Black & Lizars, one of Scotland’s largest independent optical groups, has acquired Clements Hearing Services in Glasgow as it expands its offering in audiology.
Pictured left to right: Greg Clements, Val Clements, Michelle Le Prevost, Neil McCurrach
The deal will see Black & Lizars take over the running of the 21 year old business, which is based on Crow Road in the Jordanhill area of Glasgow, and will boost the optical group’s audiology business by creating a centre of excellence in hearing care provision.
The acquisition comes hot on the heels of the company’s asset deal with independent optician, Jack Brown and the unveiling of its new ‘surprisingly affordable’ advertising campaign, highlighting its commitment to premium service and the entry price of its designer frames and lenses.
Black & Lizars already provides audiology services across a number of practices, as well as domiciliary services in people’s homes. The acquisition of Clements boosts the company’s audiology offering by providing a central, stand-alone location to build and develop services.
Michelle le Prevost, managing director of Black & Lizars said: “Clements is a state-of-the-art centre of excellence and allows us to offer the highest standard of service to existing and new patients. It will help us explore new routes to market and form the building blocks for future development, including recruitment and training.
“Greg Clements is a highly respected clinician in the audiology field. We are delighted to have him as part of our team enhancing our gold standard service for audiology to match Black & Lizars’ reputation in optometry.”
Clements Hearing Services will remain the brand name for the practice and previous owner Greg Clements will stay in post as senior audiologist. Greg and his wife Val opened the practice in 1996 and have built it to become one of the most trusted hearing care practices in the city, offering services such as hearing tests, hearing aids, hearing protection and ear wax removal.
Greg said: “This is an exciting time for Clements Hearing Services. Black & Lizars delivers outstanding eye care and the team’s expertise and innovation in audiology will benefit our patient base. Val and I would like to thank our customers for their support over the past 20 years and we look forward to taking them on the next phase of our journey.”
Black & Lizars’ new head of audiology, Neil McCurrach, will play a pivotal role in integrating Clements Hearing Services into the Black & Lizars portfolio. He said: "This is a major step forward for hearing aid provision within the group. Our growth plans focus on us taking on established and well respected businesses with similar values and Clements was the perfect fit."