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Friday 27 September, 2002

Universe Grp.

Board Reorganisation

Universe Group PLC
27 September 2002

Universe Group plc

27 September 2002

Board Reorganisation

Universe Group plc ('Universe'), the retail and information systems group
announces a reorganisation of its board of directors to take effect on 1 October

-          George Welham, currently a non-executive director, becomes
           non-executive Chairman.

-          Ray Mackie, currently Executive Chairman, will be Chief Executive.

-          Keith Buchanan, currently non-executive, has accepted the executive
           post of Group Finance Director.

-          Eddie Paul relinquishes the Group Finance Director role to
           concentrate on his role at HTEC.  He remains on the Board.

-          Barrie Brinkman, formerly Managing Director of HTEC, continues as a
           non-executive Director.

-          Nick Scott-Kilvert continues as Secretary.

Commenting, Ray Mackie said

'Splitting the Chairman and CEO roles is an important step for the company and
for our shareholders.  We welcome Keith as an additional executive director and
I am certain he will make a positive contribution as we return to a growth 

For further information:

Universe Group plc
Ray Mackie                           020 7486 9074

Teather & Greenwood
David Galan                          020 7426 9000

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