About Talk Direct
Talk Direct is an O2 franchise who opened one of their first stores in the Leeds Merrion Shopping Centre in 2005. We are now one of the most successful franchisees in the country with 16 stores across Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East of England.
We are an Investors in People Silver accredited company until 2021 and are the proud winners of the 2016 British Franchise Association HSBC ‘Judges Award’ for the pioneering Project iCare campaign to provide access to technology to those who are visually impaired.
Talk Direct are also the proud sponsors of The Diana Award who are the only charity allowed to bear the name of Diana, Princess of Wales recognising the young unsung heroes across Yorkshire and Humberside. We also support some local charities such as The Partially Sighted Society who offer help, support and equipment for anyone with a visual impairment and Roundabout Charity who are a local youth housing charity in Sheffield providing shelter, support and life skills to young people.
About Project iCare
Zak, our founder and chairman, established Project iCare to find innovative ways to make technology available to the visually impaired, targeting the UK’s two million registered blind.
Mark lost his eyesight in 2013 to diabetes leaving him with just 30% of his vision after contracting the eye condition Diabetic Retinopathy making it difficult for him to carry out his daily duties; tasks such as using a computer became a major struggle. Worried about his future, Mark had contacted Action who gave him the support and guidance he needed to tell Zak about his condition.
Mark is now the Ambassador for Project iCare which helps the visually impaired use iPhones and tablets in our stores as well as in the local communities and charities such as Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind. This has now been adopted by O2 and extended beyond Zak’s franchise network.
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