|Public (LSE: DTY)|
|Headquarters||Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, UK|
Peter Hindley, Chairman |
Mike McCollum, CEO
|Revenue||£305.3 million (2015)|
|£95.5 million (2015)|
|£56.9 million (2015)|
Dignity plc (LSE: DTY) is one of the largest providers of funeral services and is the largest 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.
The business was created in 1994 through the merger of Plantsbrook Group and Great Southern Group, both of which companies had been acquired by Service Corporation International Inc earlier that year. In 2002 the merged business was the subject of a management buy-out from Service Corporation International Inc. The merger brought together a number of funeral service businesses including the following:
- 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.
- "Preliminary Results 2015" (PDF). Dignity. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
- "Dignity Caring Funeral Services - About us - History". dignityfunerals.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- Competition Commission Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Management buy-out funeral giant BBC, 11 February 2002
- Increase in pre-paid funeral plans boosts Dignity profits Herald Scotland, 8 March 2012