The UK’s largest optical event, 100% Optical, prepares to wow visitors with its “Best of British” theme, product launches and huge savings for visitors. Over 8,000 expected visitors are promised a prestigious event for the show’s fourth and most fabulous year to date on 4-6 February at London Excel.

There are spectacular fashion shows and dedicated catwalks for sportswear, British heritage and seaside stripe, alongside a wealth of education for the whole practice team and topped off with unlimited networking opportunities and evening entertainment.

There will be 200 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services, with 75 new brands appearing at the show for the first time, including newcomers Italia Independent, Via Pampa, Kodak Lenses, BiB Ophthalmic Instruments, Cerium Visual Technologies and Optiswiss.

“Best of British” is a key theme to this year’s show and visitors can celebrate by taking a stroll down the entrance tunnel to discover some of the most inspirational and emerging independent brands Britain has to offer.
The world class education programme offers something to inspire the whole practice team with over 115 CET points available. New for 2017, visitors can expect extra discussion-based sessions offering even more CET points combining keynote speakers and interactive workshops to support and inspire the whole team.

The UK’s leading eye research charity and the show’s charity partner, Fight for Sight, will provide talks from industry experts including; Dr Denize Atan, Dr Michael Wormstone and Dr Pearse Keane who are part of the charity’s Speaker Network. The education programme also boasts exceptional seminars from eminent professors, doctors and experts in their field including Professor Ed Mallen, Dr Maggie Woodhouse, Stephen Lash and Allon Barsam.

The most important awards event in the optical calendar, the AOP Awards, will take place in the evening of Sunday 5 February at ExCeL London, giving visitors an opportunity to celebrate with their industry peers and make their visit to the show more rewarding.

Prototypes of the six shortlisted entries from the 100% Optical eyewear design competition in partnership with the Royal College of Art will be on show in the Eyewear hall on stand E100. The judging panel is set to announce the overall winner live at 100% Optical on the Fashion Hub stage.

“The fourth edition of 100% Optical is showing all the signs of being hugely successful, with more optical professionals confirming they are coming than ever before,” said event director, Nathan Garnett. “Our combination of leading brands and products, world class education delivered by the AOP, business advice, catwalk shows and networking are becoming renowned in the UK and beyond.

“More and more people are seeing the value in spending a day or two (or even three) at 100% Optical. Whether that is by stocking up and getting the best possible deals on new ranges to receiving the latest advice on how they can effectively run their business, expand, and compete on the high street.

“It is also a forum to debate the role of optics in the UK healthcare landscape, with leaders from across the profession and the major associations. If you work in optics, it’s too important now for you to miss.”

Visitors can register for free online now at Offers with London hotels and restaurants will be available for all visitors and exhibitors.

ENDS January 2017

Notes to editors:

100% Optical is the trade event for optical professionals, including opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists and dispensing opticians. The show first took place in 2014 and works in partnership with the Association of Optometrists.

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