AGM Banquet Weekend 2024

Annual General Meeting – agenda and election Booking/ Enquiries
Accommodation President’s Charity – Honeypot Children’s Charity
Activities The Venue and Location

Clarke and Strong Tributes
Flourishh by 2H Ltd Funeral Products UK Ltd
Humanist Ceremonies JC Atkinson and Sons Ltd
JC Walwyn Motorcycle Funerals
MuchLoved Ltd SCG Consulting 

The Venue and Location

The Principal York styles itself the “grande-dame of York in the heart of the City with views of the Minster.”

At just a few steps from the train station, the hotel is the perfect base from which to discover the historic city of York. It has been refurbished and restored, blending the grandeur of late-Victorian architecture with the comforts of modern travel.

The Principal York, Station Road, York, YO24 1AA


York is a vibrant festival city with Roman roots and a Viking past, offering an adventure for everyone. It’s a city where ancient walls surround incredible local businesses, attractions, shops, accommodation and places to eat.

Find out more at the VisitYork website.


Accommodation through SAIF is now fully booked. Please contact the hotel directly You may find alternative accommodation in central York using the VisitYork website or your usual online resource.

SAIF’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 9.30 am on Saturday 23rd March at The Principal, York.

Read the agenda here.

National Executive Nominations

There are two places available this year and we have three candidates standing for election.  SAIF Members should read the candidates’ biographies and select one or two candidates. Each company is allowed one ballot (two candidates). Alternatively, you may choose a proxy vote which allows the chair of the meeting to vote on your behalf. 

All members have been emailed with details of how to register places at the AGM and how to vote for their chosen candidate(s). Votes must be received by 5 pm on 18th March.

Activities – schedule for the weekend

Thursday 21st March

  • 10.30 am Golf Tournament at Fulford Golf Club with tee-off at 11.30 am

Friday 22nd March

  • 1.00 pm ‘Meet the Associates’ Buffet Lunch & Refreshments – FULLY BOOKED
  • 2.30 pm Education Session: Securing the future of independents
    • In this funeral director-led session, the SAIFCharter Executive team will draw on customer and market insights and feedback from the SAIFCharter Insight Group to bring to life three key areas of challenge and opportunity for independents: the market share threat, direct cremation and digital adoption.
    • With Adam Ginder, James Tovey, John Byrne and the SAIFCharter Executive
  • 7.00 pm Boat Cruise on the River Ouse with music and finger buffet – FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 23rd March

  • 9.30 am Annual General Meeting (refreshments from 9.00 am)
  • AGM will include:
    • Matthew Gallagher Award
    • Presentations by key sponsors on ‘Adding value to your business’
  • 1.00 pm Buffet lunch and refreshments – FULLY BOOKED
  • 6.30 pm to 1.00 am Banquet with entertainment by ‘The Rebel Sounds’  – FULLY BOOKED                     

Sunday 24th March

  • 10.00 to 11.00 am Installation of Officers


SAIF reservations at The Principal York are now fully booked, but alternative accommodation may be booked, as above.

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