Funding package supports dental group’s expansion

Aly S Tejani


A dental group has expanded its portfolio with an acquisition supported by a £2.5m funding package from Santander UK.

Leicestershire-headquartered A&U Dental has purchased Citident Dental Practice in Milton Keynes, taking its portfolio of surgeries to seven.

A&U Dental was first established by siblings Ambareen Tejani-Sharif and Aly S Tejani in 2016.

As part of its acquisition strategy, the company hopes to build a portfolio of 20 dental practices in the next five years. It is currently looking to make acquisitions in London and the South of England.

Tejani said: “Over the past year, with Santander UK’s funding and support, we’ve more than doubled the size of our group to seven dental practices. During this growth phase, we look forward to working with Santander UK as our banking partner to build our business into a truly nationwide group.”

Tejani-Sharif added: “It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Santander UK over the past seven years. I look forward to our growth in this new region.”

Santander UK has provided funding support for six of the family-run group’s seven dental surgeries as well as its day-to-day banking.

Jill Yates, relationship director at Santander UK, said: “We are pleased to provide funding for A&U Dental’s latest acquisition, which expands its portfolio of dental surgeries to seven.

“Having been A&U Dental’s banking partner since it was first established in 2016, we are delighted to have supported its growth every step of the way and look forward to providing it with tailored, dedicated sector-specialist support in the years to come, helping it attain its aspiration of operating a nationwide portfolio of dental practices.”

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