United Kingdom
West Midlands; West Midlands; Birmingham
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26.7 - Manufacture of optical instruments and photographic equipment

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 August 2016
Employment effect (start)
4 August 2016
Foreseen end date
22 September 2016


UK optical and audiology company, Specsavers will close one of its lens making laboratories. This will see 200 workers being made redundant. Aston Labs Ltd, the laboratory to be closed, is owned by Specsavers and is located in Birmingham. The company has said that the workload from this laboratory will be absorbed by other manufacturing sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company has commenced the required formal consultation period with the affected staff, due to end on 22 September 2016. The company has said efforts will be made to try to redeploy the staff within the wider business and all staff to lose their jobs will be offered redundancy packages.


  • 4 August 2016: BBC News
  • 5 August 2016: Birmingham Post


Eurofound (2016), Specsavers, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 88460, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88460.