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Wednesday January 1 2014

A million miles later, eyewear legend Roy Shepherd sets sights on retirement




A million miles later, eyewear legend Roy Shepherd sets sights on retirement

After travelling over a million miles, Brulimar Optical Group’s north west salesman, Roy Shepherd, has set his sights on retirement after 25 years spent at the company and 40 years in the eyewear industry.


Roy is estimated to have travelled enough to circle the globe 40 times during his time in the optical business, with his sales calls to opticians clocking up an average of 25,000 miles per year.


Roy, whose patch stretched from Carlisle to Birmingham, said:


“I have seen the industry change beyond recognition during my career; when I started, optics was a closed profession with no shop windows and no frames or prices permitted to be displayed."


He continues:


“The market place is much more competitive than it was 40 years ago. NHS glasses have come and gone, and designer branded frames are now the most popular by far.”


Roy plans on using his new-found spare time visiting family and doing some travelling of a different kind, with a well-earned cruise around Alaska with his wife at the top of his to-do list.


Howard Librae, managing director of Brulimar Optical Group, said:


“Roy is to eyewear what Alex Ferguson is to football; his passion and energy have made him a legend in the industry. We wish him all the best and will miss him greatly; we just hope his wife finally convinces him to put his feet up for a bit.”


A pioneer in children’s eyewear, Brulimar Optical Group was the first company to recognise the growing need among children and teenagers for stylish, branded optical frames and sunglasses. Now with new collections for adults and children from established brands such as Pineapple, Lee Cooper and Bench, 2013 will see the company launch a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of eye health for all ages.




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