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Specsavers Partners Celebrate Success

More than 800 Specsavers partners and support team members gathered at the  ICC in Sydney’s Darling Harbour for the biennial Specsavers Partnership Seminar, awards’ dinner and charity event on Saturday 2 March.

Specsavers runway show

A full day of partnership seminar presentations and an accompanying all-day support office expo delivered a range of break-out sessions, expo talks and three runway shows where new frame ranges were modelled by a diverse group of models covering different age groups.

Specsavers joint CEO John Perkins delivered a keynote address during the day, and Aus/NZ Managing Director Nigel Parker signposted key routes to ongoing growth and success. These presentations were backed up by a range of speakers who detailed key related plans for the year ahead.

Hamish and Andy

At the expo, more than 20 support office stands were on offer, including three fully operational model stores with all the latest diagnostic and automated equipment, including OCTs as well as the fully functional dual purpose and single use audiology consulting rooms.

Excellence Awarded

After a packed day, attention turned to the Hamish and Andy hosted awards for excellence dinner, which saw awards presented to partners across 11 categories, including three audiology prizes for the first time.

Platinum prize draw winners

Awards were presented to:

  • Excellence in Customer Service: Specsavers Hastings, NZ
  • Graduate Great Place to Work: Specsavers Salamander Bay, NSW
  • Excellence in Team Culture: Specsavers Mt Maunganui, NZ
  • Excellence in the Community: Specsavers Hastings, NZ
  • Dispensing Excellence: Specsavers Hastings, NZ and Specsavers Success WA (Joint winners)
  • Excellence in Partnership Support: Steve Kolokithas (Regional Relationship Manager, VIC/TAS)
  • Excellence in Integration of Audiology: Specsavers Rockingham, WA and Specsavers Burwood, NSW (Joint winners)
  • Excellence in Overall Performance: Mornington, VIC (Australia) and Wanganui, NZ (New Zealand)
  • Audiology Business of the Year: My Phuong Lam (Specsavers Burwood and Specsavers Leichhardt, NSW)

Better Hearing representatives

From among the category winners, two stores took out the coveted titles of Store of the Year winners:

  • New Zealand Store of the Year: Wanganui, NZ
  • Australian Store of the Year: Mornington, VIC
$127,500 Raised for Charity

The Awards for Excellence dinner also featured a Platinum Prize Draw in support of three very worthwhile causes: Vision Australia, The Blind Foundation and Better Hearing. An outstanding amount of AU$127,500 was raised by Partner attendees on the night, with each of the three fundraising partners presented with a cheque for a portion of the total amount raised:

L-R Specsavers Success, WA and Specsavers Hastings, NZ, joint winners of the Dispensing Excellence award

$85,300 for Vision Australia

$31,100 for Blind Foundation NZ

$11,100 for Better Hearing Australia

Specsavers Mornington