The Preston team is firmly in the spotlight after scooping two prestigious awards for its outstanding customer care and professionalism.

The Friargate store team was named Opticians of the Year at the Lancashire Evening Post (LEP) Health Hero Awards at a glittering award ceremony and, just days later, scooped the Multiple Retailer of the Year prize at the packed Preston - It Smiles Better business awards.

The LEP Health Hero awards celebrate excellence in health care across the in the public, private and voluntary sectors while the ‘Smiles Better’ awards, organised by the Preston Business Improvement District (BID), invite the Preston public to celebrate their local retail and hospitality ‘heroes’.

Care and professionalism
Entries into the ‘Smiles Better’ awards alone received more than 100,000 public nominations and Preston store director Chris Shore was full of praise for his ‘incredible’ team.

Chris said: “We’ve known for a very long time that we have a truly special team here, so to have that recognised like this is incredible.

“To win any award is a huge credit to the team, but to take home two in a week that are judged by both our peers in the Preston business community and our loyal customers, is really humbling.

“The quality of the finalists in both awards was extremely high. These wins are the result of the excellent team spirit, dedicated and professionalism of our staff.

A team effort
“We have a team of 70-plus amazing people which ranges from those that have been here for more than 25 years and have served generations of Preston families, to our brand new trainees who represent the very best of young local talent.

“We’re committed to investing in the future of Preston and to constantly improving on our own high standards. The team are over the moon about these awards but it’s only the beginning.”

As a sponsor of the LEP Health Heroes Unsung Hero award, store director Sean Buckley also presented to Unsung Hero award to Sarah Unsworth.

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