It was a right Royal occasion for staff at Valli Opticians.

The Huddersfield-based eye care business held its annual conference and awards and every year the event has a theme.

This year had a Royal theme in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III.

The annual event, hosted at the Village Hotel in Leeds, is an opportunity for Valli employees to celebrate the successes and stand out performances of the year.

Speaking about the event, owner and CEO Moin Valli said: “This is one of my favourite events of the year.

“We try to ensure the day is full of fun, happiness and plenty of laughter. We ensure it is not a ‘death by PowerPoint’ event; instead, all activities are designed to enhance staff engagement and morale and also, at the same time, we like to take them slightly out of their comfort zones.”

Moin Valli dressed as a Pharaoh at the annual conference

The day began with staff members turning up in their finest royal attire. Kings, queens, knights and pharaohs were seen in attendance along with special appearances from Freddie Mercury and Beyonce Queen B.

Daytime sessions included ‘The Royal Mint’ and ‘By Royal Appointment’, which focused on IT training and continual professional development (CPD) sessions.

Following a royal banquet at lunchtime, it was time for the Royal Valli Variety Performance, where teams were tasked with creating and performing a five-minute sketch.

The audience witnessed dancing, poetry reading and acting on stage. Team Sandringham won the coveted trophy for best performance.

In the evening, the Valli Staff Awards ceremony saw accolades given in recognition of stand out performances from stores and individual staff members.

Valli Opticians in Almondbury won Practice Performance of the Year whilst Valli Opticians in Hebden Bridge took home the Hoya Special recognition Award.

Individuals’ awards presented on the night included the Kamal Aftab Optometrist of the Year award won by Nazmeen Ahmed, and Employee of the Year won by Rachel Kinghorn.

Hoya Lens UK sponsored the event.