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Black Country funeral director in Parliamentary Review

Funeral director H. Porter & Sons from Stourbridge has appeared in the 2019 Parliamentary Review, a key business publication that celebrates innovation and acts as a useful guide to industry for policymakers.

The Black Country firm, which has been trading for more than 175 years, is showcased for the way in which it is evolving to meet changing funeral trends. Families are increasingly opting for personalised send-offs for their loved ones over more traditional sombre 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.

Additionally, H. Porter & Sons says 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 September 11. Attended by hundreds of business representatives, guest speakers included former Economic Secretary to the Treasury Ed Balls and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Of her involvement in the 2019 Review, H. Porter & Sons’ managing director Lucy Porter said it had been a privilege to feature in the publication.

“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,” she said.

“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.” 

The Parliamentary Review, which is jointly chaired by Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, seeks to provide a platform for organisations and individuals to discuss their successes, failures and the challenges that lie ahead.

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