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Keith Munt, from Darlington's Saint and Forster Funeral Directors, receives RSA Fellowship
A FUNERAL director has been awarded for the growing success of his company.
Keith Munt, owner and company director at Saint and Forster Funeral Directors, in Darlington, has received the Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
Mr Munt was recognised for his drive, passion and commitment to outstanding care and support, and praised for turning the firm into an innovative business, offering traditional and alternative funerals.
The fellowship means Mr Munt can attend RSA meetings and use its library, reading room and archives at its London base.
He said: “Gaining the RSA Fellowship is a wonderful accolade for the way we conduct our business and I'm stunned, flattered and delighted.
“I'm looking forward to going to meetings and sharing ideas with people who think the same as I do about business.
“I'm proud to be one of the pioneers in a new approach to the funeral service which is based on honour, transparency and informed choice, and my business model seeks to move away from hidden costs and secrecy.
“The ethical approach is the only way forward and people must trust the person they are dealing with.
“Some businesses have lost their way, charging as much as they can, but you can’t just take from your community, you have to put something back.
“Business can be a catalyst for important social change and we hope people in the future will begin to demand much more from their funeral director.”
The RSA, founded in 1754, supports people committed to finding innovative and practical solutions to social challenges.
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