Growing town is ideal for new venture
FUNERAL SERVICE: Couple plan to offer a personal touch
ASHFORD is the place to be for business, a couple have decided.
After extensive market research, Tom and Karen Gray, from Sussex, identified the growth area as the place to launch their first business venture and have now opened Thomas Gray Funeral Services in New Street.
Mr Gray, 40, spent a decade in the Royal Military Police responding to many distressing situations.
Part of his duties while serving in conflicts in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and other troubled areas of the world was to liaise with authorities and grieving families after the death of loved ones.
This experience proved beneficial to his career working for funeral companies in Sussex, which started as a job and became a vocation.
Now with his wife Karen he is going it alone.
He said: “We offer a personal touch as death can be tragic and frightening.
“One of us will be available 24 hours a day to give advice unlike larger companies where the person you talk to may not be in the same town or county”.
Karen, who has spent the past 25 years in senior administrative, secretarial and accounting roles, has the key role as the first point of contact for guidance following the passing of a loved one.
She said: “The town is set to grow substantially over the next 30 years and the demand for our services will grow with it”.
Tom and Karen Gray who have just set up a new funeral service business