Eyespace heading for a jewel in its crown?

Eyewear supplier shortlisted as a finalist in ‘The Diamonds’ UK Private Business Awards

Eyespace Basebox collection 'BB6012' and 'MM6615'

Frames supplier Eyespace has been shortlisted for the prestigious UK Private Business Awards in the ‘rising star of the year’ category.

Known as ‘The Diamonds,’ the PwC-sponsored awards scheme has announced that Eyespace has been shortlisted in its category, alongside six other flourishing UK businesses, including members-only travel club Secret Escapes and peer lending platform RateSetter.

Commenting on the award nomination, Eyespace joint managing director, Julie Abel, said: “We feel exceptionally proud to be acknowledged as a company that is proving itself and standing out in the UK marketplace, especially within the current climate.”

She added: “To be nominated for such a prominent award is humbling and we are honoured to sit alongside the very best of Britain’s private business owners.

“This nomination has bolstered our vision for the future and gives us confidence to invest further in order to best serve our customers.”

PWC partner and UK Private Business Awards’ leader, Brian Henderson, said: “This has been another fantastic year for the awards with a number of exceptional companies participating across the private business space.

“The shortlist showcases the very best of the companies who have entered across the UK and again recognises and celebrates entrepreneurs, their businesses and their teams.”

Mr Henderson added: “Our independent judging panel had an unenviable task during the voting process and all commented on the quality of the submissions and the passion, drive and stories behind the businesses which have made it to this stage.”

Since the launch of Eyespace in 2013, sisters and joint managing directors, Jayne and Julie Abel, have won a series of awards for their products and business services. Today the company offers independent opticians a portfolio of over 650 frames for every demographic (pictured are ophthalmic frames from the Basebox collection 'BB6012' and 'MM6615') and it recently launched two sunglasses collections.

The awards winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, on 15 September.