STAFF at a town centre opticians are celebrating after being named as the top team in the UK.
Hartlepool Specsavers, located in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, has been named the best store for customer service in the UK and Ireland.
The award is the highest accolade a Specsavers store can be given for its commitment to customer care.
To win the award, the Hartlepool store beat off competition from 800 other stores across the UK.
Store teams from all over the UK and Ireland celebrated great team achievements at the Awards for Excellence at the Birmingham ICC last week.
Comedian and actor Bradley Walsh compered the evening, which was attended by over 1,000 guests, which also featured performances by dance troupe Mini Moves and comedy act The Noise Next Door.
Ian Walker, the store’s director, said: “It was fantastic to win.
“It is a great accolade for the whole team. Every shortlisted store is brilliant, and it feels incredible to be picked out of 800 stores.
“I would like to thank all of the staff for their continued support to ensure our store is the best it can be for our customers every day of the year.”