A new business set up in Caithness and Sutherland by a Thurso entrepreneur is expanding quickly to fill a gap in the market.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is supporting The Dental Plan Ltd (TDP), set up by registered dentists Dr John Barry with his colleague Dr Kenny Barr, with a £45,980 grant to allow it to increase its workforce at its business park base just outside of Thurso.
Dr John Barry says: "We have done the initial work to test the market and we are confident the time is right to move to the next level. We are delighted that HIE has been able to support our efforts to employ more staff. The north Highlands is a great working environment and we can deal with dental practices anywhere in the UK or even overseas from our base in Thurso with little difficulty. Dentists are usually trained to the highest standards clinically but have limited business or administration expertise and this is where The Dental Plan advises on best practice and implements systems including providing administration for practice membership plans and associated insurance for patients.”
Keith Muir of HIE comments: "The market for private dental membership plans and associated insurance is huge and the practical knowledge of the directors at TDP puts them in an excellent position to tap into the opportunities available. The company is working in the national market with clients from the South of England to the Orkney Islands. HIE is pleased to be able to assist the company to see it employ the staff it needs to allow it to grow."