Introducing the Funeral Suppliers’ Association
At a meeting of the Funeral Furnishing Manufacturers’ Association (FFMA) membership held recently, it was unanimously decided to rebrand the FFMA to the Funeral Suppliers’ Association, although it shall be retaining the FFMA as a self-interest group for coffin manufacturers and the Coffin Accreditation Programme.
Formed some 80 plus years ago, the FFMA has always been seen as a trade body for coffin manufacturers. However, over the past four years membership has grown and now represents a wide range of providers of services to the funeral industry.
Yes, coffin manufacturers, but also celebrants, clothing manufacturer and suppliers, professional counsellors, a memorial mason, refrigeration specialists and installers, mortuary equipment, funeral vehicle specialists, insurance brokers, Motor Cycle Funerals, Funeral Service Journal and a crematorium group.
Chief Executive Alun Tucker said: “The name Funeral Suppliers’ Association will be all encompassing of these members and will hopefully encourage others to join.”
Why the growth? The FFMA is seen as a leading trade association which represents its members on the Deceased Management Advisory Group and at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Funerals & Bereavement as well as having a higher profile through articles and advertising in the trade press.
The FFMA is recognised at government level, working with the Cabinet Office through the pandemic where, at the outset, little thought was given to how a funeral was delivered and the contribution made by those providing a necessary service but whose work goes unseen.
A full launch of the Funeral Suppliers’ Association will take place at the National Funeral Exhibition in June.
The FFMA will continue as a self-interest group for coffin manufacturers to continue its work with the coffin accreditation scheme, however, all will be members of the new association.Tags: Alun Tucker, association, FFMA, FSA, Funeral Suppliers' Association, suppliers