Theo Paphitis Retail GroupTheo Paphitis Retail Group
Who we are and what we do
The Theo Paphitis Retail Group, a multi-channel retail business which incorporates Ryman, Boux Avenue and Robert Dyas and The London Graphic Centre, is a private group of businesses owned by its Chairman, Theo Paphitis, one of the UK’s most high profile business leaders.
The first Ryman store opened in London in 1893, and the business was purchased by Theo in 1995. He subsequently purchased Partners and Stationery Box to build a truly national stationery chain with over 200 stores from St Andrews to Penzance.
Boux Avenue launched from scratch in 2011 and offers a range of lingerie, nightwear and swimwear with a very strong focus on quality, excellent service and product expertise. We have 28 stores across the UK including our UK flagship store on Oxford Street, which opened in November 2015.
Robert Dyas has traded since 1872 and was acquired in 2012. The business has a strong Home, DIY & Garden brand with just under 100 stores in the South of England.
The London Graphic Centre was acquired by the Theo Paphitis
Retail Group in 2016. They are the leading supplier of material to the
art and design community.
For more information about our businesses visit our web sites
As part of our plans to make our businesses even more successful we want to recruit commercially focussed graduates looking for a career in retail. We are “Passionate about Retail” so we want people who are passionate about what they do, but who are also resilient, flexible, good team players with an eye for detail. We’re also looking for a mix of bright ideas and common sense.
In return we offer a real job from day one, but with the support of a
commercial mentor and externally accredited management development
Meet a Success Story
- Name: Stavros Christodoulou
- Role: Senior Commercial Manager
- Joined: October 2011
Describe TPRG in 3 words? Dynamic, Varied, Rewarding
What is it like to work at TPRG?
Working for a retail Group, owned by one of the UKs most well-known entrepreneurs, in a relatively flat organisational structure, offers a graduate retail career path that gives you greater responsibility, commercial exposure and variety early on in your career that you wouldn’t get in a more traditional structured graduate scheme. The results orientated culture provides the challenges and steep learning curve to develop your skills and experience which is also matched with great incentives for hard work and performance.
Tell me about your career progression/on-going development with TPRG?
I joined the Group as a commercial executive in October 2011 and from day one I was given the responsibility to work on investments from the TV show Dragon’s Den, as well as looking at potential acquisitions for the Group whilst also working on commercial projects for Ryman. I quickly developed my position in the team and after 12 months was promoted to Group Commercial Manager when we acquired Robert Dyas in 2012, spending 18 months on an integration project for the Group.
In September 2014, I moved across to Boux Avenue as Senior Commerical Manager covering a variety of revenue generation and cost control projects as we build Boux Avenue from a start up to one of the biggest standalone lingerie retailers in the UK.
With four retail businesses in the Group- there is always opportunity for on-going development and rewarding career progression.
What is a typical working day like?
Every day is different and exciting but a typical day could include negotiating a wholesale agreement for our brand with a leading global retailer, developing our multichannel offering for our customers in store and online whilst also working closely with suppliers to reduce costs across departments in the business; juggling lots of projects to deliver increased revenue whilst managing costs.
If you like the sound of us, we would love to hear from you.