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New acquisitions for Funeral Partners

Three established funeral businesses in the Midlands and North of England have joined Funeral Partners, the UK’s third largest funeral services business.

Tyne & Wear funeral business Daren Persson, Lancashire’s Kavanagh and Coates, and High Street Funerals in Erdington, Birmingham, now all come under the Funeral Partners banner.

Daren is remaining at the helm of the eponymous business he established in North Shields 14 years ago and which now employs eight staff across two branches. He said the new arrangement meant that staff would have extra support to manage important functions like health and safety, employment regulations and marketing.

Frank Coates launched Kavanagh and Coates in Heywood, Lancashire, in 2003, on his retirement after 30 years in the Greater Manchester police force. He will continue to manage the business, working with his son-in-law Jamie McCulloch and David Iddon.

Stephanie Mason (pictured) established High Street Funerals in 2014, having worked in the funeral profession for 16 years. She said it would be ‘business as usual’.

Funeral Partners CEO Phillip Greenfield said the company prided itself in “investing in the very best funeral homes”.

For further information, contact Phillip at:, or on: 07711 899892, or Sam at: or on: 07834 531822,

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