Optometrists named in UK list of top 100 female entrepreneurs

Dr Valarie Jerome and Roshni Dalia have been recognised in Small Business Britain’s #ialso100 campaign

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Two optometrists have been recognised in a list celebrating the work of 100 female entrepreneurs across a broad range of sectors.

Dr Valarie Jerome and Roshni Dalia were named within Small Business Britain’s #ialso100 campaign.

Dr Jerome founded Newbury independent practice, Valarie Jerome Optometrists, while Ms Dalia is the owner of the London independent, Notting Hill Gate Opticians.

Optometrist Dr Valarie Jerome

Dr Jerome launched her practice in 2019. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic she offered a remote eye care service and offered free spectacle repairs for those in the West Berkshire area.

As an NHS responder, she also collected prescriptions and shopping for those self-isolating in the Newbury area.

Dr Jerome moved to the UK 11 years ago, working in different optical practices before establishing her own business.

“Having this recognition so early after starting my own practice is an absolute delight,” she told OT.

“I am truly honoured to be in the company of such inspiring female entrepreneurs.” 

Optometrist Roshni Dalia

Ms Dalia qualified as an optometrist in 2012, working as a resident optometrist and locum before becoming the owner of Notting Hill Gate Opticians at the age of 27.

She described her recognition in the #ialso100 campaign as a “privilege.”

“I hope to use this platform to inspire young women to follow their dreams, to show that with hard work and determination, anything can be achieved, no matter how impossible it may seem,” Ms Dalia said.

Although becoming a business owner at a young age posed challenges, Ms Dalia attributes her success to a strong work ethic, determination and discipline.

“I am truly honoured to be named as one #ialso100 female entrepreneurs for 2020, particularly at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented uncertainty in the business world and continues to have a profound effect on so many small businesses,” she said.