J&J HOSTS REGIONAL MEETING

Providing FMO members and their guests with a view of the world of intraocular surgery and advanced contact lenses, the regional meeting in Wokingham drew widespread praise from the delegates who had travelled from around the UK. Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon from...

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OPTICAL LEADERS GATHER AT FMO EVENT

Joined by the professional bodies, it was an opportunity to "renew friendships and celebrate the very best of optics", said FMO Chairman, John Conway at The Hilton Hotel, Paddington. "It is wonderful that we can sit down together and celebrate with our competitors....

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FMO PRAISES RISE IN CAPITAL ALLOWANCE RELIEF

Taking effect from January 1, 2013, the Annual Investment Allowance is set for two years. The Chancellor, George Osborne, said that the decision was a "huge boost to all those who run a business". Manufacturers and trade bodies including EEF and The British Chambers...

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FMO CHIEF EXECUTIVE HONOURED BY ABDO

Delighted to receive the coveted award, Malcolm said it meant a great deal _ "To be honoured by one's peers is the best accolade of all. It was so unexpected and I am deeply touched as I have received so many wonderful comments. This not only demonstrates our close...

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GLAZING COURSE LAUNCHED FOR BEGINNERS

Covering basic skills for anyone who would like to learn how to glaze, this foundation day can be extended to a six week distance learning course resulting in a nationally recognised Level 2 Award in Glazing. This will include glazed pieces of work, regular...

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OPTICAL TRAINING SUPPORTED BY FMO

Gordon Jones, WSMC Upper Warden and Chairman of the Qualifications Committee, pictured at Apothecaries Hall with FMO Chairman John Conway and Chief Executive Malcolm Polley, commented -"Education leads to so much more confidence in the workplace and this donation...

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IoD DRAWS LARGE GATHERING

Simon Walker, new Director General of the Institute of Directors, demonstrated the importance attached to the optical industry in the UK by attending the London meeting of The FMO and sharing his thoughts on the best means of driving the UK economy forwards. "This...

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FMO MEMBER TIE LAUNCHED

"Not everyone wears a tie every day but on those occasions that we do what could be better for optical gatherings?" The diagonal stripped tie, which features the FMO logo, and incorporates the colours of the three focus groups representing Frames, Lenses and Equipment...

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OPTICAL WORKERS’ FUND BOOSTED

The FMO, in donating "5000 from the profits of Optrafair 2011 to the Optical Workers' Benevolent Fund, highlights the need to provide a lifeline for those not covered by other optical charities and pensions. Presenting the giant cheque to the Charity Trustee Frank...

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SUPPORT STAFF TRAINING BOOSTS CONFIDENCE

The next nationally-accredited courses are due to start in mid-February and May in London and Gloucester. Groups of eight or more applicants will also ensure courses in other regions. Developed by the Spectacle Makers' Company, as a national awarding body, in...

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JOHN CONWAY BECOMES FMO CHAIRMAN

With 35 years of broad optical industry experience, and the first FMO chairman to hold the SMC Tech qualification, John is also an accredited 'Chartered Director'. Awarded by the Institute of Directors after a three year training course, John is one of just a thousand...

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LABS URGED TO RESERVE LENSES FOR VAO

Facilitated by long-term Vision Aid Overseas supporter, Frank Norville, the VAO Star frame has an identical left and right eye shape, which allows any lenses to be interchanged and even fitted either way up, thereby minimising the number of stock items needed to...

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