Top Dental Franchises in the UK
Dentistry isn’t the first industry that springs to mind when talking about the world of franchising. Here in the UK, we’re lucky enough to be able to access most dental care cheaply through the NHS and the private practices across the country are often run by healthcare companies such as Bupa, who only have company owned clinics. However, dentistry is a lucrative industry.
Around £5.8 billion is spent on dental treatments every single year, with around £2.2 billion generated by private dental care. Although many of us opt for an NHS dentist due to cost constraints, those who are willing to spend their hard-earned cash on their dental care can rack up hefty bills. From standard procedures such as fillings and a scale and polish all the way up to veneers and implants that will set you back thousands, private dentistry is a sector with high profit margins.
However, setting up your own private dental clinic can be incredibly expensive, as you’ll need to purchase costly equipment and premises, as well as confusing, as you’ll need to ensure you comply with standards set by regulatory bodies such as the CQC. So, are there any franchise opportunities available in the dental care sector?
Aspen Dental Franchise
Aspen Dental is a popular dental care provider in the US, with more than 550 franchised clinics across the country. However, the company is not strictly a franchise, as it offers business support and administrative services to those who choose to use its branding rather than a wholly supportive franchise partnership. Aspen Dental also targets already established dental practices, meaning that the financial support other franchises may provide to help with the costly opening phase of your business, isn’t available through this company.
Dental Clinic Franchise
There are a few dental franchises that are beginning to emerge in the UK. These include the neem tree, which was set up in 2015 and is now seeking franchisees to expand its network across the UK. The company offers a franchise opportunity to dentists in the UK who’d like to have their very own dental practice but are struggling to fund the expensive venture. However, the industry is ripe for competition, so if you’re thinking of setting up your own dental clinic franchise, now could be the perfect time to take the plunge.
Although there aren’t currently any dental franchises here on Point Franchise, there are other options in the world of healthcare that offer you the chance to improve people’s health in many different ways. If you’d like to run your own business in eye, ear, or home care, there are lots of options just waiting for you to take a look at.
Established in 1928, Leightons is one of the UK’s oldest providers of eye and hearing care services and currently offers the only franchise opportunity in the fields of both ophthalmology and audiology. Its eye examinations are more in-depth than most, offering scans that can detect serious issues such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma up to five years earlier than traditional tests. Its hearing care is also advanced, with trained audiologists in every store and hearing devices that can connect to everything from your mobile phone to your TV to make life easier. The opticians franchise is a full member of the British Franchise Association and has more than 34 locations across the South East of England and London.
Leightons is on the lookout for ambitious healthcare professionals who want to take the brand to even more customers across the country and offers a choice of three business opportunities to prospective franchisees. Depending on the level of investment and involvement each individual is looking for, they can opt to become a franchisee, open a joint venture branch, or negotiate shared ownership of their practice with Leightons. All three options give the partner the right to use the influential and trusted brand name, as well as giving them access to Leightons’ cutting-edge products and equipment. Each new franchise partner will undergo extensive training covering everything from sales and marketing to business operations and employee training to ensure that they’re ready to make their branch a success.
Home Care Franchise
Perhaps you want to be involved in the world of healthcare, but not the clinical side. A home care franchise could be the right choice for you. With the UK’s retired population set to increase even more in the coming years and a decrease in funding for care across the nation, private care as a sector is now booming. Point Franchise has a wide variety of options for you to choose from, depending on the type of care service you’d like to bring to your community.
If you’re looking to get involved in a family-run business that offers everything from daily care visits to full-time live-in support to vulnerable clients, Heritage Healthcare is a fantastic option. It was named as the ‘Emerging Franchisor of the Year’ in 2017 and is choosy about its franchisees, ensuring that the best, most compassionate individuals join the business.
Radfield Home Care is another family-run franchise and is currently the only franchise in the healthcare sector to have earned the title of ‘Certified B Corp’, a widely recognised marker that shows a company’s commitment to ethical practices. Specialising in the care of elderly people, Radfield Home Care’s franchisees make sure that their home care assistants are expertly trained to provide quality, specialist care.
If you’re looking for a totally unique opportunity, Seniors Helping Seniors could be the franchise for you. The innovative franchise pairs trained carers, who are all senior citizens themselves, with fellow older people in need of a helping hand, providing the assistance and peer companionship that makes their clients’ lives so much brighter. The franchise has hundreds of locations in the US and is looking to strengthen its presence here in the UK.
Sophie Cole, Point Franchise ©
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