Eastbourne-based South Cliff Dental Group is to continue its rapid expansion plans, acquiring two dental practices per year, following £4.5 million in funding from Santander Business Banking. This follows the acquisition of three new practices in 2018: Whitehawk Dental in Brighton, Copse Lane Surgery in Hamble and Gosport Smile Clinic.
South Cliff Dental Group was founded in 2015, offering patients across West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire greater flexibility in extended opening hours on Saturdays and evenings. The group was founded by Dr Ashkan Pitchforth, who is responsible for the overall strategy of the group, and Dr Manar El-Alami, Clinical Director.
Since 2015, the Group has grown through its ambitious acquisition strategy, currently with a combined turnover of £5 million.
Dr Ashkan Pitchforth, Founder, South Cliff Dental Group, said: “Our aim as a business is to offer patients a better experience, providing a more flexible service than they are used to from a dental practice. Santander has brought true competition to the market through their unique understanding of the dental sector and we value their support throughout these acquisitions.”
James Elwood, Relationship Director, Santander Business Banking said: “We are delighted to be working with South Cliff Dental Group. The group is working hard to differentiate itself from others in the market and we look forward to helping this great business achieve its objectives of becoming the preferred option for patients in the South East.”
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