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House to house combat

Following the fantastic response to the Independent Marketing Partnership-driven independent practice promotion project, surely no one can be left in any doubt that the sector means business.

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New Year tax break

Paula Tallon reports on a Court of Appeal ruling last month which is good news for husband-and-wife practices

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Better finale to flat year

At the end of a flat year, the Index results continued to decline, yet there was positive news on contact lenses, with December's results up 9 per cent on November

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Private spending on specs up, NHS down

Despite the demanding retail environment new figures reveal that opticians are braving the tough high street climate and raised the average price of spectacles by 8 per cent during 2004-05.

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Perkins takes stock

Specsavers won the 2005 Optical Chain of the Year Award. Founder and group chairman Doug Perkins gives his assessment of the state of the optical market and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead in the coming year

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Going for growth

Andy Ferguson took the helm at Dollond & Aitchison just over a year ago. Here he talks to Chris Bennett about the market, personal responsibility and level playing fields

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Time to sell up?

Sooner or later, most owners of a business want to retire. Gary Morley looks at how to plan a business sale, while Andrew Shilling considers the tax implications and suggests the best ways to minimise the taxman's cut

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How do you shape up in the GOS figures?

As the fight for the future of the GOS continues in Parliament, a snapshot of the sheer scale of what is at risk has been published by the Department of Health.

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The fabulous Baker boy?

Can Boots boss Richard Baker turn round the fortunes of its optical chain? He tells David Challinor that recovery is already taking place

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Questions in the House

MPs were queuing up to probe the government's proposals on GOS at this week's Health Bill Debate, reports David Challinor

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Ten top tips to build your contact lens business

Nick Rumney and Simon Donne describe how adopting a proactive approach will increase contact lens fittings and offering products and services that deliver the greatest benefits can strengthen patient loyalty

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Unlucky for some

The 13th anniversary of the Optician Index is marked with a few positive figures but mostly ones in decline