Our name for integrity and honesty is valued by our customers

Because Funeral Partners knows the importance of high standards and reputation in the local community

Funeral Partners Limited was founded in 2007 by Phillip Greenfield, as he recognised the need for a well-run, high-quality group of funeral directors that would provide communities with a service that could be relied upon nationwide.

Since then growth has been rapid, as our name for integrity and honesty has attracted independent funeral homes throughout the country. They have appreciated our deep knowledge of the industry as several of our senior employees were born and raised in family-run funeral businesses themselves.

Our commitment is to build upon every acquired funeral homes’ business whilst retaining its heritage and reputation within its local community. We put in the investment, training and improved processes in order to build a brand with a reputation for reliability, trust and quality.

Funeral Partners is now the third largest funeral services provider in the country, with over 160 funeral homes, more than 650 employees and overseeing over 13,000 funerals annually.

At the end of December 2017 Phillip Greenfield retired from his role as Chief Executive and Sam Kershaw, who joined Funeral Partners in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, was appointed as the new Chief Executive in January 2018.

We understand the importance of protecting your brand’s hard-earned reputation and continuing to provide the highest levels of service’
 – Sam Kershaw, CEO

Past and Future

Funeral Partners has always been ambitious. We are driven by our desire to provide an excellent service in all the communities that we serve. As we’ve grown our network, funeral homes that have decided to work with us have tuned-into our ambition to become the best funeral provider that we can be.

Led by a senior management team with a collective experience of over sixty years’ in the funeral industry, our objective is to continue to grow the business by acquiring independent family-owned funeral homes, whilst protecting their heritage, reputation and, of course, providing a high level of customer and community service. In addition, we will strive to uphold their local identity and maintain the ethos of an independent funeral home.

Timeline

2007

Funeral Partners founded by Phillip Greenfield. Huntleys Funeral Services Redditch becomes first Funeral Partners business.

2007

2008

Wm Dodgson & Son, founded in 1842 in Leeds, joins Funeral Partners with four other funeral directors based in West and South Yorkshire.

2008

2009

E Sargeant & Son established in 1712 in Berkshire, and thus one of the oldest funeral services companies in the country, joins Funeral Partners.

2009

2010

With the acquisition of Abbotsfield Funeral Directors business, based in Hereford, Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye, Funeral Partners grows to 31 funeral homes who oversee a total of around 4,000 funerals a year.

2010

2011

Funeral Partners grows to 59 funeral homes in five key areas: London, Southern England, Midlands, Manchester and Yorkshire.

2011

2012

Head Office moves to Hare Hatch near Reading.

2012

2013

New ‘A life well remembered lives on’ brand identity launched.

2013

2014

Acquires several independent funeral directors. Funeral Partners own brand Choice Funeral Plans established. Network now totals 81 funeral homes.

2014

2015

Business expands to 130 branches through acquisition of 47 funeral homes from Laurel Funerals. Acquires first funeral home in Scotland.

2015

2016

Montagu Private Equity acquires Funeral Partners from the previous private equity owners in partnership with the incumbent management team. Sam Kershaw joins as Chief Operating Officer.

2016

2017

A further four funeral businesses join Funeral Partners.

2017

2018

Sam Kershaw appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Thirteen funeral homes join the Funeral Partners family taking the business up to 165 funeral homes.

2018

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