THE founder of an independent opticians’ practice has ambitious plans to realise his vision for further success in business.
Moin Valli, 34, became a qualified optometrist in 2000 and worked for five years as a locum at various practices as well as establishing an optical recruitment agency.
He founded the Valli Group in 2005 when he was 27 by acquiring three practices in Lockwood, Honley and Meltham, adding two more in Cleckheaton and Mytholmroyd over the next few years.
Starting from three practices, turnover of £350,000 and eight staff in 2005, Moin now has seven practices, 25 staff and anticipated turnover of £1.2m by the end of 2012.
“The award is not just for me, I am just the face of the business but I have a great staff and team behind me,” he said.
“We have ambitious plans going forward and we are in negotiations to buy practice number eight and will launch an e-commerce website selling niche optical products by April or June.”
Moin paid tribute to his wife, Rachel, for her role in supporting the business and said: “I have picked up the award but this is for her as much as it is for me.”
Also nominated in the category, sponsored by Fantastic Media, were Towndoor Ltd and Eric’s Restaurant.