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Specsavers Hartlepool Makes Spectacle Local Talent

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

With three staff promotions and a new recruit, Specsavers in Hartlepool is once again making a spectacle of local talent.

Earlier this year the opticians in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre won the investment in training category at the town's 2009 Business Awards. It recognised that despite the challenging climate, Specsavers Hartlepool has continued to bring personal development and training to the fore, bucking the trend of cut backs and redundancies.

Since then, Matthew Iceton, currently a contact lens fitter, has completed his training at the University of Bradford to become a pre-registration optometrist.  Andrea White who has been with the store for 11 years will fill Mathew's post having graduated as a dispensing optician and successfully completing her contact lens exams. Andrea's current role will be filled by Rachel Percival, a trainee dispensing optician.

Specsavers Hartlepool store director Ian Walker says: 'I'm thrilled that our staff

are committed to developing their skills, they should be very proud of themselves. Matthew and Andrea worked tirelessly to achieve their qualifications and I'm sure it will benefit them and our customers. Andrea started with us as an assistant and has worked very hard to gain her promotion.

'We have ongoing professional development in our store and encourage all staff to undertake additional training to heighten their skills and knowledge and further their careers. With these recent developments, I am delighted that over 50% of our staff are now qualified to degree level or higher.'

The Hartlepool opticians, located in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre has also invested in a new member of staff, Scott Thompson, a newly qualified optometrist who has also recently taken up a role at the store. Mr Walker added: 'Scott's appointment at the store will allow us to cater for more customers and is testament to the trust and dedication that Hartlepool's public have placed in us.'


To book an eye examination with the Specsavers store in Hartlepool, please call the store on 01429 233 444 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/hartlepool

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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians


Specsavers notes to editors                                               

  • 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 eldest son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,380 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009
  • 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 eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
  • Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - nine and a half million glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2008
  • 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 offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Diabetes UK, for whom they have 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


*GfK Home Audit (Dec 2008)