By Ian McConnell

A Fife dental practice has been sold after its previous owner, Alison Hughes, decided to retire.

Kincardine Dental Practice has been purchased by Charles Parsons, who previously owned practices in the UK and South Africa.

Christie & Co, which conducted the sale of the practice, said: “Mr Parsons was keen to acquire a small dental practice in Scotland and views Kincardine Dental Practice as an ideal fit for him.”

The property agent said: “Kincardine Dental Practice is a two surgery, mixed-income dental practice located in the small, traditional village of Kincardine…The village has a population of approximately 2,830 people and, as there are no other practices in the village, Kincardine Dental Practice enjoys a dedicated and consistent patient base.”

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It added: “The business’s previous owner/principal, Alison Hughes, joined the practice as an associate in 1990 and later purchased the site in 1996. After over 30 years in the business, Mrs Hughes decided to sell to pursue a well-earned retirement.”

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Ms Hughes said: “After purchasing the practice in May 1996, I refitted the reception area, re-equipped the main surgery and subsequently fitted a second surgery, a dedicated decontamination room, and a computerised practice-management system. This allowed the practice to grow, to take on an associate, and to see more patients.

“I decided to sell the business and retire after 38 years of dentistry as I want to have new adventures with my husband whilst we still can. Joel [Mannix] at Christie & Co found a non-corporate buyer for the practice who I believe will continue to develop and grow the practice whilst maintaining its unique, friendly position within the community.”

The price paid for Kincardine Dental Practice was not disclosed.