Sustainability key for family firm


As Halliday Funeral Supplies Ltd celebrated its milestone 40th birthday this year, the family team was keen to recognise the occasion by acknowledging the many good friends and colleagues they have made.

“Having originated from humble beginnings on an Edinburgh council estate,” says Richard Halliday, “we are delighted to be a part of this fantastic industry, an industry that resonates closely with our own family values. We look forward to serving our customers for many years to come.”

As an FSC certified company, Halliday products are used in more than 130,000 family funerals annually – as far afield as the Falkland Islands. Steve Halliday says: “We make over 5,000 tonnes of FSC certified products per annum, ensuring a sustainable approach to managing our wood inputs.” FSC is recognised by WWF as the “hallmark of responsible forest management”.

Hallidays is also a long-standing member of Sedex – one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains.

The company has kept abreast with market innovations over the last four decades. While high finish veneer and foil are still core to their customers’ needs, over time the team has expanded their Caskets and Last Supper range. The solid woods are statement pieces, whether double gloss or finished in a rich, matt walnut. Picture, cardboard, willow, seagrass, wicker…. pretty much any type of coffin requested is supplied. All of their coffins have been tested by the FFMA, and all products conform with all requirements.

In 2018 the Halliday Family acquired fellow SAIF member P&L Manufacturing Ltd into its group. Phil Halliday, says: “One of the biggest attractions of the company was the rapidly growing customer base, demanding high quality products and the experienced and dedicated staff within it.” Another forty years doesn’t seem out of the question.

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