Bayfields Opticians and Galaxy Optical Services have joined a bid for the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) vision services contract.
The two companies join the Association of Independent Opticians (AIO), Vision Express, Smart Employee Eyecare, Hakim Group and Leightons Opticians to submit a tender for providing DVLA sights tests across the UK.
Bayfields Opticians has 18 practices across England, including branches in Yorkshire and Surrey. Galaxy Optical Services operates M&S Opticians, which has sites in Bolton, Derby, Manchester, York and White City in London.
Chairman of the AIO, Christian French, said: “The additional coverage that these organisations bring, in addition to ever more independents who are signing up every day, makes our group bid ever more compelling.”
Commercial director of Galaxy Optical Services, Philip Johnston, added that the company is excited by the prospect of adding the DVLA sight test to the range of services offered at its M&S practices.
Managing director of Bayfields Opticians, Royston Bayfield, said: “Should our combined bid be successful we can offer our clients the DVLA test in familiar surroundings with practitioners they already know which has to be the right thing for them.”