March 30th - 1st April 2018.
Optrafair 2019 exciting new features announced this week and Registration is now open
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Alongside the fresh new theme is a new name – Optrafair Exchange - illustrating there is no better place to exchange knowledge, ideas and inspiration than a live event of the scale and depth offered by Optrafair.
FMO chairman, Andy Yorke said “Optics is changing. Innovation and adaptability are now more important than ever for optical professionals to future proof their practice. The modern optician needs to diversify and invest, push the boundaries and explore new opportunities. As primary care providers, Opticians are perfectly placed to seize the opportunity that is everywhere.”
Yorke continued “Positioning your High Street practice as a primary care provider for sensory health will more than double your potential audience overnight and will improve patient care. Find out how you can increase footfall, balance clinical services with retail fashion, break through barriers to distributed care, discover new revenue streams to grow your practice and network with allied professionals and ophthalmologists to forge new patient pathways.”
Optrafair places these drivers at its very core and the 2019 event is widening its reach to incorporate
Fashion, Medicalisation and Optics. ‘Fashion’ returned to Optrafair in 2018 with the Spectrum Catwalk at great acclaim. ‘Optics’ is embedded in Optrafair’s DNA as the showcase of the FMO and its members. ‘Medicalisation’ focuses on the additional opportunities available to practices through audiology, ophthalmology, pharmaceuticals and more. Fashion, Medicalisation and Optics will run throughout the show including new exhibitors and dedicated CET streams.
Alongside a larger exhibition will be a completely restructured education programme coordinated by the FMO with the support of its partners in the sector. This diverse programme covers eight distinct streams; Dispensing, Contact Lenses, Orthoptic, Refractive, Health & Lifestyle, Technician, Clinical Optometry and Business.
Ed Wyre, event director said “We’ve worked hard alongside the FMO and the profession to identify the needs of today’s optical professionals. The new approach to CET at Optrafair will ensure there is plenty on offer for the whole practice team yet increasing dwell time on the show floor to browse the latest technology and solutions offered by our exhibitors.”
Optrafair is unique in that it is owned by the FMO, and therefore owned by the sector itself. The FMO is working closely with organisations such as ABDO, BCLA, The College of
Optometrists and more to ensure it truly reflects the needs of the entire profession.
Innovation and Excellence in Optics
The FMO is also delighted to announce the early commitment and support of Optos and Topcon as platinum sponsors, and Heidelberg Engineering as gold sponsor of Optrafair Exchange. These headline sponsors are spearheading a larger exhibition floor which is now 85% sold.
Over the coming weeks and months, a vibrant and all-encompassing marketing campaign will showcase all that Optrafair Exchange has to offer.
Optrafair is the UK's leading exhibition and educational conference dedicated to the needs of the optical profession since 1978. Valued by a community of practitioners, suppliers and educators to help expand knowledge, grow awareness of products and services, gain CET points and build business.
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THE UK’s LEADING OPTICAL EXHIBITION WILL BE BACK and BIGGER than ever!
41 Years of Excellence and History, come and celebrate with the profession and industry.
Optrafair is back, bigger and better across three days from March 30th to April 1st 2019.
The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and MA Exhibitions invite you to attend the leading and most established optical event catering for the entire sector since 1978!
FEATURES FOR 2019
In addition to an unrivalled selection of exhibitors showcasing the latest equipment, frames and solutions is a feast of dedicated features covering all aspects of practice life:
• CET Theatre
• ABDO CET Theatre
• Window Dressing
• Business Theatre
• FMO Networking Bar
• Fashion Catwalk - NEW
• Independents’ Lounge - NEW
• Sports Eyewear - NEW
• Contact Lens Hub - NEW
The Optician Awards will be taking place on the evening of Saturday 31st March to celebrate the best of optics and extend the networking long into the evening.
EXCLUSIVE CET CONTENT
As well as exploring all that’s new in the optical industry, Optrafair gives visitors the chance to gain an unrivalled amount of CET points. With the incredible variety of educational presentations, interactive workshops, on-stand sessions and lectures to attend, there is no better place to learn, discuss and debate with leading educators and business minds. Find out more here!
A great and easily accessible location for the nation! Find out more about accommodation and entertainment options.
JOIN US AT OPTRAFAIR
1. Meet suppliers in one convenient location - including equipment, lenses, eyewear and business services
2. Enjoy a world class education programme of seminar and instrument workshop sessions from authoritative experts, including exclusive BCLA content
3. Gain multiple opportunities to achieve your CET point’s requirements
4. Receive quality business advice from inspirational leaders and innovators
5. Get ahead on placing your order for the next season’s eyewear collections
6. Get hands on with high specification equipment and gather information to help your buying decisions
7. Stay close to your membership associations and demonstrate your support for the profession
8. Network with like-minded professionals and find inspiration and ideas that will enhance your practice
Optrafair organisers the FMO and MA Group are joint media partners with PHN and as the show nears we will be opening Optrafair Preview Pages in the first week of February. So all signed up exhibitors are welcome to send stories about their plans to us for publication along with images!
Exhibitors make the most of the media connection with Optrafair. Once signed up for the event we will provide discounted eblasts to all our registerd registrants (4500).
Send us regular news that will be highlighted in our news and our free e-news sent fortnightly. We are here to assist your exciting journet towrads Optrafair 2019
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The UK's leading optical exhibition
Optrafair brings together and is valued by a community of practitioners, suppliers and educators to help eye care professionals expand their knowledge, grow awareness of new products and services, gain continuing education and training points and develop their businesses.
Built on a trusted heritage spanning over 35 years, Optrafair is the established place to close deals, be immersed in the latest clinical thinking and business advice and get hands on with new products and equipment.
For leading brands and newer companies aiming to get a foothold on the market,
Optrafair is the premium event to be seen at, and where you'll meet a dedicated and informed audience of eye care professionals.
First held in 1978, Optrafair is now brought to you by two of the most respected organisations serving the optical market, the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) and Optician.
The FMO is the trade body representing UK suppliers of optical products and services while Optician is the career-long information partner for optical industry professionals providing news, business advice and educational courses.
Our visitors say: *
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"Plenty of great stands to visit at #Optrafair! Loved the show this year"
"Brilliant weekend at #optrafair1 Thanks to who made the past 3 days so enjoyable"
"Spending the day at #optrafair, love the new stands. Looking forward to stocking new frames"
"I wouldn't miss this because of the networking. If you are buying equipment you are daft not to come to Optrafair"
"We haven't had enough time to get around and see everything. There's just such a great atmosphere, its brilliant"
*Taken from Social Media during the event #Optrafair
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