Professional Associations


The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) is a trade association whose members are all independent funeral directors. The funeral service they offer is not part of a national or international conglomerate or chain, but is privately owned and managed. In fact, a large proportion of our members funeral homes have been run by the same family for generations. Independent funeral directors are known for their high standard of service and a caring, traditional approach to their local communities, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. SAIF has approaching 700 members nationally. By choosing a SAIF member when the need arises, you are therefore assured of a trusted and caring professional who is dedicated to serving the needs of the community.

In order to become a member of SAIF, a firm must have a trading history and/or extensive experience and/or qualifications in funeral service, must agree to comply with the code of practice and must undertake a premises inspection. Only when all these criteria are met, does the Society’s Executive Committee meet to discuss the application when it is either accepted or rejected.

SAIF has a committee set up specifically to monitor these criteria and strives to continually improve upon standards. If a member does not maintain standards a disciplinary procedure has been established which runs in conjunction with a complaints procedure.

Golden Charter Funeral Plans

After more than 20 years of operation, Golden Charter is the UK's largest and fastest growing independent funeral plan provider.

Golden Charter Ltd is owned by an association of independent funeral directors. We work solely on behalf of more than 2,900 independent funeral directors across the country. Our aim is to secure the long-term future of independent funeral directors' businesses through increasing their market share and enabling them to compete against the large corporate providers.

When you take out a 50+ funeral plan, you have the reassurance that your money is protected. You select how you wish to pay for your plan and, depending on your choice, your money is paid into the Golden Charter Trust or to one of the UK’s leading life assurance companies. The Golden Charter Trust is a separate entity, run by an independent Board of Trustees, whose purpose includes holding and investing the funds and paying the agreed funeral director invoices at the time of the funeral.

Your money grows and, when the time comes, your selected funeral director receives the payment, including any growth, and uses this money to provide the agreed services to your family. No matter how much costs have risen in the intervening period, your loved ones will not be asked for a penny more for your funeral director’s services, which are guaranteed within your plan.