Posted On: 6 Nov 2019

On Monday 2 December 2019 from 1pm – 2pm, Bottomleys Opticians will officially receive the coveted National Opticians of the Year award from the trade association, Optical Success Academy, in a ceremony at the practice at The Piece Hall. A catered buffet and drinks will be served and a number of community leaders are expected to attend including the Mayor, former mayor and CEO of The Piece Hall. The event is open to the public.

In September, the owner of the family business, Jim Bottomley, competed at the Optical Success Academy conference in Liverpool, with over 100 of the top independent opticians in the UK. Due to their amazing story of growth and innovative business practices they were crowned the winner of the Independent Optician Practice of the Year.

On Monday 2 December the Director of Optical Success Academy Conor Heaney will travel to Bottomleys Opticians new boutique in The Piece Hall, to present them with their award and to recognise their achievements in the business community of Halifax. Also on hand to acknowledge their achievement will be Ex Mayor Marcus Chance, and CEO of The Piece Hall Nicky Chance-Thompson.

Bottomleys was started in 1948 by Jim’s grandfather, Randolph Bottomley, then run by Jim’s father John Bottomley and since his father’s retirement 10 years ago, Jim Bottomley has continued the family legacy. Not one to rest on his laurels, Jim has continued to evolve the practice and boldly opened an additional eyewear boutique in The Piece Hall in April 2018.

Jim says his father and grandfather instilled lessons about personal service that have always stayed with him. “My grandfather used to say ‘Always give people a reason to walk through the door.’ And that is even more important today when people have more choices than ever. As an independent business I believe we still have a place in the world today because people still value personal service and being treated like an individual rather than just a number.”

As well as celebrating 70 years of Bottomley Opticians serving Halifax in The Old Town Hall, 22 Union Street Halifax, in the same year they opened an additional eyewear boutique in The Piece Hall. Following extensive research and buying trips to global eyewear trade fairs in Paris, Milan and Munich, Bottomleys decided to make the eyewear boutique all about unique eyewear design from independent niche eyewear designers.

“It is these small independent manufacturers who set the trends and are at the cutting edge of eyewear design.” Says Jim. “We wanted to make The Piece Hall boutique for our clients who wear glasses proudly and want to make a statement with their eyewear.”

The Piece Hall is is located at the heart of a new Cultural Quarter for Halifax having reopened on 1 August 2017, after a £19 million restoration project. Since re-opening The Piece Hall has been nominated for and received awards for many different aspects of the project.

It has a treasure trove of high-quality boutique and unique shops celebrating the independent and the artisan and Bottomleys Eyewear boutique fit perfectly with this vision of a unique and appealing shopping attraction.

Bottomleys were recognised for offering their clientele something truly different in terms of eyewear style and a very personal customer experience.  The annual award from Optical Success Academy, an industry association consisting of the top independent opticians in the UK and Ireland, represents the best of the best. Bottomley Opticians story is a compelling one. Jim grew up in his grandfather’s and father’s business and he seeks to honour the ethos that started the practice. He sees his role at the helm of the business today like a ‘passing of the torch’ from his late grandfather and he shares this passion for service and style with the whole team at Bottomleys and all the clients who have been a part of the practice’s journey over the years. The future looks bright indeed for Bottomleys.

For more information about the event or the practice visit or call 01422 331031.

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