Co-op Funeralcare welcomes announcement via Competition and Markets Authority and HM Treasury

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare has welcomed the announcement over plans by the Competition and Markets Authority and HM Treasury regarding the funeral market and funeral planning.

The funeral provider, which has 128 Funeral Homes across 16 counties, has stated that it will support both bodies in their efforts to ensure that clients and their loved ones are protected and always receive the highest levels of funeral care.

Furthermore, Central England Co-op has moved to reiterate to customers and members that its funeral plans are fully guaranteed – meaning that there will never be more to pay for the services chosen.

All of the funeral plans include the funeral director’s fees and services, hearse and personnel, cremation or burial fee and minister’s fees.

Kevin Crute, Head of Funeralcare at Central England Co-operative, said: “As a funeral care provider, we are confident about the open and clear way in which we provide and showcase information in relation to the cost of funerals and our fully guaranteed funeral plans.

“Our full and clear price lists are published in every Funeral Home and our funeral plans are fully guaranteed – this means that loved ones will not be hit with unexpected bills at what is already a very difficult time.

“Everyone at Central England Co-operative Funeralcare welcomes the announcements from the Competition and Markets Authority and HM Treasury around funeral cost and funeral plans and will be supporting in any way we can.

“We applaud any effort launched to help families in their time of need and ensure they get the highest standard of funeral care at all times.”

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Notes to editors

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, 10 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 2018.


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 or visiting


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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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