Yes, in a short word.Are there any independents left these days?
I thought they had all been subsumed into ‘groups’ in the same way an awful lot of veterinaries have been swallowed up but still trade under the same trusted name that yer grannie used to take tibbles and fido to decades ago.
Though be careful: Co-Op, Dignity, etc have hoovered up an awful lot of small independents but retained the original name, which they will do for some years until those that remember have gone.
Look for the tell-tale 'Part of the . . . group' in smallish print at the bottom of the blurb.
If you need to, check out the company here: UK Independent Funeral Directors | SAIF