Visit firm as it celebrates 10th year
A FOLKESTONE business is celebrating 10 years of trading with open days this month.
Hearbase will be open to everyone on October 17 and 18 at its headquarters in Sandgate Road.
Mark and Sue Scutchings started the private audiology company in Canterbury’s Chaucer Hospital in 1998. With increasing numbers of private patients and GP referrals, Hearbase Ltd expanded and has nine clinics in Kent, in Folkestone, Canterbury, Margate, Cranbrook, Orpington, Dover, Deal, Herne Bay and Gillingham.
The company moved to the Shearway Business Park in 2002. In 2005, Hearbase Ltd acquired Grooms Hearing Aid Centre and relocated to its base in Sandgate Road.
Director Mark Scutchings said: “The last decade has been incredibly exciting. We’ve opened new clinics, held free hearing test roadshows at local supermarkets, supported deaf children in Romania for 10 years, raised money to sponsor a hearing assistance dog for a profoundly deaf woman in Thanet and campaigned about noise awareness issues across the county.
“Last year we entered into a new partnership with the Eastern and Coastal Primary Care Trust to significantly reduce hearing aid waiting times from 88 weeks to eight weeks for NHS patients in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover and Folkestone. This contract has been extended to 2011 and will include patients in Thanet and West Kent.”
Mark said: “We are very happy in Folkestone. We are excited by the recent regeneration and look forward to many more years in the town.”
To join in the celebrations, go to 140 Sandgate Road on Friday, October 17, between 9am-5pm, on Saturday, October 18, between 9am-1pm.
Experts from hearing aid manufacturers will be on hand to explain the latest technology.