A spectacle optician aims for growth with the support of the BEF | Yorkshire Business News

Sheryl Doe and Stephen Tighe

A Yorkshire optician who cares for performing artists is aiming for growth after repaying his first business loan.

Allegro Optical, founded in Meltham, provides optical examinations and lenses to performing artists, who often experience specialist eye problems as a result of their profession.

The business, accredited by the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), was founded by Sheryl Doe and her husband Stephen Tighe, with the help of a £40,000 loan from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF). It now has more than 6,000 customers, a turnover of almost £600,000 a year and has just opened its third site in Marsden.

The company employs 20 people – most of whom are also musicians themselves – and plans to hire more people in the coming months.

Sheryl Doe said: “We have also opened our own lab which will be the only specialist performing arts glazing lab in the UK. Word of mouth has certainly spread – we have clients from as far behind New Zealand and Japan, which have their consultations online, although most of our clients are face-to-face.”

Steve Waud of BEF said: “We were delighted to have played a part in the formation and development of this wonderful company. Allegro Optical has identified a real need in the music community and their growing customer base proves it.

“The region is lucky to have them as they grow.”