Specsavers is the biggest optical retailer in the UK and Ireland. It is also the biggest of the four major opticians that control 70% of the British market for spectacles and contact lenses, with Specsavers having a 39% share of the market.
The company has over 1,390 stores in the United Kingdom, Guernsey, Spain, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand.
Specsavers are a high street opticians, selling spectacles, contact lenses and hearing aids. The group was launched in 1984 by husband and wife team Doug Perkins and Mary Perkins and at the end of 2007 the group had over 1,390 stores with 26,000 employees. As well as stores in the UK, they are present in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain and most recently Australia and New Zealand. The company has ventured into hearing services in 2002. Their Hearing Centres division provides hearing tests and hearing aids within the Specsavers optical stores and has grown to become the UK's leading provider of digital hearing aids providing services from more than 400 locations.