From the spare bedroom to the boardroom!

Specsavers was founded in 1984 by Doug and Mary Perkins, who started the business in their spare bedroom on a table-tennis table. The couple had moved to Guernsey after selling a small chain of West Country opticians.

They seized the opportunity when the government allowed them to advertise their services and opened their first Specsavers opticians in Guernsey and Bristol, followed shortly by stores in Plymouth, Swansea and Bath and from just two staff working at that table-tennis table, there are now more than 500 based at Specsavers’ headquarters in Guernsey and around 26,000 worldwide.

A far cry from starting out in the spare bedroom and a success story that many other family business owners can aspire to – an inspiration to us all!!  Read more of their story here

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