Established in 1990 and based in Oxford, FOCUS is one of the region’s most respected firms of Independent Financial Advisers.
In 1990, at the height of a recession and with interest rates at a record high, three friends (and business colleagues) decided to go it alone and set up their own company.
On 1st August 1990, FOCUS was born. Situated in Seacourt Tower from day one, that first day saw the three founding Partners (Gary Hunt, Nick Walker and Steve Ilott) and two staff sat on deck chairs as they had no office furniture.
Since then, the company has grown and on 1 July 2017 became two separate entities, allowing the financial services and insurance divisions to take their specialist solutions into the future.
Focus Independent Financial Advisers now has a team of more than 20 talented Partners and staff providing solutions and first class service in all areas of financial planning and mortgage arrangements.
Remaining Independent has been, and continues to be a key driver in taking FOCUS forward. This means that clients are offered the most appropriate solutions to their needs, without being restricted to just some areas of financial planning advice or certain insurance companies and lenders. FOCUS is, and will remain, a whole of market practice.
Allied to Independence is having a composite mortgage and financial planning brokerage – and a close connection with Focus Oxford Risk Management Ltd who continue to deliver insurance solutions. Being able to provide advice and service in all areas, for both personal and corporate clients remains key to our ongoing success.
FOCUS continues to be forward-thinking and we constantly review and update working practices to ensure that we remain not only legally compliant, but as importantly, in a position to provide our clients with the most up to date and appropriate solutions.
Client relationships matter to us. Many clients have been with FOCUS since it was formed in 1990, demonstrating the value we place on providing excellent customer service.
Technology has changed dramatically. From paper files and written correspondence to electronic trading and emails, FOCUS has embraced these changes. Whilst adopting a modern approach, clients are still treated as individuals – if a letter is preferred to an email, then that’s the way business is transacted.
The future is about maintaining the values that FOCUS believe in, whilst adapting to the ever changing world of financial planning. Our aim is to continue to deliver the best possible solutions and service to our clients.
Regulated directly by the Financial Conduct Authority, FOCUS offers independent advice and a bespoke service in all areas of financial planning and mortgage solutions – providing a complete solution for total peace of mind.