Mike Nixon

Mike Nixon
FBDO
 

Nigel Sheffield

Nigel Sheffield
BSc (Hons) MCOptom
 

Pete Dartnell

Pete Dartnell
BSc (Hons) MCOptom
FBDO (CL)

Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall
BSc (Hons) MCOptom
 

Laurie Stevenson

Laurie Stevenson
FBDO
 

Prince & Bates is an independent business, owned and run by the five partners.

Vic Prince started his business in 1972 located in High Street, Burton on Trent. He quickly outgrew those premises and moved to the Bargates Centre, where Roy Bates joined him in partnership in 1980. This was the start of the business name Prince & Bates. In 1987 they realised that the town centre was a more attractive proposition, and they moved to the current premises in Station Street in 1988.

Two dispensing opticians joined them as Partners in 1990. Bryan Bates had been working with them for several years, and Mike Nixon joined having worked elsewhere previously.

The Swadlincote practice was opened in 1994.

Vic Prince retired in 1999, but a further three optometrists; Nigel Sheffield in 1994, Pete Dartnell in 2004 and Steve Marshall in 2007, have joined the partnership. Roy Bates left the Partnership in March 2009 and continued as an Optometrist on a part time basis until leaving Prince & Bates in September 2011. Bryan Bates retired in 2013, with Laurie Stevenson joining the Partnership having previously worked as a dispensing optician with Prince & Bates for a number of years. 

We now employ a further 15 staff, in two practices, working in either a professional or support capacity.

In 2016 we are proudly supporting Fight for Sight, please click to find out more.

Affiliations

All Optometric and Dispensing staff are registered with the General Optical Council. All Optometrists are members of the Association of Optometrists and all Dispensing Opticians are members of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.