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

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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FMO MEMBERS’ BENEFIT MANUAL

It includes information on FMO Focus Groups, Optrafair, the Bad Payers List, Optical Standards and current training opportunities. Furthermore, the FMO has negotiated additional services for members which range from low cost telephone calls, broadband and courier...

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CAPITAL ALLOWANCE CHANGE

In particular, Annual Investment Allowance will be reduced from the current level of "100,000 to just "25,000. Full details have been circulated to all FMO members. Business that are considering investing in new technology, cars and equipment are urged to look closely...

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FMO DEREK MCLAREN MEMORIAL PRIZE

The FMO Derek McLaren Memorial Prize will be presented to the highest ranking UK student in the ADBO Final Qualifying Examination each year, reminding the profession of Derek's commitment to optics. "Derek was so actively involved with The FMO, where he provided...

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY CLUB WELCOMES FMO

The Autumn FMO regional meeting, will also include presentations about SMC training and an update from Elaine Grisdale, ABDO Head of Professional Services.Sector specific meetings on frames, lenses and equipment will be held in the morning to discuss the current state...

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FMO LAUNCHES NEW CREDIT MANAGEMENT SCHEME

The new scheme, exclusively for FMO members, will offer credit risk solutions at a time when credit options remain limited with banks and insurers. The scheme offers FMO members access to products and services, at preferential rates, to support daily credit management...

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BRIEFING ON BRIBERY ACT FOR FMO

The implications for the optical industry of the Act - which comes into force on 1 July 2011 - were outlined by Mark Nevin, Head of Policy and Regulation at The FMO, FODO and ACLM. He told members of the FMO Frames, Lenses and Equipment Associations that the Ministry...

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SUN SHINES ON FMO’s OPTRAFAIR

Independents, who were well researched on what they wanted to see, and who were keen to differentiate themselves, were the order of the day, exhibitors found. Long recognised as an extremely well presented show in which exhibitors welcome their guests with superb...

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BENEVOLENT FUND SUPPORTS NEEDY

The FMO, as the owner of Optrafair, has pledged to provide a proportion of this year's show takings to support the good works of the charity. As FMO Chairman, Barry Dibble, explained _ "We hear, from time to time, about some distressing cases of hardship faced by...

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