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Jamie Murray Wells

Successful entrepreneur and founder and executive Chairman of Glasses Direct which he started from University, Jamie Murray Wells has taken the optical industry by storm. Now the largest online retailer of glasses, Jamie has revolutionised the glasses industry. Now holding a position at the Princes Trust, Jamie acts as a mentor to other young entrepreneurs. An excellent keynote speaker on enterprise, a true inspiration to all budding businesses.

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Jamie Murray Wells Biography

Founder of Glasses Direct, Jamie Murray Wells took the decision to go into business as a student studying for his finals at university. Without any formal business training, Jamie started Glasses Direct from the living room, and has gone on to revolutionise the optical industry. The first online retailer of spectacles in the UK has grown to become the largest direct retailer of custom made prescription glasses in the world. With such an inspirational story, Jamie is a much sought after keynote speaker.

Glasses Direct Jamie was shocked at the price he was quoted for glasses by his optician. After contacting the manufacturers and technicians he eventually discovered that the price of prescription glasses could be brought down dramatically. With a no-nonsense approach towards shaking up a closed market that once looked like a cartel, (in the face of threats of legal action, formal...

Founder of Glasses Direct, Jamie Murray Wells took the decision to go into business as a student studying for his finals at university. Without any formal business training, Jamie started Glasses Direct from the living room, and has gone on to revolutionise the optical industry. The first online retailer of spectacles in the UK has grown to become the largest direct retailer of custom made prescription glasses in the world. With such an inspirational story, Jamie is a much sought after keynote speaker.

Glasses Direct

Jamie was shocked at the price he was quoted for glasses by his optician. After contacting the manufacturers and technicians he eventually discovered that the price of prescription glasses could be brought down dramatically. With a no-nonsense approach towards shaking up a closed market that once looked like a cartel, (in the face of threats of legal action, formal complaints, hate-mail, and pressure on his suppliers from high street names), Jamie has brought an industry that once got away with charging £150 per pair of glasses to its knees, by offering the same product from £15 on the web.

The company has a multi-million pound turnover and is on track in its mission to become a global house hold name. The company has completed two significant rounds of Venture Capitalist investment, the first for the value of $6million and the second round was completed in April 2009 for the sum of £10 million. 

New Ventures

In February 2010, Jamie launched Hearing Direct which mirrors the Glasses Direct business model. Aimed at the 8 million people in the UK that suffer from hearing loss, customers complete a short online questionnaire before choosing a digital hearing aid for a fraction of the cost offered by high street retailers.

Encouraging UK Entrepreneurialism

In 2005, and aged just 21, Jamie won the UK Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Wales and West Country Credit Suisse Entrepreneur of the Year award, the NatWest Entrepreneur of the Year award, Entrepreneur of the Year StartUp Award and the Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brit Award.  Since then, he has also won the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Young Companies Award, was crowned the Revolution “Hot Shot” in 2009 and is the youngest person to have received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Jamie is also an ambassador for National Enterprise Week, a member of the New Enterprise Council, the business representative for The Times’ mentoring scheme and promotes UK entrepreneurialism wherever possible.

An ambassador for UK enterprise, James Murray Wells provides advice and support to other young entrepreneurs directly, when approached with ideas and business plans, or indirectly in his role as a regular media commentator and speaker, on business, consumer affairs and entrepreneurialism on national TV, radio, and press.  He is also a much sought-after inspirational keynote speaker.

For further information or to book James Murray Wells, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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