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APSE Cemeteries and Crematoria Seminar 2018

APSE Cemeteries and Crematoria Seminar 2018


APSE Cemeteries and Crematoria Seminar 2018

Friday 16 November, Preston Marriott Hotel


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About the seminar 

Bereavement Services are under increasing pressures to become self-sustaining commercial ventures. The service is are also facing changing cultural requirements as well as being held responsible for caring for the environments in which their services work. Added to this catalogue of responsibilities is the need to meet a long list of new and current legislative demands.

Whilst these challenges have to be met, the heart of the service is still to ensure it considers its customers’ needs at the most vulnerable time in their lives.

In a time of austerity local authorities continue to find their budgets shrinking and as such managers and staff alike are having to look for ways to compensate against these losses, either through service efficiencies, generating new sources of income, or innovative service delivery methodologies.
Service delivery is therefore having to change. APSE recognises this need, and through the provision of this seminar and its wider networking services can help managers hear examples of how these changes can be brought about.

The aim of the seminar is to highlight best practice and innovation, which together will prove invaluable to the development of future Bereavement Services.

Delegates will learn about:

  • New legislation which will impact on future cemetery provision and management,
  • How service efficiency has been improved through innovation and improved performance management,
  • The development of new services which have increased levels of income and added value to the service whilst still being sensitive to the vulnerability of families at their times of loss.
  • How local communities themselves are taking a greater role in helping local authorities maintain and improve their local cemeteries and their infrastructures.
  • Innovative ideas on how to develop and future proof cemeteries through the use of innovative approaches.
  • How introducing new technology has brought improved efficiencies to cremation services
  • Practical ideas on how to create beautiful and biodiversity rich environments within their grounds
  • Guidance on the use of performance management data to improve service delivery.

It is hoped delegates will take away ideas and experiences which will help services become more sustainable and ready to meet future opportunities and challenges.

The conference is planned to allow time for debate and questions as well as giving delegates the chance to meet exhibitors of products and services which will help Bereavement Managers in delivering higher quality services.


Who should attend?

  • Service Directors
  • Managers and officers (bereavement services, funeral services, cemeteries and crematoria, grounds maintenance, green space, climate change and environmental services)
  • Policy advisors, accountants and lawyers
  • Performance Management officers
  • Sustainability and environmental officers
  • Trade Union representatives
  • Contractors and suppliers
  • Voluntary organisations



Marriott Hotel Preston
Garstang Rd

The venue is less than a mile from Junction 32 of the M6 motorway and free parking available on a first come first served basis. Preston Railway Station is 6.1 km from the hotel and the nearest airports are Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.


Reserve your place now by completing the booking form and emailing it back to Vicky Starmer at vstarmer@apse.org.uk or by completing the online booking form at www.apse.org.uk.



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Event Details

Seminar Title: APSE Cemeteries and Crematorium Seminar 2018

Seminar Date: Friday 16th November 2018

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APSE members delegate fee: £175 + VAT
Non-members delegate fee: £259 + VAT
Commercial organisation: £375 + VAT


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Reservation is a contract. Substitution of delegates is acceptable any time in writing by email to vstarmer@apse.org.uk or fax to 0161 772 1811. Cancellations must be made in writing at least 10 working days before the event and will incur a 20% administration fee. No refunds can be given for cancellations received less than 10 working days before the event or for non-attendance. In the unlikely event of cancellation by the organisers, liability will be restricted to the refund of fees paid. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme, speakers or venue should this become necessary.


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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.




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