No looking back for optician pair who have a great vision for the future after 19 years

Mervyn and Samantha Marsh at Specsavers
Mervyn and Samantha Marsh at Specsavers

A husband and wife pair who have run a high street opticians together for almost two decades are moving on to pastures new.

Mervyn and Samantha Marsh, aged 60 and 46, clearly have a real eye for business as they will be beginning separate new ventures once they leave behind the Marlowes’ Specsavers for good on January 5.

Mervyn and Samantha Marsh leave Specsavers, Hemel Hempstead. PNL-141216-120034009

Mervyn and Samantha Marsh leave Specsavers, Hemel Hempstead. PNL-141216-120034009

Merv, a dispensing optician who met his wife when he worked for her at another firm, will be running an innovative business specialising in combatting visual stress – particularly working with those suffering from irlen syndrome, preventing them from reading effectively.

Conversely Samantha, who has been operations manager at the Specsavers branch since the duo went into business together 19 years ago, will be renting out a motorhome for holidays and assisting other companies with admin.

Over their time at Specsavers the pair, who live in Pitstone, have helped to raise up to £90,000 for charities including GreatOrmond Street Children’s Hospital and, more recently, Dacorum homelessness charity DENS.This year the firm also purchased one Shopmobility scooter and sponsored two others.

Merv said: “I am looking forward to a new challenge – I have done all I can with Specsavers and we have had a very successful business.

“We are at a stage in our lives where we are in charge of our own destiny. We are really proud of the work we have done to help people close to home and we have made great friends along the way – true friends, not just customers.”

The pair leave the shop – which has seen staff numbers grow from just seven when they started up to the current 32 – in the capable hands of business partner Daniel Harris, 50. Call Merv on 07973 361118 for more on his latest venture, CALM (Colour-Assisted Learning Methods).