Tweedmouth dentist smiling at growth plans
A dental practice has launched its full digital suite after being awarded funding from the North East Rural Growth Network.
Berwick Smile Dental Care was awarded £60,000 of funding by the North East Rural Growth Network, which approved the investment from the Rural Business Growth Fund.
The practice, which is located at West End, Tweedmouth, is owned by Dr Indra Rampersad, principal dentist.
The grant funding, along with significant capital investment by the business, has enabled the practice to acquire new equipment to manufacture its own dental appliances in-house.
The size of the new equipment also requires additional treatment space, meaning the practice has also been able to convert the unused outhouse on site to extend the treatment area currently available.
The project has now been completed successfully and will create four full-time equivalent posts by 2019.
Dr Rampersad said: “There are many benefits to our unique service. Patients will no longer have to suffer from the sensation of impression materials in their mouths as we now have the latest digital scanning techniques.
“All crowns can be made in-house, which means no more temporary crowns or two-week delays between appointments.
“We can now spend more time outside your mouth than inside your mouth for dental implant treatments, and our new photography room allows us to introduce the very latest techniques in Digital Smile Design.
“We are also very proud of our new private consultation room, where our patients can discuss treatment and finance in a friendly, non-clinical environment.”
The North East Rural Growth Network is designed to support medium-sized rural businesses with capital investment projects. In 2015, the Rural Growth Network secured £6million from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.
North East LEP Business Growth Director, Colin Bell said: “Our rural businesses play an important role in supporting the regional economy. As such, our focus is on ensuring they have the right package of support to flourish, including access to finance to aid growth, sustainability and job creation.”
You can find out more about the North East Rural Growth Network grant schemes and how to apply by contacting the delivery team who are based at Arch.
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