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Communication with Focus – Friday 27th April

Monday, April 16, 2018

As we head towards becoming part of Punter Southall Aspire, our IT and communications systems are undergoing a significant upgrade. Unfortunately, this does mean that our systems will be down from 2pm on Friday 27th April, and we will not be able to answer or respond to telephone calls or emails until 9.00am on Monday […]

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Last chance saloon for some tax savings

Thursday, March 08, 2018

It has now formally been announced that there will be no Spring Budget in March. A spokesperson for the Treasury told the Financial Times recently; There will be no red box, no official document, no spending increases, no tax changes. The chancellor will publish updated economic forecasts – we expect the speech to last between […]

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No Spring Budget, but some allowances still change

Thursday, February 08, 2018

As we head toward the end of the Tax Year, attention normally turns anxiously to the March Budget announcement from the Chancellor. Traditionally, the Budget is held in Spring and we would all wait with baited breath for any major announcements. However, Philip Hammond decided last Spring that the Autumn was the best time for […]

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FOCUS to merge with Punter Southall Aspire

Monday, January 22, 2018

We are excited to announce our intention to merge with Punter Southall Aspire, a leading UK workplace pensions and savings company, which is part of the Punter Southall Group. We have been offering bespoke financial advice in all aspects of financial planning including pensions, investments, mortgages and life assurance to private and corporate clients over the […]

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Tax return deadline looming

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The deadline to file your online self-assessment tax return for 2016-17 is 31 January 2018 – and failure to do so can be very costly. Penalties for late returns start with an initial fixed penalty of £100 – which applies even if there is no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid […]

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Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The team at FOCUS took part in this year’s Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser in aid of Save the Children. On Friday 15th December, festive knitwear was abundant and with fun and games being held throughout the day, we doubled last year’s amount raised to a total of more than £62. Well done to all who […]

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Nick Walker – funeral service to be held Friday 29th December

Monday, December 18, 2017

Following the sad news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague,Nick Walker, I am now able to share the details of his funeral service as per the message from his family which can be found here. The FOCUS office will be closed for the day as a mark of respect. A message from […]

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Nick Walker – 3 January 1958 – 12 December 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our Partner, colleague and friend – and one of the kindest and most gentle of men within the Oxford business community, Nick Walker. Following a long and courageous fight against cancer, Nick sadly lost the battle on12th December. Nick leaves a […]

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Autumn Budget 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

With the Budget held for the first time in its new, permanent autumn slot, we look at the main points made in yesterday’s statement and what they could mean for you. Very little changed in the personal finance world with most announcements linked to the housing and corporate markets. Having said that, the headline was […]

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Cash is NOT always King

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

When we discuss the concept of investing money with our clients, we often find that the money that they wish to remain in savings accounts is higher than is recommended. And they are not alone. A new report has revealed that the UK’s working adult population has missed out on a staggering £94 billion over […]

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