Specsavers is a partnership of nearly 1,700 partners in the UK and Republic of Ireland alone, of whom 548 have been with the partnership for at least ten years.

Specsavers’ spirit of British entrepreneurship has been encouraged by the company founders, Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, who pioneered the optical joint venture partnership model 30 years ago and revolutionised the industry with their innovative concept of affordable, fashionable eye care for everyone, at a time when high prices for optical care and limited choice were the norm.

Specsavers is the largest employer of registered optometrists and dispensing opticians (around 3,500) in the UK and has been voted the Most Trusted Opticians in a YouGov 2014 survey of leading opticians. All Specsavers’ opticians are registered with the General Optical Council, so customers can rest assured that their eyes are tested and their glasses prescribed by fully qualified and registered practitioners.

“Achieving a DofE Award shows employers there is a keenness to progress and learn, along with an ability to ‘stick at’ a job or project.”

– Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers

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