BBC South East Today features Focus SB
In what’s been a turbulent time of political indecision and mounting tensions over the looming Brexit deadline, Focus SB found itself in the spotlight on the BBC for the second time in just over a year. Interviewed by BBC South East Today’s political editor Helen Catt, chairman Roger Kemp shared comment about the company’s strategy in the event of a potential ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Interviewed on the ‘shop floor’ at Focus SB’s factory on 11th March, where Catt was able to view the manufacturing of sockets and switches in progress, Focus SB’s chairman Mr Kemp explained how the company expected to be impacted by Brexit and what preparations were being made for a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario. Kemp commented: “I think for us all we’ve managed to do is to do a bit of stockpiling, get some goods in, make sure we’re not held up. I think we’re more isolated than some because we don’t have a big market in Europe. The fallout for us will be what happens to the value of Sterling because that will affect the cost of our imports.”
Not the first time that Focus SB has been featured by the BBC; on this occasion, Focus SB was approached for a BBC Brexit special via local business support agencies instrumental in supporting the company’s successful entry into the China luxury construction market in October 2017. According to Philip Johnson, programme director at Locate East Sussex, the BBC had contacted the organisation urgently seeking companies to interview on the challenges of Brexit for a special news item. Johnson swiftly passed details of Focus SB’s niche situation to Ian Smallwood, head of business services at Business East Sussex who introduced the East Sussex manufacturer to BBC South East Today’s political editor, Helen Catt.
Filming took place at the company’s head office and factory based at St Leonards on Sea on 11th March, broadcast by the BBC on the 13th as part of a special report compiled by Helen Catt on the potential impact of Brexit on Kent and Sussex businesses.