Funeral director H Porter and Sons has appeared in the 2019 Parliamentary Review, a business publication that celebrates innovation and acts as a useful guide to industry for policymakers.
The Stourbridge-based directors, which has been trading for more than 175 years, is showcased for the way in which it is evolving to meet changing funeral trends, with families increasingly opting for personalised send-offs over traditional affairs.
The firm also talks about its involvement in the community through its participation in Dying Matters Dudley, an initiative to encourage people to talk about the taboo subject of death and dying.
H Porter and Sons said that funeral directors are rightly being held to ever-higher standards as a result of media scrutiny of the profession and the Competition and Markets Authority’s ongoing funerals market investigation.
This year’s Parliamentary Review was launched at a special gala evening at Mansion House in London on 11 September. Attended by hundreds of business representatives, guest speakers included former Economic Secretary to the Treasury Ed Balls and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer.
Lucy Porter, MD, H Porter and Son, said: “The funeral profession has been in the news often in recent years for a whole host of reasons and as a long-established firm which has served many generations of families, we felt it was important to use this opportunity to showcase the important work of funeral directors in caring for people at life’s most difficult time,”
“Funeral directors are perhaps seen as being outside of more mainstream industrial sectors,
such as manufacturing and technology. But in addition to delivering caring services, we contribute to the economy, provide employment and create a supply chain for essential funeral products from coffins through to memorials.”