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Jobs secured as Norville Opticians sold

Norville Opticians has been saved from administration by the largest group of independent opticians in the UK - along with the majority of jobs.

The Hakim Group has bought the retail division of The Norville Group which has been operating in Gloucestershire since 1898 with chairman Frank Norville continuing the family name at the helm of the company.

The impact of COVID-19 meant the business needed significant investment which has been provided through the sale with almost all jobs secured.

Director Adrian Street said: "With so many jobs at risk in the current climate, our number one priority throughout this period has been to make sure the livelihoods of our people were safeguarded.

"We are delighted our patients can continue to receive the same level of care that our teams are proud to deliver every day.

"All of us at Norville Opticians are excited for the journey ahead in the next chapter of our history which is already over a century old."

Norville Opticians has nine practices across the county in Gloucester, Charlton Kings, Bishop's Cleeve, Dursley, Stonehouse and Wotton-under-Edge and the Norville Opticians name will remain above the door after the deal.

The manufacturing laboratory in Gloucester, which operates as a separate business, is not included in the sale and will continue to be operated by the Norville Group.

Luke Wren, head of business development at the Hakim Group, said: "We are very happy to welcome Norville Opticians into the HG family of independent practices - Frank Norville, Adrian and their teams have built up a dedicated patient base through a commitment to delivering a first-class service putting the customer at the heart of their proposition.

"With jobs secured, the practice teams can continue to do what they do best - providing their communities with the eyecare they need, when they need it."

The new owners confirmed a full investment and transformation programme has been planned which includes shared ownership opportunities for some of the existing employees.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham said: "Norville's is a fourth-generation family business, the county's second biggest independent spectacle maker and will continue to be in Gloucester."

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