NAFD Conference 2016 Sponsors

Here we celebrate and acknowledge the support given by kind sponsors of this year’s Conference, which takes place in Belfast during 19-22 May. Sponsors are an invaluable part of NAFD Conference, making a huge contribution towards the event’s success. Testament to the importance of this gathering of influential and leading figures from the UK funeral sector, 2016’s Conference has attracted the support of a record-breaking number of sponsors. For businesses within the profession – be they funeral directors or suppliers to funeral directors – NAFD Conference offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase products and services to an audience that spans all four corners of the UK. On behalf of the NAFD, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has supported this year’s Conference. I very much look forward to meeting you in Belfast for what is set to be a very special and important event for the funeral profession. WilliamMillar William Millar NAFD President

Perfect Choice Funeral Plans is the principal sponsor of the NAFD Conference 2016

The Perfect Choice team looks forward to supporting NAFD at this year’s Conference in Belfast. If you are attending Conference please visit the Perfect Choice stand or arrange a meeting with a Perfect Choice Business Relationship Manager to find out more about the benefits of offering Perfect Choice pre-payment plans and the unique values that underpin the Perfect Choice model. NAFD believe Perfect Choice to be the most robust and professionally managed funeral pre-payment plan that is available to independent funeral directors and their families.  

NAFD urges all independent members to take some time to contact the Perfect Choice team to discuss the benefits in more detail including: • Outstanding plan returns for funeral directors • Full capital protection guaranteed • Strong and consistent plan pay-outs • First class customer service • The freedom to stay in control • The most trusted funeral plan provider (2014 satisfaction survey) If you would like to make an appointment to meet one of the Perfect Choice Business Relationship Managers at the NAFD Conference, simply contact the team on 0800 633 5626 or email Visit the Perfect Choice stand at Conference or book an appointment with a Business Manager  

Coleman Milne is proud sponsor of the 2016 NAFD Conference

Since the launch of the new range in January this year, Coleman Milne has had an exciting start to the year. The newest addition to the Coleman Milne portfolio is now in full production with the first vehicles on the road and an increasing number of conquest orders in the pipeline. The eagerly-awaited range is comprised of the Norwood Hearse with its contemporary styling, the more traditional Norwood Classic Hearse and the luxurious Rosedale Limousine all of which are available for full customer demonstration. Coleman Milne Managing Director, Geoff Hudson said, “There has been a tangible “buzz” about these vehicles and both customer and industry anticipation has been at an unprecedented high as we developed the range. “During the tour of the UK earlier this year we received an astounding response to the new collection from existing Coleman Milne customers and those of our competitors. With a full order book for the new range up to Autumn 2016, the future of Coleman Milne is in great shape thanks to the team behind Norwood and Rosedale.”

To arrange a demonstration at your premises contact your Area Sales Manager. Scotland and N. Ireland: Tony Kerr – 07860 586850 Northern England: Eddie Marsden – 07919 162564 Central England: Graham Clow – 07860 380450 West Midlands: Kevin Heath – 07860 243067 London / South West: Peter Potter – 07702 069899

Health & Safety, HR & Employment Law and ISO Certification from Citation.

Over 16,000 clients trust in us, and we’re proud to be partnered with NAFD and a sponsor of the 2016 NAFD conference.  

We work closely with NAFD to ensure our service, and knowledge in the funeral sector, is second to none. For over 20 years we’ve been helping clients to keep their business, staff and customers safe. Our aim is to help you in securing a happy workforce and keeping your all-important reputation high. We’ll become your partner – acting as your personal advisor whenever you need it. We’re here for you via our 24/7 advice line when it comes to general queries or advice on specific issues. We’ll provide you with the necessary legal documentation including a detailed Health & Safety Policy, Staff Handbooks and Contracts of Employment. We’ll also give you access to our easy to use, online tools and cover you with our unique final advice guarantee. NAFD members enjoy a 10% discount off the Citation services. Call 0845 844 1111 or visit for more information.

JC Atkinson & Son Ltd – a well established, independent and family run business

We make and sell coffins, caskets and other related complimentary items to the funeral market. J C Atkinson offers a full range of products which it either makes or stocks. Our range consists of many different styles and types, namely: Heartwood Coffins Wood coffins and caskets which we make in our award-winning factory. Reflections Picture Coffins Picture coffins we create and design. The Country Range Eco coffins which are made oversees from our Fairtrade suppliers. Guardian Caskets American-style Caskets, made in America by Aurora Forever Urns Ash Caskets – an eclectic variety of ash caskets, keepsakes and Jewellery brought together by ouselves from numerous suppliers. Stocked, engraved (if required) and distributed to you. JC Atkinson has developed a range of products and services that, when combined together, work to enable you to offer choice in a reliable and well serviced manner. You no longer need to stock the coffins you offer. Call us and we will deliver whatever you want when you need it, thus saving time, resources and money. With 80 years of experience in the funeral market, we are able to offer our service to all areas of the United Kingdom using our extensive fleet of delivery vehicles strategically based in the North, Middle and South of the U.K.

  JC Atkinson believes in business partnership. The advantages of offering choice increases client satisfaction and value. JC Atkinson understands you need a partner who will go the extra mile to make, prepare and deliver whatever you need in a time scale which suits you. JC Atkinson remains committed to the environment, ethical best practice and fair trade principles. We trade internationally around the world in Asia, America, Canada, Europe, and India. We commit time and resources to visit all our suppliers to ensure our trade is fair, ethical and responsible. You can be assured the goods and services which JC Atkinson offers are tendered with reliability and with care. For more details please visit our website:
Charles O’Doherty Ltd is proud to sponsor the NAFD Conference 2016. Established in 1908, our family business has developed a reputation for high quality coffins and funeral furnishings. We look forward to meeting delegates in Belfast.
Based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, Ivan Murdock and Sons is a family-run firm offering a full range of funeral planning and arranging services. We are proud to support NAFD Conference 2016 and look forward to welcoming delegates to Northern Ireland.
The Co-operative Funeralcare, the UK’s number one funeral services provider, supporting over 90,000 families a year and providing industry leading training to over 4,000 colleagues to deliver high levels of client care are proud to sponsor the NAFD Conference 2016.  
Dignity Funerals Limited is proud to sponsor the NAFD Conference 2016. A British company helping bereaved families with compassion, respect, openness and care.
KPMG Small Business Accounting is a new fixed-fee service for small businesses, which offers accounting, bookkeeping, tax and payroll support. We are delighted to support the 2016 NAFD conference.
Funeral Partners is a UK network of established and respected funeral businesses.  We acquire independent funeral directors, retaining their heritage and putting in investment, training and improved processes in order to build a brand with a reputation for absolute reliability, trust and quality.
Scotmid Co-operative Funerals are part of Scotland’s largest independent co-operative, founded in Edinburgh and at the heart of Scottish communities since 1859. We are proud to sponsor the 2016 NAFD Conference.
British Humanist Association celebrants have been offering personal and fitting goodbyes for the non-religious for over 120 years. We are proud to support the National Association of Funeral Directors Conference 2016.
Frontline has been providing funeral homes with a personal and sensitive round-the-clock call answering service since 1999. We are proud to sponsor NAFD Conference 2016.
Bluechilli, providing quality, design and print services, for all your needs. Proud to sponsor the NAFD Conference 2016.
Northern Ireland Federation of the NAFD has great pleasure in welcoming members to the Province for the first time for National Conference 2016.

A family-run business established in 1935, S Sheals & Son Ltd manufactures and supplies quality coffins throughout the UK and Ireland. We are proud to welcome NAFD Conference 2016 to Belfast.


As a family owned and managed business we are more than just a company name above the door. The Smith family are driven by a passion to supply only the very best products and deliver exceptional customer service which has gained us an unrivalled reputation, that’s why we are the preferred choice of many funeral directors.