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Zabir Ali Featured in June 2024 Issue of DorsetLiving, as Part of Their “Men in Business” Story

Zabir has been featured in the June 24 issue of Dorset Living magazine, in a piece about “Men in Business”. Below is this article from the magazine.

Zabir Ali is an experienced Optometrist, business owner and
entrepreneur with a passion for combining high-end retail
experience with optics and specialist eye-care services accessible
within community settings. His company, Wessex Optical, is the
largest franchisee for Boots Opticians in the UK and has won a
range of awards for patient experience and business performance.
Zabir is highly regarded in his field and was recently recognised as
‘One to Watch’ in the The Times Top 50 Most Ambitious Business
Leaders 2023.
After graduating from Aston University with an Optometry
degree in 2007, Zabir worked his way up through the ranks from
optician to practice manager with Boots Opticians before opening
his first franchise in June 2012. “My first store was in New Milton,
Hampshire. Once I’d got to grips with how to operate the franchise,
I experienced a good degree of success, and decided to expand to
become a multi-unit franchisee. Now I have seven franchises – which
include three flagship stores in Romsey, Lymington and Wimborne.”
Familiar with the physical and mental benefits a gym community
can give, Zabir has moved into the fitness industry. “I started going
to the gym at a young age and it had a positive effect on my health,
so I decided to look into fitness franchising. That was when I found
Snap Fitness, and I loved everything the brand stood for.” Snap
Fitness Fareham opened in May 2024 and is their biggest flagship
club in Europe. With a licence signed to open three more clubs, Zabir
is excited to continue his wellness creating journey

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