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Friday 08 September, 2006

Universe Grp.

Board Appointment

Universe Group PLC
08 September 2006

                                                                8 SEPTEMBER 2006

                               UNIVERSE GROUP PLC
                         ('Universe' or the 'Company')

                               BOARD APPOINTMENT

The Board of Universe, the AIM listed retail and information systems company,
announces today the appointment of Paul Cooper as Non-Executive Director, with
immediate effect.

Paul Cooper, 52, is a Director and the Chief Operating Officer responsible for
operations and finance of EMDigital Limited, a liner motor design and
manufacturing business, where, over the last two years, he has established a new
R&D facility in Sri Lanka and has overseen the filing of 14 patents. Mr Cooper
has held a number of Managing Director and Finance Director positions during his
extensive career, including as Group Managing Director at Blazepoint Group Plc
from June 2000 to March 2003. In this role, he obtained pre-IPO finance and led
the AIM flotation, won a £9million contract and made two acquisitions.

Ray Mackie, Chairman of Universe, commented, 'Paul brings a wealth of experience
to Universe, and I am delighted to take this opportunity to welcome him to the
Board. I look forward to his contribution to the Company as Universe continues
to develop its core strategy following today's interim results.'

Paul Cooper does not hold any Ordinary Shares in Universe.

Mr Cooper currently holds the following directorships: Oakline Associates
Limited; EM Digital Limited; Elmin Limited; Electro Magnetic Rams Limited.

Within the last five years, Mr Cooper has held the following directorships:
Comtec Information Systems Limited; Eltron International Limited. Mr Cooper was
a director of Blazepoint Group plc which was placed in liquidation on 14 March
2003 following the sale of its business with a resulting deficit to its
creditors of approximately £254,000. The Company confirms that no other details
are required to be disclosed under paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules.



Universe Group plc                                                 02380 689 510
Ray Mackie, Chairman

Charles Stanley Securities                                         020 7149 6000
Russell Cook

Bishopsgate Communications Limited                                 020 7430 1600
Dominic Barretto
Fran Read

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