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Optom makes young business person of the year shortlist

At 28 years old, Dimple Kumar is store owner of Specsavers in Barnet

Dimple Kumar

Optometrist Dimple Kumar has been named as a finalist in the SME Hertfordshire Business Awards.

Making the shortlist in the Young Business Person of the Year category, the 28-year-old is a director at Specsavers’ Barnet practice. The accolade recognises business people aged 30 and under who have demonstrated a high level of entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future.

Speaking about being shortlisted for the award, Ms Kumar said: “I’m over the moon to be shortlisted and recognised for my achievements to date. Becoming an optometrist and having my own store has been a dream of mine since I was 16 years old. That teenager never thought she would be shortlisted for an esteemed business award many years later.”

The practice has a team of 13 staff who perform, on average, 500 appointments per month. During Ms Kumar’s first six months in the role, sales at the store increased by 3%.

The optometrist will learn if she has won the accolade on 26 July.