For many years Nick Hewer was a highly successful PR man, running his own agency and busily working behind the scenes to ensure that his clients were kept in the limelight. He built up an impressive list of customers as a result, including the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan, and the wife of the ruler of Dubai, the late Sheikh Maktoum. But it was a long-term association with the renowned entrepreneur Alan (now Lord) Sugar, that proved to be the most far reaching, for this eventually led to Nick having the spotlight swung back on him - as Lord Sugar's right-hand man on the BBC's hugely popular The Apprentice.
The Apprentice's countless fans were left in no doubt as to what Nick thought of the show's contestants! His grimacing facial expressions, borne of a combination of a lifetime's business experience allied to a wonderfully dry humour, told it all. But though Nick often despaired at the ineptitude of the budding entrepreneurs who featured on the programme, his views were always tempered by a sympathetic firm-but-fair approach. Nick left The Apprentice in 2014 after appearing in 10 series, believing it to be "the appropriate time", though many viewers still miss his voice of reason (not to mention his witty humour).
It was no surprise when, in 2012, Nick also took on the role of Chairman of the long running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown. He slotted into the role of adjudicator perfectly, and continues to provide the calm, measured approach that this ever-popular daytime show requires.
In addition to The Apprentice and Countdown, other TV work includes: presenting a four-part series on BBC Two called The Farm Fixer (assisting farmers in Northern Ireland in diversifying); co-presenting The Town That Never Retired and We All Pay Your Benefits with Margaret Mountford (who worked alongside Nick in a similar role on The Apprentice), and appearing on various panel shows, including Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You?, Ask Rhod Gilbert and Big Star's Little Star. In 2012, he was a guest on Room 101 (BBC1) and in 2013 he was the subject of an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1).
In July 2008, Nick took part in the charity drive event, the Mongol Rally, driving a Renault 4 from London to Ulan Bator and raising over £12,000 for Hope and Homes for Children. He wrote a series of blogs about his journey for the online travel section of the Daily Telegraph.
Nick's status as a business man and public figure has been utilised in various other ways too; for example, in 2012, he was one of many celebrities to help promote the change in the UK pension scheme to automatic enrolment. In 2013, he worked with Vista Print on their 'Build Your Small Business' campaign, and in 2014 worked with Bark.com to promote their online marketplace services.
With his wide-ranging experience in media circles as both a PR businessman and a TV presenter, leveraged to a warm and witty style, Nick makes an ideal After-dinner Speaker, Awards Host and Presenter. To book him for your Event, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222 for further information.
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