Specsavers Derby are the latest sponsor to have thrown their weight behind this year’s Derby Telegraph Business Awards which, since its inauguration in 2014, has become synonymous with celebrating and acknowledging the region’s top businesses.
The multiple Specsavers stores located around Derbyshire are a partnership of locally-run businesses, all committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing services in the communities they serve. Each of the Specsavers stores in Derbyshire is owned and managed by its directors, allowing the stores to remain in the hands of locals.
Uan Gohil is the Store Director at Specsavers Derby and spoke about their involvement as Event Sponsor at this year’s event:
“The stores across Derbyshire are committed to supporting their local communities, whether it’s through nurturing local talent, fundraising for charities that make a difference or getting behind local events and awards.
“The Derby Telegraph Business Awards are a very special celebration of the hard work, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit here in Derbyshire, which has ensured that we have a thriving business community. Each of the store directors in the Derbyshire region felt that the spirit of the awards was synonymous with Specsavers’ ethos of dedication and innovation.”
Providing specialist eye care and audiology to the Derbyshire community for more than 30 years, it is clear the impact the store has on the residents of Derby, but their offering can also be felt among those in the business community too. Speaking of the key ways in which they contribute to Derby’s business landscape, Uan said:
“Specsavers stores across Derbyshire play an active role in the region’s business community. Over the years, stores have sponsored local business awards, festivals and hosted business networking events, as well as offering contracts to local suppliers where possible.
“Investing heavily in up-skilling the local talent pool, our stores provide employment for hundreds of local people in Derbyshire, all of whom have access to regular training and development, which in turn has an effect on the local economy. We also offer services tailored to businesses, such as our corporate benefits scheme for companies to offer eye care vouchers to employers. We also encourage local care homes to take advantage of our home-visiting opticians service.”
The Specsavers stores in Derbyshire offer a range of services, both for those needing prescription checks and specs dispensing, and those seeking advice around a range of minor eye conditions, cataracts and glaucoma. Sharing just some of the plans the Derbyshire stores have in the pipeline for 2018, Uan said:
“Specsavers stores in Derbyshire are on a mission to ensure that everyone has an eye test every two years as part of their general healthcare routine. Eye tests are not just a prescription check; they are also a vital health examination which can identify and monitor ongoing conditions and more serious illnesses. Each store has seen patients with advanced conditions which have only been picked up when the customer started noticing symptoms and visited their local store for a test.
“As part of this, staff have undergone specialist training and several stores have invested in cutting edge optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology and digital retinal photography for deeper analysis of the eye during testing.”