Specsavers is formed via a partnership of nearly 2,000 locally-run optician businesses which are committed to delivering high quality, as well as affordable optical and hearing care in the communities which they serve.
Each Specsavers store is part-owned and managed by its own directors, who are shareholders of their own businesses but who are supported by key specialists in support offices, who provide a range of services, such as marketing, accounting, IT and wholesaling, among others.
A Specsavers joint venture partnership ensures that the opticians and audiologists who run their stores can concentrate on delivering what they do best – provide expert eye and hearing care to their customers.
Specsavers is the largest employer of registered optometrists and dispensing opticians (currently around 3,500) in the UK. All Specsavers’ opticians are registered with the General Optical Council so customers can rest assured that their eyes are tested and their glasses prescribed by fully qualified and registered practitioners
Currently there are some 1,700 Specsavers partners within the UK and Republic of Ireland alone, 548 of whom have been with the Specsavers partnership for at least ten years.
This spirit of British entrepreneurship has been encouraged by the company founders, Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, who 30 years ago pioneered the optical joint venture partnership model and also revolutionised the industry with their innovative concept of affordable, fashionable eyecare for everyone, at a time when high prices for optical care and limited choice were the norm.
Specsavers is a champion of the National Health Service – of its 17.3m customers in the UK, 60% are from the NHS and the company is the largest provider of free NHS digital hearing aids.