Optician Awards postponed until 20th September 2020

MA Exhibitions Limited, which runs the Optician Awards, has taken the very difficult decision to reschedule the event from 4th April to Sunday 20th September 2020.

As organisers, our number one priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our sponsors, guests and staff. Given the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have decided that in order to minimise the risks to guests and sponsors, the event will now take place on Sunday 20 September 2020, remaining at the same venue Hilton Metropole Birmingham.

We look forward to seeing you in September at the Optician Awards.


Optician Awards 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Optician Awards

Optician is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Optician Awards 2020!
There can be a few more evocative numbers in optics than 2020 so what better year can there be to win an Optician Award. 
Our 2020 finalist's practice metiers range between fashion, families and the fundus with accolades for optometrists, dispensing opticians, contact lens opticians and front of house teams. Industry hasn't been forgotten. For many patients, a trip to the Optician is about buying a product so we have finalists for the best frame, lens and contact lens with these awards recognising the quality of the products on offer and the expertise of the firms supplying them.
This year Optician wanted to offer a new challenge to its readers in the world of social media. For many years Optician Awards entrants have highlighted social media in their entries and this year we are pleased to have our first ever finalists in the category of Social Media Practice of the Year. 
Congratulations to all our finalists! 

Chris Bennett

Shortlist for Optician Awards 2020

Scroll through to see the shortlist for 2020

*NEW* Social Media Practice of the Year Award

Tompkins Knight and Son Optometrists
Station Road Optician
The Eye Establishment
BBR Optometry
Urquhart Opticians Kilmarnock

Optometrist of the Year

Sponsored by:

Mark Simpson - Allister and Simpson Opticians
Dr Rohit Narayan - Anstee & Proctor Opticians, Aston University
Munirali Haji - Dickens Eye Clinic
Pretty Basra - Edwards and Walker Opticians
Dr Keyur Patel - Tompkins Knight and Son Optometrists

Dispensing Optician of the Year

Sponsored by:

Suzana Gorda - Taylor-West and Co Opticians
Zoe Anderson - Eden Eyecare opticians
Lynsey Arguello - Broadhurst Optometrists
Russell Ham - Specsavers Opticians, Newport
Jane Carol Cohen - G&G Optometrists

Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year

Sponsored by:

Mark Darling - Mark Darling Eyecare Ltd
Lisa Pipe - Parley Optometrists
Iain Johnson - Maloney Opticians
Bhavin Shah - Central Vision Opticians

Optical Assistant Team of the Year

Allegro Optical
Robinson Optometrists
Henshaws Patient Support Service - Henshaws Society for Blind People
David Burghardt Vision Care
Glass & Glass Optometrists
BBR Optometry
Specsavers Bicester
Bowen Opticians

Enhanced Optical Service Award

Probert & Williams Eye Care
Robert Frith Optometrists
Parley Optometrists
Appleson Optometrists / Wetherby Eye Clinic

Optical Supplier of the Year

BIB Ophthalmic Instruments 
Optos Plc
Bondeye Optical
Eyewear Styling Academy

Contact Lens Product of the Year

MYLO - mark´ennovy Personalized Care S.L.
NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses - Visioneering Technologies, Inc.
Miru 1day Menicon Flat Pack - Menicon
Johnson & Johnson Vision’s ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™
Suzana Gorda - Taylor-West and Co Opticians

Frame of the Year

1355 - Cutler and Gross
DC06_SPACE - Götti Switzerland
Bioeyes - Asda
Luna - Bird
GARCIA - l.a.Eyeworks
Sea2See: POSITANO 02 - Henry Beaumont Eyewear
Aspinal of London: Deauville - Eyespace

Lens Product of the Year

ZEISS SmartLife Lenses - Carl Zeiss Vision UK & I
AVA - Essilor Ltd
visuReal Master Mirror - Hoya Lens UK Limited
Hoya MySelf - Hoya Lens UK Limited

Contact Lens Practice of the Year

Sponsored by:

Specavers Derby
Specsavers Opticians & Audiologists Worcester
Hammond and Dummer Bespoke Opticians
Tompkins Knight and Son Optometrists

Fashion Practice of the Year

Station Road Opticians
Rachel Murray Eyecare
Mincher-Lockett & Co Opticians Market Drayton
Broadhurst Optometrists
Park Vision

Independent Practice of the Year

Sponsored by:

Benjamin Opticians
Liverton Opticians
Davies & Jones Optometrists, Talbot Green
Linklaters Optometrists
Barnham Opticians
Robinson Optometrists

Multiple Practice of the Year

Sponsored by:

Specsavers Melton Mowbray
Specsavers Bicester
Boots Opticians Exmouth

The Family Optician of the Year

Sponsored by:

Barnham Opticians
Valli Opticians
Clear View Opticians
Observatory the Opticians
Romsey Eyecare
Planit Opticians

Technology Practice of the Year

Tenterden Opticians, Hearing & Eye Clinic
Hammond and Dummer Bespoke Opticians
Parley Optometrists
Buchanan Optometrists
Central Vision Opticians

The Ceremony

Please note: because of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) this event will now take place on Sunday 20 September 2020

The 2020 Optician Awards ceremony will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Sunday 20 September 2020.

The ticket price includes a sparkling wine drinks reception, an excellent three course meal, including half a bottle of wine per person, as well as attendance at this celebrated event.

Photos from the night can be found on our Gallery page.

Approximate timings for the evening can be found below:

7.00pm       Drinks reception
7.45pm       Welcome & Dinner
9.30pm       Awards ceremony
10.45pm     After party
1.00am       Carriages

Hilton Metropole Birmingham, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP.  For more information on travelling to the venue, click here.
Date: Sunday 20 September 2020

Dress code:
Black Tie


Premium table* (10 seats)  £2850.00 + VAT
Standard Table (10 seats)  £1850.00 + VAT
Standard Table (12 seats)  £2250.00 + VAT
Individual Seat  £195.00 + VAT

*The premium table includes a prime position in the awards ceremony, three-course dinner, half a bottle of wine per person, branded logo on your dinner table, branded meeting point in drinks reception, 2 bottles of champagne for your table as well as attendance to the awards presentation hosted by a surprise celebrity compere and the after-show entertainment and party.

Click here to book to attend the awards ceremony.

Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking – which notes details about our cancellation policy.


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Why you should sponsor the Optician Awards

The Optician Awards is recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the optical community and are a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The 2020 Optician Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 4th April at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole where you will see the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the optical community with well over 500 industry professionals in attendance.

Benefits include:

  • Alignment with the Optician magazine brand
  • Networking opportunity with 500+ senior Opticians and optical professionals
  • Table at the gala dinner and 2020 awards ceremony
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Logo on all electronic and print marketing before and after the event
Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.

To discuss your options, please contact: Darren Ward, Sales Manager on 020 7501 6668 or darren.ward@markallengroup.com

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us...

Darren Ward

Sales Manager

Sponsorship Enquiries


020 7501 6668

Alma Watson

Events Manager

General Enquiries


020 8652 8026


The Optician Awards has been rescheduled to Sunday 20th September 2020