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THE UK’s LEADING OPTICAL EXHIBITION IS BACK!

THE UK’s LEADING OPTICAL EXHIBITION IS BACK!

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Optrafair is back, bigger and better across three days from 14-16 April 2018. The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and MA Exhibitions invite you as a previous attendee to be first to register to attend the leading and most established optical event catering for the entire sector since 1978!


Xact exclusive for NEG members

Xact exclusive for NEG members

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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

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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

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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

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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.


NEG Members Fitting Competition with ‘Made to Measure’ campaign 2016

NEG Members Fitting Competition with ‘Made to Measure’ campaign 2016

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Custom-made contact lens manufacturer mark’ennovy in co-operation with NEG are pleased to confirm the launch of the Fitting Competition as a part of ‘Made to Measure’ campaign 2016. All active NEG members are eligible to take part in the fitting competition with the support of mark’ennovy’s point of sales materials (print materials and social media). The competition will run for 3 consecutive months starting on September 15th until December 15th. The top three most successful and fastest growing practices during the 3-months period will be awarded with a trip for 2 to Madrid, including a visit to mark’ennovy HQ, a manufacturing tour, a round table discussion as well as evening entertainment and free time to explore the city at the end of Feb/beginning of March*.


Book your place at the NEG Building for Success conference 2016

Book your place at the NEG Building for Success conference 2016

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This year we have joined forces with Independents Day to offer a combined event to all UK independent Opticians. It is being held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel Birmingham on the 6th & 7th November and promises to be one of the most important events of the optical calendar. By joining together we are able to offer delegates a wider topic base, an improved exhibition and a chance to meet with a greater number of like minded independent opticians from across the UK. In the past the two events have been very different, so we didn't want either to lose their identity, so Sunday the 6th will follow the NEG Building for Success formula, with CET and clinical elements, while the Monday will be in line with Independents Day and will be looking at being a retail champion. The exhibition, that both events are renowned for, will run for the two days, with many of the UK's leading optical suppliers showing their very latest developments and sharing with delegates what support they can offer independent practices. The Sunday programme is free for everyone to attend, with the NEG members paying just £99 to attend the Independents Day on the Monday. For those attending both days there are hotel packages available and the INight gala dinner, which always a great evening of fun and entertainment.


win with specsnetwork

win with specsnetwork

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Win 250 personalised Framed magazines for your practice! So how does it work? All you need to do is click the more info link below and complete the Framed configurator to see how your PERSONALISED magazine would look! 5 winners will be drawn at random.


Auto Enrolment Pensions Information Evening

Auto Enrolment Pensions Information Evening

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Following on from member’s feedback regarding Auto Enrolment Pensions, we have organised an evening for members to receive information and advice about this very important issue. The first evening will be held on the 30th June at the Royal Holloway University of London, in Egham Surrey. The second eveing will be held on the 19th July at the Holiday Inn, Garforth near Leeds. Each evening will start at 6pm and will include a buffet as well as the presentation on Auto Enrolment and two short presentations on building your business with direct debit and an update on the Eyecare DL lens portfolio. The evening should be complete by approximately 8.30pm.


Eyemaginations launch Exam mode for ECHO

Eyemaginations launch Exam mode for ECHO

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Every once in a while, a product comes along that changes the way you do things. Not only does it make your job easier, but it reminds you why you went into medicine in the first place. It makes you feel like a hero, it delights your patients, and most importantly – it just works. Eyemaginations happy to announce the official launch of our newest feature, Exam Mode.


Heidelberg Engineering Academy launches Optometric Faculty at 100% Optical

Heidelberg Engineering Academy launches Optometric Faculty at 100% Optical

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The Heidelberg Engineering Academy has announced they are setting up a new faculty, made up of likeminded optometric practitioners who are passionate about promoting enhanced clinical services, and developing clinical confidence in a multi-modal imaging approach to improved patient care in the community. The primary function of the faculty will be to support educational events nationwide to promote enhanced clinical services in the community and raise the standard of multimodal imaging education in optometry. These events will deliver both clinical and commercial expertise, as well as CET accreditation, and will be offered in different educational formats including workshops, lectures and peer discussion.


iDay and NEG Conference to join forces

iDay and NEG Conference to join forces

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Proven Track Record (PTR), the force behind the annual Independents Day business symposium, and the National Eye care Group (NEG) have announced that they are collaborating on a combined conference in 2016. The alliance will see Independents Day move from the July date it has occupied for the last 10 years, to the NEG calendar slot in November. The format is still under discussion, however it’s likely that NEG will run its free-to-attend members conference on the Sunday 6th, with Independents Day following on the Monday 7th November. The venue will be the Birmingham Hilton Metropole


1,000th member milestone celebrated

1,000th member milestone celebrated

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We are pleased to announce an epic milestone in our 30-plus year history having recently welcomed our 1,000th member to the fold – Morgan-Owen & Coates Optometrists of Petersfield, Hampshire. NEG Managing Director, Michael Daunt, said: “We are delighted to have reached this fantastic milestone of 1,000 members. I would like to thank all of our members, many of whom have been with us since we started in 1979, for their continued support and loyalty."


Change of distribution for Thomsen Eyewear & Sunwise

Change of distribution for Thomsen Eyewear & Sunwise

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From 1st May 2015 the distribution of Thomsen Eyewear, the exclusive range for NEG members and Sunwise sports eyewear has been transferred to Arena Eyewear. The terms for NEG members on these ranges will remain unchanged and no management fees will be charged on these purchases.


Independents Day 2015

Independents Day 2015

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This year sees the 10th anniversary for Independents Day. Now established as an important date in the UK optical calendar, this year’s event looks like it will be the best ever. Titled “Niches for Riches – Supplementary services for happy patients and healthy profits”, it will be a mix of workshops, CET presentations and Key note lectures. Headlining the speakers this year is Dr Garry Gerber, who is a highly respected business building consultant, who from personal experience offers not only entertaining presentations, but thought provoking and stimulating challenges.


Thomsen Eyewear launch exciting new acetate styles

Thomsen Eyewear launch exciting new acetate styles

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Thomsen Eyewear, the Danish designed frame range, exclusively available to NEG members has launched a number of acetate frames to enhance the range. Using only the highest quality materials, the new frames further enhance what NEG members can offer their patients.