Supporting UK Optics
Innovation and Excellence in Optics
Our mission is to provide a national platform for optical manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and business service providers to communicate, educate and innovate. FMO plays a key role in educating the public about the importance looking after their sight and having regular eye examinations.
What started 100 years ago as the Association of Wholesale and Manufacturing Opticians has developed over the years into a thriving network for companies engaged in all aspects of manufacturing, distribution and supply of spectacle and contact lenses, spectacle frames, ophthalmic instruments and equipment as well as providers of business services to optical practices.
Our members provide the means for more than 20 million eye examinations every year to take place in community practices and hospital eye departments, as well as the wide range of spectacle frames and lenses, and contact lenses that are prescribed for those who need them.
Key Membership Benefits
20% discount on the rate card (subject to qualifying period) for exhibiting at OPTRAFAIR, the UK’s longest running and most respected optical showcase that is the launch pad for all that is new in the field of optics.
Monthly Bad Payers List
Our members know that bad payers are bad for their business. FMO plays a unique role not just in highlighting bad payers, but in mediating between the member and the debtor which often results in payment of the debt by the debtor rather than being put on this powerful list.
At our regular members’ General Meetings there are presentations by leading industry figures and an opportunity for members to learn from each other.
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 can use our Board Room at 199 Gloucester Terrace (within easy walking distance of Paddington mainline and underground stations) completely free of charge subject to availability.
FMO’s Standards Panel co ordinates all UK input into optical standards, ensuring that through its own representatives on BSI and ISO committees and working groups, and that of representatives of other UK optical bodies, these standards reflect the reality of UK manufacturing, supply and distribution, and that the language used in the standards can be easily interpreted for implementation.
All FMO members are entitled to a 15% discount on the purchase price of BSI Standards.
Annual Christmas Luncheon and AGM
Every December our members, together with leading figures in optics, come together to celebrate FMO’s achievements at our AGM, followed by a Christmas Luncheon and presentations of donations to the optical charities FMO supports.
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
FMO Chair Andrew Yorke and Vice Chair Stuart Burn have both been admitted into the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) as Freemen. Andrew's and Stuart's new Freeman status recognises their tireless work in the optical industry, helping the FMO provide a...read more
The FMO are delighted to announce that Roy Stoner of Keeler will be the new FMO Equipment Focus Group Chair from December 2018. A new Chair was sought following the appointment of the present EFG Chair – Stuart Burn – to the position of Vice Chair of the FMO. Roy...read more
The autumn FMO General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 17 October. All FMO members attending will be delighted to know that it will be at ABDO's brand new state of the art National Resource Centre in Birmingham. The FMO Chair and Vice Chair - Andy Yorke and...read more