Quirks Optical, trading as Boots Opticians is the first store in Hildreds Shopping Centre to receive a T.E.D. Age Friendly Business Award.

The Age-Friendly Business Award gives recognition to local businesses that provide an excellent service and environment for older customers. The award is recognised by customers, who feel they can shop confidently in these businesses.

Quirk Optical were commended in their assessment for their wonderful staff who were quoted as being sensitive to customers’ need for time and giving clear choices and prices. They also stated that the business was accessible to all and comfortable to be in.

A T.E.D. Representative said, “This is the first store in Hildreds to receive the Age-Friendly Business Award. We hope to work with Steve Andrews closely to ensure every store in the centre holds Age Friendly Status and make Hildred’s the first Age-Friendly Centre!”

Louise said: “The T.E.D. project encompasses everything we stand for here as 90 percent of our customers are that age. “It’s about promoting customer confidence by making it easy to get around if you are in a wheelchair or mobility scooter and making sure the signage is easily visible. We are delighted to support the project and receive recognition for what we do.”

The award has also been welcomed by Hildreds. Manager Steve said: “We try to do as much as we can for the community and we hope other shops in the town will support this.”