Mums Word Chesterfield Specsavers
Friday, 11 June 2010
A LOCAL opticians is preparing to bolster its family values, with eight blossoming mums-to-be currently working in store.
From June onwards the Chesterfield Specsavers store will be awash with pink and blue as the first of eight babies is expected.
It's second time around for proud mums Kate Care, Claire Wildman, Elizabeth Ralph, Lyndsey Neighbour and Allissa Charlesworth who are able to give handy tips and advice to first timers Lindsey Rose and Anna Nelson.
Soon-to-be dad Matt Lee is surrounded by pregnant women both at work and at home, as he and his wife Kelly excitedly look forward to the birth of their first child in mid October.
The store actively promotes a strong family ethos, with regular coffee mornings for staff and their children to get together for cake and a catch up. There is also an annual family day out to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, which encourages the team to bring their families along for a fun day out in the summer sunshine.
Specsavers store director Rob Hurdley comments: 'We're very much a family store - as our staff roll call testifies! We encourage our staff and their families to socialise together on a regular basis and the team spirit this creates translates into a positive working environment which benefits staff and customers alike.
'The staff are all ready to offer each other a supporting helping hand over the coming months and we're looking forward to welcoming all our new arrivals.'
Specsavers notes to editors April 2010
- Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
- The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
- Specsavers has more than 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
- Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group was £1.36 billion for 2009/10 and is forecast to reach £1.55 billion in 2010/11.
- Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners
- Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
- Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the ninth year running by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands survey 2010
- More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
- Specsavers was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK *
- Over 70% (4.5m) of all Specsavers eye tests in the UK are NHS-funded.
- Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 34%. Our share of the opticians market is 39%.*
- Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
- Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
- Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
- Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers stores across Britain raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.