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Alan Sugar Dumps Viglen Stake In Massive Deal To Create IT Giant

10/01/2014 12:52 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 15:53 GMT
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Baron Sugar speaks at the British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference held at the headquarters of BAFTA on March 18, 2010 in London, England. The annual conference entitled 'Preparing for Change - Setting the Business Agenda' will hear from keynote speakers from business, politics academia and the media including: Lord Mandelson, Kenneth Clarke, Lord Adonis, Baron Sugar, Trevor Phillips, Stephen Hester and Christine Lagarde. The British Chamber of Commerce is a network of 56 accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK serving over 100,000 businesses, it is celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout 2010. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Alan Sugar has walked away from his educational IT supplier Viglen, the firm he has owned for 20 years, in a deal that is set to create a new IT giant.

The super-merger between Viglen and IT firm XMA will create a business with a turnover of nearly £250 million. Lord Sugar originally bought Viglen in 1994, later stepping down as chairman in 2009.

According to its latest results in 2012, Viglen made a £2.1 million net profit on sales of £66.2 million.

Lord Sugar said: "I believe that this merger is good for Viglen’s future, both for its customers and its employees as part of this larger UK group of companies.

"The scale and size of the combined business will ensure that the opportunity to grow is in place and enable the company to compete on a more equal basis with the major international IT suppliers selling to the public, education and corporate sectors here in the UK."

"As part of this change, I will no longer be associated with Viglen, but both Bordan Tkachuk the CEO, and Mike Ray the FD, will stay on and continue with Viglen to help ensure its future and continued success."