Scottish dental group breaks 50-practice milestone

Jim Hall Clyde Munro Dental Group
Jim Hall, Clyde Munro Dental Group

Clyde Munro Dental Group now owns more than 50 practices in Scotland following its acquisition of Mearns Dental, a two-practice operation in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire.

Mearns Dental was founded by Craig Taylor, when he merged his Crookfur Dental Practice with Gordon Robertson’s Means Cross Dental Practice in 1992. Taylor’s two fellow partners, Eloy Lopez and Lyndsey Chalmers along with their 15 strong team, including three associate dentists and three dental hygienists will stay on as part of the takeover.

The acquisition takes Clyde Munro’s practice tally to 51, with 400 staff and more than 400,000 patients. A further six practices at heads of terms are expected to complete in the coming weeks.

Founded in 2015, Glasgow-based Clyde Munro Dental Group is backed by Investec and Synova. The company stated that it set out from day one to work solely north of the border, with a vision to become the nation’s family dentist while retaining the identity of its individual surgeries. It added that since the start of the pandemic it has received many approaches from practice owners.

Clyde Munro’s founder Jim Hall said: “There are around 700 practices in Scotland that could fit the mould for joining Clyde Munro, so we don’t believe things will slow up. Covid-19 has been the final straw for many dentists, who already face huge regulatory requirements. Many of them simply didn’t get into the profession to run a business, or complete a mountain of paperwork at the end of a long day of clinical work. 

“What is critical for us now is that we ensure we deliver for our practices as we grow – and keep looking to bring efficiencies of scale, the latest techniques and procedures, all while retaining the character and individuality of each location.

Clyde Munro has a presence in all of Scotland’s cities, and owns practices from Orkney and the Highlands to the Scottish Borders. The company stated it will “continue its unrelenting pace of growth”.

Date published: May 28, 2021

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