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Wiltshire independent celebrates 'exceptional performance and dedication' of staff

Haine & Smith group presents its annual awards

Haine and Smith Awards 2016 practice winner
Independent opticians Haine & Smith has presented its annual awards to recognise employees who have demonstrated exceptional performance and dedication during 2015. 

The Top Performing Practice of the Year 2015 award was given to the company’s Marlborough branch (pictured), which is managed by Malcolm Lee. Senior Haine & Smith partner, Barry Smith, said: “When presenting this award the partnership looks for a team that works well together to provide an excellent professional, yet friendly, service.”

The second award for the Top Optical Adviser 2015 was presented to Lisa Moody from the Malmesbury practice for her “friendly and positive approach to looking after patients.” The award is given in memory of Mr Smith’s middle son, Rupert, who was training as an optical adviser when he died in an accident in 2001.

The category of  Top Employee of the Year 2015 was awarded to Devizes practice manager and dispensing optician, Ben Owen. Mr Owen received the award for showing “outstanding levels of enthusiasm and dedication in leading his practice team and providing excellent patient care.”

Finally, the 2015 Special Award was given to Steven Ward from Haine & Smith’s laboratory, Kennet Optical, based in Pewsey. Mr Smith said: “Steven is a real asset to Haine & Smith, colleagues regularly mention his friendly and positive attitude where nothing is ever too much trouble. Steven helps to create a great atmosphere in our lab.”

Haine & Smith was established over 40 years ago by optometrist Sue Haine and Mr Smith. The company now has 19 practices across Wiltshire, as well as Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Pictured at Haine & Smith in Marlborough are Jenny Burnett and Malcolm Lee with Gary Walters presenting the award, along with Rachel Mabutt and David Sawyer.