Retailer anger follows call with ‘rude’ business secretary Kwarteng

Kwasi Kwarteng

Retailers’ relations with new business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng have got off to a rocky start after a bad-tempered call this week.

Kwarteng, who was promoted to become secretary of state for business in January, took part in a virtual meeting with about 70 retail chief executives on Tuesday. However, his attitude angered participants, who described Kwarteng as “rude” and said the atmosphere became sour as the confidential call went on. 

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