Lord Sugar launches business school
by James Renoux-Wood Fri 10 October 2014, 12:30 pm
Lord Alan Sugar has launched the Claude Littner Business School at the University of West London (UWL).
Littner is an alumnus and long-term collaborator with the university, and has worked with Lord Sugar for decades, serving as a chief executive in his business empire, which features organisations such as Amstrad International, Dancall, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Amstrad, Viglen, Amscreen and Amsprop.
Local business leaders, members of the London Chamber, politicians, university governors, faculty members and students joined Littner and Lord Sugar to mark the occasion, and celebrate the former’s achievements, which include floating 5-a-side football business, Powerleague, in 2005, and turning it into one of the UK’s largest private companies.
Lord Sugar also took part in a Q and A session, to share his views on business.
He said: “Claude’s involvement in the business school that now bears his name will provide the impetus for students to benefit from academic study, coupled with a strong practical and commercial focus, enabling them to get ahead in the job market.
“Those who work hard and exhibit strong business acumen have the best chance of becoming future business leaders.”
Littner also addressed the audience: “At key points in my life, UWL business courses greatly assisted my personal and career development,” he said.
“I have had a varied and successful career and lifelong association with the university and was honoured when vice-chancellor Professor Peter John proposed the business school in my name. It’s an opportunity to enhance the school’s reputation and encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to study at UWL.”