Optical Express

Scottish entrepreneur David Moulsdale left school at 16 to work at an optician’s store—today his company operates more than 200 locations across Britain, America, and Europe. While its core business remains the selling of contact lenses and eyewear, Optical Express also runs 60 clinics offering laser eye surgery and other health services including dental care. It has been expanding rapidly, with 18 new stores opened last year and a string of acquisitions including Boots’ dental business and several European laser eye clinics. Sales at the Glasgow-based group hit £207.2m in 2008.

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Company details
CompanyOptical Express
ActivityOptical retailer
LocationCumbernauld, Glasgow
Sales £m207.2
Operating profit £m14.5
Main shareholdersDavid Moulsdale (100%)

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