Focus Consultants https://www.focus-consultants.com Focus Consultants - create and deliver Tue, 05 May 2020 11:41:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Focus Remembers VE Day https://www.focus-consultants.com/focus-remembers-ve-day/ Tue, 05 May 2020 11:41:06 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2324 On 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since millions of people took to the streets to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. Despite the current social-distancing rules, we can still join together as a nation to reflect on the enormous sacrifice and courage of those who saw us through these dark... Read more »

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On 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since millions of people took to the streets to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. Despite the current social-distancing rules, we can still join together as a nation to reflect on the enormous sacrifice and courage of those who saw us through these dark times and to celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.

Focus is proud to have been involved in projects across the military sector that were vital to preserving stories and artefacts from these times. Working with clients such as the National Army Museum, Imperial War Museum and National Museum of the Royal Navy among others, Focus worked on concept development, research, funding, grant applications and supporting clients through the operational planning and set-up phases. Below are just some of the highlights from their portfolio:

M.33 – National Museum of the Royal Navy

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) opened up M.33, one of only two British WW1 warships to have survived into the 21st Century, to the public by undertaking restoration work and successfully integrating it into the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard collection of vessels in August 2015, therefore ensuring its future. Focus prepared the Business Plan and continued their involvement throughout the delivery stage to project completion, securing almost £1.8 million in funding.

National Army Museum

Focus was appointed for the redevelopment of the museum enabling it to face the challenges of the 21st Century. The redevelopment allowed the museum to open in March 2017 with a new extended entrance, improved accessibility and archive storage, relocation of the existing catering facilities, the addition of a dedicated education suite and benefitting from an atrium area allowing natural daylight to enter the museum.

Boathouse 4 – Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Boathouse 4 is a rare surviving example of industrial military architecture and a significant historic building. Due to it prime position and sheer size, it is one of the most prominent and visible buildings within the Dockyard. Further to receiving NLHF funding in 2013, Boathouse 4 has been repaired, refurbished and converted into the UK’s leading Boatbuilding Academy and Heritage Skills Training Centre. The venue has also opened up as an attraction for visitors with a number of important historic vessels placed on display, some of which are undergoing active conservation by the academy students.

D Day Museum

Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy and has undergone extensive redevelopment including a newly refurbished entrance, a dedicated learning space and a new website. The latest display technology has been used alongside the Museum’s unique collections. The personal experiences of those who took part will be at the heart of the new displays. Further to receiving funding in early 2016, Focus worked to deliver the project in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day Landings in 2019.

HMS Belfast – Imperial War Museum

Focus played a pivotal role in the delivery of an impressive new museum and visitor centre for HMS Belfast, the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship of her type. Focus project managed the development for the new Quayside Pavilion and provided funding research support. The project provided new entrance facilities therefore improving access for groups, schools and corporate clients. Its new dramatic roof top café-bar allows visitors to enjoy the stunning views of the historic ship and surrounding London landmarks. The striking new centre, which has been built on stilts, has transformed the entrance to the iconic London landmark on the River Thames.

Newarke Houses

Focus were retained to redisplay the Royal Leicestershire Regimental Collection together with a 20th Century Social History Collection in the Grade II listed museum. With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and Leicester City Council, Focus worked closely with exhibition designers on the delivery of the Exhibition Fit-Out works. The completed project was well received and the HLF considered the lift to be an example of how access can be provided in a significant Listed Building.

Other projects that Focus have proudly worked on are:

Staff from Focus Consultants LLP will be joining in the celebrations on 8th May 2020 from their homes. For more information about how you can also celebrate VE Day please click on the following link http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/virtual-ve-day-75-festival

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Funding Resources and Focus Support https://www.focus-consultants.com/funding-resources-focus-support/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:28:30 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2318   The impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented and it is uncertain at this time how long the impact will last. All sectors have been affected and already national, regional and local funding agencies have put in place funding to support organisations at this difficult time. We have developed a brief overview of... Read more »

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The impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented and it is uncertain at this time how long the impact will last. All sectors have been affected and already national, regional and local funding agencies have put in place funding to support organisations at this difficult time.

We have developed a brief overview of the funding opportunities available through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England to organisations within the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

Should you require any assistance in applying for funding and / or supporting your organisation at this time we are ready and available to help. We are more than happy to discuss your needs and the options available and can provide the appropriate support in a way which suits your organisation. Our priority is making sure you are supported at this difficult time to come out of this much stronger and more resilient.

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Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying team at Focus Consultants working at Ropsley Village Hall near Grantham https://www.focus-consultants.com/building-surveying-quantity-surveying-team-focus-consultants-working-ropsley-village-hall-near-grantham/ Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:27:18 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2315 Work is underway on site for a £840,000 project, providing a new community building for the Village of Ropsley and surrounding settlements. Focus Consultants has been appointed as contract administrator and quantity surveyor on the scheme to provide cost management and advice, quality control and project management. The scheme is being undertaken by the Ropsley... Read more »

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Work is underway on site for a £840,000 project, providing a new community building for the Village of Ropsley and surrounding settlements.

Focus Consultants has been appointed as contract administrator and quantity surveyor on the scheme to provide cost management and advice, quality control and project management.

The scheme is being undertaken by the Ropsley New Hall Steering Group on land adjacent to the existing Ropsley Memorial Hall. The existing hall, constructed in 1949, was deemed no-longer fit for purpose and unsustainable in 2014 and has required significant and regular maintenance over recent years. Due to open in Autumn 2020, the new community building will provide a main hall complete with moveable stage area, kitchen and catering areas, meeting space and sports changing facilities. The committee are looking to improve further and introduce a moveable stage at a later date.

“Focus Consultants is very pleased to be involved in helping to create a new village hall for Ropsley,” said Keith Butler, joint managing partner at Nottingham-based Focus Consultants.

“As a company, Focus Consultants has wide experience of working on village hall and community schemes in the East Midlands, providing an extensive range of services from quantity surveying to project management.”

The project is being funded by generous community raised monies thanks to grants from: The National Lottery Community Fund, the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, Sport England, ASDA Foundation, Bernard Sunley Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, South Kesteven Community Fund, The Rank Foundation – Pebbles Fund and Dixie Rose Findlay Charitable Trust.

The new village hall is due to open in Autumn 2020.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The news that works have officially begun on Ropsley Village Hall brand new facility will undoubtedly provide a boost for grassroots sport in area. Funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, is playing a vital role in making the project a reality.

“Thanks to their investment, the village hall is one of many facilities across England set to benefit from a state-of-the-art new site.  These facilities not only act as excellent physical and social outlets for communities, but also provide new jobs – during construction and in the years to come, with people needed to support sites in delivering safe and positive environments for any user.”

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Focus Consultants helping to save ‘At Risk’ buildings in Nottingham https://www.focus-consultants.com/focus-consultant-helping-save-risk-buildings-nottingham/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:51:00 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2311 Focus Consultants cultural services consultant, Laura Summers, has become a Trustee of a new charity which has been formed to save heritage buildings across Nottingham city. The Trust will also have an important role in helping communities across the city to manage their historic buildings. The City of Nottingham Historic Buildings Limited (CoNHBL) has been... Read more »

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Focus Consultants cultural services consultant, Laura Summers, has become a Trustee of a new charity which has been formed to save heritage buildings across Nottingham city. The Trust will also have an important role in helping communities across the city to manage their historic buildings.

The City of Nottingham Historic Buildings Limited (CoNHBL) has been created to preserve buildings which are in poor condition, and many of them are considered to be at risk by Historic England. The charity’s remit also covers parks and archaeology.

The CoNHBL is one of the mechanisms designed to deliver the objectives of the Nottingham Heritage Strategy: A Future heritage for the city. The Strategy was launched in 2015 and its vision is ‘to establish a vibrant, valued and widely-known heritage which delivers long term benefits to the people, economy and environment of the City of Nottingham’.

Laura, who joined the Nottingham Team in 2018 as a cultural services consultant and has always been involved in voluntary, community activities in the city, said: “I am Nottingham born and bred. I love this city and have always been fascinated by its very rich history and very visible heritage. Twelve years ago, I completed my thesis on the city’s at-risk buildings and sadly many of these are still on Historic England’s At Risk register. It is a great honour to now be involved in saving these important buildings for the future. They are a significant part of our landscape and where possible, should be saved.

“I am keen for the CoNHBL to also be an organisation that encourages and supports communities to get involved in the preservation of their historic environment. I look forward to working with passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated individuals and groups to achieve this.”

To date, the new charity has secured funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund and a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) – with support from Nottingham City Council – to look at new uses for the grade II Listed Bulwell Hall Stables. The long-term aim is to preserve the stables and save the building from vandalism.

CoNHBL has also been working with Nottingham City Council to find a future for the grade II* listed People’s Hall in Nottingham city centre, with funding from the NLHF.

Often described as one of Nottingham’s ‘hidden gems’, The People’s Hall, located in the Lace Market conservation area has a fascinating and diverse history. It was built by 18th Century city businesswoman Ann Morley and was home to the Nottingham Government School of Design, the organisation from which Nottingham Trent University originated.

The building is currently unused but with a grant from the NLHF it will be repaired and restored and its future secured through a long-term financially sustainable use.

The charity will use Heritage at Risk registers to identify projects as well as working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Historic England, Nottingham Civic Society and the public. It aims to promote heritage skills and conservation in the city by encouraging the public to participate in their projects.

The charity aims to preserve heritage monuments, registered parks and gardens, historic buildings in conservation areas and locally listed heritage assets will also come under its influence. To find out more, follow on Twitter @NottmHBT or Nottingham Historic Buildings on Facebook.

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Focus Consultants takes a lead on V&A exhibitions https://www.focus-consultants.com/focus-consultants-takes-lead-va-exhibitions/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:58:21 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2295 Focus Consultants has continued its role as one of the leading consultants in the museum exhibition sector with key appointments at the V&A London and its sister museum in Dundee. Focus was the lead consultant on Cars: Accelerating the Modern World and Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which are both currently running at the V&A South... Read more »

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Focus Consultants has continued its role as one of the leading consultants in the museum exhibition sector with key appointments at the V&A London and its sister museum in Dundee.

Focus was the lead consultant on Cars: Accelerating the Modern World and Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which are both currently running at the V&A South Kensington in London.

We also carried out a similar role for the V&A Dundee’s successful Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine which has recently finished, and which featured the iconic R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.

The Focus London team are now also working with V&A Dundee on some of its upcoming exhibitions, including Mary Quant, which is due to open soon, and Night Fever: Designing Club Culture, which is developed by Vitra Design Museum in Germany and ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, and launches in October.

Focus has undertaken a range of roles on the projects including project management, quantity surveyor and contract administrator, working collaboratively with the client team, designers and contractors.

“It’s fascinating to work on such a wide range of exhibitions at these two amazing museums,” said Focus partner Eleanor Clarke. “As a company, Focus is proud to be involved in these high-profile and exciting exhibitions which cover such interesting and varied topics.”

Hello, Robot was originally from the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and was adapted for V&A Dundee. It looked at the relationship between humans and machines, and through a series of probing questions studied the ‘science and fiction of robots’. The exhibition at V&A Dundee was designed by De Pass Montgomery, who created a beautiful design that evokes a world fair of robotic technology. Workhaus Projects was the fit-out contractor, whose building expertise helped deliver a quality exhibition.

Cars explores the role of the automobile in shaping the world we live in today. The exhibition is in the new wing of the V&A and includes an impressive array of cars and other fascinating objects. Some highlights include the concept car based on fast jet technology called ‘Firebird I’, a customised 1962 Chevrolet Impala and ‘Graham’, a sculptor created to demonstrate how humans would have to evolve to be able to survive a serious car crash.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk studies the Kimono as a dynamic garment, revealing its social and aesthetic significance, while Mary Quant focuses on the iconic fashion revolutionary. Night Fever: Designing Club Culture explores the relationship between club culture and design.

Focus divides its services into three sections – create, deliver and assess. It offers funding, business planning and economic development under the create banner, and quantity surveying, project management and building surveying as part of its deliver department. The firm’s assess services focus on sustainable buildings, building physics, compliance and planning, and on-site testing.

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COVID-19 Update https://www.focus-consultants.com/covid-19-update/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:44:42 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2292 Like you, Focus Consultants has been addressing the complex and evolving challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Following events and escalation over the past few days, we wanted to update you on our current status and approach. The safety of our staff and customers is paramount, therefore having reviewed the advice from trusted sources including... Read more »

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Like you, Focus Consultants has been addressing the complex and evolving challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Following events and escalation over the past few days, we wanted to update you on our current status and approach.

The safety of our staff and customers is paramount, therefore having reviewed the advice from trusted sources including the NHS, UK Government and World Health Organisation we have adjusted business operations to both reduce the likelihood of individuals being affected by COVID-19, and to ensure that essential business services are maintained. These actions include:

  • Reminding staff and visitors that at this time they need to maintain high-levels of hygiene in accordance with government guidance
  • We have encouraged home working where possible and we are limiting the use of public transport in line with government advice.
  • We are using our existing IT to enable staff to conference call into meetings, but also other remote access software and collaborative working tools are being used.
  • Our staff will self-isolate in accordance with government guidance should this become necessary.

Your projects and operations are extremely important to us, we remain committed to responding to your needs throughout this period. These are unprecedented times, but we remain dedicated to working together in tackling the challenges ahead.

Crucially, we remain fully operational and we will of course update you should this situation develop further, however, If you have any worries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your usual Focus Contact.

I would like to thank you on behalf of all the staff at Focus for your business and support, particularly in these unprecedented times.

Jason Redfearn

Partner

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Art gallery scheme to be project managed by Focus Consultants https://www.focus-consultants.com/art-gallery-scheme-project-managed-focus-consultants/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:05:03 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2289 Focus Consultants has been appointed to project manage the development of a new collections centre at one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Focus are carrying out the role at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, which houses one of the best collections of modern British art in the country. Wright & Wright Architects has been appointed... Read more »

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Focus Consultants has been appointed to project manage the development of a new collections centre at one of the UK’s leading art galleries.

Focus are carrying out the role at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, which houses one of the best collections of modern British art in the country.

Wright & Wright Architects has been appointed to design the new collections centre following the recent acquisition of a 19th Century Coach House. The new collections centre in the Coach House will better preserve the gallery’s internationally celebrated collection of Modern British art. Existing spaces will be transformed to enhance the visitor experience; create new learning, gallery and back of house spaces; improve accessibility for staff and the general public; and build on the gallery’s existing sustainability credentials.

Focus Consultants, will lead the project management of the capital project.

Partner Eleanor Clarke said: “Focus Consultants has worked on many arts, culture and heritage schemes at a range of sites across the UK, including museums, stately homes and galleries.

“This is a transformational project at Pallant House Gallery, and we are proud to be bringing our skills in the sector to help create this development which will enhance the facilities and bring new audiences to the gallery.”

As well as an original and critically acclaimed exhibition programme and a public programme with inclusion at its heart, the gallery houses one of the best collections of Modern British art in the country – all within a distinctive setting of an 18th century townhouse and a 21st century gallery.

Simon Martin, Director of Pallant House Gallery said: “We are delighted to be working with Focus Consultants to develop Pallant House Gallery’s ambitious plans for the future. The company has significant experience working within the culture and heritage sector and we look forward to Focus project managing this exciting development which will ultimately help us to better serve the needs of our diverse audiences and community, and to better care for and present our internationally-significant collection.”

Image credited to Christopher Ison and Pallant House Gallery

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Focus Consultants appointed on university ERDF evaluation https://www.focus-consultants.com/focus-consultants-appointed-university-erdf-evaluation/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:20:36 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2286 Focus Consultants are teaming up with Aston University to evaluate the Smarterials programme – a project to help promote and advance the use of functional materials in manufacturing. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the project began in September 2018 and runs until July 2021, and provides innovation aid for small and medium-sized... Read more »

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Focus Consultants are teaming up with Aston University to evaluate the Smarterials programme – a project to help promote and advance the use of functional materials in manufacturing.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the project began in September 2018 and runs until July 2021, and provides innovation aid for small and medium-sized enterprises across Greater Birmingham and Solihull, and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas.

Focus has been appointed by Aston University to evaluate the results of the £1.4 million investment in the Smarterials programme.

It is the second evaluation contract awarded to Focus Consultants by Aston University, and follows an independent assessment and evaluation of the work undertaken by the ERDF-funded Energy and Bioproducts  Research Institute (EBRI) at the university, completed last year.

Partner at Focus Consultants, Heather Frecklington, who heads the Economic Development Team, said: “Aston University is using its expertise in functional materials, as well as its close links with the business community, to help promote and advance the use of functional materials in the region through the Smarterials programme. There are over 600 businesses that could potentially benefit from the project.

“We are very pleased to have been appointed to now evaluate the Smarterials programme. Focus Consultants has a proven track record of undertaking similar successful ERDF evaluations, most recently for Aston University’s Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) and the East Midlands Food and Drink Forum. This evaluation will focus on the impact that the project has had on the local economy and the lessons to be learnt for the future.”

This latest appointment from Aston University is now under way, with Focus Consultants due to prepare a number of interim reports and summative assessments.

The Smarterials project offers bespoke packages to individual companies, helping them to adopt current technologies. Dedicated research and development, design and fabrication of new functional materials, and ‘end product’ testing is all featured as part of Aston University’s offer, as well as networking events, themed workshops, business exhibitions, short-term assists and long-term collaborations.

The project turns the spotlight on functional materials, or ‘Smarterials’, which are those that can do something in their own right. Vital to the future of advanced manufacturing, the advantages of using functional materials are already being realised in South East Asia, and Aston University wants to ensure that manufacturers and bioscience organisations in the West Midlands also gain the benefits of such technology.

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Shining the Spotlight on favourite pastimes enjoyed by members of the Focus Consultants Team https://www.focus-consultants.com/shining-spot-light-favourite-pastimes-enjoyed-members-focus-consultants-team/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:31:14 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2272 We’re shining a spotlight on some of the favourite pastimes enjoyed by members of the Focus Consultants team. Here accounts manager Caroline Jenkins skips us through her dancing calendar for the past year…. My 2019 Dance Year When I’m not crunching numbers in the accounts department, I can be found having a great time on... Read more »

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We’re shining a spotlight on some of the favourite pastimes enjoyed by members of the Focus Consultants team. Here accounts manager Caroline Jenkins skips us through her dancing calendar for the past year….

My 2019 Dance Year

When I’m not crunching numbers in the accounts department, I can be found having a great time on a dance floor somewhere in the UK at least 3 times a week! Having done various different styles of dance over the last 25 years (not Ballroom though) it wasn’t until I discovered the partner-led dance known as Ceroc in 2011, that my passion for dance really took off. A fusion of the dance styles Salsa, Tango and Jive, it is taught at class nights during the week all over the country. 2019 was a particularly interesting year for dance experiences for me as I found myself dancing in some wonderful places.

January: Started dancing into 2019 at a New Year’s Eve event in Sawley on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with about 90 other revellers. I attend at least 2 class nights a week either just dancing or working and dancing but then there is always a Freestyle at the weekend, either on a Friday or Saturday when I dance for 4 hours to a great mix of music. During January I danced at a couple of local venues around Nottingham and Sheffield including the stunning domed ballroom at Kelham Hall, Newark.

February: I went to London with a friend and we danced under the iconic tea clipper – The Cutty Sark housed in a museum in Greenwich. What an experience not only to dance there but to be able to wander around the ship and see all the exhibits and walk around the open deck. Fabulous night. From that to a little village hall in Welton Lincolnshire the following week!

March: Began the month at a dance weekender at Pontin’s, Southport. This is a regular event put on 3 times a year, normally February, June and September. I’ve been at each one since my first in June 2015 and now I help out while I’m there. It’s hard to believe that it draws around 1500 dancers from all over the country who have a fabulous time. It is possible to dance from the time you get there on the Friday afternoon all the way through to 6am Monday morning when they have to stop to pack up!! The rest of March was back to the local venues in Nottingham.

April: The highlight this month was a dance weekender at the Herstmonceux Castle, a 15th Century moated castle in Hailsham, East Sussex near Battle & Hastings. This beautiful castle is set in 300 acres, with some formal gardens but also has an observatory as it once belonged to the Greenwich Observatory.

May: Danced weekly at all the local venues Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent; John Godber Centre, Hucknall; Welton; Tapton Hall, Sheffield and Sawley.

June: Started back in London at the Trafalgar Tavern on the south bank of the River Thames at Greenwich followed by the next weekend at Southport where it rained non-stop for a day but it didn’t dampen our spirits as we still danced from dusk till dawn. The rest of June was spent locally with our first event at the Speedwell rooms in Chesterfield on the hottest day of the year.

July: Was relatively normal with just the local events although we did dance in various Tesco’s around Nottingham on their charity day to promote our dance style and raise funds for The Tesco Dance Beats campaign which raised £2million overall for its charity partners, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, and Cancer Research UK

August: Also, a quiet month just dancing locally except for another weekender in Southport at the end of the month.

September: Had the weekly events around Nottingham, Sheffield and a demonstration at the Radcliffe-on-Trent village day.

October: It was back down south, this time to Eltham in Kent and dancing in a Tudor Barn on a lovely Sunday afternoon. Later on, in this month was a masquerade ball at Kelham Hall. A lot of fun trying to guess who were behind the masks!!

November: Just the usual local events but these are like parties each time.

December: Loads of Christmas themed class nights in the week before Christmas and glittery freestyles throughout this month. However, I was back in London between Christmas & New Year dancing inside the O2 arena, not actually in the big arena but in a night club inside the dome. Then I ended the year back at the memorial hall in Sawley dancing into 2020.

It’s hard to express in words the feeling you get when everything comes together in the 3 minutes of a track. The partner leading the dance and both of us interpreting the music, it can be quite magical. It is the best tonic!! Who knows what 2020 will bring?

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Focus Consultants Winter Newsletter https://www.focus-consultants.com/focus-consultants-winter-newsletter/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 10:24:23 +0000 https://www.focus-consultants.com/?p=2265 To read the latest ‘IN FOCUS’ Newsletter click the below link. Winter Newsletter 2020  

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To read the latest ‘IN FOCUS’ Newsletter click the below link.

Winter Newsletter 2020

 

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