Black & Lizars, one of Scotland’s longest established independently-owned optometrists posted pre-tax profits of £252,187 on a turnover of £14.3 million in the year to September 2015, up 3% on the previous year.

The new Managing Director, Michelle Le Prevost, is capitalising on Black & Lizars’ history of patient care and technical expertise to re-position the business as a premium health care provider.

The Glasgow-based company - which has 23 practices in Scotland and one in Belfast recently invested £1/2 million into the opening of the flagship practice in Frederick Street, Edinburgh housing the most technically advanced optical and audiological equipment.

This has meant merging practices in Rose Street and 80 George Street into the flagship practice, allowing all Edinburgh patients access to the premium facilities.

It has the largest network in the UK of new Optomaps, the ultra-wide retinal scanners designed and built in Scotland by Optos. This has been complimented by the development of the Hearing Care venture, in tandem with the core optical business.

Michelle Le Prevost said: “Black & Lizars is a dynamic business and leads the field in introducing the latest technology to provide the best levels of service. We have a strong heritage of providing proven excellence in clinical skills and we are the name Scotland trusts with its eye care.

“The company’s strategy continues to be to provide the best health care available, and to maintain our position at the cutting edge of technological developments in the field. We are always on the lookout to expand into key geographical locations throughout Scotland and, indeed, England if the right opportunities arise.”

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