Lord Alan Sugar has reportedly parted ways with a former winner of The Apprentice, having gone into business with him three years ago.
In 2017, James White was named the joint winner of The Apprentice alongside his competitor Sarah Lynn, both of them receiving a £250,000 investment towards their businesses.
James’ company, Right Time Recruitment, specialises in recruitment within the IT and consultancy industries.
On the firm’s website, it says that the business ‘was founded by James White and Lord Sugar following James’ win on the BBC Apprentice’, adding that while it has ‘grown significantly’, those who work at the company ‘still retain the values of friendship and trust we were built on’.
However, it has been reported that James and Lord Sugar are no longer in business together.
According to The Sun, Lord Sugar, 73, has decided to step down from the company, although he is reportedly letting James, 29, keep the money he invested into the business.
The report added that Lord Sugar and James have both signed documents to prove that Right Time Recruitment remains solvent.
Following his win on The Apprentice in 2017, James said it was a ‘massive shock’ that both he and Sarah received investments for their businesses.
‘I didn’t think it was possible that there could be two winners,’ he told Metro.co.uk at the time.
‘I think if you’d had two finalists with similar businesses it would have been easier to pick one winner but because Sarah and I are so different, it must have been too difficult to choose and in his head he was thinking “I could have both of them”.’
Sarah’s business is called Sweets in the City, offering packaged sweet gifts across the UK.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the 2020 series of The Apprentice had been axed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lord Sugar recently headed to Sydney to film the Australian celebrity version of the show.
According to a source, he is interested in relocating next year’s UK series of The Apprentice to Australia as he’s ‘loved filming in Oz’.
The Apprentice is due to return next year on BBC One.
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