I owned the practice that I am now Clinical Director of and decided to sell to improve my work/life balance. My practice had been my first 'baby' (before I had the two-legged kind), and I was not willing to sell to the highest bidder - I had invested too much both emotionally and physically to sell to just anyone. I had a few offers from corporates, but I am very glad I chose for our surgery to join IVC. They are forward-thinking, make decisions from the ground up, rather than enforcing rules across the board, they take note of what those of us 'on the ground' have to say, and come up with solutions to help problems across the group. They have stayed true to their word of keeping us as independent as we can be, considering we are now part of a very large group. Not much has changed for our staff or for our clients and we have been able to grow the surgery beyond what we could have done as an independent. The Central Support Team have been invaluable in providing financial advice, payroll advice, HR advice and recruitment help. IVC stay true to their values, and although at times there can be frustrations, these are usually sorted out swiftly. They provide ample learning opportunities for everyone in the team and everyone seems to come back from their courses full of enthusiasm and wanting to make a difference. We have been part of IVC now for close to two years, and I am very glad that I chose wisely when I decided to sell my business to them.