Karren Brady says Claude Littner is ‘on the mend’ and she’s hopeful he’ll return to The Apprentice


‘He’s had a difficult time’: Karren Brady reveals Claude Littner, 72, is ‘almost back to his best’ and she’s hopeful he’ll return to The Apprentice next year after disastrous cycling accident


Karren Brady is hopeful Claude Littner will return to The Apprentice next year, after being forced to pull out of the present series to undergo surgery following a cycling accident.

The businesswoman, 52, who acts as Lord Sugar’s aide in the BBC One reality show, has explained how the pair have been keeping 72-year-old Claude abreast on developments through a WhatsApp group chat.

She told The Mirror: ‘The good news is that Claude is on the mend. He’s had a difficult time, but he’s almost back to his best. But it was impossible for him – as much as he would’ve loved it – to take part in the series.

‘He’s had a difficult time’: Karren Brady has revealed Claude Littner, 72, is ‘almost back to his best’ and she’s hopeful he’ll return to The Apprentice next year after disastrous cycling accident

‘We kept him informed with everything in a WhatsApp group and made sure he saw little pictures and things and knew about it. So he kind of felt like he was there, but not there.

When asked whether she reckons he’ll rejoin the clan in 2023, she admitted that she ‘very much hopes so.’ 

Insisting the three-piece are ‘very close’ in real life, Karren confessed she’s spent ‘a lot of time’ with her co-stars on the Amstrad founder’s luxury yacht in Marbella.

She said: ‘Alan has the most beautiful yacht imaginable. He invites both Claude and I to join him over the summer – obviously not during the Covid pandemic – and we’ve had some lovely memorable times and lots of fun. 

Get well soon! The businesswoman, 52, who acts as Lord Sugar's aide in the BBC One reality show, told how the pair have been keeping the 72-year-old abreast with the antics of the programme through a WhatsApp group chat (pictured in 2017)

Get well soon! The businesswoman, 52, who acts as Lord Sugar’s aide in the BBC One reality show, told how the pair have been keeping the 72-year-old abreast with the antics of the programme through a WhatsApp group chat (pictured in 2017)

Claude’s replacement, Tim Campbell MBE, won the first ever series – though checks disclosed that his company was dissolved in June with just £5 in the bank, MailOnline recently revealed.

He was the co-managing director of a firm called Marketing Runners Limited which was dissolved via compulsory strike-off on 29 June 2021, according to official records at Companies House.

The reasons behind the move have not been explained but it can be due to directors failing to file paperwork.

Having a blast! She said: 'Alan has the most beautiful yacht imaginable. He invites both Claude and I to join him over the summer – obviously not during the Covid pandemic – and we've had some lovely memorable times and lots of fun' (pictured in 2019)

Having a blast! She said: ‘Alan has the most beautiful yacht imaginable. He invites both Claude and I to join him over the summer – obviously not during the Covid pandemic – and we’ve had some lovely memorable times and lots of fun’ (pictured in 2019)

The last set of accounts for the firm covered the year to 31 December 2019 had no tangible assets and held just £5 in cash at the bank.

Total net assets of £5 in 2019 were a change from the previous year when the company report its worth was only £4,046.

The figure was £4,906 in 2017, there were net liabilities of £1,881 in 2016 following the incorporation of the firm in December 2015.

Wow! Insisting the three-piece are 'very close' in real life, Karren confessed she's spent 'a lot of time' with her co-stars on the Amstrad founder's luxury yacht in a mystery sun-soaked hotspot (pictured in 2019)

Wow! Insisting the three-piece are ‘very close’ in real life, Karren confessed she’s spent ‘a lot of time’ with her co-stars on the Amstrad founder’s luxury yacht in a mystery sun-soaked hotspot (pictured in 2019)

He was also a director of a charity called Bright Ideas Trust, along with former Sugar aide Margaret Mountford until she resigned in 2018.

That too was dissolved via compulsory strike-off in March 2021 after filing accounts as a dormant company in June 2020.

It reports zero assets and zero reserves in 2020 and 2019, after reporting total net assets of £54,493 in 2018.

MailOnline contacted representatives for further comment at the time.

Oh dear: Claude's replacement, Tim Campbell MBE, won the first ever series - though checks disclosed that his company was dissolved in June with just £5 in the bank (pictured in 2021)

Oh dear: Claude’s replacement, Tim Campbell MBE, won the first ever series – though checks disclosed that his company was dissolved in June with just £5 in the bank (pictured in 2021)

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