Each month, we will be providing you with the opportunity to get to know our Patrons a little better.
Patrons are a group of individuals and companies united by a determination to give young people in Manchester somewhere safe to go, something positive to do and someone trusted to talk to. Patrons form part of an exclusive group who share the vision to transform the lives of thousands of young people in Manchester.
This month, we want to introduce you to Theo Paphitis Retail Group.
What is Theo Paphitis Retail Group?
The Theo Paphitis Retail Group (TPRG) is a family of Multi-channel brands focused on delivering fantastic customer service and first class product knowledge to its customers. TPRG encompasses Ryman Stationary, Boux Avenue, Robert Dyas, London Graphic Centre and other well known brands, and is responsible for over 330 stores in the UK alone.
The Theo Paphitis Retail Group is founded by multi-award winning entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis.
How do they support HideOut Youth Zone?
TPRG became a Founder Patron of HideOut Youth Zone in 2019 and have supported HideOut throughout its development and opening in 2020.
Theo and the team often visit the Youth Zone and have attended our annual Patron’s Dinner and other important events taking place. In October 2021, Theo even spearheaded a Q&A evening at HideOut, where he was interviewed by the largest business development organisation in the North West, Pro-Manchester, in front of an audience of keen entrepreneurs and business leaders.
TPRG support HideOut’s young people through financial support and through donations.
In September 2021 and 2022 Theo and the Ryman team donated 2,000 stationery items to create 200 essential back to school packs for HideOut’s young people. There is planned support for the same in 2023 continuing to help and support kids back to school.
Each year, TPRG hold an annual Charity Clay Shoot fundraising event, which raises around £50,000 each time.
Theo Paphitis said:
“When I was asked to get involved in HideOut Youth Zone it took me all of about 10 seconds to say a big YES! I spent some formative years in Gorton, between the ages 6 and 9, and something like HideOut Youth Zone would have been as impactful for me back then, as it is for the thousands of kids that reap the benefits from it now. A fantastic initiative and one that I am very proud to have been a part of since its launch in 2020.”
Find out more: www.tprg.com