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Posted: 17 Sep, 2015

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Three brave employees of Focus Consultants have collected more than £2,000 for charity after taking part in a tandem sky dive. Focus Senior Building Surveyor Darren Booker made the daring leap in memory of his wife Elizabeth Booker, who was 47 when she passed away last year following her diagnosis of a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Joining him were 16 year old Admin Apprentice Victoria Bell, who works alongside Darren in the Boston office, and Sustainability Surveyor Gareth Morris, who is based in the company’s Leicester office. Their plunge, which raised money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, took place...

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Posted: 17 Aug, 2015

08. Aug Parachute

Three brave employees of Focus Consultants are taking the plunge for charity with a tandem sky dive in aid of a cause close to their hearts. The parachute jump will also be part of the celebrations to mark the 21st birthday of Focus Consultants. The team will be raising money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, which gave care and support to the wife and family of Focus Senior Building Surveyor Darren Booker. Elizabeth Booker was 47 when she passed away last year following her diagnosis of a rare form of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Darren, who works in the Boston office...

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Posted: 3 Aug, 2015

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Heritage and exhibition specialists at Focus Consultants are preparing for the opening of the Royal Navy’s only Gallipoli surviving craft following a major restoration of the First World War warship. On 6th August, The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) will open HMS M.33 to the public for the first time in her history, following a distinctive and extensive conservation project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Come the centenary of her launch, HMS M.33 will be the only First World War warship to allow visitors to walk her decks this year. Focus Consultants has been a part...

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Posted: 15 Jul, 2015

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Focus Consultants demonstrated the company’s ongoing commitment to education after hosting a student on a week’s work experience. Fifteen-year-old Reece Franklin, a pupil at William Lovell Church of England School in Stickney, Lincolnshire, spent five days in the Boston office of Focus learning about being a draftsman. The office has previously won two Investors in Education Awards for its commitment to providing quality work experience opportunities to young people. Partner at Focus Consultants’ Lincolnshire offices, Trevor Newton, said: “The team at Focus Consultants believes that work experience is an important part of a young person’s development, and we were very...

Posted: 30 Jun, 2015

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to project manage a £3 million scheme to refurbish and extend a leisure centre. Work is due to get underway this summer on the development at North Herts Leisure Centre in Letchworth and includes a new learner/teaching pool, a café with a view over the pool, dance studio, offices, a ground-sprung sports hall floor, refurbishment of the wet changing areas and increased parking facilities. The aim of the project is to increase the life span of the centre by another 25 years and improve customer services. Partner at Focus Consultants, Keith Butler, said: “Focus is...

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Posted: 9 Jun, 2015

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Focus Consultants will be instrumental in helping to deliver an exhibition devoted to shoes which opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London in June. Focus was appointed project manager, cost consultant and CDM co-ordinator for the temporary exhibition, which runs from 13th June until 31st January 2016. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain will look at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. Shoes worn by, or associated with, high-profile figures...

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Posted: 29 May, 2015

05.May Richard III

An independent assessment carried out by Focus Consultants found that the discovery of King Richard lll brought in more than £59 million to Leicester’s economy, from the time of the discovery to the reinterment. It’s estimated that around £4.5 million of this was generated during the two weeks of reinterment activities, which ended with the Leicester Glows event on March 27th. Associate at Focus, Heather Frecklington, said: “This was a unique event in history. As experts in economic impact appraisals, Focus Consultants was very pleased to be commissioned to be a part of the team that looked at the effect...

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Posted: 28 May, 2015

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Focus Consultants has been presented with a special award for its commitment to providing quality work experience to young people. Our Boston office was handed the Investors in Education Award after being nominated by Boston Grammar School for offering an individual programme to one of its students. Focus  received the certificate at an event organised by The EBP at Belton Woods Hotel, near Grantham. The EBP has worked with schools and colleges, local authorities, charities, social enterprises and private sector organisations to provide a range of coordinated employability skills development services to more than 1 million young people in the...

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Posted: 28 May, 2015

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More than £200 has been handed to charity following an annual golf day staged by Focus Consultants. Focus staged the event at Belton Park Golf Club in Grantham. Players donated £230 in the raffle, and the proceeds were presented by Focus Partner Trevor Newton to Anne Randall of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice. Trevor, who is based in the Boston office of Focus, organised the event which has become an annual date on the Focus Consultants’ calendar, and attracted players from across the East Midlands. Twenty three clients, associates and staff took part in the charity day. Trevor said: “It was...

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Posted: 28 May, 2015

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Focus Consultants is playing a key role in the redevelopment of one of the UK’s most historically significant sites for motoring, aviation and engineering after helping Brooklands Museum secure a grant of more than £4.5 million. The company has been appointed as project manager on the scheme at the museum in Weybridge, Surrey, which is the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. The redevelopment will transform the museum’s Grade II listed Second World War Wellington Hangar into The Brooklands Aircraft Factory;...

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Posted: 20 May, 2015

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Focus Consultants is today celebrating the news that plans for a new railway museum in the UK are on track after working to secure millions of pounds worth of funding for the scheme. The Great Central Railway (GCR), in partnership with the National Railway Museum (NRM) and Leicester City Council (LCC), plan to create a £17 million heritage railway museum in Leicester. Focus has been a key member of the team that put together the funding bid and has just learnt that the application for a massive cash award has been a success. Partner at Focus Consultants, Steven Fletcher, said:...

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Posted: 15 May, 2015

Lincolnshire Housing Development

Focus Consultants is part of the team which has completed the third phase of a housing development in Mablethorpe.  Focus provided Employer’s Agent, CDM Co-ordinator, and Code for Sustainable Homes consultation services for the Waterloo Housing Group scheme in Golf Road. The development of 120 houses has contributed to Waterloo Housing Group’s target to build more than 200 affordable homes in East Lindsey before April 2015. The new homes are being provided with the support of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and East Lindsey District Council.  Due to the poor ground conditions a method known as surcharging...

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Posted: 6 May, 2015

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Focus Consultants has won a number of contracts to administer almost £5 million worth of planned improvements to homes run by asra Housing. It is the second year that the firm has been appointed to run the housing group’s kitchen, bathroom, window and roof replacement scheme. At the same time, Focus has also been appointed to a four-year consultants’ framework by asra Housing for contract administrator and stock condition surveyor roles for planned works for properties in the London area and the Midlands. Partner at Focus Consultants, Keith Butler, said: “Focus Consultants has worked with the asra Housing Group for...

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Posted: 23 Apr, 2015

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A project which saw four Nottingham companies design and build the new visitor centre for London's iconic HMS Belfast, part of Imperial War Museums, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. Focus Consultants and Architects CPMG have been selected as finalists in the Tourism and Leisure category of the RICS Awards and will be attending an awards ceremony in London on 30 April 2015 on behalf of their Nottingham based project partners Couch Perry Wilkes and Price & Myers. The RICS Awards selects the very best inspirational initiatives in land, property and construction and the environment and recognises the very best...

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Posted: 10 Feb, 2015

Two promotions at Focus Consultants

Two internal promotions have been made in the Leicester office of Focus Consultants following growth in the firm’s building surveying department. James Garner has been appointed as senior consultant and continues to head up the traditional building surveying commissions. Chris Green has become a consultant, two and a half years after joining the company straight from university. Both James and Chris are based at the Princess Road East office of Focus. Focus experienced a 20% growth in building surveying work in its Leicester office during 2014, over the previous year. Partner Keith Butler said: “These promotions are a reflection of...

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Posted: 16 Jan, 2015

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A traditional turf cutting ceremony was held recently at St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff, where a multi-million pound refurbishment and new build project is taking place. Focus Consultants is playing a key role in the development. We helped the project to secure £12 million - the largest ever grant award in Wales by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) - and we are now project manager and cost manager for the scheme at the open air museum. Children from Pencaerau School helped the site team and museum staff cut the first turf signifying the start of the exciting project. They...

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Posted: 12 Jan, 2015

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Youngsters are being inspired to think like engineers by an interactive exhibition at the Science Museum that has been put together by a team led by Focus Consultants. The company has been the project manager, quantity surveyor and contract administrator for Engineer Your Future – its first appointment at the museum in South Kensington, London. The three-year exhibition, recently opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in the museum’s contemporary science wing, puts visitors’ problem-solving skills to the test, exploring engineering through large-scale, high quality interactive games and digital experiences that bring to life the skills engineers use...

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Posted: 18 Dec, 2014

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Focus Consultants has been working with the Vulcan to the Sky Trust to undertake an options appraisal to identify the best possible future for the iconic aircraft Avro Vulcan XH558, The Spirit of Great Britain. The Vulcan was flown by the RAF for 33 years between 1960 and 1993. She was built to deliver Britain’s first atomic bomb, ‘Blue Danube’, as a deterrent against Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Through fundraising and restoration work, widely believed to be the most complex technical heritage project ever undertaken, she was returned to flight in 2007 and has since performed in numerous...

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Posted: 26 Nov, 2014

HMS M33

Focus Consultants are part of the team restoring the only surviving ship from the World War One Gallipoli campaign so that it can be opened up to the public. HMS M.33 is one of Britain’s three surviving Royal Navy First World War warships and is currently in a dry dock in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, next to HMS Victory. With the help of Focus, the restoration project secured almost £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and now work has begun to bring the ship back to former glory and allow the public to tour her in 2015, in time...

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Posted: 4 Nov, 2014

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Funding experts at Focus have secured £½ million to help a rural community build a new village hall. The £456,225 Big Lottery Grant will enable Mareham le Fen Village Hall near Boston in Lincolnshire to replace a 100-year-old tin and timber hall with a modern, more central facility. The news, which comes on top of an earlier £43,775 Big Lottery Grant also secured by Focus, has special significance for one Focus employee, who grew up in the village, has family living there and who played a key role in helping to secure the grant. “Focus as a company has helped...

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Posted: 23 Oct, 2014

Focus New Starters

Two new members of staff have joined the team within the building services department at Focus Consultants Lincolnshire Office. Architectural technician Harley Cooper and assistant building surveyor Jake Wiles have both been appointed recently by Focus to our office in Endeavour Park, Boston. Harley joined the company after completing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Architectural Technology at the University of Northampton, and is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Assistant building surveyor Jake Wiles is spending a year at Focus on placement while studying for a BSc (Hons) Degree in Building Surveying at Sheffield...

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Posted: 6 Oct, 2014

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Nottingham-based Focus Consultants has been selected as part of a ‘dream team’ to transform Milton Keynes Museum into a national attraction. The museum’s £7.3 million expansion through two major new galleries telling the area’s story from pre-history through to the present day is being made possible through funding from Milton Keynes Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England. Focus, with its head office in Nottingham, and other offices located in Leicester, London, Boston and Aubourn in Lincolnshire, has been appointed as the project’s business planners, and joins a host of top names with wide experience of creating...

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Posted: 30 Sep, 2014

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Well Done!!! to all involved for raising £225.00 at the Focus Nottingham, Macmillan Coffee Morning.

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Posted: 30 Sep, 2014

Funding experts at Focus Consultants have helped a council to secure almost £1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to uncover the local history of the First World War. The grant to Doncaster Council will also be used to research the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) and create a lasting legacy which will be accessible to townspeople for years to come. Mike Lee, associate at Focus Consultants, said: “We are pleased and proud to have played a part in helping Doncaster Council to secure this grant from the HLF by assisting with the bid. “As the centenary of the...

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Posted: 8 Sep, 2014

Check out the latest Focus on Funding Newsletter, where we bring you up to date on the very latest funding opportunities with insights into the projects likely to be successful. Focus on Funding Newsletter

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Posted: 26 Aug, 2014

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Focus Consultants has helped to secure a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant which will play a key part in showcasing the heritage of an historic Norfolk town. Experts at Focus supported the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in its successful second round bid to the HLF, which resulted in a grant of £1,850,600 being awarded for improvements in the historic quarter of King’s Lynn. The grant is part of a cash injection of just under £5million which will fund two exciting projects that will enhance the King's Lynn St Margaret’s Conservation Area, remodel the Saturday Market...

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Posted: 15 Aug, 2014

08.Aug Oak Tree Court

Focus is celebrating the news that a scheme that our energy and sustainability experts worked on has been given an accolade. Oak Tree Court, a development of seven, five-bedroomed eco-homes, was named the winner of the Best Small New Housing Development at the LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards. The scheme at Tollerton in Nottinghamshire, which was built by Chebsey Estates Ltd, will now go forward to the LABC national finals in London in November. Focus Consultants was the Code for Sustainable Homes (CFSH) assessor and the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) assessor for the development, which achieved a Code for...

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Posted: 15 Aug, 2014

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Focus Consultants has been appointed by the Waterloo Housing Group on a scheme to redevelop one of the few derelict sites left in Boston in Lincolnshire into affordable housing for local people. The company has been secured as Employer’s Agent, CDM Co-ordinator, and Party Wall Surveyor for the development in Blue Street, on the site of the former Pilgrim Foods depot. Focus energy team will also provide energy carbon sustainability services for the project, which will create new homes for 41 families. Work has just got underway on the £5 million scheme, which is being built in two phases by...

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Posted: 11 Aug, 2014

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Funding experts at Focus Consultants are reminding firms and private sector organisations that the deadline for submitting applications for the latest slice of a £3.2 billion pot of grants is fast approaching. Round six of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, which aims to create economic growth and sustainable employment in England, is currently open for bidding. But with the deadline of 30th September for applications only weeks away, companies and organisations are being urged to put together their bids now. Associate at Focus, Heather Frecklington, said: “Focus has supported a number of clients to secure investment from the Regional Growth...

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Posted: 18 Jul, 2014

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Focus Consultants has played a key role in confirming an £11.5million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for the National Army Museum (NAM) in London. The grant will help fund the Museum’s ambitious Building for the Future project, which will enhance the Museum’s onsite, offsite and online elements. Focus was the project manager on the development stage and we have now been reappointed to deliver this project, which is due to complete in 2016. Focus has been appointed as project manager, quantity surveyor, CDM coordinator and contract administrator for the improvements. “This is a significant appointment for Focus Consultants to help...

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Posted: 7 Jul, 2014

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to project manage the creation of a new museum dedicated to the illustrator William Heath Robinson and his work. A new national centre is planned for the understanding and appreciation of the work of the artist, who was well known for his humorous drawings which featured in publications such as The Tatler and The Sketch, as well as illustrations for the likes of works by Kipling and Shakespeare, and his own children’s stories. The William Heath Robinson Trust has partnered with colleagues at The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust in Pinner, North West...

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to oversee a £35 million masterplan project in Eastbourne which will breathe new life into the town’s major attractions. The scheme aims to refurbish three listed theatres and the international tennis centre, as well as build a new conference centre, to create world-class tourism, cultural and business facilities. Focus Consultants have been secured to project manage the Devonshire Park development, and are currently in the process of appointing a design team to create concept designs for the project. These are likely to be put before decision-makers at Eastbourne Borough Council next Spring. “This is a...

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

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Focus Consultants and architects, Purcell have been appointed to draw up designs for a multi-million pound heritage museum and learning centre dedicated to aerospace. The Bristol Aerospace Centre will create a permanent home for Concorde and will also feature refurbished, listed World War One aircraft hangars, which will be transformed into a first-class heritage museum, learning suites, archives and workshops. Based at Filton Airfield, to the north of Bristol, the centre will bring together the Bristol Aero Collection with a number of other important collections of artefacts and archives which tell the stories of the aerospace industry, its people and...

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

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Focus Consultants is celebrating a link with four of the top 20 free museums and galleries in the UK recommended by The Guardian newspaper. Focus has worked on many high-profile museums across the UK, including the National Army Museum in Chelsea and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, which was named UK museum of the year in 2012 by the Art Fund charity. Now four museums that Focus has worked with or is currently involved in have been named on a top 20 list of free family friendly museums recommended to visit by The Guardian. They are the V&A Museum...

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

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Focus Consultants has been instrumental in helping to deliver the upcoming Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A). Focus was appointed project manager, cost consultant and CDM co-ordinator for the temporary exhibition which will explore the changes in wedding fashions over the past 200 years. The exhibition will open from May 3rd 2014 until March 15th 2015. The contract marked the first commission for Focus since we won a place on a framework agreement to help deliver temporary exhibitions at the V&A. The commission has been handled by Focus London office in Holborn....

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

Focus Consultants has extended its geographical reach with two new energy carbon sustainability appointments in the north of Lincolnshire. Focus Boston office has secured contracts to assess and check the environmental credentials of two Scunthorpe residential developments, currently under construction. Scunthorpe-based TG Sowerby Developments Ltd has appointed Focus as the Code for Sustainable Homes assessor on a scheme of 20 affordable houses and bungalows being built for Guinness Northern Counties in Morecambe Avenue, and on a project to create eight flats for North Lincolnshire Homes in Haig Avenue. The Haig Avenue development is designed for people with learning difficulties and...

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

Architects Purcell and Focus Consultants to host seminar on funding opportunities for cultural projects Purcell and Focus Consultants are hosting a free half day seminar open to anyone involved in arts, heritage and conservation projects. The afternoon event will take place on 11th February at Nottingham Council House. The seminar will provide informed guidance on how to unlock, manage and implement funding to deliver best value. Guest speakers include Service Manager for Museums and Galleries at Nottingham City Council, Ron Inglis, Focus Consultants partner, Kevin Osbon and Niall Phillips, Head of Design at Purcell. Kevin will talk about the Focus...

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

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Millions of pounds worth of grants are available for heritage, cultural and arts organisations and projects….but the key is in finding the best way to unlock them. That was the message for representatives from organisations across the Midlands and beyond who were given an insight into how to go about sourcing funding for capital schemes. Experts from Focus Consultants and architects Purcell staged a seminar aimed at unravelling the process of applying for grants and other funds. As well as highlighting the opportunities, the event turned the spotlight on how to overcome challenges and obstacles. The seminar, which was held...

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

Focus Promotions

Focus Consultants has made two senior internal promotions as the company continues to expand. Jason Redfearn has been appointed as a Partner of the business, while surveyor Craig Gould has been promoted to an Associate. Jason, who leads the Energy Carbon Sustainability team at Focus, is based in the Leicester office in Princess Road East. Craig Gould, who is deputy business manager for the building surveying unit, works out of the Nottingham headquarters at Phoenix Business Park. Focus Partner Karl Marriott said: “Both Jason and Craig have been with us for several years and epitomise the Focus spirit and culture....

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Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

05.May Focus golf day supports charity (1)

A £250 cheque has been handed to charity following an annual golf day staged by Focus Consultants. Focus. which specialises in funding and economic development, project management, chartered surveying and energy, staged the event at Belton Park Golf Club in Grantham. Players donated £250 in the raffle, and the proceeds were presented by Focus Partner Trevor Newton to Jamie Davenport from Macmillan Cancer Support to help fund Macmillan nurses. Trevor, who is based in the Boston office of Focus, organised the event along with Associate Craig Gould, who is based at our Nottingham headquarters. The event, which has become an...

Posted: 30 Jun, 2014

Scout Group

A scout group has been given somewhere safe to store their equipment after Focus Consultants and Linden Homes teamed up to help. Employees at Focus have been working with the 30th Lincoln 1st Bassingham Scout Group to help them find funding to provide a new equipment store to replace old buildings which have to be demolished at their headquarters in Bassingham, near Brant Broughton. Focus spotted a 20-foot metal storage container which had come to the end of its useable life span and which was owned by Linden Homes, a company that Focus has been working with on their Oasis...

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