Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists has acquired three independent optical practices as part of its UK-wide expansion, following investment from BGF.

Warwickshire-based independent Gohil and Grey, Pendleburys in Maidstone and Cooper & Leatherbarrow in Barnard Castle have all become part of the Bayfields group.

Gohil and Grey shared the news on Instagram and told followers that it would be working hard behind the scenes to introduce changes to the practice.

Angie Burgoyne, practice manager at Gohil and Grey, said: ‘Over the last year, we’ve been searching for a partner to take us to the next level. Someone who understands the need for outstanding service, as well as making life better for both your family and ours. Becoming part of Bayfields will allow us to expand our team and services, and ensure we continue to offer the best service.’

Rebecca Lewis, vendor of Pendleburys added: ‘After 23 years of running the business it was the right time to hand it over to someone who has the same passion in optics but could lead the business through its next stage of growth. This gives me the opportunity to focus on working with clients to give excellent professional care and also allow me time to further my qualifications in optometry. I am proud to now be part of the Bayfields family.’

Bayfields started with one practice in 2004 and now employs over 170 people across 20 sites. Earlier this year, it announced plans to double the number of practices over the next four years.

Royston Bayfield, founder and CEO of Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists, said: ‘These three deals are significant in our overall expansion plans.

‘Gohil and Grey expands our existing presence in Leamington Spa and following refurbishments, we now have a four test room site, which will be open for testing seven days a week and we will be introducing audiology in October.

‘Pendleburys will grow our reach into the South East by adding this high footfall, large site and 12 employees who we’re looking forward to welcoming to the team.

‘Our Barnard Castle acquisition will be integrated into our existing practice there and we look forward to continuing to build on our local reputation.

‘We have a proven track record in adding value to clients through our obsessive commitment to care, technology and quality product offering.’