Specsavers Harrow had more reason than most to support St Patrick’s Day this year.

That is because the manager at the Station Road store, Michael Ivors, is Irish born and bred. So what better time to get to know him a little better…

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I moved to England from Tipperary with my girlfriend five years ago, and we now have a one year old son. We moved here to enhance our career prospects, and it is going well so far.

When I am not at work I enjoy hurling, socialising, and spending time with my son, who keeps us very busy.

If you did not work for Specsavers, what would you do?

I would work with children, probably as a sports coach or PE teacher.

If anyone, living or dead, were to come into your store, who would you like to see and why?

David Beckham. He has been my lifelong idol since I started watching football.

How did you come to work for Specsavers?

I have been with Specsavers for four years now. I started as an optical assistant, and went on to do optical dispensing and leadership qualifications.

I am now store manager and am also on a leadership pathway with Specsavers. They have given me great progression opportunities, and now I am on track to have my own store in the not-too-distant future which is really exciting.

What does your role involve?

Being store manager is a really mixed role. It includes developing and motivating staff, making sure the store runs efficiently, being a brand ambassador, and delivering first class customer service as standard.

What is your favourite thing about your role?

I like that no two days are ever the same. And that Specsavers offers such great opportunities to progress within the business.

I have not come across any other business which allows you to gain a myriad of qualifications while you work – and which gives you so much support towards ultimately owning your own business. I am definitely here for the long haul.

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