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Our company growth continues to go from strength to strength, we now have 13 qualified technicians we can call on to assist authorities throughout the United Kingdom.

Lee is busy with speaking and tutoring engagements, on 11th July Lee was a guest speaker at the prestigious Brompton Cemetery Conservation day along with Lloyd Grossman CBE, Wesley Kerr OBE and Dr Tristram Hunt OBE.

Whilst onsite Lee was interviewed by ITV and the broadcast was shown on ITV News on 12th July.

Lee continues to tutor on "Legal and Practical Management of Cemeteries" on behalf of the Association of Public Service Excellence" (APSE) and the "Institute of Crematorium and Cemetery Management" (ICCM), details of the next 2 engagements are 16th August in Northumberland and 20th September in London. Places on these courses can be booked via the APSE website.

In terms of consultancy, Lee is exceptionally busy. He continues to be lead consultant for a new build crematorium which is due to go to planning by the end of the year, has been appointed to carry out a strategic review of current bereavement services for an authority in the North of England and a new build cemetery company has engaged Lee to write an Operations and best practice manual, health and safety policy, risk assessments and method statements, staff handbook, person specifications and staff contracts.

We regret that due to the current workload, Lee cannot take on any further consultancy until October 2018.

2017 was a record year for the company, our best yet.

Lee finished a 7 month stint as Borough wide head of Support Services at Stockport Metropolitan Council in early June, since when he has carried out feasibility studies, key stakeholder reports and business case studies for new Crematoria on behalf of cremation authorities.

Lee has also had a number of speaking and training engagements during the year.

2018 sees Lee delivering his training days on "Legal and Practical Management of Cemeteries" on 17th January in London and 7th February in Leeds with more dates set to be announced.

In terms of emergency staffing, we have provided numerous authorities with trained professionals at short notice. At one stage we had 4 people out at once and have provided cover to 2 different authorities for over 5 months during the year.

As word has spread of the level of service and contracts we provide, we have increased our pool of experienced professionals who have contacted us and are keen to assist with emergency cover work.

2017 saw us establish ourselves as the go to company for emergency cover in the industry and we will be looking to grow this side of our business in the next 12 months.

Due to the increase in the demand we are receiving for administration assistance across the country, we have now taken on a full-time member of staff with over 10 years admin experience in crematoria and cemeteries.

Alongside our existing emergency assistance team of qualified cremator technicians and administrators, we are in a position to have experienced bereavement specialist staff on site, usually within 24 hours.

Lee has been in demand as a guest speaker at recent industry conferences, following speaking at the APSE Conference on Bereavement Services on 20th April in Leicester, Lee delivering a training day with the ICCM (Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Management) on 11th July in London on Legal and Practical Management of Cemeteries.

Lee has been engaged for further dates around the country to deliver the training on Legal and Practical Management of Cemeteries along with David McCarthy from the ICCM.

Dates are as follows:

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – Nottingham

Wednesday 17th January 2018 – London

Wednesday 7th February 2018 - Leeds

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