2011 LAUNCHED WITH INCREASED MEMBERSHIP FOR FMO

  FMO Chairman, Barry Dibble told members at the packed AGM that companies large and small are joining the "Voice of the Optical Industry", as the FMO promotes itself - "We are truly representing the aims and business needs of manufacturers, distributors and...

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NEW DIRECTORS APPOINTED TO FMO

Preston Everard, Executive Manager of Kentoptic, appointed Vice-Chairman of the Lens Association, explained: "The FMO is a great forum for advice and discussion.  It provides the perfect opportunity to network and to have an input into how we want to move optics...

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RECORD NUMBERS DRAWN TO REGIONAL MEETING

  Generously sponsored by Transitions, delegates including several new members, were welcomed by FMO Chairman Barry Dibble, who spoke of the great networking opportunities provided by the organisation.   Industry-specific discussions for the Frame, Lens, and Equipment...

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NATIONAL EYE HEALTH WEEK LAUNCH

Established to communicate the importance of good eye health under the banner, 'Vision Matters', the week will encourage people from every walk of life to take better care of their eyes and to have regular sight tests. This is one of the priorities of the UK Vision...

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EMPLOYMENT LAW AND MARKETING TO BE MARCH FOCUS

Relevant optical presentations on marketing, with a guest speaker from The Institute of Marketing will be made. Discrimination and Employment Law will also be discussed with advice from industry experts. "Our growing membership greatly values the support that joining...

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FREE LEGAL ADVICE FOR FMO MEMBERS

"The most common calls we receive are about employment questions, and there has been an increase of debt calls due to the economic climate, but our team of experts also have specialist knowledge of property rentals, health and safety, small tax issues, motoring...

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUDGET

The rise in VAT to 20% "may do little to improve the flow of consumers visiting opticians' practices, but having lived through a cut of 2.5% recently we have to ask how much this affected business," says the organisation. "The fact that consumers have six months to...

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CARBON TRUST LOANS OFFER OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST

Providing loans of between "3,000 and "100,000 for energy saving advances, Carbon Trust Loans are currently available over a one to four year period. Funding is confirmed for the financial year to March 2011, but will be subject to budgetary changes after this period....

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OPTRAFAIR 2011 OPENS FOR BOOKINGS

The FMO's biennial show of all that is new in the world of optics, will run from 9-11 April 2011 at The NEC, Birmingham.  Combining unrivalled opportunities to meet the entire optical community under one roof, with the chance to see world class technology and the most...

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FMO LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT BROCHURE

Advances in diagnostic and spectacle manufacturing technology, understanding compliance with European and world standards, relevant legal and insurance advice, the long established Bad Payers' List, networking, optical training, and discounted rates on a number of...

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KEEP COMMUNICATING WITH CUSTOMERS WARNS FMO

Philip Preston, Regional Director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, told the FMO audience that "time and again it has been proven that this was the wrong thing to do and that companies which increase their spend through a recession emerge three times faster...

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OPTRAFAIR 2011 LOOKS TO STEP UP SERIOUS BUSINESS

Suppliers across the optical field are looking to provide opportunities for the profession to engage more with new and existing clients and show owners, The FMO, is tailoring next year's show to meet this uncapped demand. Business education, besides growing the CET...

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