National and local award success and recognition as one of the Uk’s best Funeral Directors by the Good Funeral Guide

We were nominated for a Family Business Place Red Ribbon Award and came first in the category of Best Small Family Business. Anita Brightley-Hodges from the Family Business Place said, “This husband and wife team is applauded for its commitment to equal opportunities for all ages, training of staff, community involvement, environmental awareness, support for the well-being of bereaved children and their unfailing commitment to customer service. This year also saw us recognised as one of the Uk’s best Funeral Directors when we were inspected by Charles Cowling from the Good Funeral Guide. The accreditation process involved spending time behind the scenes in order to ascertain that those who have died are cared for with tenderness and respect. We were over the moon to collect the Gold in the Community Impact Award at the EDP Business Awards. The EDP reported that we had community engagement embedded throughout our organisation and hearing us talk about how we help children cope with bereavement was one of the most moving moments of the award ceremony. We were proud to take our place in the list of Suffolk’s top 100 green businesses, part of this initiative was joining forces with local artist Annie Leigh to showcase her bespoke biodegradable urns in forms and designs that celebrate the interests and personality of the individual. Annie produced a beautiful tea-pot with small cups that could accommodate ashes that were being divided up between family members, with a special theme to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. In an opportunity to repay Peter Beales roses for their generosity in sponsoring our rose garden, we purchased a large quantity of peace roses in our ground-breaking initiative to support those bereaved of their Father. In the weeks leading up to Father’s Day we commissioned a special book of memories to which people may contribute, drawing comfort by expressing how they feel, sharing poems, prayers thoughts and inspiration sayings. This idea was appreciated by so many bereaved people that we embraced Mother’s Day as well, ordering Roses entitled “Mum in a million”. The Family Business Place runs an initiative called My 10 Days, where family businesses select a member of staff each year to have an additional 10 days annual leave and they donate their time to a good cause, either through volunteering, mentoring or fundraising. Over the years we have had a number of staff sign up for this challenge, including Lucy and Pippa who both volunteered at therapeutic weekends for children for Nelson’s Journey and Richard Houston who volunteered for the Royal British Legion.