Funeral Partners makes first acquisition in Wales with historic Llanelli business

A respected funeral firm with more than 70 years of proud history has become the first Welsh business to join Funeral Partners.

Arthur Cambrey Funeral Directors, based in Llanelli and set in more than an acre of beautiful grounds, has become the newest addition to Funeral Partners growing network.

Mr Cambrey started his career by running a car hire business but founded his funeral company in 1950 having initially provided vehicles for local undertakers.

He continued working to serve local families, until the day before his death in 2012.

Mr Cambrey’s daughter, Alison, began working for the business in the 1980s, firstly in accounting but has gone on to follow in her father’s footsteps by arranging and conducting funerals.

Her two daughters now have successful careers meaning there is no natural successor in the family, and with Alison due to become a grandmother not once but twice early next year, she has decided now is the right time to seek an acquisition partner.

Alison said: “From my very first meeting, they made me comfortable and I feel like Funeral Partners are here to support me.

“Funeral Partners can help me with the regulations, with the HR and the back of house, while I can do what I love, and what I am good at, which is helping people arrange funerals for their loved ones.

“I think they know they have a great business here because of the work that has gone in to building it up.”

Alison will remain and integral part of the team as Business Principal and said she hoped working with Funeral Partners would safeguard her father’s legacy.

“This business was everything to him, and I’m proud and happy that my father’s name is still above the door,” she said.

“I’ve always been dedicated to it, too, but even more so since he passed, and I think making sure it continued to be successful helped me deal with my grief.

“My mother, Joyce, lived in a bungalow on the grounds of the funeral home until she died two years ago, and it was so important for me that she knew the business was still running successfully.”

Funeral Partners Chief Executive Sam Kershaw said: “I’m very excited about branching out into Wales, and we couldn’t have asked for a better business to work with than Arthur Cambrey Funeral Directors.

“They have an enviable reputation, a dedicated team and a wonderful funeral home set in beautiful grounds, which is a brilliant combination.”