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It’s interesting to hear about the future vision for independent practices; there was emphasis around having a niche for your practices. Most importantly, this event was brilliant for getting all the support available in one room.
Most definitely I would recommend the event to existing independent owners and everyone starting out.
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This community reading room is much more than a bookshop, though you'll find everything from contemporary fiction to obscure artsy books in this iconic corner bookshop.
Chris Clemence from Eyeplan delivered the final session, ‘Money money money’, concerning possible routes to financing a business.
This highly informative session covered areas including how much to borrow (think Goldilocks – not too much and not too little, your business plan should help discover the optimum amount), places to get finance such as the bank, peer-to-peer finance, commercial leasing, Angels (the correct term for the Dragons if you’re familiar with Dragon’s Den) and government grants.
Success is far from guaranteed but considerably more likely if you enrol the help of those who have a vested interest in your success.
What they were not so sure about was the best ways to achieve this ambition.
They were eager to understand the support available from Sight Care in the key areas of business and financial planning as well as how to differentiate their business proposition from the competition to be able to be successful and grow their practice.
It is a must if you want to explore all the help out there for you as a practice owner to set up systems and a brilliant opportunity to network with other likeminded individuals The event was a great opportunity for the delegates to access the extensive range of specialist support that is available from the industry and to establish a support network with like-minded people who are undertaking the same journey Speaking to the ECPs who attended the ABDO event seeking to gain advice and knowledge about setting up their own optical practice, it was clear that they are all seeking independence and flexibility.
They are all entrepreneurs who understood that owning and running their own business can be more satisfying and fulfilling than working for someone else.
Delegates learnt more about the support each of the organisations could offer to an independent, asked questions relevant to their individual situations and arranged follow-up contact where appropriate.