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Business 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



The chief executive of online retailer 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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