Wm Dodgson and Son was founded in Leeds in 1842 by Martin Dodgson’s great-great-grandfather. Martin Dodgson entered the business from school and remained in it until 1986, when he and his father – the business’s two partners – decided to relinquish ownership.
The company was originally transferred to the House of Fraser, and subsequently to the Co-operative, from whom FP took it over in June 2007.
Martin Dodgson retained a peripheral interest in the business after its original transfer, but when it was transferred to FP, he was invited to meet Phillip Greenfield. They explained FP’s ethos and principles.
“I was very impressed with their approach to the delivery of services under the name of Dodgson. It was entirely different from the very large organisations that had been involved in the intervening period. As result of the impression they left with me I took a greater interest in the business once again.
Martin Dodgson became a consultant for the Leeds business, taking a more active role in public relations and conducting some funerals.”
“I like what FP stands for. They have developed into a larger company but they haven’t lost the concept and the ethos of personal service to people at times of bereavement. That is the hallmark of FP as distinct from other very large organisations.”
Martin Dodgson was pleased to become more involved again to let the public see that the remaining member of the Dodgson family is supportive of the way the business is being conducted and that the principles and standards that were achieved by the Dodgson family over five generations are still being maintained.
If a fellow funeral director were considering being acquired by FP, Martin Dodgon would not hesitate to recommend it:
“Having experienced three companies in ownership of my firm since we relinquished ownership, FP is the one that I would recommend by far because of the way that they promote standards, personal service and integrity, and keep faith with those people from whom they’ve purchased the business.”
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