May to November, by Saddleworth Dispensing Optician Claire Atkinson

My 1 st 6 months as Saddleworth’s resident dispensing optician

I had been working for my previous employer for 7 years when Sheryl approached me with an exciting new proposition of resident dispensing optician in Saddleworth. In fact that very same week I’d had a conversation with my family about how much easier life would be if I worked closer to home. The 20 mile commute over the moors was taking it’s toll and it certainly wasn’t pleasant in the winter months. We had worked together previously (Optics is a very small world) which made our initial chat about the role far less nerve wracking than a formal interview. I soon came to realise that that’s how things are done at Allegro. There is a familiar, friendly feel in both premises which makes for a relaxed environment for staff and patients alike. Let’s face it, when considering a new job we have to weigh up the pros and cons and I’m pleased to say that there were far more pros! I already knew 3 members of staff from previous employment, I only had a 5 minute commute, I liked the ethos of the business and I was excited to be a part of something new.

Working in a new business

In the back of my mind there were thoughts of ‘It’s a new business, will it be successful in this economic climate’ ‘will my job be secure for years to come.’ I needn’t have worried – The Meltham practice was going from strength-to-strength and it’s now clear that the lovely people of Saddleworth and the surrounding areas were keen to see what we’re all about. I have really enjoyed getting to know my new colleagues and patients and it’s been interesting to see the new ranges of spectacle frames ( getting excited about new frame ranges is an occupational hazard!) I am proud to say that I work for Allegro and I look forward to seeing where Sheryl and Steve will take the business – and of course how many more awards will be won! It makes such a difference to your well-being to go to work with a spring in your step so here’s to another 6 months and beyond! Claire Atkinson

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