This year’s Global Freight Awards celebrity host is Nick Hewer, the businessman and former advisor to Lorg Sugar on BBC's 'The Apprentice'.
Nicholas Radbourn Hewer began his career as a trainee at a public relations consultancy in London. Within six years he had joined the board and eventually bought out the owner, becoming the sole shareholder. His PR company was hired by Amstrad in the eighties, where he met Lord Alan Sugar, and soon became responsible for media handling of all Alan Sugar’s business and charitable activities.
He spent 21 years in the Amstrad management group, building up a long and impressive client list, including the Secretariat of HH The Aga Khan and the wife of the ruler of Dubai, and the late Sheikh Maktoum, as well as a number of British and international companies.
He sold his PR agency in 1998, and retired to his house in south west France, but having become firm friends with Lord Sugar, he was called to negotiate on his behalf with the 'Apprentice' producers. The tables were turned when Lord Sugar persuaded Hewer to take an on-screen role, and promised to negotiate his fees.
Hewer said: “I fought hard against it but he cajoled me – in a muscular sort of way.”
He began his television career in 2005, working as an adviser on Lord Sugar’s 'The Apprentice' on BBC One. Having appeared as Lord Sugar’s right-hand man since the business-based reality show began, he left the show in December 2014 after the 10th series, believing it to be “the appropriate time”.
In January 2012, Hewer became the new host of the Channel 4 game show 'Countdown'. He has also been on a variety of other TV programmes, including 'The Farm Fixer', 'Who Do You Think You Are?', 'Room 101', 'Have I Got News For You', and 'Would I Lie To You?'.
In 2012 he was amongst a host of celebrities to help promote the change in the UK pension scheme to automatic enrolment. In 2013 he worked with Vista Print on its ‘Build Your Small Business Campaign’, and in 2014 he worked with Bark.com to promote its services marketplace product.
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