VSP Vision Care Offers Eyecare Benefit in the United Kingdom
VSP partners with local optometric and benefit organizations in the U.K.
Rancho Cordova, CA – U.S.-based VSP® Vision Care announced today it will expand eyecare offerings to the United Kingdom, doing business as VSP Neighbourhood Eyecare. This announcement is in line with previous expansion into Australia and Canada, and strengthens the global eyecare benefit offering for VSP clients.
As part of this new development, VSP is partnering with the Association of Optometrists (AOP), National Eyecare Group (NEG), Generali U.K. and Thomsons Online Benefits. These strategic alliances will focus on developing awareness of the importance of eye examinations and corrective eyewear as an employer-sponsored program for employees.
“The AOP is working closely with VSP to ensure VSP develops its business with full awareness of the issues impacting independent optometric practices, the dynamics affecting profitability, and the delivery of patient care,” said Lyndon Taylor, AOP Chairman. “AOP and VSP will establish a user group for participating practices to enable members of the VSP Neighbourhood Eyecare network to provide feedback and share ideas.”
“We strongly believe this is a great opportunity for NEG members to promote their services to a wider patient base and attract patients with guaranteed spending power,” said Philip Mullins, Director of Business Development, National Eyecare Group.
“VSP and Thomsons Online Benefits have several large clients in common who have employees in both the U.S. and the U.K., which means we need to be able to deliver a multi-national service offering through our Darwin platform,” said Brenden Mielke, Product Director, Thomsons Online Benefits. “VSP provides an eyecare solution that supports our clients’ strategic aim to deliver a valuable, competitive and engaging benefit programme.”
“VSP is a large international company, and we’re excited to be part of their expansion in the UK as well as other countries around the world,” said Marco Giacomelli, Chief Operating Officer, Generali Employee Benefits. “We believe there is a great deal of value and market appeal in their approach.”
Jeremy Chadwick has been named the Managing Director for VSP Vision Care in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will oversee VSP's expansion into the U.K. and will be responsible for the growth in this new market. His background includes extensive insurance experience in the U.K. and European marketplace across multiple distribution channels and customer segments.
About VSP Global
VSP Global® includes VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 59 million members; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity® which offers innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall practice management and patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics.
About Association of Optometrists
Formed in 1946, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the only organisation that represents both optometry as a profession and the views of individual optometrists. With more than 13,500 members, the AOP represents and promotes the interests of its members to Government, to Parliament, to the Department of Health and to other institutions in the UK and European Union.
About National Eyecare Group
The National Eyecare Group is the UK's largest purchasing group for independent Opticians and is dedicated to supporting the independent practitioner, offering freedom of choice, while still maintaining preferential terms with the UK's leading suppliers.
About Thomsons Online Benefits
Thomsons specialises in helping companies around the world run their employee benefits programmes. We transform employees' understanding of their benefits package whilst removing the administration and communication headaches faced by employers. By combining consultancy and technology we create solutions that add measurable value to businesses.
About Generali U.K.
Established in 1963, Assicurazioni Generali UK Branch is the UK representative office of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. whose Head Office is located in Trieste, Italy. The UK Branch provides a range of Life and Non Life insurance products to corporate and multinational clients.