Central England Co-op opens revamped funeral home in Birmingham following £127k investment

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare has officially opened a revamped Funeral Home in Birmingham following a major investment.

A total of £127,000 has been invested in the upgrades at Pype Hayes Funeral Home in Chester Road. The home now boasts a vastly superior look and feel for families with improvements including an enlarged reception area and arranging room, energy efficient LED lighting and air conditioning, as well as refreshed decoration inside and out.

A new serene room has been created to offer families a peaceful space to reflect and grieve, while colleague facilities have also been improved.

Funeral Director Debbie Rowley said: “This is a very exciting time for my team and we are proud to be part of the community in Pype Hayes. Our first priority is to enhance memories and love for all of our families and we are very pleased to offer that at our revamped Chester Road Funeral Home.

“We feel it reflects our commitment to providing excellent standards of care for our families during their time of bereavement.

“The home now offers a brighter and friendlier environment to arrange funerals and visit loved ones, as well as improved facilities to better look after those in our care.”

The funeral home offers a 24-hour service, seven days a week. In addition to arranging funerals, Debbie and her team are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans and probate advice. The team can be contacted on 0121 384 3384.


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About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.

The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, nine florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.

Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, @mycooplife and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop