Sutton’s oldest funeral directors is moving onwards and upwards with an increase in business and a move to new premises in the pipeline.
A. Wass Funeral Directors is set to leave its current home at The Quarry on Stoneyford Road later this year and is in advanced negotiations to move into a building elsewhere in the town.
Wass’ has been at the Stoneyford Road property since 1903 but has seen such a large increase in business in recent years that larger premises are now needed.
A planning application to build 50 dwellings on the former quarry site has also recently been submitted to Ashfield District Council.
Said Paul Brown, managing director: “The business has grown due to the reputation we have built in the local area for serving bereaved families in their time of need.
“We are moving nearby and the plans for the new premises are fantastic.
“Because the business has grown and is growing, it’s the right move for us to make at the right time.”
Paul took over the business in 2010 from the Wass family and has continued to build upon the service they offered.
The number of funerals they organise has more than doubled and it now employs nine members of staff.
Paul and his colleague Vicki McPhilbin-Graney are fully-qualified and licensed funeral directors and are even part of the worldwide disaster management team that responds to terrorist incidents and natural disasters.
Wass’ will continue to operate from The Quarry as normal until the new building is ready, meaning that the site will be constantly occupied.