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05 February 2004
The Herald
Philanthropist with a love of the arts

THE son of a Glasgow taxi driver, David Moulsdale left school at 16 to work in an optician's. He opened his first shop in 1991 and soon developed a reputation for ruthless cost control.
He has shown that his business, as a multiple, can compete on price by bulk buying from suppliers at cheaper rates than competitors.
The rapid ascent of Optical Express has brought the businessman a clutch of awards, including Scots Entrepreneur of the Year and the Scottish Business Achievement Award. He has also developed a reputation as a philanthropist and patron of the arts. DCM Optical Holdings made 67,000 of charitable donations last year.
One of Moulsdale's more high-profile gestures was to offer to bail out a group of Parkhead parents who had been left holding 1700 worth of worthless vouchers in the failed Sports Connection chain.
Moulsdale has also been involved in raising money for refurbishment of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

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