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Our News


Stay connected with us! There is always so much going on here at Focus Group, whether it's a charity event, new product launch or awards ceremony, we like to post news, blogs and pictures showing what we have been up to.

Rememberance2020 1

We Remember

On this: the 11th day, of the 11th month, we will pause at 11am to pay our respects to our Armed Forces community- past and present ❣️

Published: November 11, 2020

Category: social

Everest Stair Challenge

The Everest Challenge

We did it, we have successfully conquered Everest!

Our virtual challenge saw our fantastic team climb in excess of 48,000ft- more than twice the height of the real ‘Goddess of the Sky’! 🏔

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored our Everest Challenge helping us smash our £10,000 fundraising target for Community Action Nepal 🙌

Published: November 6, 2020

Category: social

Penny Polo

Did you spot it? 👀

Who spotted the Focus logo in the pages of The Times? 📰

Last month Scotland defeated England at a penny-farthing polo match that saw the two teams battling it out on Victorian-style bicycles. The two sides were competing for the Penny-Farthing Calcutta Cup in Richmond, Surrey, with the Scots pipping the opponents 8-7 in a thrilling contest! 🏆

Published: October 7, 2020

Category: social

Whitehawk FC Multi-Partnership

Whitehawk FC Announce Multi-Partnership Deal with Focus Group

Focus Group are delighted to extend our partnership with Whitehawk Football Club, becoming the clubs ‘Official Communications Partner’.

The 2-year deal will increase the clubs connectivity across a range of solutions including broadband and wifi at the popular TerraPura Ground.

Read the full press release here: Whitehawk FC

Published: August 10, 2020

Category: commercial

Focus Group X The Gateway Hub

Focus Group x The Gateway Hub 🌈

Local Community Support Group, The Gateway Hub, recently launched their Summer Lunch Club. The new initiative will focus on providing different types of food items to families who find feeding their children challenging over the school holidays.

Throughout the summer break, Focus Group are proud to be supplying weekly care packages of milk and fresh fruit to The Hub. Wrapping around existing services such as Food Banks, volunteers work together to ensure no child goes hungry.

If you would like to find out more about The Gateway Hub & their volunteering opportunities, please visit their website here.

Published: August 5, 2020

Category: social

Last orders for NHS Heroes

Last orders for NHS Heroes

For the past 17 weeks, our community kitchen has dished up over 5000 nutritious meals in an effort to keep our local NHS staff well fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are incredibly proud to have been able to provide this free service to our NHS Heroes, and even more thankful for the lifesaving work that they do each and everyday.

Published: July 21, 2020

Category: social

Lions Club Visit Focus House

Lions Club thanks Focus Group 🦁

As our partnership with the Adur East Lions continues, we were honoured to receive a visit from their team this week at Focus House.

Click to read the Worthing Herald and Little Hampton Gazette articles.

Published: July 15, 2020

Category: commercial

Focus Virtual10K

Focus 10K Lockdown Edition

With over 450 sponsors pledging their support, the virtual Focus 10K was a huge success, with the total fundraising amount totalling an incredible £30,574.74 👏

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this unique fundraiser, your generosity has helped to fund a whole range of projects at Chailey Heritage Foundation

Published: July 10, 2020

Category: social

Thank You NHS

Congratulations to our Community Champions 👏

We are so proud of Stuart MacGarvie & his team for their Community Champions Award, presented for catering for our local residents and NHS heroes 🌈

Published: June 1, 2020

Category: social

Community Meal Donations

BIG thank you to our friends

A BIG thank you to our friends at #InfinityFoodsWholesale and Auntie Val's Ability Centre for donating a whopping 75 kilos of pinto, borlotti & mung beans and chick peas for our Community Meals 🤗 This lot will certainly keep Stu & his team busy in the kitchen!

Anything we don't use up will be donated to Shoreham Foodbank 👌

Published: April 23, 2020

Category: social

Thank your Focus Team!

Kick-start the Easter Weekend 🤗

The Focus Easter bunnies have been VERY busy delivering these generous 'Coronavirus Rescue Packs'! Little did we know that after a 'rat-a-tat-tat' at the door, the postie would deliver this... 🍾🥤🍫🍭🐣🛁🧻

Thank you so much to everyone involved - it's hugely appreciated!

Published: April 9, 2020

Category: social

Culinary Heroes | Support for Key Workers

Our Culinary Heroes!

We're in this week's Shoreham Herald 🤗Well done Stuart MacGarvie, our culinary hero 👏

Read the article here.

Published: April 6, 2020

Category: commercial

#ThankYouNHS

#ThankYouNHS

While our offices may be closed, The Hut is certainly open! Over the last few days, Stuart, Liam and Sarah have transformed our favourite eatery into a community kitchen. This huge batch is made up of sausage & mash, beefy cottage pie, pasta & bolognese and a Focus favourite... sweet chilli chicken, rice & veg!

The care parcels will be winging their way to Worthing Hospital this evening- courtesy of NHS volunteer Julie. We hope they will give our incredible nhs.uk staff a much needed nutritional boost as they battle to keep us safe 💙

Published: March 27, 2020

Category: social

Afternoon Tea | Brownies | Focus Group

Afternoon Tea

"Under certain circumstances there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” - Henry James

Our people are proving extremely resilient during these uncertain times, kindness and compassion is prevailing which is wonderful to see! As a thank you to our team a complimentary feast of sausage & mash was dished up in The Hut today, followed by a classic afternoon tea 🍰🥪☕️

Published: March 18, 2020

Category: social

World Book Day

World Book Day 📚

It's World Book Day! Some of our teams have chosen to dress for the occasion, others are taking part in bake sales and our super chefs are cooking up a variety of literary masterpieces in The Hut - Bird Pie with a side of Snozzcumber anyone? 🥒

All funds raised today will go towards the purchase of new story books for primary schools in our local community, because, as Dr Seuss once said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Published: March 5, 2020

Category: social

Pragma Awards

Pragma Awards 2020

Absolutely chuffed to have bagged ourselves not one, but two awards last night at the Annual Pragma Conference Awards 🙌:

  • Reseller of the Year 2020
  • Customer Solution of the Year 2020

Thanks for a great night Pragma Technology 🎉

Published: February 28, 2020

Category: commercial

Pancakes | The Hut

Whats Your Topping?

It’s our second favourite day of the year!

The Hut Gods are going flipping crazy for our pancake people, serving up not only sweet and savoury toppings but also buttermilk beauties AND classic crepes 🥞 So, what’s it going to be? 🤔

Published: February 25, 2020

Category: social

Brighton Marathon

Corporate Relay Champions

Shout out to our very own #TeamFocus who battled against awful weather conditions yesterday to defend our title of Corporate Relay Champions for the fourth year running 🏆 (no pun intended!)

Thank you to everyone who backed the team, all of your donations will go to local charity, The Sussex Beacon who provide vital specialist care and support for people living with HIV.

Published: February 24, 2020

Category: social

Our Brighton Marathon Team

Go Team Focus

#TeamFocus are hoping to HOLD THE TITLE of The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay again this year at the Brighton Half Marathon this weekend 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ This year’s dream team consists of Luke Hunt, Dean Christie, Lee Aylward & Matthew Shirling.

Published: February 21, 2020

Category: social

Speedy Networking

Happy Valentines Day 💞

Just when you thought we couldn't be more sociable...

With Focus House being 25,000 sq ft with a rapidly expanding workforce, it's pretty tricky to know the majority of your colleagues and what their role actually entails within the business, so...

That's right, in the spirit of Valentine's Day we introduced our own version of Speed Dating...Speedy Networking! ❤️

⏳2 minutes are up! Time to meet your next colleague 🙋‍♂️

Published: February 14, 2020

Category: social

Focus 10K Charity Fundraiser

Happy New Year 🎉

You made it, welcome to 2020! Have you made any New Years resolutions? Set yourself some targets? How about a challenge?
Focus 10K returns to Borde Hill Garden on Sunday 31st May and this year is going to be our biggest ever! Supporting the incredible Chailey Heritage Foundation, there's something for everyone! 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Published: January 1, 2020

Category: social

Chailey Cheque

Thank You Everyone!

The Chailey Heritage Foundation was announced as our ‘Charity of the Year’ in December 2018 and since then a lot has happened!

From bake sales to bingo, 10K runs and hair shaving fun and earlier this month Elaine Goodman, Chris Pellatt, Nigel Box and Danya Castle presented the charities Development Director, Sally-Anne Murray, with a cheque for £35,327.88.

This is an incredible achievement, which will have a huge impact on the lives of the children and young people who are cared for at Chailey.

Published: December 29, 2019

Category: social

East Lion Club

Santa's Come to Town!

The Adur East Lions Club were joined by a guest Santa Claus last night and he looks very familiar to us 🤔 thank you to our Focus Group volunteers for helping with a fantastic Sleigh Drive and to everyone who donated on our route! Can you guess who the secret Santa is? 🎅🏽

Published: December 20, 2019

Category: social

Festive Jumpers

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Work is much more fun when you’re wearing a jumper with a penguin on it. Or a reindeer. Or a load of tinsel. FACT. So we are getting Christmassy with our colleagues today for Christmas Jumper Day!

And the best bit? Our offices are raising money for Save the Children UK - helping to keep children around the world healthy and safe, and get an education, so they can grow up to be who they want to be ❣️

Published: December 13, 2019

Category: social

Christmas Hampers | Warming Up the Homeless

Warming Up the Homeless

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention" - Oscar Wilde

The Focus Kent team have been working on an important project today on behalf of Warming Up The Homeless, filling warm socks with items such as deodorant, baby wipes, toothpaste and new underwear. All of these sock bundles will then be distributed to people who are currently living on the streets in our community.

Published: December 10, 2019

Category: social

Its Getting Festive at Focus Group

Its Getting Festive at Focus

The team at Special delivery at Focus House! Thank you to Wynnes & Seaford Fencing for supplying our beautiful Christmas tree! Our Facilities Manager, Rebecca, had the honour of putting the star on top- luckily she's a professional elf and safety expert🎄

Published: December 4, 2019

Category: social

Safe in Sussex | Gingerbread House Competition

'Tis the season for Gingerbread!

Honoured to be taking part in the Safe in Sussex Gingerbread House competition. Stuart & Harriet will be decorating our entry. All of the houses will be donated to families staying in the Safe in Sussex shelters over Christmas.

Safe in Sussex raises awareness of domestic abuse and provides practical support and refuge locally.

Published: December 3, 2019

Category: social

Chailey Volunteers

Volunteering Day

Last week saw the launch of our volunteering policy, which enables our people to dedicate their time, skills (and smiles!) to a local charity of their choice.

Jessica, Ashleigh, Calvin, Beverly, Andy, Campbell and Jamie headed to Patchwork Farm, located at the Chailey Heritage Foundation. The animals on Patchwork Farm provide therapy to their pupils and young adults who use their services. The team got to work in the pig enclosure, digging up vegetation, laying weed membrane and covering with gravel.

Published: November 26, 2019

Category: social

Gamma Awards 2019 | Focus Group

Gamma Awards 2019

Last night we attended the #GammaAwards2019 and we were honoured to collect not one, but three awards!

  • Connectivity Reseller of the Year
  • Horizon Reseller of the Year
  • Sales Team of the Year Platinum Partner

These awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of our great teams, thank you for a wonderful evening Gamma! 👏

Published: November 22, 2019

Category: commercial

Chailey Heritage Foundation | Patchwork Farm

Patchwork Farm Gets Back to its Roots

Tomorrow, we will be rolling up our sleeves with the fantastic Chailey Heritage Foundation! This time the team will be onsite helping to rejuvenate the pig enclosure at Patchwork Farm, assisting the farm manager, Lesley with some much needed work.

The animals on Patchwork Farm provide therapy to CHF pupils and young adults who use their services. Chailey’s four resident pigs have been tempted to venture out their enclosure to reach the vegetation that has been growing outside. Our volunteers will be helping to dig up the vegetation, lay down a weed membrane and cover the spaces with gravel, along with additional tasks on the farm.

Published: November 19, 2019

Category: social

100 Years Remembrance

Remembrance Day 2019

2019 marks 100 years since the first two-minute silence was observed on Armistice Day, 11 November 1919.
This year we’re asking our teams to pause - mute phones, close laptops, switch off screens - for just two minutes and pay respect to our Armed Forces community, past and present.

Join us at 11am on 11 November for the two-minute silence.

Published: November 11, 2019

Category: social

Sussex Cricket Club Fireworks

Bonfire Night with SCCC

Another client making sparks this Bonfire Night. Wishing our friends at Sussex CCC a fantastic fireworks event tonight at the 1st Central County Ground. Have fun if you're going!

Published: November 5, 2019

Category: social

Halloween | Focus Group

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 🎃 The only day it's acceptable to wear a bed sheet to work and probably the only time Kiss would socialise with Wednesday Addams👻

From the homemade costumes & decorations, to the pumpkin & garlic delights in 'The Hut', we're really going for it today at Focus HQ!

Published: October 31, 2019

Category: social

Zest 4 Partner of the Year 2019 | Partner and Conference Awards

Zest 4 Partner of the Year 2019

And the awards keep coming... We're thrilled to be named Partner of the Year at the Zest4 Partner Conference & Awards 2019.

It was a great day held at London's Ham Yard Hotel with excellent speakers and learning sessions. And of course, a party enjoyed by Karim Shepherd and Keane Beaken from Focus Group.

Thanks to our supplier Zest4 for hosting such an awesome event!

Published: October 28, 2019

Category: commercial

Comms National Awards | Entrepreneurs of the Year

Entrepreneurs of the Year 2019

Congratulations to our joint MDs Chris and Ralph on being crowned Entrepreneurs of the Year 2019 at the Comms National Awards

Published: October 23, 2019

Category: commercial

Focus Group Celebrates 15 Years

Focus Turns 15!

FOCUS IS FIFTEEN! 🎉
And tonight we celebrate at
The Grand Hotel Brighton.

Staff will be donning black tie, enjoying a variety of entertainment and will no doubt be throwing some serious shapes on the dance floor💃🕺

We can't wait to celebrate 15 years of achievement with everyone.

Published: March 18, 2020

Category: social

D.R.E.A.M Centre | Chailey Heritage Foundation

D.R.E.A.Ms do come true!

Today marks a very special day for the Chailey Heritage Foundation! After 3 years of fundraising, The D.R.E.A.M. Centre is OFFICIALLY open 🤗

On 17th November 2016 the charity launched The D.R.E.A.M. Centre appeal to raise £3.1m to build a modern, purpose-built indoor activity space where children & young people with complex disabilities & health needs could participate in a mixture of arts and physical activities.

Today, this dream came true 💜

Published: October 17, 2019

Category: social

Adur East Lions

Coats for Kids

Yesterday we had a visit from Jasper, the Adur East Lions Club Official mascot! 🦁

He was here to announce the news that Focus Group will be working with The Lions on some very worthwhile charity campaigns over the next few months, including the #coatsforkids appeal, giving the gift of warmth this winter by asking people to donate preloved children's coats.

Published: October 16, 2019

Category: social

Virtual 1 Cloud Hosting Cakes

Tuesday Cake Day!

The team at #Virtual1 certainly know how to sweeten our Tuesdays! Thank you for this special delivery! 💙

Published: October 15, 2019

Category: social

DWS Power Award Winner 2019 | Focus Group

Focus Group wins again!

Congratulations to our fantastic Networks Team who picked up the Connectivity Award at the Digital Wholesale Solutions Power Event last week! 💫

Published: October 14, 2019

Category: commercial

Our Hosted Salesperson of the Month

Hosted salesperson of the Month

Massive congratulations to Jamie Connolly for winning July's Hosted Salesperson of the Month…

Jamie helped 9 new clients last month including several estate agents and motor dealerships. Jamie has also already made a fantastic start to August with another monster deal this week! Well done and keep it up!

Published: August 7, 2019

Category: social

Chailey Heritage Foundation Raffle

Everyone loves a raffle

Thanks DVS Ltd - such a generous prize! Looking forward to 'raffling off' this incredible TV to raise the all important funds for our Charity of the Year, the Chailey Heritage Foundation!

Published: July 29, 2019

Category: social

Focus Group win the Virtual Cloud MSP Award

Another great win for Focus Group

Thrilled to have received the Cloud MSP Award at the Virtual1#FutureConnect19 Awards at The Montcalm Luxury Hotels this afternoon.

Published: July 25, 2019

Category: commercial

Focus Group feature in Mobile News Magazine

Mobile News magazine

Great write up in Mobile News this morning.

https://bit.ly/2XXC9mt

Published: July 18, 2019

Category: commercial

Focus House plants from Brighton Botanicals

Brighton Botanicals put their green fingers to work

If speaking kindly to plants helps them to grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do...

Focus House is awash with foliage this morning as Brighton Botanicals put their green fingers to work & our new moss wall is getting a great reception from our resident Snail!

Published: July 9, 2019

Category: social

Hosted Salesperson of the month

Hosted Sales Person of the Month

Congratulations to Andy McGowan for winning June's Hosted Salesperson of the Month and for a second time this year!

Andrew has helped 14 new clients in what was another fantastic month. Well done, you are having a phenomenal year. Keep it up!

Published: July 1, 2019

Category: commercial

Focus Awards | Focus Group Award Ceremony

#thisisfocus awards

Oh what a night! On Friday we held the first #thisisfocus Awards at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Over 200 of our amazing staff came together to recognise & commend colleagues and team members who have demonstrated exceptional performance over the previous year. The event, which was hosted by celebrity comic, Dom Joly, was a great success and a fantastic night was had by all.

A huge thanks to E3 Events for all your help with the production and of course to our wonderful sponsors, Gamma, Zest4, Pragma Technology UK, Genius Networks, Tower Leasing Ltd, Daisy Wholesale, Comstor, Eurostar Global Electronics Ltd, Virtual1 and Akixi Limited, without which this event would not have been possible.

Published: May 31, 2019

Category: commercial

Team building | Focus Group

Focus go shooting!

A throwback to this time last month when some of the sales guys went clay pigeon shooting at West Kent Shooting School. Thanks for the day out Gamma. Everyone had a brilliant time, especially overall winner, Michael Lloyd.

Published: July 31, 2019

Category: social

Reseller Campaign of the Year | Focus Group

Focus Group wins award!

We did it!!!

Our Marketing team have just been handed the award for 'Reseller Campaign of the Year' at the Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards!!

Published: May 15, 2019

Category: commercial

POSH BINGO charity event | Focus Group

Quiz time...

Have you got that #FridayFeeling?? We do!

Hosted by Bingo Caller Chris Goodman, POSH BINGO was the next event in the calendar for raising the all important funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation.

With the huge excitement of generally playing Bingo and with cracking raffle prizes up for grabs, the evening raised a grand total of £482.10!!!

Published: June 24, 2019

Category: social

Enterprise Reseller of the year | Focus Group

Comms Business Awards

We are delighted to be announced as a finalist for the 'Enterprise Reseller of the Year' award at the 2019 Comms Business Awards…

Published: June 28, 2019

Category: commercial

Focus Group sponsor Sussex Cricket Club

Focus Group sponsors the Sharks!

Very excited to announce Focus are an Official Corporate Partner of Sussex Cricket and Headline Sponsor of the Club's website.

GOOD LUCK at Lord's tomorrow Sharks.

Published: May 9, 2019

Category: commercial