BIS to visit Sports Direct’s base in Shirebrook
MPs launched a blistering attack on Sports Direct yesterday saying the billionaire ran working practices akin to a “Victorian workhouse”.
A report by the Business, Innovation and Skills committee said that it was highly unlikely Ashley didn’t know about the working practices.
Committee chairman Iain Wright said: “It’s seems incredible that Mike Ashley, who visits the warehouse at least once a week, was unaware of these appalling practices.
“This suggests Mr Ashley was turning a blind eye to conditions at Sports Direct in the interests of maximising profits or that there are serious corporate governance failings which left him out of the loop in spite of all the evidence.
“Mike Ashley had to be brought kicking and screaming to answer the committee’s questions.
“To Mr Ashley’s credit, when he gave evidence he was open and willing to engage and he is now setting out some of the steps which Sports Direct needs to take to stop these practices recurring.”
The committee is set to visit Sports Direct’s base in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, and “continue to hold Mr Ashley’s feet to the fire”.