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Sports Direct: Working conditions scandal fallout must be managed to minimize damage


Recent revelations about Sports Direct’s working practices have been largely made via exposé reporting from The Guardian. Secret filming in the company’s Shirebrook warehouse led to claims of a culture of fear, pay of less than the national minimum wage, unpaid after-hours work, and questionable punitive practices. This was then followed by written reporting and interviews with workers, both from the warehouse and from stores. Although terminology like ‘Victorian workhouse’ and ‘Gulag’ is sensationalist and unwarranted, Sports Direct was forced to respond to the claims in a bid to limit… Read more

Earning its stripes: the success of Sports Direct International


Sports Direct International Plc. has been one of the outstanding financial successes in UK high street retail over the last 10 years. The sports apparel and equipment retailer has grown rapidly, hastening the demise of former market leader JJB Sports into bankruptcy in 2012, and entering the FTSE 100 in September 2013. The business is often considered to be unconventional, principally due to its bold retailing strategy and the role of founder and controlling shareholder Mike Ashley. Nevertheless, its unprecedented growth to become the market leader in UK sports retail… Read more