Nottinghamshire opticians merge with eye on the future

Ben Cree, Amanda Findlay and Lesley Cree

Two Nottinghamshire optician businesses have joined forces after Lesley Cree Opticians merged with Amanda Findlay Eyecare.

Founded in 2012, Lesley Cree Opticians is a family-run independent opticians based in Radcliffe on Trent.

Amanda Findlay Eyecare, founded in 2007, delivers eyecare services through two practices located in the villages of Keyworth and Ruddington.

The deal will see the combined business operate under the same directorship of Lesley and Ben Cree. Amanda Findlay, while stepping back from ownership responsibilities, will maintain her clinical role as the lead optometrist.

Lesley Cree said: “We have recently been saying that we have just about achieved our growth goals at Radcliffe, so when this opportunity arose, we were surprised but felt ready to take on another challenge.”

Amanda Findlay added: “When I decided to take a step back my natural choice was Lesley Cree Opticians as I knew they shared similar principles and values and that our patients would continue to receive a personal and very caring service.”

Ben Cree said: “We anticipate a seamless merger given our shared principles and values. Our aim is to combine the ‘best bits’ from each practice to provide an even more enriched experience for patients in Radcliffe, Keyworth, and Ruddington. As well as eye care, patients will now be able to access a wider choice of frames, and additional services such as hearing tests, earwax removal, and an Optos eye scanner which is based in Radcliffe.”

Legal advice was provided to Lesley Cree Opticians by Adam Gilbert from AG Corporate Law (AGCL).

Gilbert said: “I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to facilitate the merger of two highly respected businesses, both known for their excellent patient care and shared values.”

The enlarged eyecare business practice will now have around 20,000 patients and have capacity to carry out well over 100 eye tests per week.

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