Visit firm as it cel­e­brates 10th year

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business -

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.

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