Former Hamleys COO takes up Group Chairman role at YPP

YPP Group, which encompasses Your Print Partner, Santa Sacks and Custom Gifts, has welcomed Paul Currie as its Group Chairman.

Paul is the former Chief Executive of Foyles and was the Chief Operating Officer at Hamleys.

His business background includes advising firms such as Cath Kidston, Crabtree & Evelyn and The White Company.

Paul joins the board, which also includes recently promoted Chris Cheeseman as Creative Director and newly appointed Ian Cooper as Finance Director.  Ian is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience.

Launching his career with a ‘big four’ accountancy firm, he has since worked with both corporates and high growth start-ups.

Ian was MD of Tu Childrenswear Limited which introduced the Tu Brand to Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, a business which now turns over in excess of £300 million.

He was also responsible for the international growth of Adams Childrenswear Limited, successfully signing up a number of franchise partners generating in excess of £20 million sales globally.

Stuart Maclaren, Managing Director at Custom Gifts said: “We are pleased to welcome Paul and Ian to the YPP Board, as part of our continued plan to grow a number of our brands.

“Although it has only been a few weeks they are already settling in and starting to make an impact on what we do day to day”.