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October 27, 2020

A view from the dentist’s chair: Reflecting on 2020

Without doubt, 2020 has been a year of unexpected events and incredible challenges for most industries – the dental sector included.

In his latest blog, EthOss co-founder Dr Peter Fairbairn, reflects on a year like no other and how EthOss has weathered the storm and gone from strength to strength.

It’s fair to say that few in our sector will forget 2020 in a hurry. The virus has disrupted life as we know it, rocking the foundations of dental practices and their staff across the world, especially since their services need to be carried out within close proximity of patients.

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, it’s clear to see how technology has played a key role in keeping the wheels in motion, and how it will continue to do so. Here at EthOss, it’s no different.  The last six months have seen our EthOss Academy activity really step up, offering more online training and learning opportunities for practitioners across the world.

Recently, we hosted our inaugural QuestionTime event with a panel of industry stalwarts. The event received extremely positive feedback and we’ve seen webinar attendance double.

This is a clear indicator that there is a demand for interactive online learning now and in the future, and we’ll be continuing to bolster our offering in this area and host more webinars in the weeks and months to come.

During a time when we’ve all needed to dig deep to find strength and unite, it was particularly humbling to see both the turnover and total exports for EthOss increase by 22 per cent in 2019/2020.

We have been incredibly pleased to see such continued growth both in the UK and overseas. Exports now account for 58 per cent of our total turnover and August 2020 was our busiest export month ever. To have achieved this, despite losing three months of trading due to Covid-19, is a real testament to our dedicated and committed team whose continued hard work is evident.

Another welcome surprise for EthOss recently was being shortlisted for both the prestigious Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2020 and Spectator Economic Innovator Awards 2020.

We have been named as a finalist in this year’s innovation category in The Yorkshire Post Awards and a regional finalist at the Spectator Economic Innovator Awards. It’s brilliant to have our hard work recognised in this way and to have our innovative approach to dental bone grafting highlighted in such prominent publications.

To be listed alongside some of Yorkshire’s most pioneering organisations is an honour and we’re thoroughly looking forward to the virtual awards ceremonies taking place on Wednesday 4 November (Yorkshire Post) and Wednesday 25 November (Spectator Economic Innovator).