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Optician Awards 2016


Winning an Optician Award is one of the highest accolades optical professionals, practices and companies can achieve and now is your chance to enter.

For over twenty years Optician has put together a programme of awards that seek to recognise and reward excellence across the profession, business and industry. This year our practice awards encompass, technology, family values, contact lenses, window dressing and fashion. Special awards also recognise the achievements of multiples and independents.

Optics is a people business so Optician has devised a set of awards dedicated to the optometrists, dispensing opticians and assistants teams that make practices tick.

Products are the lifeblood of the retail optical business and each year Optician casts its net far and wide to find the favourite frames, lenses and contact lenses on the market.

Many people, practices and products count an Optician Award among their most treasured possessions and this year you could join their ranks. Our winners are just like you; dedicated, hardworking and caring players in the optical scene.

Our winners are chosen by expert panels of judges. They want to see your passion for optics as well as hard facts and will deliberate long and hard to devise the shortlists and announce the victor. Our winners are not chosen by an online popularity vote.

Choose which categories you would like to enter.

Good Luck,

Chris Bennett,
Editor
Optician

Kindly sponsored by:

Categories 2016

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A practice can only enter a maximum of THREE of the practice awards. This does not include the individual awards.

How to enter

Entries must be submitted online


Entries must be submitted online. Please check the criteria for the category you are entering carefully before starting your entry by clicking here. When you are familiar with the criteria, please click here to begin the registration process and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • It is FREE to enter the Optician Awards.
  • A practice can only enter a maximum of THREE of the practice awards. This does not include the individual awards.
  • The entry deadline has been extended to midnight Friday 29th January.
  • The main component of an entry is a 1000 word entry document (see next tab for full details).
  • Please note that your entry document should not exceed 1,000 words (excluding any appendices) and no more than 5 supporting documents. Each supporting document can have a maximum of 10 pages per file.
  • Entries which exceed the limit will be penalised and may be rejected.
  • The judges’ decision is final and their deliberations are confidential. All judges are requested to sign a form to keep all information they receive confidential.
  • Please ensure all details entered are correct. Information supplied on your entry will be used to announce the shortlist should your entry be successful.
  • Your entry requires an entry photo which represents your entry (eg product/practice/team). Please upload this with your entry.
  • If you are submitting an entry for either Frame of the Year, Contact Lens Product of the Year or Lens Product of the Year please send one example of your product to support your entry to: Lucy Allen - Optician Awards - St Jude’s Church - Dulwich Road - London - SE24 0PB


The core component of your entry is the 1000 word ‘Entry document’, which should be based on the category criteria for the category you are entering. Please click here to read about the categories.

Your entry document should include:

  • Clearly defined vision and goals
  • Tangible evidence of the impact of the product/practice/supplier/service – where relevant please use customer feedback, anecdotes and feedback
  • How you intend to build on your efforts in the future
  • Why you deserve to win an Optician Award

Your entry document should follow the formatting requirements below:

  • Microsoft Word document (1000 word limit excluding any appendices)
  • 11 point font size
  • Filename MUST start with ENTRY DOCUMENT

Your entry also requires an entry photo which represents your entry (eg product/practice/team). Please upload this with your entry.

In addition to the entry document, you may include supporting material. Supporting material does not contribute to the 1000 word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to:

  • Photographs
  • Testimonials
  • Graphs/data
  • PDF’s of any printed material (adverts, brochures, news articles etc)
  • If video links are used you must host the video otherwise they won’t be viewed for judging

Please note that you should submit no more than 5 supporting documents. Each supporting document can have a maximum of 10 pages per file. There is a maximum of 5mb limit per entry. If your items exceed 5mb please upload your entry document or post your supporting material to:

Lucy Allen - Optician Awards - St Jude’s Church - Dulwich Road - London - SE24 0PB

Please note that all essential information should go into your entry document. Supporting material should only back up what is in the main entry document.

  • Take the time to thoroughly read the list of categories available for entry.
  • Once you have narrowed down the category or categories you would like to enter, read the criteria the judging panel will be using to judge your entry. Make sure you fulfil the entry requirements.
  • Make sure you choose the category that suits your strengths.
  • Do not use the same entry wording, with a slightly changed introduction, for different categories, as the judges will notice and mark down your entry.
  • If you are entering one of the ‘people’ awards make sure to use the entrant’s name and not the practice’s name.
  • Individual categories do not count as a practice entry.
  • Don’t be tempted to describe what an optical practice does. Use your entry to describe the different and excellent things about your practice and stick to the areas requested in the entry criteria.
  • Make sure you submit materials as requested, eg entrants to the product awards are reminded to include a sample for their entries.
  • The entry document is the most important part of your entry. Supporting material is optional and if supplied should be used to back up and support what is in your entry document.
  • The judges will have access to the entry statements online before all of the judges gather in person for the main judging day. At the main judging day the panels will have the chance to discuss their choices and look at any supporting materials supplied.

If you are submitting an entry for either of the above categories please send us ONE example of your product to support your entry.

Please send it to:

Lucy Allen - Optician Awards - St Jude’s Church - Dulwich Road - London - SE24 0PB

Sponsorship

How to gain sponsorship with us


The Optician Awards have been established for over 20 years and offer a unique opportunity for the industry to gather together to celebrate the success of Opticians, optical practices and suppliers from around the UK.

Entries for the Awards are encouraged from both independent opticians and multiples throughout the UK and Ireland.

The event attracts between 500-600 guests from the optical industry and is recognised as the event of the year for Optical practices around the UK.

Benefits include:

  • Alignment with the Optician magazine brand
  • Networking opportunity with over 500 senior Opticians and members of the optician community
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Logo on all electronic and print marketing before and after the event
  • Editorial coverage in the Optician, on www.opticianonline.net and in the prestigious awards supplement - the Book of the Night

Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.

To discuss your options contact:

Sponsors

The people that make the excellence awards possible


Alcon - sponsoring Contact lens practitioner of the year

Alcon® has a heritage of innovation which has improved the lives of millions of contact lens wearers and providing valuable support to Eye Care Practitioners helping them develop their clinical skills, understanding of contact lens wearers’ needs and their eye care business.

Innovative products such as DAILIES TOTAL1® water gradient contact lenses, DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus™ with moisture release technology, AIR OPTIX® with Permanent Plasma Surface Technology and OPTIFREE® PureMoist® Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution with HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix enhances wearers’ experience with improved comfort and reduced deposition from application to removal.

Under the umbrella of the Academy for EyeCare Excellence, Alcon® supports eye care practitioners, students, support staff and business owners with education and training developed in association with independent experts.

www.myalcon.co.uk

Hoya - sponsoring Independent practice of the year

Hoya Lens has had a presence in the UK for over 30 years. In that time, they have brought to the UK optical market the best quality lens materials, the most advanced lens designs and the most innovative treatments; all matched to the evolving needs of consumers and trade partners in the optical field.

Hoya’s ophthalmic lenses are manufactured with the greatest care and precision and correspond to the strictest optical, aesthetic and cosmetic quality standards. Thanks to an extensive investment in R&D and the latest manufacturing methods, the Hoya lens design range offers a solution perfectly suited for every spectacle wearer.

www.hoya.co.uk

Grafton Optical - sponsoring Technology practice of the year

Grafton Optical is one of the UK's leading suppliers of ophthalmic instruments, equipping and servicing independent and larger chain opticians as well as Britain's hospitals.

Grafton's reputation is based on our ability to source and supply the finest ophthalmic equipment at the best possible value for our customers. As an independent company we can choose the best instruments from across the world, including the USA, Europe, Japan and China, without pressure or compromise.

Our Technical Services Department comprises a talented team of individuals who are highly specialised in their individual engineering fields.

At Grafton we are proud of our level of customer service. Our dedicated team is here to help serve your needs.

www.graftonoptical.com/

Johnson & Johnson - sponsoring Contact Lens Patient Engagement Award

Over twenty seven years ago Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies changed contact lenses forever when the world’s first disposable contact lenses, ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, were launched. Since then the ACUVUE® revolution has continued, right up to today with a revolutionary design for correcting presbyopia, 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL and the upcoming 2016 launch of ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day with HydraLuxe™ Technology. The #1 selling contact lens in the world1 unbeaten on comfort, now available in a daily lens.

At Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies, we are committed to supporting your success by delivering innovative technologies that address your patients’ needs. ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses offer more than just vision correction. The unique EYE-INSPIRED™ Design addresses different needs and offers patients an exceptional experience that truly impacts the way they see, the way they are seen and the way they live their lives.

We are also committed to delivering best in class professional education aimed at Eye Care Practitioners, support staff and students. This is to help further develop the clinical, technical and communication skills that make a real difference to the service you deliver to your patients. We have a large professional team to support you with your learning and we are all passionate about education.

Starting with a wide range of hands-on interactive courses at THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE®, we aim to enhance clinical skills and inspire learning for over 1600 practitioners each year. In 2015 we launched our exciting new industry leading initiative STEP® (Step Through Education Program) which supports optometry students as they transition through to becoming newly qualified practitioners.

www.jnj.com/

The ceremony

Details about the event


The Optician Awards has been established for over 20 years and is the highlight of the year for Optical practices, attracting the UK’s most talented Opticians, teams and companies. By attending the awards in Birmingham you will have the opportunity to network with over 500 fellow Opticians.

The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the annual Optician Awards will take place on Saturday 9th April, at the brand new cutting-edge Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Your ticket prices includes champagne on arrival, an excellent three course meal including half a bottle of wine per person and live entertainment from a top class host, as well as attendance at the most prestigious awards in the optical industry.

Book now: Please use our online booking facility to book your table.
Date: Saturday 9th April 2016
Dress code: Black tie/ cocktail and evening dresses
Venue: The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham B40 1PU
Please click here for details

Time Event
18:45 Champagne reception
19:30 Dinner
21:15 Awards ceremony
22:30 After party
01:00 After party finishes

Accomodation: The Vox Conference Centre is part of the Resorts World Birmingham complex.
The Genting Hotel is based in the complex. For more information and to book your accommodation for the Genting Hotel please click here
Alternatively, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole is very close by. Please click here for more information and to book your accommodation.

Premium tables: Make your organisation stand out and your team feel exceptional by booking one of our limited premium tables. A premium table will guarantee you and your team a prime table position, a branded meeting point on arrival and two bottles of champagne on ice waiting for you on your table.

Prices: Tables hold 10 people as standard. There are also some tables available which hold 12 people. There will be discounted seats available until Wednesday 17th February. Please note there are no discounts available on premium tables.

Pricing Premium table Standard table Table of 12 Standard seat
Standard price £2850.00 £1665.00 £2035.00 £185.00
Discounted price
available until 17th Feb
£2850.00 £1575.00 £1925.00 £175.00

Please note all prices exclude VAT.

Winners 2015

Scroll through to see the winners from 2015


FAQs

Frequently Asked questions


Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

What is the deadline to submit an entry to the Optician Awards 2016?

A: You must submit your entry/entries by midnight Friday 22nd January 2016.

How much does it cost to enter?

A: It is FREE to enter the Optician Awards.

How many entries may I submit?

A: A practice can only enter a maximum of THREE of the practice awards. This does not include the individual awards.

What is the difference between the entry document and supporting material?

A: The main component of your entry is the entry document. The entry document should be no more than 1000 words. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document.

Supporting material is optional and does not contribute to the 1000 word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to photographs, testimonials, graphs, pdfs of any printed material (adverts, brochures, news articles etc).

Is there a limit on how much supporting material I can submit?

A: You should submit no more than 5 supporting documents. Each supporting document can have a maximum of 10 pages per file.

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in early February and the shortlist will be announced shortly after.

Who are the judges?

A: The Optician Awards will be judged by a panel of experts specialising in different areas of optometry and the optical industry.

When will I know whether my company has been shortlisted?

A: The full shortlist will be published on this website in early February. You will also receive confirmation by email at this time.

When will I find out if my company has won?

A: The announcement of the winners will be made at the Optician Awards on Saturday 9th April at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham.

How do I buy tickets for the dinner?

A: Bookings will be open shortly for you to buy tickets to attend the ceremony on the 9th April

What is your cancellation policy?

A: Please click here to read our terms and conditions

Contact

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Lucy Allen

General Enquiries


Events Manager
Optician Awards
Tel: 020 7501 6782

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Darren Ward

Sponsorship Enquiries


Sales Manager
Optician Awards
Tel: 020 7501 6668

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