Sports Direct

Sports Direct Boss Mike Ashley Could Be Forced Before MPs After Speaker Bercow Backs Demand

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley could be dragged to the House of Commons to answer questions over allegedly providing workers with “Victorian-type”...

People Have Turned A Sports Direct PR Stunt Into A Brilliant Initiative For The Homeless

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK

Newcastle United fans and Twitter users have turned a marketing stunt by Sports Direct into a brilliant initiative to keep homeless people warm this w...

Sports Directs' Critics Still Aren't Impressed With Its Latest 'PR Stunt'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

Under-fire retailer Sports Direct has vowed to pay its employees above the national minimum wage from January 1 - but its critics don't seem to be won...

Sports Direct Staff Are Having Strokes And Are 'Too Scared To Be Off Sick'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Ambulances have been called to the headquarters of Sports Direct 82 times in the last two years amid reports workers were "too frightened" to take tim...

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Newcastle United?

Jamie Spencer | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

Everything is in place for Newcastle to be a successful club, but with Mike Ashley as owner, business sense will always win-out over football. Risk is what wins silverware and creates memories, but can easily destroy a club too and therein lies the dilemma for Newcastle United.

Miliband: 1, Sports Direct: 0

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has singled out retailer Sports Direct as a "terrible" employer for some of its staff, in a damning speech about the "Victorian" practice...

MPs Are Keen To Probe Tesco's Financial Shambles...

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Tesco executives may be dragged before MPs to explain the supermarket giant's "stratospheric" error over its inflated profits guidance. Adrian Bail...

Sports Direct Founder Does Something Nice For Once

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Sport

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley has given up his right to a potential multi-million pound windfall, meaning that the retailer's 3,000 full-time emplo...

A Cleaning Set? 'It's Girl Stuff'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Step aside lip balm chemistry set and the bubble bath science lab, there's a new contender for most gender-steroetyped toy in town. Spotted by eagl...

Was A Baby Born In A Sports Direct Warehouse'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Police have launched an inquiry after a baby was born at a warehouse on New Year's Day and then admitted to a neo-natal unit. Officers were unable ...

Ashley Bans Free Press!

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

Ashley quite obviously thinks he can remove freedom of information from the equation and Newcastle United fans will take this lying down too. I won't focus on the act of banning newspapers too much. Quite clearly Ashley is feeling the pressure and is reacting in the only way he knows how to - badly.

Zero-Hour Contracts: The Dark Side of Flexible Labour Markets

The Conversation UK | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Whether it be young people selling sports shoes, or carers looking after the elderly, workers in the UK are increasingly being forced into zero-hour contracts. This hasn't happened by accident: it is a product of many years of moving towards a "flexible" labour market, one that in practice means more power for employers over employees.

Zero Hours Contracts Distort the True Cost of Labour

Rachel Tan | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Rachel Tan

Zero hours contracts often provide uncertain lives for workers, who are only nominally employed and must be on permanent standby. They have an erratic stream of income which makes it challenging to manage budgets, bills and other commitments.

Zero Hours Contracts

Katie Hopkins | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK
Katie Hopkins

As an employer in a small business, I fully endorse the use of zero hours contracts to create a more dynamic, responsive workforce. Zero hours contracts make perfect sense. To fulfil the demand for temporary workers in casual positions, they allow the employer to flex their staffing muscle according to the needs of the business and the whims of the customer.

Wayne Tooney? Perhaps Not

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Sport
Rohan Banerjee

As a Newcastle fan, I'm quite used to hearing ridiculous things - usually from our own supporters. But this one really tops the lot. Sports Direct News (yes that's actually a thing) has claimed that "low-level" talks have taken place between the Magpies and Wayne Rooney's agent, although an official offer is yet to be lodged. Go figure.

Sports Direct Buys Republic, Safeguarding 2,100 Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

Sports Direct has become this week's high street hero by saving the jobs of 2,100 people, after it bought struggling retailer Republic. The sale of...

Charlie Thomas

Sports Direct Continues Its Winning Streak | Charlie Thomas | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

Sports Direct continues to buck the high street trend, after it revealed sales rose 21.1% to £589.5 million on Thursday, with gross profits jumping 2...

Charlie Thomas

Mike Ashley's 'Retail Juggernaught' Continues | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK

Specialist sportswear retailer Sports Direct has produced a record-breaking first half of results after enjoying the benefits of an Olympics boom and ...

2,200 Redundancies As JJB Stores Are Sold And Closed

PA | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

Some 2,200 staff at JJB Sports were made redundant today after administrator KPMG closed 133 stores and sold the remaining 20 to rival Sports Direct I...

4,000 Jobs At Risk As JJB Sports Falls Into Administration

PA | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK

Ailing JJB Sports is to appoint administrators after calling time on its long-running battle to rescue the business. The move, which is expected in...

Online Sales And Brand Acquisitions Boost Sports Direct

Posted 13.08.2012 | UK

Sports retailer Sports Direct released impressive results this afternoon, citing its online strategy and continued acquisition of desirable brands as ...

Blacks Leisure Bought By JD Sports For £20m, Reports Claim

PA | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK

Sportswear firm JD Sports Fashion has bought Blacks Leisure's stores shortly after the company went into administration, it was reported today. JD ...

Blacks Leisure To Go Into Administration

PA | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK

Stricken retailer Blacks Leisure confirmed today it will go into administration but said it still hopes most of the business will be salvaged by buyer...

Why Newcastle fans renamed Mike Ashley years ago

Sam Parker | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK
Sam Parker

St James' Park sits at the top of Newcastle like a colossus. I can see it from my window as I type. To a football-mad region, it is reassuring presence - a 52,409 seat monument that stands strong in the whirlwind of madness and mismanagement that has engulfed the club for decades.

Newcastle United Rename St James' Park The Sports Direct Arena

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

Newcastle United have renamed St James’ Park. The ground, which has been the home of the Magpies since 1892, has been rebranded as the Sports Di...