Sports Direct pays out £43m bonus among 2,000 staff

Owner Mike Ashley praises personnel but share bonus only available to select group of 2,000 permanent contract staff – about 10% of the total workforce

Sports Direct has handed £43m in share bonuses to a group of nearly 2,000 permanent staff who took part in an incentive scheme launched in 2011.

Mike Ashley, the majority shareholder and chief executive of the retail group, praised the “magnificent achievements and fantastic loyalty” of workers who were helping the company move towards becoming the “Selfridges of sport”.

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