Welcome to new SAIF Member JB ShakespeareNovember 19, 2015 // No Comments
JB Shakespeare was founded in 1877 by James Shakespeare and, according to current managing director Chris Dighton, it remains fiercely independent. “When the firm was established, our building was surrounded by fields – that’s all changed,” said Chris. What has not altered is JB Shakespeare’s unwavering commitment to a family-firm ethos. “There have been Shakespeare family connections throughout our history, and there are still family shareholders today,” he added.
Indeed, family connections brought Chris to the firm. His father was a long-serving member of the JB Shakespeare team, joining in the early 1960s. Chris took over when previous managing director David Shakespeare retired in 2006. It was a dramatic career change; previously Chris has been a sport journalist.
The company’s strong community roots have helped bring success. At its peak in the late 1980s, it was providing more than one thousand funerals a year. In common with others in the industry, current activity is a little less than that high point.