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Company founder Roger Kemp retires

  Thursday, 13 October 2022 10:02
Company founder Roger Kemp retires

Roger Kemp (pictured left) accepts Made in The South East Export Award in 2018.

Wishing one of our founders Roger Kemp all the very best for his retirement in August with a wonderful send off at the Claverton House Hotel, entertainment from our very own musical talent - Glen Aylard, sales office (Glen Dean and The Allstars), and a delicious cake by HR Manager Jo Cloute, accompanied by a heartfelt and entertaining speech from Roger and a fitting tribute from our MD Gary Stevens! 

Roger and Gary

With over 50 years’ experience of working in the manufacturing sector, Roger cut his teeth working for large multinationals covering health foods, cars and telecoms. This experience was utilised working with SMEs from start-ups to company rescues and most things in between. A firm believer in the “can do” policy and the British manufacturing sector.

One of the original founders of Focus Electrical Ltd and responsible for the amalgamation with Sussex Brassware and the acquisition of C H Turners and Sons Ltd to make Focus SB Ltd the company it is today.

Roger's cake

Our MD Gary Stevens says: “I have known Roger for many years from when Focus SB were a key account of mine in a previous life so I know how Roger has guided and supported this company, both from a leadership perspective and at times financially, and so when he asked me to join in 2016 and take up the reins, I wouldn’t have done so if it had not been for Roger and the company he had built and the exciting vision we both shared for the company! Since joining, Roger has given me free rein to develop the strategy for the company and effectively adopt his baby! Roger leaves the company in very good shape and hopefully we will continue to do him proud and continue with his legacy.

“Personally, one of the biggest compliments I can pay Roger, is that he is possibly one of the nicest Aston Villa supporters I have ever met – and believe me, I have met a few!! And that is some compliment coming from a Birmingham City supporter!!”

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