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Proud sponsors of the Royal Norfolk Show Art Exhibition

June 2013 

The specs Factory is proud to have sponsored The Royal Norfolk Show Art Exhibition. Managing Director Duncan Hockney explains "We have now sponsored the Art Exhibition at the Norfolk Show for four years and the quality of the artwork on display remains exceptionally high. The Art Exhibition is the highlight of the show for many of the visitors and I'm sure it will continue to be for years to come." 

NORFOLK SHOW 2013

Duncan presents the winning artist with the sponsors choice award. 

 

Launch of new brands Guess, Gant and Ghost

October 2012

The Specs Factory has just brought in three new brands to compliment their existing ranges. Duncan Hockney, MD comments "some of our customers were asking for more frames with High Street names and modern designs. Geek-chic is still very much in demand. We've responded to these comments and are pleased to announce that we're now offering the latest collections from Guess, Gant and Ghost. All three ranges offer something different to our customers and with the reputation behind the brands one can be confident in the quality and style of the ranges."

 

The Specs Factory sponsors Royal Norfolk Show Art Exhibition

June 2012

The Specs Factory proudly sponsored the Art Exhibition at the Royal Norfolk show for the third year running. We're proud to be involved in The Norfolk show and to help artists display at one of the country's most prestigious shows. Plus we want to remind everyone that you should be wearing glasses with your up-to-date prescription to fully appreciate the art in all it's glory!

Opticians services in Norwich

March 2012

Following the success of our sight testing services in Ipswich we have now opened our new sight testing room in our Norwich branch. Our fully equipped room enables to provide sight testing services in Norwich. Our MD Duncan commented "It's great to finally be able to offer an eye test to all our customers in Norwich. They have been asking me when we would introduce this service and it's great to be able to offer the complete optical service to all our customers now. We can now boast that we provide friendly, efficient and convenient service to the spectacle wearers in Norwich and Norfolk. You can drive right up to the door, park for free, get your eyes tested, order your glasses and then get on with your day without having to go near the city centre."

Sight testing in Ipswich
 
September 2011
 
We're very proud to announce that we are now offering sight testing in our Ipswich branch. We have a fully equipped sight testing room and our local optician Andrew is currently running clinics on Wednesdays in our branch. We'll be adding further days as demand grows. We accept NHS and private patients for tests so please call us to book your appointment today- 01473 273964.
 
The Specs Factory sponsors Royal Norfolk show Art Exhibition
 
June 2011
 
We are proud to have sponsored the Norfolk show Art Exhibition for the second year running. The show was a great success this year with a record attendance of 99,000. We're happy to support our local show and all the artists who exhibited this year. The standard of the works on display was absoultely magnificent.
 

Eye, Eye!

February 2010

Wearing glasses can dramatically alter your appearance, so here are some tips on choosing face furniture to flatter. As seen in February's issue of

Suffolk Magazine

 
 

Keep Your Eye Out for The Specs Factory…

September 2009

The Specs Factory is now providing savings for spectacle wearers across Essex!

The new Chelmsford branch, which opened in Moulsham Street on Thursday 3rd September 2009, is understood to be the first ‘dispense-only’ optician in the area, introducing the public to premium eyewear at factory-direct low prices.

The Specs Factory was founded by father and son team, Duncan and John Hockney, who between them have over 50 years of combined experience in the optical world.

Duncan started early in the business when, as a teenager, he helped out on the shop floor of his father John’s optical laboratory, which John owned for 30 years and where Duncan learned to cut and glaze lenses himself.

John Hockney grew up in Chelmsford and worked in a local optical business for many years. He served his optical apprenticeship at Eastern County Optical Suppliers (ECOS) in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, which coincidently used to be situated on the opposite side of the street from the new Specs Factory outlet. You could say things have come full circle! John went on to set up The Specs Factory with his son, Duncan in 2007.

Duncan Hockney, managing director of The Specs Factory says, “We have lots of links to Chelmsford and the Moulsham St area, both personally and professionally and we are really looking forward to introducing our concept to the area.”

The new store is managed by qualified dispensing optician and Specs Factory partner, Tasmin Davies, who has worked in the optical industry for more than seven years. Tasmin, who lives in Chelmsford, gained retail experience before conducting optical training with Dolland and Aitchison, where she also held the position of assistant manager.

The Specs Factory is situated at 87 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JF.

 

New Suffolk Partner For The Specs Factory

January 2008

Dispensing optician, Alan Flint, has joined The Specs Factory as a partner in the company’s new Ipswich store which has recently opened.

Alan is a fully qualified dispensing optician and has been in the optical business for 21 years. Following initial training with Dollond and Aitchison, he worked for both an independent optician’s in Ipswich, as well as most recently managing a hospital–based optician’s for the NHS.

The new Suffolk branch of The Specs Factory is understood to be the first ‘dispense–only’ optician in the area, introducing the public to premium eyewear at factory–direct low prices.

Managing director, Duncan Hockney, said “We are delighted to welcome Alan, a highly experienced optical professional, to the Specs Factory team. We are looking forward enormously to introducing The Specs Factory concept to Ipswich and surrounding areas.”

 

A New Vision for Specs Wearers in Suffolk

January 2008

The Suffolk launch of a groundbreaking optical company is set to provide savings for spectacle wearers across the county when it officially launches next Tuesday (Jan 8th)

The new Ipswich branch of The Specs Factory is understood to be the first ‘dispense–only’ optician in the area, introducing the public to premium eyewear at factory–direct low prices.

The Specs Factory is the brainchild of founders, Duncan and John Hockney, who between them have over 50 years of combined experience in the optical world.

The father and son team began to develop a new type of optical business to bring manufacturing and dispensing closer together following the sale of John’s optical manufacturing business and Duncan’s return from university.

John had been a highly respected member of the industry as a former chairman of the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and the Opthalmic Standards Committee, but all thoughts of a quiet retirement were quickly banished!

Their strategy for ‘just out of town’ locations means branches are convenient for customers, have ample parking and allows them to offer premium quality and designer products at prices up to 50% lower than on the high street.

The new shop is the second for the company that launched during April 2007 in Norwich. Following a phenomenally successful eight months, the company is launching in Suffolk with the conviction that they can bring huge savings to the area’s spectacle wearers without compromising quality or service.

The new store will be managed by Ipswich born and bred Specs Factory’s partner Alan Flint, a highly qualified dispensing optician who has worked in the industry for over 21 years. He will be supported by a team of experienced optical advisers; Neil Burdon, Sally Jordan and trainee Claire Kearns.

“Just bring your current prescription to us and we’ll advise on the rest. We pride ourselves on high levels of personal service and want every customer to be completely satisfied with both the style and fit of their glasses.” says Specs Factory managing director, Duncan Hockney.

Duncan continues “We have invested heavily in the latest optical manufacturing equipment and are very excited to be the first laboratory in the UK to use new Design Plus software to manufacture the highest quality lenses.”

The £60,000 state–of–the–art computerised glazing system has the capacity to make 150 pairs of spectacles a day, with special coatings and even special customised features, such as engraving of personal initials, carried out by the company.

From its own branded range, which starts at £29.00 for a complete pair of spectacles with single vision lenses, to designer sunglasses such as Prada, Ray–Ban and French Connection, The Specs Factory offers glasses to suit all tastes and budgets.

All customers need to do is bring their current prescription with them when they visit and an experienced member of our friendly dispensing team can then advise on the lenses, coatings and any special finishes that may be required.

 

New Store Opens Eyes in Norwich

March 2007

With over 70 years of combined experience in all things optical, the team behind the new Specs Factory in Norwich could really “see” the potential for their new business idea from the day it dawned.

The Specs Factory’s founders, Duncan and John Hockney, are establishing their dispense–only opticians with the conviction that they really can save Norfolk’s spectacle wearers significant amounts of money on high–street prices, without any compromise on quality:

“We have invested heavily in the latest high–technology optical manufacturing equipment and are very excited to be the first laboratory in the UK to use the new Design Plus software on the ME1000 edger machine to manufacture the highest quality lenses on site for local people,” explains Managing Director Duncan Hockney (22).

Growing up in the shadows of his father’s optical manufacturing laboratory, Cambridge Optical Group, Duncan helped out on the shop floor as a young teenager and soon learnt how to cut and glaze lenses himself. A natural progression to study a BEng (hons) in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University further enhanced his skills before his return to the family home, which coincided with John’s decision to sell his manufacturing business and retire to Norfolk.

Selling the business after 31 years was a huge step for John, who had been highly respected in the industry as a former chairman of the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and the Opthalmic Standards Committee, and a quiet retirement was the last thing on his mind. Together the father and son team began to develop their idea for a new type of optical factory outlet, selling premium quality and designer products to the people of Norwich at heavily discounted prices.

“With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, I knew exactly what the high street names were paying for their raw materials and the large mark–ups they were making on all types of prescription spectacles, often as much as 300%,” enthuses John (59). “So we started to search for suitable premises and the idea of The Specs Factory was born.”

Savings of up to 50% on high street prices can be passed onto the consumer because the business relies heavily on investment in technology rather than manpower. The £60,000 state of the art computerised cut, edge and fit system has the capacity to make 150 pairs of spectacles a day, with special coatings and even engraving of personal initials all carried out on site as required.

An experienced Dispensing Optician was recruited in Richard Edge, who has been a practice manager with the Norwich branch of Dollond and Aitchison for 12 years, and has almost 30 years of industry experience. From their own brand range which starts at £29 for a complete pair of spectacles with single vision lenses, to exclusive designer sunglasses such as Prada and Ray–Ban, The Specs Factory offers spectacles to suit all tastes and budgets. Customers must bring their current prescription with them when they buy and an experienced member of the dispensing team can then advise them on the lenses, coatings and any special finishes which they need.

The Specs Factory is open every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays at 2 Europa Way, just off Martineau Lane.