Staff and patients celebrated 30 years of looking after people’s eyes and ears at the Specsavers Tiverton store.
As well as helping thousands of customers with glasses and sight-saving advice, the store has made a point of employing local people and has invested to bring added prosperity to the town. It has also supported a range of local events and good causes, including Tiverton Pride Awards, Culm Sampford United U11s football team and Comic Relief.
Proud to support the local community
Scott McGowan, store director, said: ‘A lot has changed over the decades, but one thing that’s remained the same is our desire to be a key part of the town, supporting local events and organisations, and always being available. Tiverton is a thriving town, with a great history and an innovative future, and we’re delighted to be part of such a forward-looking community.’
Today, the store works with the NHS to provide eye tests, hearing assessments and digital hearing aids. It also boasts an array of the latest high-tech equipment so that various conditions can be assessed earlier than ever before – from glaucoma to brain tumours. But life at the store wasn’t always so digitally advanced.
Sam Corrie, HR Manager, has been at the store since it opened in 1989. She said: ‘When I stop and think about it, how the technology has advanced in these three decades is incredible. There’s so much that we can do now and one of the best parts of being here is seeing how we can use this technology to help and support patients more effectively than ever before. I’ve seen so many people who began coming here as young people with their parents and are now coming in with their own children, and many of them are friends now.’
To increase the party atmosphere, store manager Jenny Hart and supervisor Christina Dummet also marked their 30th birthdays.
Jenny said: ‘My birthday is actually the week after the store’s, so combined with Christina’s 30th, we’ve got lots to celebrate. We’ve always had a family environment at the store, and we show the same kindness and compassion to our customers as we do to each other. It’s a privilege to be part of such a warm and hard-working team.’