Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Mike Ashley 'deeply apologetic' for blunders

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has said he is "Deeply apologetic" for a series of blunders in the way his chain has reacted to the coronavirus lockdown. The retailer lobbied the government to keep his shops open, arguing they were an "Essential service", but backed down after a backlash from staff and media. In an open letter, Mr Ashley also admitted the firm's communications to staff and the public were "Poor". "Many firms"do not know whether to stay open or to close, the director general of the CBI business organisation Carolyn Fairbairn has said. The Halfords bicycle and auto repair chain drew criticism after saying it would keep some stores open after being named by the government as an "Essential provider of services".

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