London Specsavers Awards 2017

Optical royalty met in central London last night last October 11th. rolled out the green carpet for the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

The glamourous bash was launched by former Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle, while This Morning’s Rylan Clark-Neal returned to host the event for a second year.

Choosing from a list of 15,000 entrants, eight category winners were named before the show, all of whom were then invited to attend the final for a chance to win £10,000 and a £1,000 eyecare voucher.

Bake Off matriarch Prue Leith was presented with the Services to Specs award, while Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold received the Best Specs Newcomer gong. Former Steps singer Claire Richards took home the hotly contested Specs Appeal Award.

Last night also saw the introduction of a new accolade, the Dame Mary Perkins Award for professionalism and expertise, which was claimed by Specsavers Lanark and Rubena Kerr after her vigilance helped to detect a life-threatening brain tumour in a patient.

The Specsavers co-founder Dame Mary stressed the importance of the wider role played by opticians, saying that they do not ‘just test how well you can see’ but ‘provide an overall health check and so much more’.

Out of the eight nominees, Alex Miller was named overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year. The 27-year-old from Essex was delighted to be awarded the title and spoke about his award after the show.

Alex Miller picks up his gong

Our Beautiful Charli Fisher was there to report the event for all of you look at the interviews.


Specsavers are a high street opticians, selling spectacles, contact lenses and hearing aids. The group was launched in 1984, by husband and wife team Doug Perkins and Mary Perkinson the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. By the end of 2007, the Specsavers group had over 1,390 stores with 26,000 employees.

As well as stores in the United Kingdom, they are present in Ireland, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, and most recently, Australia and New Zealand. The company ventured into hearing services in 2002. Their Hearing Centres division provides hearing tests and hearing aids within the Specsavers optical stores providing services, from more than four hundred locations.

Specsavers also sell designer optical collections by Jeff Banks, Timberland, Hackett London and Quiksilver for men, Converse and Tommy Hilfiger for men and women, and Roxy, Love Moschino, Cath Kidston and Karen Millen for women plus a new range from Kylie Minogue launched in 2017.

The co founder of Specsavers, Mary Perkins, was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2007, in recognition of her services to business and the community in Guernsey.

In April 2004, Specsavers acquired Swedish Blic Optik franchise from its owner Optimum Optik AB. In 2007, finance director John Perkins became joint managing director, with his father Doug Perkins.

In The Sunday Times Rich List 2011, published in the United Kingdom on 8 May 2011, Douglas and Dame Mary Perkins and family were ranked 56th in the list of Britain’s Wealthiest People. Their personal worth was estimated at £1.150 billion, with Dame Mary becoming Britain’s first self made female billionaire.

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