Optical Express surgeons have carried out more than 1m laser eye treatments. Chief executive David Moulsdale, who left school at 16 to work in an optician’s shop, founded the company that now runs shops at almost 200 locations in Europe and America. Owing to recent poor trading, the firm announced this month that it is closing a quarter of its stores.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank200
CompanyOptical Express
ActivityOptical retailer
LocationCumbernauld, Glasgow
Sales £m†200.8
Operating profit £m†10.5
Main shareholdersDavid Moulsdale (100%)
Staff2,043
Founded1993
Websitewww.opticalexpress.co.uk

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