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Optometrists vie for supremacy at local business awards


As many as 50 optometry practices are in the running to be recognised for exceptional customer service as part of a local business awards program replicated throughout Sydney and surrounding areas.

The 2020 Local Business Awards, hosted by Precedent Productions, acknowledge outstanding businesses and their people who go ‘above and beyond’. It is hosted across 28 local government areas, ranging from Blacktown to Hawkesbury, and from Liverpool to the Central Coast.

Forestway Optometry, in Glenrose, winner of the Health Improvement Services category last year in Northern Beaches, New South Wales, is again contending for the title.

The ProVision practice features among dozens of optometry nominations, including Absolute Eyecare in Penrith City, Hannaford Eyewear in Southern Highlands and Guildford Optometrist in Parramatta.

The Local Business Awards program cover a wide variety of industry categories which vary across each region in order to recognise the industries in the specific business community.

Optometry practices are nominated in the Health Improvement Services category, competing against dental, medical, imaging, chiropractic, audiology, physiotherapy, and osteopathy services, to name a few.

Mr Chris Jamgotchian, project manager at Precedent Productions, which created the Local Business Awards 35 years ago, said nominated optometry practices range from independent optometrists and groups such as Eyecare Plus to corporate stores, including Bupa Optical, Specsavers and OPSM.

The public can nominate their favourite local businesses in a selected category by visiting the Local Business Awards website, submitting coupons provided in one of the local media partners, or submitting coupons located at their favourite business’ premises.

“Voting opening and closing dates vary, depending on the local government area. It’s usually a 12-week program from start-to-finish, but because of business disruption as a result of COVID-19 this year, and business opening and closing sporadically, we’ve extended the nomination period,” he said.

Voting has closed in some areas, with some businesses already named as finalists, including Eyeview Optometrist in Campbelltown.

Finalists are selected based on the number of online and printed nominations they receive in their specific category; the most popular businesses will be selected.

An overall category for each area is the Business of the Year. This is selected from all the local category winners.

A Gala Presentation will take place in all 28 local government areas from October to December, Jamgotchian said.

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