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Hakim Group announced as Platinum Sponsors at Optrafair Exchange
The Hakim Group are proud to partner with Optrafair Exchange as Platinum sponsor for 2019. The sponsorship forms part of the group’s ongoing strategy and commitment to the optical industry, through showcasing their award-winning approach for independent opticians.
Black Diamond, The New Blackfin Stand at MIDO
Diamonds are the quintessence of priceless value in its most tangible sense; a black diamond might be considered the opposite of short-lived.
Mondottica International announces license renewals
Mondottica International proudly announces the global renewal of the eyewear licenses for Hackett London and Pepe Jeans through to the end of 2024.
New permanent GOC CEO and Registrar announced
The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that its interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Lesley Longstone, has been appointed to the role permanently.
Heidelberg Engineering shortlisted for Supplier of the Year Award
Heidelberg Engineering has been shortlisted for the coveted Optician Awards Optical Supplier of the Year Award 2019. Companies who have reached this stage have been selected on the basis of the rigorous criteria laid out by the journal –
Homeless Charity makes urgent call for volunteers
Volunteer optometrists, dispensing opticians and team leaders are urgently needed by Vision Care for Homeless centres around the country.
Data Security and Protection Toolkit Update, IGT now replaced.
The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) has replaced the Information Governance Toolkit (IGT) as NHS Digital’s (formerly HSCIC) compliance check for information governance.
Record growth allows expansion at Optinet.
Optinet, the IT services division of the National Eyecare Group (NEG), has declared 2018 its most successful year ever with record installations of its flagship Optinet FLEX practice management system (PMS).
GOC suspends Hounslow Dispensing Optician
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend a dispensing optician based in Heston, Hounslow from its register for a period of nine months.
GOC News from Council 13 February 2019
Comprehensive report from meeting held on Wednesday, Business Standards, Budgets, Education, CET, and more
LOCSU's Primary Eyecare Services has a new Chair.
Primary Eyecare Services Ltd is one of the companies created by LOCSU into which many of the smaller Primary Eyecare companies have merged.
Nominations open for 2019 BCLA Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2019 BCLA Awards, with the nation’s leading eye care practitioners vying for some of the profession’s most coveted crowns.
OC updates "Making Accurate Claims in Wales"
The new guidance is based on the most recent regulations on the NHS General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) and optical vouchers and payments in Wales.
AOI highlights deep concerns over eyecare in Ireland
Association of Optometrists (AOI) Chief Executive Sean McCrave said Ireland’s eye-care services need to be reformed to meet ever-growing demand, as the population both increases and ages.
Priority treatment for Welsh Patients at risk of sight loss.
Last week the Welsh Government announced a £3.3m investment which aims to ensure that patients in Wales who are at the greatest risk of going blind receive prioritised treatment.
GOC Registrar steps down
The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that its Chief Executive and Registrar, Vicky McDermott, has stood down to spend more time with her family following the birth of her daughter.
FODO announces new Company Structure and first-ever MD
In response to growing membership across its eye and hearing care businesses FODO has announced a new company structure and the appointment of Harjit Sandhu as its first-ever Managing Director.
Blackfin launches Natural Awareness Campaign
The die is cast, Year Three of Phase Three has been accomplished: the product, the genuine story and a brand image which has reached a stylistic and conceptual maturity in the design of its eyewear, the new exhibition space and the latest 2019 communications campaign.
Belvie appoints ZED-Com for communications
Belvie the French eyewear brand, result of the passion of Optika, a French optician with 7 shops and a 40-year history in eyewear, has appointed Zed_Comm as press office and media relations agency for communications in the trade Europe communication activities and the management of social channels.
Another New Connection for Mainline
Mainline Optical Connections announce their new partnership with MEI, they are now the distributor for the UK and Ireland retail market. The addition of the NoBlock system to the edger has proven ground-breaking,
Opchat News opens Optrafair Exchange Preview Pages
As we open today our preview pages to showcase exciting stories that will be told at Optrafair Exchange, Waterside Labs become the first to encourage us to attend their stand.
All your CET needs under one roof!
The entire optical profession will soon unite under one roof at Optrafair Exchange for three days of inspiration and opportunity to source the very latest products across the sector. Browse an exhibition hall filled with some of the leading companies in the industry, some of which have not attended any other UK event.
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