Clacks Business Awards 2014
High Street Business of theYear Award

Many congratulations to all the winners on the evening and to Dollar's Deli for winning the High Street Business of the Year Award.

Smart Specs were however, awarded with a Special Recognition Certificate by the judging panel.

Award Ceremony for Our Star Employee

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Smart Specs, Alloa, owner Anne-Marie Macklin is delighted to announce that Kellyann Cameron has been awarded Muir Slicer Associates Ltd, one of Glasgow’s foremost training and development companies, “Apprentice of the Year 2013.”

This is in recognition of the hard work Kellyann has put into studying for a City & Guilds qualification in Level 3 Retail Management.  This apprenticeship should have taken 9 months but Kellyann managed to work through the course within 10 weeks.

Kellyann said "I have only worked at Smart Specs just over a year and feel that I have achieved so much in
a short period of time. I have already become Trainee Manager and look forward to my career growing with Smart Specs.”

Kellyann was also been nominated as “Young Achiever of the Year 2013” with the Scottish Training Federation and is one of only 3 finalists from all over Scotland who attended an award ceremony on Tuesday 24th September at Crieff Hydro, where she was runner up.

Kellyann pictured with Alan Muir of Muir Slicer, Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People and Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Youth Employment.

First Clacks retailer awarded Trading Standards "Buy With Confidence" accreditation

Smart Specs at 45 High Street Alloa is the first retailer in Clackmannanshire and Stirling to be accredited to the new "Buy With Confidence" scheme introduced recently by the joint council’s Trading Standards Service.

The scheme has been introduced with the aim of avoiding consumers being ripped off by rogue traders. The scheme provides a list of local businesses, all of whom have been independently checked by staff from Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils Joint Trading Standards Service to ensure they meet with the scheme rules.

Councillor Donald Balsillie, Convener of Clackmannanshire Council's Enterprise and Environment Committee, said: "We are delighted to have awarded Smart Specs with the Buy With Confidence Accreditation, and that they are the first retailer in Clackmannanshire and Stirling to have achieved this.
"They went through a rigerous investigation by our Trading Standards and came out with flying colours. I hope that they will encourage many more retailers to follow in their footsteps."

Anne-Marie Macklin owner of Smart Specs Optical Dispensary said "We were very pleased to be the first retailer in the area to be accredited following a thorough audit of our business practices and contact being made independently by Trading Standards with several of our customers. Since we opened in the high street in June 2011 we have striven to provide the highest level of customer care."
Anne-Marie continued "The Buy With Confidence scheme will enhance our policy of providing superb quality and vast savings on spectacles when customers present their up to date opticians prescription."

Competition winner The 1st face of Smart Specs!

Margaret Logan of Sauchie is the lucky winner of the competition to become the "First Face of Smart Specs Optical Dispensary".

Pictured on the right at the company's High Street Branch in Alloa with Anne Marie Macklin, the owner of Smart Specs, Margaret is delighted to accept a cheque as part of her prize. As well as receiving a full refund for the purchase cost of her spectacles, she won a full make up session by Karina Hadfield and hair styling from Stacy Bond of Color Lounge Alloa. This was followed by a professional photographic session by Martin Weir of Weir Photography based in Sauchie.

Margaret will also feature on in-store promotional material for Smart Specs.

A delighted Margaret said that she had never won anything like this before and thoroughly enjoyed being pampered all day.

Anne-Marie, who organised the competition, said "We wanted to mark the opening of our new High Street venture with something special so that we could thank customers for showing their faith in Smart Specs and supporting us in the first weeks."

The winner was picked at random by Mr Alex Jess, Business Manager for The Royal Bank of Scotland in Alloa.

Competition winner Grand opening of Smart Specs!

Our Alloa shop was opened on Saturday 11th June at 10.00am by Gordon Banks MP for Ochil & South Perthshire.

A queue of prospective customers quickly formed and all were welcomed in during the day to partake in a complimentary glass of something bubbly - Irn Bru for the youngsters and champagne for everyone else!

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