar has also appeared in all fourteen series of BBC One’s The Apprentice, where aspiring young businessmen and women compete for the chance to work with him. The fourteenth series is currently on air. Lord Sugar is a philanthropist for a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Jewish Care.
‘The cause and failure of most small to medium size enterprises is they defocus from the most important thing to success in business… Are we making any money?’ I can tell you where every screw, nut and bolt is in my company.