We hope you have had a great month! Here’s a roundup of the NFFD’s favourite news stories, services and exclusive offers from our selected partners.

We would like to start this newsletter with a quick welcome to all the new NFFD members. It’s uplifting to see so many unique businesses that all provide goods and/or services to the funeral industry. From personalised memorial products, to Funeral Directors and everything in between, we are honoured to have you on board!

The National Federation of Funeral Directors have been working tirelessly on a new service which will save many of your clients a large sum of money while earning you great commissions, just like selling a funeral plan. Our Pre-Paid Probate Service, which is already trusted to deal with over £9,600,000 in estates, can be summarised like this:

The Pre-Paid Probate Plan is a ‘Funeral Plan’ style solution to the problem of extortionate Probate fees charged by Professional Will Executors. Fixing this cost at a far reduced rate today, will ensure that their entire estate goes in the right direction. We have contracted a consortium of Probate specialists and Solicitors to deal with the problem in the future.

We have more information about the service and a full breakdown of costs available here:
https://nffd.org.uk/prepaid-probate-plans/

With no signup fee and commissions starting from £500, if you are used to selling funeral plans, this service is perfect for you!

https://nffd.org.uk/prepaid-probate-plans/

Get in touch for more information about becoming an agent and selling Pre-Paid Probate Plans to your clients.

CMA action makes funeral prices clearer

Funeral directors and crematorium operators have a legal duty from today to present clear and comparable pricing to customers, as a result of CMA action.

FCA sets out final rules for regulated funeral plan advice

The Financial Conduct Authority has set out its final rules on how it will regulate advice on funeral plans, including a ban on commission payments and changes to appointed representative permissions.

Half of us would change loved-ones funeral plans after they have died

A new survey looking at attitudes towards funerals has revealed 54% of people would alter musical choices, the cost and even the location of a send-off if they deemed them ‘unsuitable’.

From faders to funerals – Former York radio presenter starts a very different job

Anna took voluntary redundancy and has now retrained as a family and funeral celebrant with the UKSOC (UK Society of Celebrants).

Solent celebrant discovers her true career calling after arranging father’s funeral

Celebrant Fiona Heath, 60, from Waterlooville found she had a passion and skill for the job – after she took the lead in arranging her father’s funeral in April 2020.

Aberdeen florist tackles funeral industry with personal blooms

From London stylist to Aberdeen florist, Lauren Mackay is never afraid to have a go at something. Her can do attitude means her beautiful flower business is now blooming, despite the fact that she had to close for around nine months due to Covid – having only been in business a year.

Dell Flash Sale

The National Federation of Funeral Directors has partnered with Dell to offer exclusive discounts and services to our valued members. From October 11th to October 18th, NFFD members can get discounts up to 45% by using their NFFD Member discount code. Which can be found within your members area!

Goldcross Cargo

Repatriation of human remains or Cremated Remains has always been difficult, well, not anymore. Goldcross Cargo make it easy for you to find the cheapest direct or indirect flights (subject to availability) to your required destination.

Goldcross Cargo now offer repatriation of Human Remains and Cremated Remains, to countries all around the world at very low and affordable prices.

To help NFFD members, Goldcross Cargo are offering an additional 10% off of your first repatriation service with them.

If you would like some more information on the great services provided by Goldcross Cargo, please click the button below!

NFFD Newsletter – June 2021

We hope you have had a great month! Here’s a roundup of the NFFD’s favourite news stories and exclusive offers from our selected partners.

News & Guidance

Scotland’s rules ease for funerals

Covid restrictions for weddings have eased in Scotland, with live entertainment allowed and suppliers no longer part of the limit on guests.

Funeral directors must make prices clearer, says UK regulator

Funeral directors across the UK must publish clear price lists and will be banned from paying hospitals and care homes for referrals under new measures to help bereaved families.

Grieving son calls for ‘smack in the face’ funeral limits to be eased

Mike Johnson, from Castleford, wants Wakefield Council to lift its cap of 30 on those attending services at Pontefract Crematorium.

Exclusive Offers and Discounts

Dell

The National Federation of Funeral Directors has partnered with Dell to offer exclusive discounts and services to our valued members. Including:
  • 10-20% discount off laptops, desktops and accessories
  • Access to Small Business Technology Advisors
  • Dedicated account manager to work with you

Goldcross Cargo

Repatriation of human remains or Cremated Remains has always been difficult, well, not anymore. Goldcross Cargo make it easy for you to find the cheapest direct or indirect flights (subject to availability) to your required destination.

Goldcross Cargo now offer repatriation of Human Remains and Cremated Remains, to countries all around the world at very low and affordable prices.

To help NFFD members, Goldcross Cargo are offering an additional 10% off of your first repatriation service with them.

If you would like some more information on the great services provided by Goldcross Cargo, please click the button below!

We hope you have had a great month! Here’s a roundup of the NFFD’s favourite news stories, exclusive offers from our selected partners and a survey to help us ensure we provide the best service possible.

Forcing friends to mourn

Mayra Alonzo was so desperate to know what it felt like to die, that she rented a coffin and organised her own rehearsal funeral, where family pretended to mourn.

Steve Brough

A personalised lorry followed by 30 motocross riders marked the funeral of the lifelong Reds fan.

Running a half marathon

A trio of runners from Co-op Funeralcare Homes will be tackling the Torbay Half Marathon on September 12 in aid of the mental health charity Mind.

In our last newsletter, we included a link for you to partake in a very quick questionnaire to help us improve in any way we can.We are still hoping to hear from those of you that did not complete the survey as this will help us to provide you with the information you need, at the frequency you want it.

Dell

The National Federation of Funeral Directors has partnered with Dell to offer exclusive discounts and services to our valued members. Including:
  • 10-20% discount off laptops, desktops and accessories
  • Access to Small Business Technology Advisors
  • Dedicated account manager to work with you

Goldcross Cargo

Repatriation of human remains or Cremated Remains has always been difficult, well, not anymore. Goldcross Cargo make it easy for you to find the cheapest direct or indirect flights (subject to availability) to your required destination.

Goldcross Cargo now offer repatriation of Human Remains and Cremated Remains, to countries all around the world at very low and affordable prices.

To help NFFD members, Goldcross Cargo are offering an additional 10% off of your first repatriation service with them.

If you would like some more information on the great services provided by Goldcross Cargo, please click the button below!

We hope you have had a great month! Here’s a roundup of the NFFD’s favourite news stories, exclusive offers from our selected partners and a survey to help us ensure we provide the best service possible.

£2,000 for food banks

Thomas Cuthell & Sons collected £2,000 for food banks through its remembrance event which was streamed on its website in January due to Coronavirus restrictions.

21-year-old funeral director launches own business

ONE of the youngest funeral directors in the country has opened his own business.

Prince Philip’s funeral

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was watched by more than 13 million television viewers in the UK, overnight figures showed.

As part of our mission to constantly improve our service, we are inviting all members to complete a very quick questionnaire. This will help us to provide you with the information you need, at the frequency you want it.

Dell

The National Federation of Funeral Directors has partnered with Dell to offer exclusive discounts and services to our valued members. Including:
  • 10-20% discount off laptops, desktops and accessories
  • Access to Small Business Technology Advisors
  • Dedicated account manager to work with you

Goldcross Cargo

Repatriation of human remains or Cremated Remains has always been difficult, well, not anymore. Goldcross Cargo make it easy for you to find the cheapest direct or indirect flights (subject to availability) to your required destination.

Goldcross Cargo now offer repatriation of Human Remains and Cremated Remains, to countries all around the world at very low and affordable prices.

To help NFFD members, Goldcross Cargo are offering an additional 10% off of your first repatriation service with them.

If you would like some more information on the great services provided by Goldcross Cargo, please click the button below!

Dell End of Financial Year

Dell – End of Financial Year Discounts

As we approach the end of another financial year, our trusted partner Dell, are offering two incredible discounts to NFFD members!

End of Fiscal Year – exclusive offer just for members:

Save 12% on all XPS laptops & desktops. Use code SBAXPS12 at checkout.
Save 24% on the Latitude 9510 (n001l951015emea). Use code SBALAT at checkout

Dell End of Financial Year

For more information, please click on the image above!

January 2021, the Government passed legislation to bring the sale of funeral plans within the FCA’s regulatory remit. This decision was made following concerns that customers were not made aware of limitations on some packages, that multiple plans did not cover full costs and that commission-based sales were leading to pressure sales tactics.

 

The FCA have since held a  consultation, which was published this week and lays out how the FCA will improve standards in the sector.

The FCA’s proposals intend to ensure that:

• products meet the individual needs of consumers – including through a ban on the sale of products which do not provide for funeral services in almost all circumstances on the individual’s death
• plans are sold fairly, including a ban on cold-calling to prevent consumers being pushed into taking out plans which may not be right for them
• the price of plans are fairly valued, with firms stopped from using additional fees to drive profits and a ban on commission payments to intermediaries
• consumers have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Financial Ombudsman Service from day one, should things go wrong

 

All companies in this industry now need to consider how FCA regulation impacts their business and begin to make the necessary preparations.

Over the coming months, the FCA will be providing a range of help and guidance to assist companies with preparing applications and getting ready to be regulated by the FCA.

 

The NFFD will keep you up-to-date with any more developments on this story.

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