Co-op agrees sale of crematoria as it focuses on core funeral homes business

May 31, 2016

Co-op Funeralcare (“Co-op”) has today agreed to sell its crematoria operation to Dignity Plc (“Dignity”) as the mutual focuses on investment in its core funeral homes business.

Co-op will receive £43m* for the five crematoria. The proceeds will be reinvested in its funeral home estate, in addition to strengthening its customer offer through the rollout of new products and services.  This forms part of the £1.3 billion planned investment being made by the Co-op Group over a three year period, to improve the products and services available to its members and the communities in which they live.

As part of the conditions of the crematoria sale, which follows a competitive bidding process, all colleagues will TUPE transfer, resulting in no planned redundancies.

Co-op’s crematoria are based in Craighton, Glasgow; Emstrey, Shropshire; Grenoside, South Yorkshire; Lichfield, Staffordshire; and Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Richard Lancaster, Managing Director of Co-op Funeralcare said:

“I would like to personally thank our crematoria colleagues for their ongoing professionalism and hard work in serving bereaved families. I wish them the very best for the future as they continue to provide excellent levels of service within their local communities.

“This agreement is key in allowing us to further invest in providing essential funeral services to our members and customers in communities across the UK as we have done for over 100 years. With a limited presence in the overall market, our crematoria operation is a small part of our business, operating distinctly and separately from our funeral homes. The sale will enable us to invest in making our funeral home services more accessible, both in terms of our presence in new communities and by enhancing our customer proposition and services.”

The transaction is expected to complete on or around 5 July 2016 for the freehold locations. Completion of the sale of the leasehold locations is conditional upon consent of the relevant local authorities however completion on both sites is anticipated by early August.


 

For further information please contact

Catherine Turner
Catherine.turner@co-operative.coop
Tel: 07834 090783

Lauren Hoult
Lauren.hoult@co-operative.coop
Tel: 07702 505626

Russ Brady
russ.brady@co-operative.coop
Tel: 07880 784442

Tulchan Communications
Jonathan Sibun
Tel: 020 7353 4200

 

Notes to Editors


* represents total consideration of £43m
Stockport and Emstrey are subject to successful agreement through the public consultation process.
About Co-op Funeralcare
With over 900 Funeral Homes across the UK, Co-op Funeralcare is the UK’s number one funeral services provider and supports over 90,000 families a year with funeral arrangements. 
The business also supports clients who want to pre plan and pre pay for their funeral by offering a range of funeral plans.