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Everyone seems to be talking about the conflict of interest between Alan Sugar's proposed government job and his work at the bbc on the apprentice. While this may be true what do people think about the conflict of interest between his government work and his current business interests in Viglen and AMscreen which predominantly seem to involve supplying the public sector.

Extract on his current businesses from wikipedia below:

"Viglen Ltd

Main article: Viglen

Sir Alan is the owner (and Chairman of the board) of Viglen Ltd, an IT services provider catering primarily to the education and public sector. Following the sale of Amstrad PLC to BSkyB, Viglen is now Sugar's sole IT establishment.[33]

Amscreen

Sir Alan is Chairman of Amscreen, a company run by Simon Sugar, his eldest son, specialising in selling advertising space based around screens that they provide to schools and bars.[34]" (And its expansion into the NHS as he mentioned at the end of the apprentice)

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He was already part of the State even before he got this new job and before he joined the BBC. Companies are part of the State, they have the advantage of licensing and regulation, limited liability, so-called intellectual property, tax advantages (meaning no taxation on internal transactions) and Government-enforcement of unfair contracts.

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Like you I am surprised that no one in the media seems to have pointed out that Viglen have just been awarded a £30 million contract with the NHS as Sir Alan's new project for his apprentice is putting screens into NHS premises.

There's always been links between those awarded contracts in business and the politicians they know, but most people at least try to be a little discreet.

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Like you I am surprised that no one in the media seems to have pointed out that Viglen have just been awarded a £30 million contract with the NHS as Sir Alan's new project for his apprentice is putting screens into NHS premises.

There's always been links between those awarded contracts in business and the politicians they know, but most people at least try to be a little discreet.

Slightly off topic - i notice that Lord Carter will now be returning to business after the release of his digital britain report (news today)....i wonder what business he'll be going into?...

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Didn't Sugar sink ££Millions into 'property investments' recently too?

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Didn't Sugar sink ££Millions into 'property investments' recently too?

Indeed he did.

AMSprop:

http://www.amsprop.com/

Amsprop is Sir Alan Sugar’s privately owned Real Estate vehicle. Since 1985 Amsprop has steadily continued to build an impressive property portfolio essentially focused upon ultra-prime Central London and core City of London freehold properties. Amsprop is a long term investor in the London real estate market and frequently undertakes various aspects of construction, redevelopment and refurbishment opportunities in addition to investments that can be improved by our Investment team through active management. Amsprop is committed to expanding its property portfolio and remains extremely active in sourcing the next suitable acquisition.

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I'm just glad that Brown has finally got someone in his government with the guts to tell him what he needs to hear:

'Gordon, mate, you're just not 'it' for me. Gordon, YOU'RE FIRED!'

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Everyone seems to be talking about the conflict of interest between Alan Sugar's proposed government job and his work at the bbc on the apprentice. While this may be true what do people think about the conflict of interest between his government work and his current business interests in Viglen and AMscreen which predominantly seem to involve supplying the public sector.

Extract on his current businesses from wikipedia below:

"Viglen Ltd

Main article: Viglen

Sir Alan is the owner (and Chairman of the board) of Viglen Ltd, an IT services provider catering primarily to the education and public sector. Following the sale of Amstrad PLC to BSkyB, Viglen is now Sugar's sole IT establishment.[33]

Amscreen

Sir Alan is Chairman of Amscreen, a company run by Simon Sugar, his eldest son, specialising in selling advertising space based around screens that they provide to schools and bars.[34]" (And its expansion into the NHS as he mentioned at the end of the apprentice)

I know he drives a rolls etc ... but these two companies are hardly knocking on the door of the FTSE 10,000 are they ?..... is he really the big cheese, huge success he makes out to be..... I'd heard the now deceased Paul Raymond was a far rgeater success... porn to properdee.

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After that bloody Amstrad video player I had I am not sure if he should be respected as the best salesman on the planet or the biggest chancer going, or both.. What was the question again? :blink:

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