National awards double for Suffolk and Essex community dentistry provider

The Community Dental Services team receiving the Health & Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year

The Community Dental Services team receiving the Health & Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year award from actor Michael Sheen. Picture: Agenda - Credit: Archant

An employee-owned business which operates community dental services in the East of England, including nearly 20 clinics in Suffolk and Essex, is celebrating two national awards.

Community Dental Services (CDS) has been named Employee Owned Business of the Year by the Employee Ownership Association and picked up the Health and Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year title at the UK Social Enterprise Awards.

CDS, a Community Interest Company (CIC) an annual turnover of £12m, has offices in Bedford and Bury St Edmunds and provides community services for people unable to access high street dentistry in East Anglia, the East Midlands and the Home Counties.

Alison Reid, chief executive, said: “Receiving two national awards like these recognises all the hard work we have done, and continue to do, to reach out to people to improve their oral health.

“It also offers us a great opportunity to have even greater impact and reach even more communities and to continue to nurture the talent and enthusiasm of our employee owners.


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“It was an honour to receive two nationally recognised awards; one which acknowledges our social purpose and another that celebrates the contribution we make to promoting employee ownership.”

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