Members and membership information

Welcome to the membership area of SPECS network.

Download the guide

Download a copy of our guide to SPECS network in PDF format.

Next steps

Complete our simple enquiry form to find out more about SPECS network or to express an interest in joining.

Direct debit mandate for practices not buying Seiko lenses.


Marketing reports

Marketing activity reports for members are produced on approximately a 6-monthly cycle.

View the latest report here:

October 2017 - March 2018

Download our previous marketing activity reports:

April - September 2017

January - April 2017

July - October 2016

February - June 2016

September 2015 - January 2016

June - August 2015

January - May 2015

October - December 2014

July - September 2014

April - June 2014

January - March 2014

September - December 2013

May - August 2013

January - April 2013

October - December 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

National press adverts

View our ads in the national press:

Guardian - September 2014 - National Eye Health Week supplement

Saturday Times 14 September 2013 (pages 3 and 4)

Guardian 14 September 2013 (full page at back of supplement)

Mail on Sunday 27 January 2013 (pages 4 and 5)

The Guardian 19 September 2012

Saturday Times 15 September 2012

Results of our patient survey

The SPECS network win-an-iPad competition for Apr-Jun 2013 asked participants to rank the most important factors affecting their choice of optician. We had almost 4,500 responses. You can view the results here.

The top 3 differentiators for customers were:

  1. Value for money (65%)
  2. Thorough eye exam (46%)
  3. Wide range of frames (36%)

We think that is interesting reading for independents! Only 8% of respondents went for "cheap" as a factor. Quality and choice (albeit driven by value) appear to be what customers really care about. And these are areas in which independents can compete effectively with the large multiples.

Marketing partners

These are some of the optical marketing specialists who contribute their expertise to SPECS network.

  • Richard Hollings

    SEIKO Optical UK

    Quality lens supplier, providing marketing support to independent opticians and leadership for SPECS network.

  • Kevin Holdridge

    Kent House

    Websites and digital marketing for opticians and other healthcare organisations.

  • Jonathan Robinson

    Bellyflop TV

    Video production for websites & DVD. Experienced in promoting opticians.

  • Patrick Myers

    Myers La Roche

    Leading firm of management consultants working exclusively with optometrists and opticians.

  • Phil Mullins

    National Eyecare Group

    National purchasing group for independent opticians.