Who are Funeral Partners?
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 UK, with over 240 funeral homes, almost 1000 employees overseeing over 20,000 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.
March 2020 marked the first UK lockdown following the outbreak of COVID 19. Here at Funeral Partners, we remained committed to doing everything possible to support our clients and meet their wishes and those of their loved one.
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.
We understand the importance of protecting your brand’s hard-earned reputation and continuing to provide the highest levels of service’
– Sam Kershaw, CEO
Funeral Partners founded by Phillip Greenfield. Huntleys Funeral Services Redditch becomes first Funeral Partners business.
Wm Dodgson & Son, founded in 1842 in Leeds, joins Funeral Partners with four other funeral directors based in West and South Yorkshire.
E Sargeant & Son established in 1712 in Berkshire, and thus one of the oldest funeral services companies in the country, joins Funeral Partners.
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.
Funeral Partners grows to 59 funeral homes in five key areas: London, Southern England, Midlands, Manchester and Yorkshire.
Head Office moves to Hare Hatch near Reading.
New ‘A life well remembered lives on’ brand identity launched.
Acquires several independent funeral directors. Funeral Partners own brand Choice Funeral Plans established. Network now totals 81 funeral homes.
Business expands to 130 branches through acquisition of 47 funeral homes from Laurel Funerals. Acquires first funeral home in Scotland.
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.
A further 7 funeral businesses join Funeral Partners.
Sam Kershaw appointed as Chief Executive Officer. 13 businesses with 24 funeral homes, join the Funeral Partners family taking the business over 170 funeral homes.
16 new businesses join Funeral Partners including 11 brands and 18 branches in Northern Ireland.
Funeral Partners comes together through COVID-19. Funeral Partners welcomed 9 new brands with 13 new branches.
10 additional businesses with 15 branches join Funeral Partners, bringing the total number of brands in our family of businesses to 125 and 227 branches
6 additional businesses with 9 branches join Funeral Partners. Funeral Partners welcomed the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement and Choice Funeral Plans became regulated by the FCA in July 2022.