Specsavers have a rare opportunity for an Optometrist to become a 33% Partner across two stores, Barnstaple and Barnstaple Roundswell. You will be joining an established partnership of an existing Retail Partner and Optometrist Partner who have a wealth of experience combining over 24 years within the stores.


Located in Beautiful North Devon, this is not only a fantastic investment opportunity but also an opportunity to live and work is one of the UK’s most sort after locations.


As an Optometrist Partner, you will be a Director of both stores and will receive an excellent regular salary, alongside attractive benefits and a share in both business’ profits. To help you to succeed, you’ll receive ongoing support from the existing Retail Partner and Optometrist Partner alongside our leading global brand. You’ll also have access to the very best clinical technology and will receive unrivalled professional development. If you’d like to find out more about this terrific opportunity, then read on.


What’s on Offer?

  • Shareholding: 33% of both Barnstaple and Barnstaple Roundswell
  • Multi-site opportunity
  • Shares in both business’ profits (dividends) 
  • Opportunity to grow the businesses as an investment for your future
  • Flexibility – a great work/life balance 
  • Build and shape your own teams
  • Make a difference to your local community
  • Access to the best possible clinical technology including OCT & Ultra-Wide Field Imaging
  • Outstanding opportunities for clinical and personal development
  • Ongoing support from our leading global brand and existing Retail Partner


About the stores

Specsavers in Barnstaple first opened its doors 36 years ago so is well established in the local community. It’s located in the main shopping area of the town, just off the main high street.


The store boasts 6 optical test rooms, a dedicated audiology room, an onsite lab and admin centre as well as a dedicated CL area, all spread over 2 floors.  They offer enhanced clinical services including EOS, ultra-wide field imaging, glaucoma refinement and pre and post cataract care. Specsavers Barnstaple is also an audiology hub providing support for its spoke stores of Roundswell and Bideford.


A team of 20 dedicated colleagues call this store home including 2 Managers, an Assistant Manager, 4 Optometrists and a pre-reg.


Less than 2 miles from Barnstaple is Barnstaple Roundswell store. Opened 5 years ago, the store is located in a Sainsbury’s superstore within a busy retail park. There are 2 optical test rooms and 1 audiology room which offers hearcare services 5 days a week.


The Barnstaple Roundswell store has 7 dedicated colleagues including 1 Manager, 1 Optometrist and 1 pre-reg.


Both Specsavers pride themselves on ensuring that every one of their customers receives an excellent patient experience. The high levels of service and patient care have led to numerous positive customer reviews and an excellent local reputation.


Store locations

The stores are located in the beautiful town of Barnstaple, the main shopping area for North Devon that sits on the River Taw. Famous for its Pannier market built in the 1850s, the building is still used for the sale of a variety of local produce and collectables.


The surrounding countryside is stunning and attracts tourists visiting the nearby Exmoor National Park and the sandy beaches of Saunton Sands and Instow which are a short drive away.  There are excellent transport links, with a railway station within walking distance of the store and access to the A361 and A39 Atlantic Highway is less than a 10 minute drive.


The Roundswell store is located less than 2 miles of the Barnstaple store, within a bustling Sainsbury’s. This large Sainsbury’s Superstore is situated in a destination retail park which is also home to Lidl, Aldi and Dreams superstores, amongst others. The site is also within easy reach of Barnstaple train station, and the main Devon trunk roads.


Requirements of the role

As an Optometry Partner, alongside being a qualified and GOC registered Optometrist, you will have the drive, passion and willingness to maintain the customer-focused culture and the high standards of these successful stores. You’ll be able to provide a unique blend of customer care and professional excellence. You’ll be able to build a rapport with the existing teams, demonstrate excellent attention to detail and possess an ability to build strong relationships within the local communities.


About Joint Venture Partnership

Joint venture partnership is the secret to our success here at Specsavers, with every store locally owned and led by its directors. Owning, leading and growing your very own business is considered by many to be the pinnacle of your career as a clinician or retailer – this is your chance to become the leader you were born to be.


Find out more

If you’d like to find out more about this fantastic opportunity, then get in touch, we’d love to tell you more about it. Contact Paul Blower on: 07507872675 or email: paul.blower@specsavers.com


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