Valli Opticians named ‘Shooting Star’ Date: 22/12/2015

Valli Opticians is the latest winner of Huddersfield Town’s ‘Shooting Star’ business award, created in tandem with club partner Lucas Lee and Partners to recognise excellence in the local area.

The ambitious optometrist group based in Huddersfield has acquired a seven-strong opticians portfolio.

Valli’s acquisition of A H Merton’s Ltd doubles the number of stores for the Valli Group and almost trebles its turnover and staff numbers.

The acquisition, which covers sites in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire, makes Valli one of the largest independent groups of opticians in the UK.

It is an ambitious move by Valli Opticians founder Moin Valli, who has previously acquired one Yorkshire practice a year for the last seven years.

Moin Valli, Managing Director, commented:

“This award has come as a complete surprise. To be recognised by our local football club and by a very reputable local company in Lucas Lee & Partners is very pleasing. I am honoured to accept it on behalf of our team, without whom none of our success would be possible.”

Chris Lee, Managing Director, Lucas Lee & Partners, said:

“It’s fantastic to see a local business that has developed into a strong company in a position to acquire a group of opticians against market trend. We are delighted to hand the award over to Moin and his team.”

Commercial Manager – Partnerships at Huddersfield Town, John Williams, added:

“I’m thrilled to be presenting this award to Valli Opticians. The purpose of this award is to mark the achievement of companies that are making a difference in West Yorkshire and Valli Opticians certainly fits the criteria; it is an ambitious, successful company and deserves to be honoured for its achievements.

“Well done again to Moin and all the team on this award. We look forward to seeing Valli Opticians and all the winners from 2015 to the Shooting Star ‘Champion of Champions’ awards on Saturday 16 January at our home game vs Fulham, where we will announce the overall winner.

“Our overall winner will be chosen democratically by our winners across the year, who will vote for the organisation they feel deserves the title of 2015 Champion of Champions.

“The room is to be filled with SMEs and other businesses who are recognising the Shooting Stars of Huddersfield and you could be there. The day includes a two course meal and premier seats to watch all the action from inside our Fantastic Media Suite, which directly overlooks the John Smith’s Stadium pitch. One of the Club’s Directors will also meet with you and your guests on the day.”

Tables of 10 are priced at £450 + VAT, or individual places are also available at £45 + VAT per person.

For any further information, email john.williams@htafc.com or call 01484 484173.