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This is Specsavers

It’s 1984, on the small Channel Island of Guernsey...

Optometrist couple Doug and Mary Perkins lay the foundation of their new optical company, Specsavers. They revolutionise the market by offering affordable glasses to everyone. They started what we now know as the joint venture partnership (JVP) model, meaning that every store is part-owned by one, or more, store ‘partners’.

A family affair

The Perkins family is still very much involved in the business. While Doug and Mary expanded to Australia and New Zealand, their son John took care of the day-to-day business as joint CEO. Daughter Katherine is responsible for internal audits, while youngest daughter Julie made sure the Dutch got to know Specsavers in the nineties.

The year in numbers (2018/19)


stores worldwide


partners and employees

£2.5 million

donated to charity

21.6 million+

frames sold


hearing aids sold

530 million

contact lenses sold

Life is for living

That’s why we have made it our mission to help as many people as possible receive accessible eye and hearing care. Nothing is more rewarding than helping people to see or hear better – our smart, passionate and fun-loving team knows that like no other. Over the past 35 years, we have revolutionised the industry when it comes to technology and service. Now it’s time for our next step: to provide accessible healthcare on the high street.

One step at a time

Bringing healthcare services to the high street doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve already taken successful steps, but we know we’ve got a long way to go. Some of our achievements: we now use Fundus cameras and full-field auto perimeters in our stores, and complete eye health checks for our customers as a standard. Not to mention our investments in the industry’s best and biggest learning and development programme, eye care research, and the Specsavers Clinical Conference.

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