Dame Mary and Doug Perkins, 74 and 75, started Specsavers in 1984 from their Guernsey home. Today, it employs 32,500 people at nearly 2,000 branches in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and is considering launching in Canada. It says its success is partly due to its business model — each shop is part-owned by the opticians running it, while Specsavers provides marketing and IT support. It is trialling concessions in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, with 15 opened so far in the UK.
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