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Team work triumphs for Sight Care

Regional meetings on building and sustaining a winning team attract over 300 independents

Sight Care chief executive, John French

Over 300 independent practice owners and their staff attended the regional meetings held nationwide by Sight Care last month.

The business and networking organisation’s 2016 regional meeting programme visited 10 UK cities in the first three weeks of October.

Sight Care was supported by its partners Alcon, Marchon, mark’ennovy and Opticommerce.

The regional meetings were the first for Sight Care chief executive, John French, who took up his new role in April.

He told OT: “I strongly believe that no matter how talented, driven or passionate you may be, your success as a business depends on your ability to build and inspire your team. This is what this year’s programme was all about.”

In the 18th consecutive year of regional events, this year’s speakers and workshops discussed how to build and sustain a winning team. Using both practical and research methods from the world of sports and business, they explained the positive financial and personal impact it could have on independent practices.

The speaker programme included Erak Simsson and Simon Burgess.

Mr Simsson runs his own private weight loss and personal training business in Salisbury, as well as a networking group called the Health & Wellbeing Group, which helps local health professionals. His presentation was How against incredible odds a winning team can prevail.

Mr Burgess has been providing training and coaching for the Sight Care group for the last 10 years. He has 30 years of optical experience, including positions such as national training manager for Specsavers Opticians, national development manager for Vision Express and operations manager for Boots Opticians. He presented on Making profit from a winning team.

Commenting on the success of the 2016 programme, Mr French added: “The value of teamwork is regularly seen in sports. How often do we see teams made up of expensive star players outperformed by teams with players who may be individually less talented?

“Erak’s innovative and entertaining talk really struck a chord and helped explain why, for the second consecutive time, the independent practice came out top in the respected Which? opticians survey.”

Sight Care has announced that its annual business conference for independents will take place at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham on 26–27 February 2017.

For more information, visit the Sight Care website.