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Conference booking goes live

Conference booking goes live

You can now book your place at this years NEG Building for Success / iDay 17 conference, which for the first time is being held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The conference is being held on Sunday the 5th and Monday the 6th November and is the second time these two events have come together to create a not to be missed celebration of all things Independent. As previously the Sunday programme is free to attend for all independents regardless if you are an NEG member or not. The Monday programme titled "Focus on detail for successful retail" starts from as little as £99 for NEG members and will be a great opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge of real business experts.


Xact exclusive for NEG members

Xact exclusive for NEG members

As you will know Xact offer members a free web service, with comprehensive information about all aspects of human resources and health & safety. Members have been able to upgrade this service by adding options at £300 per module. But exclusively for NEG members Xact are offering the two most popular modules at just £300 + VAT per year


Thomsen renew exclusive deal

Thomsen renew exclusive deal

We are delighted to announce that Thomsen Eyewear, which is distributed by Arena Eyewear in the UK, have agreed to extend the exclusive deal for NEG members for another twelve months. Also unlike many suppliers where prices are increasing, we have negotiated a price reduction with Thomsen, so making them an option for even more members To celebrate the deal, for the next few months if you order 10 Thomsen frames, you will receive two free frames. For more information and to arrange to view the range please contact Arena on 01952 820408 or email contact @arena-eyewear.co.uk


Heidelberg support industry with education at 100% Optical

Heidelberg support industry with education at 100% Optical

Heidelberg Engineering will once again be taking a leading roll in the education on offer at this years 100% Optical, being held at the Excel centre on the 4th to 6th February. There will be sessions on the Saturday and Sunday, with a number of CET points available. In addition to the CET Heidelberg Engineering will be giving away free hard copies of the OCT Atlas book by Yoshimura and Hangai, worth £145.00, with every demonstration of the SPECTRALIS Imaging Platform! Simply visit stand M220 and enjoy some time with one of our imaging experts, who will answer any questions you might have on OCT and fundus imaging. There will be a limited supply of books available so visit early to avoid disappointment!


A BEACON FOR THE INDEPENDENT SECTOR - NEG and PTR combined conferences hailed a success

A BEACON FOR THE INDEPENDENT SECTOR - NEG and PTR combined conferences hailed a success

The National Eyecare Group (NEG) has hailed the success of its first joint venture conference date with Independents Day (iDay), the annual conference organised by Proven Track Record (PTR). Speaking after the events, held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on 6 and 7 November, NEG Director of Business Development, Phil Mullins, said: “There is always a worry when you start out on a new venture: is it the right move? Will it be successful? Well, we needn’t have worried; not only was there terrific support before the event, but the overwhelming feedback has been highly positive.” NEG’s Building for Success Conference, themed ‘A digital response to a digital age’, and iDay’s ‘How to be a retail champion’ themed event, drew a combined audience of more than 240 independent practitioners and their practice teams from across the UK. Offering up to 15 CET points, the two days included a well-supported iShow exhibition, as well as workshops on topics such as window dressing, mini-sclerals, OCT and digital eye fatigue. At the traditional iNight dinner, delegates heard some top marketing tips from the Practice Buddy before being entertained by comedian, Gary Delaney.