New format for awards ceremony

With less than six months until 2017’s Funeral Planner of the Year winners are finalised, Golden Charter has confirmed the format for next year’s ceremony.

Malcolm Flanders, Director of Funeral Director Sales, said: “The last few years have given us many fantastic themed nights, culminating most recently in the fantastic ‘Top of the Pops’, where everyone was reminded of the songs from their youth (be it the 70s, 80s, or even older).

“This year’s event will be the biggest yet, with funeral directors from the length and breadth of the UK joining Golden Charter at a black tie event in a London city centre hotel. The qualifying period will be from 1 January 2016 until 31 March 2017, with the awards ceremony taking place in September 2017.

“With ever-increasing attendance, it has become difficult to ensure that we allow appropriate time to celebrate the success of the winners. With this in mind we have simplified the categories. There will be two categories for each region: Funeral directors conducting 50-249 funerals per year, and those conducting more than 250.”

Three overall national awards will still be given out – for those conducting less than 49 funerals per year, 50-249 funerals, and 250 funerals. The number of newcomer awards has also been increased, replicating the regions covered by the Business Development Team.

Malcolm added: “We are also revising criteria so that we can recognise notable achievements and service beyond simply sales.”

As the countdown continues, each month SAIFInsight will showcase a previous winner, providing an insight into why they are successful at selling funeral plans.

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