Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022

14 | Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022 Jul22337 Funeral Directors of the Year 2022 Gaunts of Wollaston is the newest addition to F.P. Gaunt & Sons, the family-owned independent funeral directors serving the needs of local families since 1900. Now into its sixth generation of the Gaunt family, Gaunts of Wollaston have now extended their reach to continue to help families with funeral arrangements, providing sympathetic and compassionate support at every step. It has a reputation as one of the most professional and caring funeral directors, with a family-oriented approach known throughout Stourbridge and the West Midlands. Ever since F.P Gaunt & Sons was established over a century ago, its values have remained the same: to treat clients as they would one of their own family. It may boast an expansion with four large modern and bespoke funeral homes in Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge, and Smethwick, but the funeral directors continues to provide a first-class, personal service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Catering to all requirements, requests and budgets, it team seamlessly adapts to suit any special requests and ensures each and every funeral is unique, meaningful, and personal. Gaunts of Wollaston is now under the personal attention of Mr Jake Gaunt, who is the sixth generation of the Gaunt family to join the business of funeral directing. Upon leaving school, Jake joined his grandfather, Peter Gaunt; his mother, Heidi; his father, Darren; and his brother, Sam in running the business. With over ten years’ experience in arranging and conducting funerals with the utmost care and respect, Jake along with his colleague, Chris Pinfield now lead the day-today running of the business. Gaunts of Wollaston is a member of National Association of Funeral Directors, SAIF Independent Funeral Directors, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Birmingham Funeral Directors Guild, and The British Institute of Embalmers. It has also been rated one of ThreeBestRated.co.uk Funeral Directors in Sandwell, and in 2019 won Family Business of the Year at the Express & Star awards. This is all thanks to its qualified, long-standing, hardworking, and dedicated professionals who are always on hand to answer questions and help with any requirements or requests. The team prides themselves on their attention to detail and making sure that every single funeral is carried out to the highest standard, just as the individual and their family want it. Indeed, personalisation is a big necessity for many clients when it comes to funeral arrangements, with families now having a lot more choice when it comes to elements such as personal music, video tributes, personalised order of service, dove releases, and alternative funeral transport. Gaunts of Wollaston offers a range of transportation for the funeral cortege, from an immaculate fleet of Jaguar XJ hearse and limousines, to a prestigious horse drawn carriage in either black, white or grey, led by a team of matching two or four horses. For those who are looking to be transported in style, options include a Harley Davidson; Suzuki Hayabusa; Triumph Bonneville; or Thunderbird hearse with secure sidecar to safely carry the coffin. The funeral directors can also arrange something a bit different if requested, such as a London route master bus; traditional Rolls Royce; flatbed lorries; VW campervan; trike; or coloured hearse. Being Midlands-based, the funeral directors can serve a wide community from all backgrounds. It is proud to be based in the Black Country and is honoured to be trusted by local families’ loved ones time and time again. Its locations across the boroughs enable it to offer a wide choice of crematoriums, cemeteries, churches, and places of worship, too. Particularly since the pandemic, Gaunts of Wollaston has seen an increase in funerals, with people holding remembrance services for those who sadly passed away during the pandemic and perhaps didn’t receive the funeral that their families would have wanted due to restrictions. Jake and his team have now been working hard to ensure clients get the closure they need and memorial service their loved ones deserve.