Wells funeral director goes bust leaving a trail of debt
A FUNERAL directors in Wells has gone bust, leaving a trail of debt in its wake.
Mark Jales Independent Funeral Directors, based on Priory Road, sent out an email on Monday saying that the firm had ceased trading.
In the email Mr Jales said: “It is with great regret that I have to inform you that the above company has ceased to trade from October 3, 2013, due to our financial situation.
“Currently we have more debts than assets and as a company would therefore be illegally trading, for this reason and with the lack of work coming in we have decided to cease to trade.
“The company will be put into liquidation forthwith.”
Several third party businesses such as coffin makers and printers have been left out of pocket.
Before the company had ceased to trade, concerns about it had been raised by the Diocese of Bath and Wells.
Its spokesman said: “We had advised local clergy via email to request payment up front before undertaking services via this funeral director.”
Another Wells funeral director has been critical of the state of affairs left by Mark Jales Independent Funeral Directors going out of business.
Danny Unwin, of Unwins Independent Funeral Directors, said: “I have been aware over the past months of Mark Jales’ business practices but was powerless to take any action until now when it has all come to light.
“I have to say that as a local funeral director I am somewhat dismayed as to how this has been allowed to escalate as it has.
“Many businesses have been affected by what has happened to Jales and might now be left out of pocket.
“As a local funeral director, I am proud to live in Wells and serve my local community and am very disappointed that Mr Jales was not prepared to work to the standards.
“Frankly, Mr Jales, I consider Wells and Shepton Mallet well rid of you.”
The Journal contacted Mr Jales for his response but he declined to comment.