Clive & Wally Eyewear Win the Rhino Award for “Excellence in Small Business”
On Friday night October 13th, 2017, Clive & Wally was awarded the top prize in the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards in the category of “Excellence in Small Business”.
This award recognises the Clive & Wally team effort in growing the business and succeeding in the manufacture and marketing of our spectacle frames here in Australia and overseas.
Held annually, the Dubbo Rhino Awards aims to highlight and honour Dubbo’s most outstanding businesses in a number of categories.
Being nominated for 2 awards, Clive & Wally Eyewear were announced as finalists at the Cocktail Party held at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on 19th September, and hence attended the Gala Awards Night in anticipation for the announcement of the winners.
The Gala Awards Night was held at the Civic Centre, where they announced that Clive & Wally Eyewear were the winners of the “Excellence in Small Business” award. Below is a photo of C&W Managing Director, Gino Trigatti, receiving the Rhino Award.
Rhino Awards acceptance 2017
Clive & Wally’s success is due in no small part to your continued support in purchasing frames from our exciting and extensive range ready to view on our updated website. Our frames are guaranteed for two years and compete admirably with our European competitors.
We’d like to thank all who recommended Clive & Wally Eyewear for the awards we were originally nominated for and to those that played a part in putting together such wonderful nights for this great event and initiative. All your efforts are greatly appreciated.
New Growth for Clive & Wally Eyewear
New growth is in order for Clive & Wally Eyewear after Channel 7 released a news story highlighting the company’s unique position as Australia’s last eyewear manufacturer and their high-quality craftsmanship. Since the story aired they have received multiple new inquiries from resellers wishing to partner with them and sell their frames, as well as local clients wanting to buy from them directly.
View the whole Channel 7 story here
Also furthering this new season of growth for Clive & Wally Eyewear was more news stories in the form of radio segments and news articles. See the below links for more on these stories:
The Land – here
ABC – here
Further, Clive & Wally Eyewear have also gained recognition within the local community and council, winning a grant of $60K from Department of Industry NSW to upgrade and purchase new equipment and a Greater Business Development Grant of $10K to run a concerted advertising campaign across all media outlets targeting past and potential clients to inform them of the relocation and services offered.
Being recognised for their great services and always striving for client satisfaction, C&W have been nominated for 2 Rhino awards in the categories of “Excellence in Customer Service” and “Excellence in Products and Service”.
On a national level, C&W have now partnered with major and renowned Australian designers Paul Taylor Eyewear, Niloca, Jono Hennessy Group and Van Staveren Eyewear, and have begun manufacturing their eyewear right here in Dubbo.
MIDO Exhibition and More
On February 28th Mr Gino Trigatti (C&W Managing Director) and Mr John Shepherd (C&W Accountant) attended MIDO, the largest international optics, optometry and ophthalmology exhibition held annually in Milan, Italy. It is a meeting place for making contacts and discovering the latest market trends in eyewear and the specialised machinery available to enable us to produce quality frames here in Australia. Significantly, Europe is trending away from the mass produced frames from India and China and moving towards independent manufacturers with France and Italy leading the charge. Mr Trigatti believes the unique Australian Clive & Wally Eyewear brand, in terms of style and quality, is right up there with the best of Europe.
NEW OUTLETS: Since the rebirth of Optex as Clive & Wally, our intention has been to establish a website where optometrists are able to access our ever expanding range of frames. The growth has been truly heartening, with outlets in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and most recently and excitingly, Western Australia. Further, members of the public are encouraged to access the web site, note code and colour and visit their nearest outlet to have their prescriptions filled. It is important to note that C&W frames are warranted for 2 years from the manufacture and C&W offer to repair damaged frames at minimal cost, a service unique in the industry.
PLASTICS: C&W has now secured ongoing supplies of plastic acetate from the world’s leading acetate manufacturers, Eleung out of Hong Kong, Jin Yu out of Korea and now also using Mazzuchelli, established in 1849 in the village of Castiglione Olona, Italy. The basis of all C&W frames is our range of colours and combinations. From the ever popular basic black and tortoise shell to a myriad of beautiful subtle tones to daring primary colours, there is something to suit every taste and budget.
MACHINERY: The machinery used to manufacture C&W frames is produced mainly in Europe and is extremely specialised. The aim is to update machinery as required to keep pace with anticipated demand into the future.
Australian Made Sunglasses from Clive & Wally Eyewear
As part of their range expansion program, Gino Trigatti and John Hansen have announced that all Clive & Wally Australian Made frames will now be available as sunglasses. Their non-prescription lens provide a high quality alternative to overpriced Euro sunnies or cheap Asian imports.
The Deputy Premier of NSW Troy Grant MP visits Clive & Wally Eyewear
The Deputy Premier of NSW Troy Grant MP recently visited the new Clive & Wally Eyewear manufacturing facility in Dubbo.
“Clive & Wally Eyewear is the last spectacle manufacturer left in Australia. Sadly, the rest have shut down, unable to compete with cheap imports from overseas.” Mr. Grant said. “Gino and John who acquired the business as it was about to close its doors, have injected new life into the business moving it into a purpose-built facility in Dubb and employing Dubbo locals. Show your support for a local Australian manufacturer and wear Clive & Wally products with pride.”