Lord Sugar gets new right-hand man on The Apprentice

Everyone’s favourite sidekick to Lord Alan Sugar, Nick Hewer, is stepping down from The Apprentice after a decade on the show.

He is being replaced by none other than Claude Littner, who previously the final five only got to meet at interview stage. He is famous for tearing into business plans and coming out with the most inventive of insults.

Business secretary Vince Cable has previously hit out at the BBC’s TV show for giving a false impression of UK apprenticeships. The show’s title can be somewhat misleading – Lord Sugar is essentially looking for a business partner to invest £250,000 in, rather than an apprentice starting out in a new role.

Claude Littner said: “If the candidates think I am soft and fluffy, they haven’t been watching me on The Apprentice over the past decade. I will now be assessing their performance in the process, individually and within their teams. I will be reporting to Lord Sugar to play my part in ensuring that his personal investment of £250,000 goes to the best candidate. I’m ready, and this won’t be a walk in the park.”