Paul Williams Independent Funeral Directors Ltd, a family owned funeral directors based in Bury, North Manchester, has acquired new, larger premises in the town following £232,000 in funding from Santander Business Banking.
The move has allowed the business to save on rental costs and better cater for the strong demand for its services. The move to new premises will also allow for the employment of additional staff.
Established in 2006, Paul Williams has a growing client base in the North West and across the UK. While the business looks after all aspects of funeral arranging, it also offers international repatriation and long-distance transportation for those who pass away while travelling, working or living abroad, which has helped expand its client base significantly.
The firm is also a specialist in burials at sea: it has been providing this service for four years.
The directors of the company were the first independent business in the Bury area to sign up to the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors pledge to end funeral poverty and to make the costs of arranging funerals less daunting and more affordable. In an indication of the success of the company, last year it was awarded the Golden Charter Regional Winner’s award for Funeral Planner of the Year 2016.
Paul Williams at Paul Williams Independent Funeral Directors Ltd said: “We believe we offer a truly differentiated service in the region and the ability to purchase the freehold of new premises will have a materially positive impact on the business – allowing us to expand our services further and to gain more staff.
“The support from Santander has been tremendous and central to our growth aspirations. It is always an absolute pleasure to deal with the very supportive people at the bank and I look forward to working them for many years to come.”
Kelly Catterall, Relationship Director at Santander Business Banking said: “We are delighted to be helping Paul and the team to invest for growth. The business has a great track record of success and clear ambitions for growth, and with our support is set for a strong future.”