Three women co-own a family-friendly practice

On International Women’s Day, three women joined forces as directors to jointly own Specsavers in South Shields

During the last five years there has been a 142 per cent increase in female owners of Specsavers businesses and more than 15,000 women make up 70 per cent of its workforce.

In South Shields, following the retirement of Bryan Clark, Caroline Angell and Emma Nicol have invested in the practice with new director Mel Moore. 

In November 2020, Mel Moore – who was store manager for 22 years – stepped up as store director and part owner, alongside Bryan Clark.

Mel, Caroline and Emma now have full ownership of the store and will run as a trio with years of experience in optics, and the community.

They pride themselves on having a family-friendly workplace, as mothers (or grandmother) of young children themselves, and believe in offering working patterns to suit the individual, encouraging diversity and inclusivity. 

Caroline joined the multiple in 2013 as optometrist before leaving to work for an independent business. A vacancy in the South Shields store opened up in 2018 and Bryan got back in touch and Caroline has been part of the team ever since.

Emma first met Mel seven years ago as a locum optometrist working across several North East practices. 

Mel says: ‘It’s bittersweet with Bryan retiring, however the changes within store are all very exciting and I’m proud to work alongside these two brilliant women.

‘I think it is very fitting for us to have finalised the directorship of the store on International Women’s Day too!

‘We are completely dedicated to our staff, the business and the South Shields community so I am excited to see where this investment will take us.’

Mel will continue to be retail director while Emma and Caroline are both ophthalmic directors of the store.

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