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Start Up in Dentistry Live

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Join us for this fabulous live event and learn how to get started with your own dental squat practice from industry experts.

5 years ago Olumide Ojo created a Facebook group, following his own experience of setting up a squat practice, to create a supportive environment for likeminded dentists to share and brainstorm ideas in practice development and business ownership. The group has grown steadily to now 1,400 members.

Following the ethos of the group – Mide has created a live event.

 

DATE – 25th June 2022
LOCATION – London Heathrow Sheraton – UB7 0HJ
REGISTRATION – from 8.30am
Time – 9-5.30pm
Evening event from 7.30pm

An opportunity to share knowledge, to inspire others and a promise of development for the dental community.
Hosted by Dr Mide Ojo – Group Founder

The day will provide an A-Z of everything required to start up on dental business ownership.

Squat vs Buying existing…

A full list of topics to be announced, but including:

marketing, recruitment, HR, Financing, web development, creating your vision, leadership and mental and personal health.

Keynote talks from renowned speakers in the Dental Industry – Dr Shalin Kapoor, Dr Mark Hughes, Andy Acton (Frank Taylor & Associates), Dr Grant Macree, Sharaz Mir (Blueprint Dental), Dr Adarsh Thanki, Drs Jin and Kish (Smile Academy), Dr Jasmine Piran, Dr Raj Sheth, Shaz Memon (Digimax), David Hossien, Dr George Cheetham. Dr Anna Davies to name a few…(more special guests to be announced.)

This event will appeal to:
📌 new dental business owners
📌 experienced owners wishing to grow to multiple sites
📌 aspiring business owners.

It will also appeal to those who simply are not sure if business ownership is for them. A unique event with a refreshingly honest approach.

The format will be announced in detail but will start with interactive Ted Talk style presentations and also breakout sessions, allowing you to ask those burning questions in small groups and really challenge your speakers.

The evening will include a social event to allow us to reconnect, network and make acquaintance with our friends on social media in real life.

Buffet evening dinner and guest DJ sets till late. 🥙🥗🕺🏽💃🏾

There will be a charitable element to this event to raise awareness and funds to charities closely related to our industry. Some extra perks and material to be provided all inclusive.

🔥 There is an Early Bird discount of £75 off for the the next 75 delegates only. (Code- EARLY- only one use per booking) First tickets have sold fast. Book now to avoid disappointment. 🔥

Price is £200 for the day event and £75 for the evening event. Going up to £275 and £350 respectively.
Book your ticket using this form or simply scan the QR code below.

QR Code Dentistry Live

We look forward to seeing you all soon! 😎🙌🏼

 

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Join us at Start Up in Dentistry Live!

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Join us for this fabulous live event and learn how to get started with your own dental squat practice from industry experts.

5 years ago Olumide Ojo created a Facebook group, following his own experience of setting up a squat practice, to create a supportive environment for likeminded dentists to share and brainstorm ideas in practice development and business ownership. The group has grown steadily to now 1,400 members.


Following the ethos of the group – Mide has created a live event.

DATE – 25th June 2022
LOCATION – London Heathrow Sheraton – UB7 0HJ
REGISTRATION – from 8.30am
Time – 9-5.30pm
Evening event from 7.30pm

An opportunity to share knowledge, to inspire others and a promise of development for the dental community.
Hosted by Dr Mide Ojo – Group Founder

The day will provide an A-Z of everything required to start up on dental business ownership.

Squat vs Buying existing…

A full list of topics to be announced, but including:

marketing, recruitment, HR, Financing, web development, creating your vision, leadership and mental and personal health.

Keynote talks from renowned speakers in the Dental Industry – Dr Shalin Kapoor, Dr Mark Hughes, Andy Acton (Frank Taylor & Associates), Dr Grant Macree, Sharaz Mir (Blueprint Dental), Dr Adarsh Thanki, Drs Jin and Kish (Smile Academy), Dr Jasmine Piran, Dr Raj Sheth, Shaz Memon (Digimax), David Hossien, Dr George Cheetham. Dr Anna Davies to name a few…(more special guests to be announced.)

This event will appeal to:
📌 new dental business owners
📌 experienced owners wishing to grow to multiple sites
📌 aspiring business owners.

It will also appeal to those who simply are not sure if business ownership is for them. A unique event with a refreshingly honest approach.

The format will be announced in detail but will start with interactive Ted Talk style presentations and also breakout sessions, allowing you to ask those burning questions in small groups and really challenge your speakers.

The evening will include a social event to allow us to reconnect, network and make acquaintance with our friends on social media in real life.

Buffet evening dinner and guest DJ sets till late. 🥙🥗🕺🏽💃🏾

There will be a charitable element to this event to raise awareness and funds to charities closely related to our industry. Some extra perks and material to be provided all inclusive.

🔥 There is an Early Bird discount of £75 off for the the next 75 delegates only. (Code- EARLY- only one use per booking) First tickets have sold fast. Book now to avoid disappointment. 🔥

Price is £200 for the day event and £75 for the evening event. Going up to £275 and £350 respectively.
Book your ticket using this form or simply scan the QR code below.

QR Code Dentistry Live

We look forward to seeing you all soon! 😎🙌🏼

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How to find the best dental equipment suppliers in London, UK

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As a dentist or dental technician, you know the importance of having reliable and high-quality dental equipment and you want to make sure you’re getting the best quality products available.

When it comes to finding the best suppliers of dental equipment in the London area, and indeed the UK, there are many options to choose from and it’s important to do your research before taking the plunge.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some important factors to consider when choosing a dental equipment supplier.

So, whether you’re looking for new equipment or just want to explore your options, read on for some helpful tips!

First Impressions Count

Where to start?

Many dental professionals will start with a search of potential suppliers’ websites. You’ll get an immediate feel for the supplier and perhaps even start to filter down your equipment choices based on the information on the website.

If you decide to fill in a contact form for a callback or to arrange a demo from the website, the response time for you to hear back from the supplier is often a good indicator of their levels of customer service and responsiveness.

Alternatively, you may have had a potential supplier recommended to you via a colleague and decide to make your first contact by phone. Again, you’ll get an immediate impression of the company, how knowledgeable and friendly its customer service team is and their ability to meet your requirements, all from that initial point of contact.

Do they represent top dental brands?

Which suppliers offer the top dental brands? You may well have a favoured brand in mind. One that you’ve used before or heard great things about, so this may help you with your search.

The most recognised and reputed dental brands across the world get the top picks of the best distributors and will have stringent requirements in place when awarding distributorships. After all, their own reputations are at stake here too.

So, our advice is to look at what brands a dental equipment supplier offers in their product portfolio. The top global dental equipment companies will only do business with distributors whose sales & customer service teams are properly trained on their products and whose service engineers carrying out routine or unplanned maintenance are factory trained.

And offer the latest product ranges?

This goes hand in hand with the branding section above. If you’re looking for some new kit, the chances are you’d like something sleek and modern from the latest ranges, whether you’re talking about a new dental chair or imaging unit for your dental practice or upgraded equipment for your dental lab.

Again, you’ll soon get the idea of who is offering cutting edge kit by having a browse on their website or making a quick call into the office.

Finding the Dream Team

So, you’ve got your eye on a couple of pieces of new, shiny equipment and it may well be available from more than one supplier. We know that. That’s life, but who are you going to put your faith in?

Sure, pricing is important and we’ll cover that later, but so is the relationship with the supplier.

In most cases a piece of equipment for your dental surgery or laboratory will last 7-10 years, so picking a team who you can work with, who offer industry-leading customer service  and who are going to be around to support you over the lifetime of your equipment is really important. You don’t want to be left high and dry after a couple of years with a supplier who no longer exists!

Choose a well established, long standing supplier with a professional and experienced team and, hey we’d say, if you can find a bunch of people who love the dental business and are great to work with, well that’s just an added bonus too!

After sales service must be second to none too

We’ll cover the importance of high quality after sales service in a separate blog, but suffice to say it’s really important. All kit needs maintaining to keep it in tip top working order, enabling you to keep a healthy flow of patients coming through your surgery.

Location & Response Time

Also consider where the supplier is located themselves. This is particularly important for dental practices in the London area, where travel time for the supplier to get to you may be extended if they are based outside of the area.

Their ability to support you will be impacted by the distance they need to travel to support you. And in the London area, we all know that even covering the shortest of distances can take a long time, so choosing a supplier with a local office and service support engineers will rapidly improve their response times to you.

Competitive Prices

You want the best deal, right? Of course you do!

But remember, there is always an element of ‘you get what you pay for’.

Seek out a supplier whose pricing for your project is fair, clear and, yes, competitive. It may not be the cheapest, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the best deal for you overall. Look at what the pricing does include and, perhaps more importantly, what it doesn’t, before committing your hard earned surgery cash to a project.

Ready to choose? Why not consider Blueprint Dental?

At Blueprint Dental, we’re pretty sure we can tick all the boxes we mention above.

Blueprint Dental is different and we’re proud of that fact.

Located in south west London, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible and a deeply personal service, whether you’re a dentist or dental technician.

We pride ourselves on being the most recommended and trusted source of dental equipment and service in the London area, indeed in the UK as a whole. We carry only top-of-the-line products from leading global brands, so you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting the best possible value for your money. Plus, our team of experienced professionals is always on hand to help you find exactly what you need, no matter what your needs may be.

Make us your first port of call and contact us today to learn more about our products and services can help you and your patients.

 

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10 Top Tips For Starting Your Dental Squat Practice

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For any ambitious dentist, the idea of opening a dental squat practice is an intriguing and exciting one. To get started you will need to take some steps that may seem daunting at first, but that can be broken down into manageable tasks which will see you well on the road to realising your dream practice in no time.

So, we’ve put together these 10 Top Tips to help you get started setting up your own Dental Squat Practice:

Top Tip #1 – Create a watertight business plan

Not the most thrilling place to start, huh? You just want to get on with the exciting stuff. Maybe, but sitting down and creating a comprehensive business plan doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth.

Setting yourself clear, achievable objectives will be key to your success AND prove invaluable if you need to obtain finance or attract business partners to your venture. Think about the business and personal goals you want to achieve over the short, medium and long term and write them down. It doesn’t need to be a weighty tome, but a little bit of upfront thought and planning now will save you time and money in the long run.

Top Tip #2  – Location, location, location!

Perhaps one of the most important and biggest decisions you’ll have to make is where to physically set your practice up.

Your surgery is nothing without patients, so think about how easily they can get to the practice. Ideally it needs to be easy to find and accessible. If the majority of your patients will travel by car, consider how easy it is to park nearby and whether there are parking charges. If patients travel by public transport, how good are the links? Where’s the nearest bus stop or train station?

The location of your dental surgery will also define your footfall from the surrounding area and passers-by. You’re more likely to get noticed on a busy road than a quiet side road or rural location.

Your patients should be front and centre of your location choice, but don’t forget your staff and even your own journey. How easy and far is your commute and is it easy for your team to get to and from work as well?

Also, it’s worth a quick scout around the area to see how close your competition is too. Are there other dental surgeries in the vicinity and how will you stand out from the crowd and differentiate your surgery?

Which leads us on nicely to…

Top Tip #3 – Your brand and identity

Here’s one of those exciting bits!

But there’s a serious element at stake here too. Everything from the way your surgery looks from the outside, the ambience of the reception area and waiting room, to the calmness and comfort of the treatment rooms will influence patient experience and their likelihood to recommend you to others. More on this later, but don’t underestimate word of mouth (No pun intended!)

Having a clever, funky logo and painting the practice your favourite colour is all well and good, but how the surroundings make the patient feel and the consistency of how you apply your brand are hugely important.

Some careful consideration upfront and consistent application of your brand from the start will go a long way to establishing you in your new neighbourhood.

Top Tip #4 – Choosing your equipment & fit out

Another area we all get excited about!

But this one really is of utmost importance and will affect the efficiency of how your practice runs, your workflows and patient experience. Ask yourself what equipment you really need to get your practice up and running.

Are you going to be offering chairside restorations and digital dentistry? Is space limited, so a knee-break dental chair may work better for patient access? What about decontamination workflows and the ‘unseen’ suction equipment every dental practice needs?

Do you need every piece of kit on your shopping list from the outset or can some be added or upgraded as your patient base expands?

Our golden nugget of advice here is to partner with a dental equipment supplier who has the experience and expertise of guiding you through setting up your first dental practice from its first inception to the day you open the doors to your first patients.

You’ll need someone who can help you with everything from dental surgery design & workflows, project management to make sure everything happens at the right time, in the right order and on budget to someone with the technical skills and expertise to execute on-site installation, commissioning and training, with the minimum amount of fuss and mess.

And, yes, here at Blueprint Dental, that’s right up our street and we’d love to discuss your project with you from an early stage.

Top Tip #5 – Financing your dream

 So, you’ve created that business plan, found your premises, thought about what equipment you need and even have some ideas about that funky logo…

Now it’s time for the really serious stuff…how are you going to pay for it all?

Well, the good news is there are some awesome specialist finance companies out there who can help you make the right financial choices as you start your business. They can provide you with illustrations and choices for lease purchase and rental options that will provide clarity for your payment plans and options as your business grows.

But, be sure to find yourself a good, reputable finance company, who understand the dental business as well as they do money matters.

In our eyes, you’d do well to find anyone better than Vector Finance, who we’ve worked with on many projects and will also be able to provide guidance on tax planning and efficiencies, as well as any government grants and schemes which you can take advantage of.

Cash flow is also an important consideration in the control of your finances. Make sure you are registered with all the right patient insurance providers and keep up to date with your treatment claims, as well as ensuring patients who pay for treatment do so before leaving the practice. That way, you’ll be in good financial health to make sure you’ve always got the cash to keep well stocked of the consumable items you need to run your practice and before you know it there’ll be enough left over to be drawing a decent income from the practice yourself too.

Top Tip #6 – Who’s in your dream team?

You’ll need to decide what your staffing structure should be from the start and how you might look to add to it as the practice becomes more established.

As tempting as it may be from a financial perspective to minimise wage costs and go it alone from the start, you should consider whether that works on a practical level. You are a skilled clinician, highly trained to perform intricate dental procedures on patients, not a jack of all trades also managing patient appointments, payments and rotas.

We’re assuming you’ll need a dental assistant, but also consider whether some administrative support in the shape of a Practice Manager or reception team would be prudent. With the greatest respect, we all know some superb dental surgeons who freely admit that admin is not their forte. And that’s not to mention that it can be pretty lonely managing all elements of the business on your own.

Maybe you just need some part time help when you first start, building up to a bigger and possibly full time team as time goes by.

Are you offering hygienist services? Do you have a spare surgery you can rent out to other dental professionals who may want to treat patients in your area? These are all things which are good to consider and discuss with your dental equipment supplier from the outset.

Top Tip #7 – Marketing Matters

Marketing your dental squat practice can be difficult, but it’s worth the effort and will pay dividends.

Research the best channels to reach your potential patients. This is likely to be a combination of digital channels like a website and social media, together with non-digital channels like advertising in local newspapers, leaflet drops and word of mouth (we said we’d come back to that and here we are!)

Make sure you make it easy for people to contact you. It might sound obvious, but make sure the telephone number and email address are easily seen. Check, recheck and then check again for spelling mistakes and typos (…we’re back to that brand and patient experience again)

And keep it simple. You don’t have to spend thousands on the swankiest website in town, but you should tie everything in with your brand and keep at it. Regular postings and contact with your potential clients will get people through the door. And as soon as you can get patient testimonials, do so,  and don’t be afraid to ask your satisfied patients to spread the word and recommend you to their own friends and family. Word of mouth really is a hugely powerful and wholly under-rated form of marketing.

Top Tip #8 – Get the legal stuff sorted

Taking on premises open to the public, whether you’re renting or buying, entering into financial agreements and potentially employing staff all come with legal implications.

Make sure you’re clear from the start what your legal obligations are and take legal advice to make sure you have everything in order. You don’t want any nasty shocks or surprises further down the line.

The same goes for any building regulations you may need to have in place before starting work on your practice, indemnities and liability policies when dealing with the public and dental-specific legalities around treatments and hazardous waste disposal.

Top Tip #9 – Keep your equipment in tip top working order

The smooth running of your practice once opened will be vital to your reputation and stress levels. The last thing you need is to have to cancel dental procedures due to faulty or unreliable equipment.

Talk to your dental equipment supplier about on-going maintenance routines early on when you’re specifying and choosing your kit.

Get an understanding of what the preventative maintenance schedules are, choose a supplier who has experienced and factory-trained engineers and maximise the uptime of your key pieces of equipment by choosing a dental maintenance team who can service your kit around your schedules to minimise the impact on your working day.

You may even be able to factor in maintenance costs to any lease purchase agreements, but however you’re financing your kit, don’t overlook this element and be sure to include it in any cashflow forecasts you create.

We’re pretty confident at Blueprint Dental that we tick all the boxes when it comes to keeping your squat practice in tip top working order too.

Top Tip #10 – Take time to enjoy your dream

So, you’ve done it! Your very own dental practice, all set up and running; a steady stream of patients coming through the door, some even recommended by their friends and families.

It’s been hard work, you’ve learned so much and you’ve worked incredibly long hours to get to this point, but we hope that with the help of an experienced and reputable dental equipment company, it’s been worth it.

Stop. Look around you and give yourself a minute to take in all that you’ve created, all that you’ve achieved for your patients, your team, your family and yourself.

Congratulations!

At Blueprint Dental, we’d love to be part of your journey to realise the dream of your squat practice. 

Drop us a line to discuss your dream today.

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