MORE than 100 jobs have been created at a Bearsden funeral business - and there are 30 more on the way.
Golden Charter, based at Canniesburn Gate, has bucked the gloomy economic climate and has become the biggest company in the country in its field.
Since 2008, the number of jobs at its Bearsden base has risen from 30 to 140 - and the Herald can reveal that it plans to recruit up to 30 new workers as it expands.
The company was founded in 1989 and formerly operated from premises across from Bearsden Train Station.
Its fortunes were on the wane until former Scottish Power, Saatchi, Shell and BP executive Ronnie Wayte took charge.
He has transformed Golden Charter, reinventing it as a direct seller of “end of life products” and making it the UK’s biggest independent funeral business, currently claiming up to 60 per cent of market share.
The company has a growth target of 20 per cent per year - enabling its job creating expansion plans.
It also looks after £300million of clients’ cash in an independent trust while operating as a not-for-profit umbrella group for around 700 funeral directors, who link up with Golden Charter’s sales team.
Mr Wayte (46) said: “The key to our success has been recruiting good people locally. We are probably the last bastion of family-owned businesses - one of the last true local services.
“We started in a fairly traditional marketing and telesales approach and have built a fairly sizeable call centre.
“Our key goal is protecting the market share of independent funeral directors and ensuring they survive as a sector.”
Golden Charter has now established a sister business dealing in wills and powers of attorney - and it is here he expects to recruit 20 to 30 staff at his Bearsden base by the end of April.