This blog is probably more for my optical industry readers but perhaps it may be useful for people who have an interest in the industry. FMO is a not for profit organisation which helps all sectors within the optical industry to thrive. The organisation itself was established back in 1917 so they certainly know a lot about the optical industry and are able to offer some good advice for anyone who wishes to step into the world of optics.

FMO is a founder member of the Optical Confederation which works closely with government departments and other optical organisations to ensure the industry is kept up to date with the latest news. Different businesses in the optical sector from frames to lenses to machinery are members of FMO so it is an important and a well-known network in the industry. Every year FMO hosts an annual Christmas Lunch where all the members can meet, network with each other and representatives from other optical bodies across the sector, and most importantly have a great time to celebrate another successful year.

FMO former Chairman Mark Truss passing the baton onto Andy Yorke

FMO former Chairman Mark Truss passing the baton onto Andy Yorke

Can I just clarify, FMO members do have other meetings throughout the year where they talk about what has been happening within the industry but the Christmas one is always a hit because it is the end of the year and it is a nice way to end it. So, for 2016, we saw Mark Truss, the outgoing Chairman, passing the baton to Andy Yorke who is now the new FMO Chairman. It will be an exciting phase for the FMO to have Andy on board bringing in new and fresh ideas. So, stay tuned to see change.

In the next few years expect to see a lot of changes happening in FMO. It will be fresher and modernised to suit the optical business of the 21st century. I was deeply honoured to be invited to the Luncheon and I loved meeting so many people from the industry with such passion and enthusiasm for the industry. It felt like a proper community and I felt welcomed. So, Thank you for having me FMO and thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you. You can read the full coverage over at the FMO website.