It’s been 10 years since The Focus Collection was formed, and to mark the milestone, Claire Weingaertner and the rest of her team are inviting current clients and suppliers to help them celebrate.
Formed in 2008, Focus Accounting, as it was known then, has developed consistently over the last decade, but remains true to its core values of providing the best quality service and advice to clients. “We like to reward and support businesses that work with us and that’s why we’re inviting people along to celebrate with us,” says Claire.
Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa is the venue for the two-day celebration, with invited guests being given the opportunity to have exclusive access to the hotel’s new spa followed by an evening of celebrations in the Bradgate Suit.
The ticketed event, which has been heavily subsidised by The Focus Collection, includes dinner, entertainment and a ‘light-hearted’ business awards section that is set to include awards for ‘The Most Patient Supplier’; ‘The Funniest Question Asked’; ‘The Best Excuse of The Year; ‘The Most Fun to Work With’ and ‘The Eternally Late Award’.
“The celebrations, on September 26th and 27th, are designed to be fun and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way,” says Claire.
Marking 10 years in business is a welcomed achievement for Claire, who embarked on a self-employed journey out of frustration after being made redundant from her accountancy job. “I can remember the day I decided to go self employed. I’d sent out over 100 job applications and had nothing back – I’d become really frustrated, so decided to set up myself and why not?”
Claire says along the 10 years there have plenty of challenges, highs and lows, but says sustaining a business was about putting in the hard work from day one. “Over the 10 years it’s been about hard work and determination and connecting with the business community. Speaking to other people in business is a great way of discussing ideas and going over common ground.”
Since it’s inception, Focus has added to its portfolio of services and today can help with cashflows, budgets and forecasting, bookkeeping, payroll, VAT returns, training, workshops, consultancy and mentoring. The company also holds regular Business Club meetings designed to give businesses the opportunity to meet other likeminded people in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Looking ahead to the next ten years, Claire says the businesses will concentrate on developing and continuing to provide a top quality service. “The plan for the next ten years is to continue to deliver a quality service and to ensure my team grows and develops to enable us to offer a large range of services to help our lovely clients.”
For further details and to contact the team call: 01777 712617