Ravat & Ray Dental Care was formed in June 2007 by Irfan Ravat and Mark Ray. While working together for 3 years previously at Highfield Dental Practice, they had often discussed their shared vision for the future of dentistry in their home town, Bolton, and so took the opportunity to tender for a new practice which the NHS wanted to open locally. Their shared vision of high quality dental care for all won them the tender, and they opened their first practice together in January 2008 in Deane, Bolton.

On graduating both Mark and Irfan declined offers to practice in other parts of the country deciding instead to return to their home town of Bolton. They established their business and by doing so set about giving back to the community that they were from.

The recipe of dedication to the highest standards of dental care provision meant that in just 7 short years the company has grown to 10 practices covering Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire and employs almost 100 people. All of the practices were the result of successfully tendering for new NHS practices, as the Ravat and Ray brand became synonymous with high quality dental care provision, with NHS commissioners.

Ravat and Ray’s professional and highly motivated teams are their greatest strength. They operate from state-of-the-art premises and their passion is to ensure that every single patient gets the individualised care they deserve.

Ravat & Ray Dental Care have striven to be at the cutting edge of new ways of working, and were the first practice in Bolton to provide patients with ‘Direct Access’; a service which allows patients the opportunity to book an appointment with a Dental Hygienist or Therapist for hygiene treatments without the need for an appointment with the dentist first.

Keen to be embedded in the local communities, each of the 10 practices undertakes outreach work projects in local schools designed to improve oral health. In addition much charity work is undertaken by the organisation, raising in excess of £30,000 to date. Mark, as a keen cyclist undertakes and annual fundraising challenge, which this year was three loops of the Bolton Iron man cycle route in just over 9 hours, a massive 150 miles. Last year he rode coast to coast in a day!

This year’s challenge was in aid of local charity the AS-SUFFA Institute, a local Homeless Outreach project that every Sunday come rain or shine provide up to 100 chicken biryanis, plus a drink and a light snack to every person they visit. The team visit four temporary hostels in Bolton before driving their mobile soup kitchen to other known locations to hand out food to those living on the streets.

Other charity work includes support of the British Red Cross, Macmillan Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation, and Bridge to Aid, as well as many smaller local charities. They were a principal sponsor of the British Red Cross ball last year, and are the principal sponsor of the Heart of Bolton Ball this year.

Recognising that being an active and supportive member of the community is not just about donations, it is also about securing long term sustainable improvements for the people of Bolton. Both partners are extremely proud of the work they undertook with Dr Zubair Hanslot and others from the University of Bolton in securing government approval for a new £10 million University Technical College, which will expand the educational offer to a much wider range of young people in the local community.

University Technical Colleges are a new idea in education for 14 -19 year olds developed in response to the needs of industry and will bring together practical, technical and academic learning with a specialist industry focus.

UTC Bolton will specialise in health sciences and engineering technologies which are areas of skill shortage both locally and nationally and is due to start enrolling students from September 2015.