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Specsavers is a Partnership of nearly 2,000 locally-run businesses, committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve.
Each store is part-owned and managed by its own directors, who are shareholders of their own businesses but who are supported by key specialists in support offices, who provide a range of services, such as marketing, accounting, IT and wholesaling, among others.
This partnership ensures that the opticians and audiologists who run their stores can concentrate on delivering what they do best – provide expert eye and hearing care to their customers.
There are now more than 2,500 Specsavers partners worldwide, all working towards the same vision, a vision founded by Doug and Mary Perkins 30 years ago. Back in 1984, Doug and Mary pioneered the optical joint venture partnership model and also revolutionised the industry with their innovative concept of affordable, fashionable eyecare for everyone, at a time when high prices for optical care and limited choice were the norm.
It is a formula that works: today, the Specsavers Partnership is the world's largest optical retailer with more than 1,650 stores operating across 10 countries. In 2012/13, we saw 11.6% more customers and continued to grow the business with an increase in total revenue of 6.9%.
Visions and Values
At Specsavers, our vision is simple: to passionately provide best value eye care to everyone, simply, clearly and consistently, exceeding customer expectations every time. How do we bring this to life? Through our values:
Our Values - Treat people as we would like to be treated ourselves. Passionate about:
- Our customers - the lifeblood of the business
- Our people - supporting our staff to be the best they can be
- Partnership - at the heart of everything we do
- Communities - giving back to and working with our local communities
- Results - keep it simple, get it done, deliver on our promises
Working for us
Once you’ve joined Specsavers, your career can develop in a number of different directions.
We’re committed to making sure that our people have all the skills they need to be the best for our customers and our business. With the Specsavers Academy and a host of award-winning development programmes available, as well as our strong university links, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and add to your experience.
We also offer a variety of opportunities for our people to move into different areas of the Specsavers business. In retail, this could mean becoming a Joint Venture Partner (JVP) and owning and running your own business. In fact, 75% of our JVPs have previously worked at Specsavers. As an international business, we also offer career opportunities around the world – a number of our UK people are now working in our international businesses.