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Business leader award for Matthew Lymn Rose

At the 10th Midlands Family Business Awards, Matthew Lymn Rose was awarded Next Generation Family Business Leader 2019.

Matthew, who is Managing Director of A. W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, was shortlisted for the award in September before being interviewed by a panel of judges in October.

He says: “I was surprised to be shortlisted but shocked to win. It was a massive compliment to me, which would not have been achieved without my family and the team around me. For those people who know me well, working for the family business is all I have ever wanted it do. I think I have the most rewarding job in the world, so the award is the cherry on the top.” 

The Midlands Family Business Awards is the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit annual Awards showcase for family businesses in the Midlands. The Next Generation Family Business Leader award recognises individuals expected to make a significant impact on the future evolution of the business.

Matthew washed funeral vehicles at 14 in his school holidays, and has worked full time for A.W Lymn since he was 22. Determined to join the family business but urged to bring some value with him, he gained his diploma in funeral directing whilst studying for his A Levels. Whilst at Sheffield University studying for a degree in business he completed his embalming qualification and worked for John Heath and Sons funeral directors, before then gaining experience at a law firm and an accountancy practice. These experiences has been invaluable to him over the past 15 years.  

Matthew was appointed a company director in 2006, supporting his father, Nigel who was the then Managing Director and aunt Jackie also a company director. The company benefited from new ideas, whilst keeping its traditional values and quality of service.

Things changed dramatically in September 2014 when Nigel, for health reasons, was forced to take some time away from the business. Matthew was made acting Managing Director and a year later a fully recovered Nigel paid tribute to his son’s performance and capabilities, stepping aside for him to take over as MD.

Under Matthew’s leadership the company has continued to thrive. Four funeral homes have been added to the company portfolio, bringing the total number to 27 and an extensive refurbishment programme has begun to modernise some of the older premises.
The company’s well known Rolls-Royce fleet has been updated to provide the best vehicles possible for the people of Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby. 

The company now has in the region of 130 staff and is one of largest independent family funeral directors in the UK.

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