Supporting UK Optics
Through The Next 100 Years
FMO is the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians, providing innovation, insight and excellence for the whole of the UK optical industry. We provide a thriving network for companies engaged in all aspects of manufacturing, distribution and supply of spectacle and contact lenses, lenses, ophthalmic instruments and equipment, as well as providers of business services to optical practices.
We’re working closely with ABDO, FODO, BCLA, the College of Optometrists and other professional associations and trade bodies, partners and stakeholders to tackle the challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing industry.
FMO represents optical manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of spectacle and contact lenses, spectacle frames, ophthalmic equipment, business service providers and IT companies.
Key Membership Benefits
Monthly Bad Payers List
FMO issues an electronic newsletter from time to time, but also sends single item emails to all members, or specifically to members of a Focus Group, on an ongoing basis.
Meeting room in London
All FMO members are entitled to a 15% discount on the purchase price of BSI Standards.
Annual Christmas Luncheon and AGM
What our members say…
As a young and fresh organisation, the FMO has been incredibly supportive in helping our team to progressively navigate our way within the UK market, then into territories world-wide as Eyespace has grown and expanded.
Managing Director – Eyespace Eyewear
Personally, the element that I most appreciate is the environment and opportunity the FMO creates to facilitate discussions with like-minded people throughout the industry and to gain feedback on the market.
Managing Director – Hoya Lens UK Ltd
There is no doubt that our membership of FMO provides tangible benefits for our business. FMO enables us to access the know-how and expert knowledge that provides essential support for optical businesses – particularly in the early days – to help us to grow quickly and increase sales.
Sales Director – Dibble Optical
We became a member over 10 years ago and a the time the Optrafair discount was the main driving force behind the decision. Since then though we have come to realise that the networking and information benefits are far more important and have far greater value than a monetary benefit.
Managing Director – Performance Finance
The FMO Bad Payers List gives us additional customer knowledge to manage our Credit Control function more effectively and minimise potential trading risks.
Managing Director – Dunelm Optical Limited
With 60 years of experience, Birmingham Optical is positioned as a key equipment supplier in the optical industry – and we are proud to have been active members of FMO for the past 25 of those years.
CCO – Birmingham Optical
The FMO was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Alick Taylor, a much-loved and respected member of the FMO and optical community. Alick had contributed to the world of optics for over 60 years, and was recently able to share his wide-ranging expertise at an FMO...
On Thursday 22 October the FMO held their General Members’ Meeting during which Chairman Stuart Burn informed members of the exciting changes ahead to help create a reinvigorated and strengthened FMO from 2021. Current and Honorary Life Members were invited to the...
FMO members are entitled to a 10% discount on ABDO College’s new Optical Assistant course (full price £795). The link to the course is: https://abdocollege.org.uk/course/optical-assistant/ If any colleagues have just started working in optics, or have been in practice...