SAIF was established in 1989 as a result of the growing disillusionment felt by many funeral directors with their traditional trade body, and in particular to help distance themselves from the aggressive acquisition and marketing techniques being widely employed by the conglomerates. Put simply, some areas of the funeral industry were getting a very bad reputation and independent funeral directors wanted to reassure the public that these practices did not apply to their businesses.
This proved to be sound judgment, as the aggressive tactics persisted, coming to a head when the American-owned Services Corporation International (SCI) acquired the two main conglomerates and subsequently had to sell all their UK interests.
Since its formation, SAIF has become accepted as a key voice speaking and representing only the independent funeral director, and is recognised by Government departments as well as many overseas organisations. It has stringent conditions for its membership, which include demonstrating a sound trading history and suitable premises, which are inspected before membership is accepted, and all members must adhere to a strict Code of Practice.
Via its committees, SAIF also seeks to protect the public from any bad practice. This is controlled by regular monitoring of standards. If a member does not maintain standards, then a disciplinary procedure exists which runs in conjunction with an independently managed Complaints Procedure.
Some of the useful features in this app:
- GPS turn-by-turn directions to the SAIF offices and various events and meetings
- Interactive events section
- Receive SAIF messages and updates direct to your phone
- Find details for industry suppliers
- Scan QR codes with our QR scanner
- Send photos of SAIF events for the SAIF app gallery
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