Ipswich: Bank puts six-figure sum behind growing crematorium business to purchase new cremator

Geoff Sheldrake, Seven Hills Crematorium

Geoff Sheldrake, Seven Hills Crematorium - Credit: © nick strugnell / Dobson Agency

A three-year-old crematorium business is set to see dramatic growth thanks to a six-figure funding package.

Seven Hills Crematorium, in Nacton, near Ipswich, which launched in November 2010, has built a second cremator, funded by a cash injection from Clydesdale Bank.

The purpose-built venue, set in seven acres of picturesque woodland, employs nine staff and offers up to 11 services a day for the local community.

Funding for the purchase and installation of the cremator was arranged by Kevin Osborne, business banking relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Bury St Edmunds. The bank also funded the construction of the venue in 2010.

Clydesdale Bank’s chief executive, David Thorburn, recently visited Seven Hills as part of a tour of business customers across the south of England supported by the bank. He was shown around the facilities and met the team there, including director Geoff Sheldrake.

Mr Thorburn said the bank was looking forward to working with the business as it continued its development.

“Across the UK we work with many types of businesses that provide important services to their local communities, so it was interesting to visit Seven Hills,” he said.

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“Geoff and his team have grown by creating a peaceful environment, and delivering a thoughtful and considerate service.”

Mr Sheldrake said the bank’s help had been “invaluable”.

“We have provided a valuable and high level of service to the Suffolk community for nearly three years. In that time we have worked hard to continually improve, not just to meet the needs of the local community, but the effect we have on the environment,” he added.

“The support of Clydesdale Bank has been invaluable throughout, providing the support to allow us to create the venue in 2010, through to this funding to purchase and install a second cremator.”

Richard Chapman, head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Bury St Edmunds, said: “Seven Hills Crematorium has a strong reputation in the Suffolk community for providing a high quality and professional service. We were proud to support the initial creation of the venue three years ago and we are proud to support their continuing development today.”