Funeral Planner of the Year booking open

It’s now just over two months until the UK’s independent funeral businesses come together to celebrate achievements in funeral planning and beyond.

Taking place on Saturday 21 September at the Royal Lancaster London opposite Hyde Park’s stunning Italian Gardens, the evening will include fine food, entertainment and a fantastic host.

As well as the presentation of the usual regional and newcomer awards, entries are now open for six new award categories that will shine a spotlight on the achievements of independent funeral directors on a range of areas including innovation, environmental leadership and online advances:

  • Family Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Green Responsibility
  • Innovative Business Strategy
  • Best Online Campaign
  • Staff Training & Development

To find out more and access the awards submission form, simply visit

Entries should be sent by email by 5pm on Friday 2 August.

Booking for the awards is, of course, essential. At you’ll find the link to register for your place at the awards dinner and the SAIFCharter AGM, which is due to take place during the afternoon at the Royal Lancaster London.

As in previous years, SAIFCharter and Premier members are entitled to two free tickets to the Funeral Planner of the Year Awards, while nominee firms are entitled to four complementary tickets. Additional tickets are available at the subsidised rate of £75 per person, which includes a drink on arrival, a three-course meal with wine, and an evening of entertainment.

For those looking to stay overnight, Golden Charter has negotiated preferential rates with the Royal Lancaster London and the nearby Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park London on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September.

For all of the information you need about the Funeral Planner of the Year Awards 2019 and the SAIFCharter AGM, visit or email

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