Optical Express is not just an optician – the business also offers private dentistry and cosmetic surgery, and claims to be Europe’s leading laser eye-surgery specialist, having treated more than 700,000 patients. Founder and chief executive David Moulsdale left school at 16 to work in an optician’s shop, and today his company runs from more than 200 locations in Britain, mainland Europe and America. The Glasgow-based group is growing both organically and through acquisitions, including the laser vision-correction business of Boots in 2004. Sales fell to an annualised £200.8m in 2010, but profits edged up to £10.5m.
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