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New role for Sir Alan Sugar following Downing Street visit

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The millionaire leaves Number 10 on Thursday morning after consulting with the Prime Minister. He's to have a new role advising on business issues. He says the Government lacks people who have relevant first-hand experience. "They are what they are. They're Civil Servants," he insists. "They've never actually been in business"  
 

05 JUNE 2009

Following the visit he paid to Number 10 on Thursday, The Apprentice's Sir Alan Sugar has been told by Gordon Brown, "You're hired".

The former computer company boss is to receive a peerage and become an "enterprise champion" after taking up a role in the Government. He won't be a minister, but will advise on business issues.

Sir Alan says the Government lacks people who have relevant first-hand experience. "They are what they are. They're Civil Servants," he insists. "They've never actually been in business."

The 62-year-old mogul, who slipped into No 10 via the back door for his Thursday meeting with the PM, said at the time: "We are in dire economic situations, and Gordon Brown calls on people like me, and a host of other business people, to have a chat with, because what we have got to do is reflate the economy."

The reality TV show which Sir Alan hosts concludes on Sunday night, when remaining contestants Kate and Yasmina will battle it out for a £100,000 job within the tycoon's organisation.

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