A Romsey dental surgery is targeting further growth after its head dentist purchased the freehold and trading business with the support of a funding package from Lloyds Bank.

Kevin Hebenton, who had been working at Romsey Dental Care on Station Road for the last five years as an associate, is now the practice owner.

The funding from Lloyds Bank has also helped the team to purchase an iTero 5D intraoral scanner – which allows patients to view scans of their teeth digitally – and renovate the waiting area and operating rooms to enable the practice to hire more staff in the near future.

Established in 1997, Romsey Dental Care now offers a full range of private dental services, with a particular focus on cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign teeth straightening and whitening.

The business currently employs 10 staff, including four dental nurses, two hygienists, three receptionists and a practice manager.

Kevin said: “I’m proud to lead this fantastic surgery, which plays an important role in supporting our local community. The help and guidance we’ve received from Lloyds Bank have been pivotal in the purchase going so smoothly. The team there explained from the outset how the transaction could work and the steps to make it happen, and they have been by our side throughout to help us navigate the process.

“Following a challenging time for businesses everywhere, we’re now looking forward to growing the team and expanding the services we offer across our practice.”

Sharon Hillier, healthcare relationship manager at Lloyds Bank, said: “What has shone through while working with Kevin and his team is their ambition to continue scaling up and desire to make sure every patient is offered professional and compassionate care and advice. The combination of an enterprising business plans and a genuinely caring ethos stands the practice in good stead for the future.”