Founded in 1936, JCA has grown through three generations of family ownership to become the leading independent manufacturer and distributer of coffins, caskets and other related products to the UK funeral market. The business now employs 150 staff across three UK locations, with the company’s products have an outstanding reputation for quality across the breadth of the funeral market.
JCA offers the UK’s most extensive range of products whether traditional, personalised or environmentally friendly coffins, all delivered on short lead times across the country and with a high-quality customer service. The company has been at the forefront of the green growth in the industry, implementing sustainable energy features to minimise its environment impact and develop more environmentally friendly products. The business was first to gain certification Forest Stewardship Council® for its use of green sources of raw materials.
Business as usual
with the leadership team remaining unchanged. The long-term investment by Newable Capital will enable the business to capitalise on its leading position in the market and deliver increased capacity of a broader range of products from its existing factories to its long-standing client relationships.
Julian Atkinson, Managing Director, said,
“I have been looking for a long-term strategic partner for some time who shares our ambitions in the market. Our market is changing and customers are demanding greater choice and transparency, we want to be at the forefront of that change helping our customers at a time of need. The last three months have put considerable strain on our trade, but I am delighted to say we have been able to support all our existing customers and new ones, which further underpins future growth.
Peter Barrand, Managing Director at Newable Capital, commented:
“JCA’s profile as multi-generational family business that leads in a changing market is an ideal fit for Newable Capital. We have been working with Julian and his team for the best part of a year, which has seen considerable challenges for the sector. As the market starts to stabilise we look forward to working with the business to help deliver on the considerable growth opportunities in the trade.
As a Funeral Directors who strives to offer the very best quality products available, we chose to use Atkinson’s Reflections range when it comes to picture coffins. Incorporating personal memories of the deceased that Jamie and the Reflections team have designed specifically for that individual family.- Daniel from D.B.Devalls
Just to let you know how elegant the Walnut Tree Oval coffin looked this morning - it caught everyone's eye, plenty of comments and none of the pallbearers had seen one like it. It really did look smart. The book for the name details is beautiful, really impressive.- White Rose Modern Funerals
Just want to say a massive thank you to you & your team for this coffin, we along with the Humanist celebrant, crematorium staff, family and friends thought it was absolutely brilliant, on route to the crematorium there were people on the street taking photos of the coffin and EVERYONE had a big stupid smile on their faces.- McKenzie and Millar - Funeralcare
Everyone commented on how unusual the coffin was. Usually people are too scared to go up to the coffin at a funeral, but everyone went up to see and spent time looking at the photos that were displayed on the coffin. It made is so much easier to be close to dad- Diane (on behalf of Poetic Endings Funeral Directors)
Mum loved the outdoors and nature. She was very environmentally conscious. When we looked at your Eco friendly coffins we knew we’d be able to find something perfect for mum. It made such a sad time a little easier as we know she would have loved it.- Mr & Mrs Singleton
I loved the design on the picture coffin, it really captured my mother’s hobbies. She loved bowls, and to have the bowling green on was a wonderful way to say goodbye.- Janice Doherty
We wanted to say goodbye to our sister Helen, but in something that was more than just ‘a box’. The different choices that were available in all styles was fascinating. We chose a beautiful American-style Casket and also got a separate keepsake in her memory.- Carl & Becky Taylor