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Our business

Discover more about our past, present and future - where the idea for Specsavers came from, where the business is today and where you could help us take things in the future.

Specsavers works with more than 2,400 partners worldwide to deliver high-quality, affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve.

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Our success

Today Specsavers is the world’s largest privately owned optical group, with more than 1,800 stores operating in 10 countries, and more than 80 domiciliary partnerships in the UK. Each business is part-owned and managed by its directors and supported by centralised teams of specialists in areas such as marketing, accounting, IT and the supply chain.

Big numbers

For an idea of the scale and scope of our business, look no further than our sales figures. In 2015/16, we sold some 19.5 million frames and 400 million contact lenses and over 281,000 hearing aids worldwide.

Sharing the love

There are now more than 2,400 Specsavers partners around the world, benefiting from the joint venture partnership model pioneered by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins 30 years ago.

Still growing fast

Even in the challenging economic climate of recent years, Specsavers has continued to go from strength to strength. In 2015/16 alone, we saw a 5.8% increase in total revenue.

Our locations

We have over 750 Specsavers stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland with more than 18,000 members of staff, our three main UK support offices as well as our recruitment and manufacturing and distribution sites, have more than 1,500 people working at them. Among these are a number of people who are regionally based, supporting our stores. This means that, wherever you are based, you are never far away from an exciting Specsavers opportunity.

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The story so far

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1984

First Specsavers store opens in Bristol

1984
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1985

Complete Price sets industry standard

1985
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1990

Revolutionary 2-for-1 offer introduced

1990
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1996

First contact lens store opened in Plymouth

1996
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1997

First international store opens in Haarlem, NL

1997
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2003

'Should've gone to Specsavers' strapline is launched

2003
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2008

1,000th store opens

2008
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2010

Specsavers became the market leader in New Zealand

2010
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2011

Specsavers became the market leader in Australia

2011
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2012

Opened our 1,500th store

2012
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2013

Extension of eyecare offer to housebound and live in care homes

2013
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2014

We celebrated 30 years in business

2014
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2016

We turned over record-breaking £2.18 billion

2016