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AO.com boss tells supermarkets to ‘ask their mum’ about business rates row – The Guardian

John Roberts says firm had not accepted any government support during pandemic

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The chief executive of online retailer AO.com has suggested supermarket executives ask their mum about whether they should repay nearly £2bn in business rates relief.
Like supermarkets, AO has benefited from lockdown living trends, with UK sales up 54% as Britons kitted out home offices and upgraded their TVs and fridge freezers.
John Roberts said Bolton-based AO had not accepted any government help and had returned £300,000 of business rates and furlough support.He said the health crisis was a…

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