Tag: Great Britain funerals

Products

Looking for a new funeral coach — how about a Tesla?

  For almost 35 years I operated a funeral home and most of what I did there I thoroughly enjoyed. . . especially the part that was directly working with the families that were in need of funeral service help at the time.  I felt privileged that they would let me into the family discussions about how they would celebrate and memorialize their relative.  To me that was an honor. One of the things that I did not enjoy was […]

Afternoon Edition Finance Regulations

Afternoon edition: News you can use from public companies to cemeteries to COVID

In today’s Afternoon Edition we will bring you a myriad of different news from different parts of the death care spectrum.  We lead off with an article from the United Kingdom that highlights that country’s largest provider of funeral services and cremations, Dignity PLC.  As you may know, the British Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently ended its investigation into price practices in the funeral industry of Great Britain without imposing price controls, at this time on funeral and cremation […]

Business

Another unique start up

Last November we brought you this article which told of a trend setting funeral establishment in London created by restauranteer Oliver Peyton, branded “Exit Here”.  It comes from an idea that Peyton had to provide more choice and fashion to death care arrangements in a rapidly increasing secularized Great Britain. Today we bring you another start up from Great Britain somewhat along the same lines.  It is a storefront funeral experience calling itself “Beyond” and is located in Aylesbury.  They […]

Regulations

United Kingdom to regulate funeral plans

In the United Kingdom, sales of pre-need funeral plans has soared nearly 200% in the last dozen years.  Driven by the increasing competition between the largest players in that country’s death care industry, Dignity Plc, and Co-op Funeralcare, the government has determined that it must “crack-down” on high-pressure and misleading tactics in the sale of funeral plans. In this article from Reuters you can read of the government’s plan to regulate the pre-paid sector for the first time to ensure […]

Finance

Dignity Plc reports fewer services, lower profits

Great Britain’s leading purveyor of death care services reported that for the first 13 weeks of 2019 that they have had fewer services and lower profits than the first quarter of 2018.  In a statement very similar to first quarter United States public death care companies, Service Corporation International and Carriage Services, Dignity Plc said that deaths in Great Britain were down about 13% in 2019 as compared to the number of deaths reported in the first 13 weeks of […]

Finance

Dignity PLC upgrades forecast on “Stronger than Expected” 4th Qtr

In a brief update that you can read here, the United Kingdom’s largest funeral services provider issued a statement that says they expect profits to be higher than expected for 2018 due to higher than expected revenue while overhead has been kept lower than expected. Dignity plc also stated that their market share had remained “robust” which included small growth and as a result their operating profits were expected to be about  $US 101 million. . which is ahead of […]

Business

Dignity PLC continues transformation process

Great Britain’s largest operator of funeral homes, Dignity PLC, who own and operate 540 funeral homes continues to move forward with their transformation process that they announced earlier this year. The public company filed their 3Q 2018 report on Monday and with it we can see some signs of what direction the company is moving.  If you remember, the company took the bold move in January to lower the cost of their “basic” funeral by 25% to meet the competition […]

Finance

Dignity, PLC Engages Consultant

Dignity, PLC, the United Kingdom’s death care conglomerate announced on March 14 that they would be hiring L.E.K. Consulting to work them them in developing a plan for the funeral business going forward.  This comes following their January 19 announcement that the company would be drastically reducing their funeral service prices to consumers in response to the changing market conditions of the UK death care industry. In the announcement that you can read here, Dignity said that the company did […]