Mamas & Papas

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Mamas & Papas
Private Limited Company
Industry Retail
Founded 1981
Headquarters Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Key people
David Scacchetti, Luisa Scacchetti, Derek Lovelock, Jonathon Fitzgerald
Products Pushchairs, Buggies, Car Seats, Toys, Nursery Furniture
Revenue £133.7 million (2016)
Number of employees
c. 1,000
Website www.mamasandpapas.com

Mamas & Papas is a UK-based retailer and manufacturer supplying prams, pushchairs, baby products, furniture and maternity wear. It was established in Huddersfield in 1981 by David and Luisa Scacchetti, both of Italian ancestry, whose initial aim was to bring Italian design to the UK baby buggy market. They started the business with a range of coloured corduroy prams imported from Italy.[1] They sold through one local shop of their own and through supplying other stores, until deciding to become a retail brand in 1998.[2] For most of its existence, the business was privately owned.[3]

By 2011, Mamas & Papas was described as the "UK's bestselling nursery brand".[4] At this time they were expanding the number of their overseas outlets.[5] In 2014, the business embarked on cost-cutting associated with a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).[6] Store closures were considered [7] but were avoided by the CVA.[8]

The private equity firm BlueGem Capital Partners took a majority share in Mamas & Papas in the summer of 2014, joining a portfolio that includes Liberty and Jack Wills. [9] The company returned to profitability in 2015.[10]

In 2016, the rejuvenated retailer opened a 5,000 sq ft flagship store at Westfield London. [11]

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