SightCare Conference 2024

SightCare 2024 conference

SightCare, the business support community for independent practices is holding its 2024 conference on Sunday 28th, and Monday 29th January 2023 at the Telford International Centre.

Attended by over 250 independent practice owners and their Teams, the SightCare conference brings the independent optical community together to enjoy 2 days of optical business workshops, keynote speakers, CPD education, learning, and networking.

This year’s event opens on Day 1 with its popular Members’ Working where delegates will discuss, deliberate, and share best practice on the Patient Journey. This will be followed by a Social Evening where delegates can network and socialize with their peers, colleagues and SightCare’s preferred suppliers while enjoying award-winning blind Scottish comedian and writer Jamie MacDonald. The evening will also see the presentation of the SightCare Awards celebrating the independent spirit.

Day 2 will open with keynote speaker Stephen Sykes Co-Founder and a Director of 2030 hub, the world’s first United Nations-recognised local entrepreneurial hub promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Stephen will explore the direct and indirect climate, ecological, and social pressure points impacting on small independent practices today, such as legislation, consumer demand, NHS requirements, and the likely direction of travel for these pressure points. The keynote will also look at the implications for practices along with the practical steps that can be taken and the potential pitfalls for the small independent to avoid.

Throughout Day 2 delegates will enjoy a comprehensive program of business talks and workshops for all members of the Team covering the topics of pricing, private practice, myopia management, spectacle maintenance, social media and digital marketing, glasses styling, staff recruitment, patient recall, artificial intelligence (AI), pediatric dispensing, team management. Day 2 will close with a ‘Secret Keynote’ with a very inspirational story to share with you that will leave you spellbound.

This year’s conference is supported by over 40 of the optical and business support suppliers demonstrating in person their support for the independent sector.

John French, SightCare’s Chief Executive, says, “We are very excited about our 2024 conference. Sometimes we need a little reminder to think about what makes us excited, and how to be a better and more efficient member of the independent practice team. We aim to give our delegates an inspiring experience where they will meet many interesting, intelligent, and influential people from the independent optical sector.”

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About SightCare

SightCare‘s mission is to provide a business and networking support service to independent optical practice owners and their staff. The SightCare community is passionate about independent eyecare and retail business and seeks to bring together independent optical practice owners nationwide. SightCare’s expert knowledge, access to specialist business services and networking opportunities throughout the year helps members to get connected with others in the industry.

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