AIO Conference 2016

Lectures, CET and an event for people aspiring to move into independent practice

Where Vale Resort in Cardiff

When October 9 and 10

The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO) will hold its annual conference at the Vale Resort in Wales this year.

Alongside the main lecture programme and CET break-out sessions, an event will be staged for people aspiring to move into independent practice. The programme will include setting up or acquiring a business, marketing, finance, acquiring equipment and insurance.

Keith Pearce, AIO vice chairman and organiser of the conference, said: ‘2016 will mark a number of firsts for our annual conference. We will be visiting Wales for the first time and we will have more than 200 delegates in attendance for the first time. We will also hold a new and unique event for those who aspire to work in the independent sector.

‘We know that there are many people working in the multiple sector, and people who are newly qualified, that would dearly love to own and run their own practice, but don’t know how to go about it. Our job as the only professional not-for-profit body that exclusively represents Independents is to provide help and support and create a roadmap that shows the move is not as daunting as some may think.

‘We had excellent feedback from our conference at Eastwood Hall in 2015, and we are determined to build on that success in 2016.’

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