About Spectrum

Spectrum is open to all optical industry practitioners, whether or not they work with Specsavers. Membership of the Spectrum club offers you:

  • Exclusive news and insight into developments in optics
  • Professional development modules, including free online CET (a selection from the wide range on offer to people who work for Specsavers)
  • Unique access to certain Specsavers CET events

About Specsavers

Specsavers is a Partnership of nearly 2,000 locally-run businesses, committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve.

Each 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.

This 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 was founded in 1984 by husband and wife team, Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, both optometrists. They pioneered the optical joint venture partnership model and also revolutionised the industry with their innovative concept of affordable, fashionable eyecare for everyone.

Specsavers is a champion of the National Health Service – of its 19.2m customers in the UK, 60% are from the NHS and the company is the largest provider of free NHS digital hearing aids.

Specsavers is also the largest employer of registered optometrists and dispensing opticians (around 3,500) in the UK. Its investment in professional education and focus on clinical excellence is second to none, with career paths in place for all professional groups and over 50,000 CET points awarded every year through its events, publications and online modules.

With a unique track record of innovation and change in optics, Specsavers is now leading the drive to transform eye health in the UK, encouraging more people to visit the optometrist and working with the NHS to deliver more enhanced eyecare services in the community.

In August 2016 Specsavers struck up a new partnership with Royal National Institute of Blind People which will see both organisations working together to transform the nation’s eye health.

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