Co-op Funeralcare

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Funeral Services Limited
Subsidiary undertaking
Industry Funeral Services
Products Funerals & Memorials
Parent The Co-operative Group
Website coop.co.uk/funeralcare

Co-op Funeralcare is the trading name of Funeral Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Co-operative Group, based in Manchester.[1] It operates over 1000 funeral homes and is the largest funeral director in the United Kingdom, accounting for 16.5% of the "at need" funeral market during 2016.[2] Co-op Funeralcare is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors and is also Funeral Planning Authority registered.[3]

In addition to its funeral home operations, the business also operates repatriation services; crematoria and cemeteries; woodland burial grounds; a memorial masonry manufacturing facility and a coffin factory and workshop. Customers can earn a share of the profits in proportion to patronage through The Co-op Membership scheme.

Operations[edit]

Co-op Funeralcare home in Garforth.

As a funeral director, Co-op Funeralcare arranges all aspects of a funeral service including transport, flowers, catering, obituaries and orders of service, liaising with the relevant officiants. The business caters for all cultures, faiths and beliefs and their services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Funeralcare also provide a range of funeral plans which allow people to plan and prepare for their funeral in advance. The Co-operative Funeralcare operates all of its funeral homes according to a strict NAFD code of practice, which ensures clients’ rights are properly protected. Employees are encouraged to take a BTEC vocational qualification in funeral directing, which Co-op Funeralcare helped to set up.

Co-op Funeralcare is the only national UK funeral director brand and, in 2009, it was the first funeral director to launch a national television advertising campaign. In addition to its Co-op branded funeral homes, Funeralcare also operate a number of private name funeral homes. These businesses have been purchased from independent funeral directors and continue to operate under the family name to maintain high levels of profitability.

In 2012, Co-op Funeralcare featured in the Channel 4 Dispatches programme Undercover Undertaker after an investigator secretly filmed behind the scenes.[4]

Facilities[edit]

Co-op Funeralcare operated Grenoside crematorium in Sheffield, Craigton crematorium in Glasgow, Stockport cemetery and crematorium in Greater Manchester, Emstrey cemetery and crematorium in Shropshire and Lichfield & District crematorium in Staffordshire. These were sold to Dignity in 2016.

Co-op Funeralcare also operates Hinton Park, Poole and Wimbourne woodland burial parks in Dorset and Mayfields remembrance park in the Wirral, Merseyside under the Woodland Burials trading name.

Co-op Funeralcare's coffin factory and workshop is the largest in the UK, producing over 100,000 coffins every year and supplying its funeral home network with its core range. The business sells memorial masonry throughout the funeral home network and manufactures headstones at a manufacturing facility in Glasgow, Scotland.

Membership[edit]

A co-operative is a business, but it also acts together to meet the common needs and aspirations of its members, sharing ownership and making decisions democratically. Co‑operatives are not about making profits for shareholders, but creating value for their members. The top priority is to provide the best possible services for members and to invest in the communities where they live. This gives co‑operatives a unique character and influences what they stand for.[5]

Members of The Co-operative Group and participating regional societies earn membership points on funeral and memorial masonry plans. Points are converted into dividend at a rate agreed annually by the Board.[6]

A number of regional co-operatives such as the Central England Co-operative and the Midcounties Co-operative also operate funeral homes under "The co-operative funeralcare" brand, those these are operated and managed independently.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, No. 30808R. Engagements transferred from Co-operative Funeralcare Limited and a number of private name businesses in 2012
  2. ^ https://www.co-operative.coop/media/news-releases/annual-results-2016
  3. ^ Registered Providers Funeral Planning Authority (retrieved 21 August 2009)
  4. ^ Co-operative Funeralcare apologises after Dispatches investigation Channel Four Television Corporation, 25 June 2012
  5. ^ Statement on the Co-operative Identity (Definition) International Co-operative Alliance, Manchester, 1995
  6. ^ "funeralcare". Co-operative.coop. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

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