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1,000th member milestone celebrated

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."

“We believe that the continued growth of NEG shows that there remains a strong independent sector in the UK optical market. We value this opportunity to declare our commitment to supporting these practices to not only ensure that the independent sector survives – but that it grows and our members remain at its core.

“Our thanks also go to all the Preferred Suppliers that have supported us over the years, and who have worked closely with us to ensure we can offer the best products, terms and support possible to our members,” added Michael.

Explaining why Morgan-Owen & Coates Optometrists chose to join NEG, partner Irena Morgan-Owens said: “We have a very good team of receptionists helping us to run the business – but by joining NEG we can make their life a little easier by having all of our supplier invoices collated into one transaction made through the Group.

“The benefits of being in a buying group will soon become apparent because, as a small independent practice, we have never had the buying power of the ‘big boys’. We look forward to a long and fruitful association with NEG, and the prospect of availing ourselves of the odd week in one of their properties for a well-earned rest!

“The fact that we are now among 1,000 other members just shows that we have joined a growing number of like-minded fellow professionals. Here’s to the next 1,000!” added Irena.

Our photograph shows Sandi Charlesworth, NEG Business Development Manager, presenting a celebratory bottle of champagne and chocolates to Irena Morgan-Owen and Graham Coates.