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Dignity plc

Dignity plc
Public (LSE: DTY)
Industry Funeral services
Founded 1994
Headquarters Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, UK
Key people
Peter Hindley, Chairman
Mike McCollum, CEO
Revenue £268.9 million (2014)[1]
£82.9 million (2014)[1]
£(55.0) million (2014)[1]
Number of employees
circa 2,450 (2013)

Dignity plc (LSE: DTY) is one of the largest providers of funeral services and is the leading provider of pre-paid funeral plans in the United Kingdom. It is British run company and is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


  • History 1
  • Operations 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The business was created in 1994 through the merger of Plantsbrook Group and Great Southern Group,[2] both of which companies had been acquired by Service Corporation International Inc earlier that year.[3] In 2002 the merged business was the subject of a management buy-out from Service Corporation International Inc.[4] The merger brought together a number of funeral service businesses including the following:[2]

  • George S Munn, Glasgow – 1812
  • Francis Chappell & Sons, London – 1840
  • J Rymer, York – 1848
  • Ginns & Gutteridge, Leicestershire – 1855
  • Lawrence Funeral Service, Halifax – 1857
  • E Finch & Sons, Aldershot – 1857
  • Beckenham Cemetery, Kent – 1876
  • J H Kenyon, London – 1880
  • Frederick W Paine, London – 1884
  • Perry Barr Crematorium, Birmingham – 1903
  • John Bardgett & Son, Newcastle upon Tyne – 1914
  • Jonathan Harvey, Glasgow – 1928
  • South London Crematorium – 1930
  • Seaford & Newhaven Funeral Service, East Sussex – 1950
  • Smiths, Funeral Directors, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
  • Joseph Potts, Funeral Directors, Carluke and Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
  • Joseph Potts, Funeral Directors, Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

The company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2004.[2]


The company is based in Sutton Coldfield, owns over 725 funeral homes, and operates 39 crematoria, across the country.[5]


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ Competition Commission
  4. ^ Management buy-out funeral giant BBC, 11 February 2002
  5. ^ Increase in pre-paid funeral plans boosts Dignity profits Herald Scotland, 8 March 2012

External links

  • Official site
  • Dignity Funeral Plans
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