What We Do

Focal Resarch is not just an IT company, but would describe itself primarily as 'an information company', which harnesses and uses technology, to the benefit of its customers. The team are continually developing the business; the latest of these projects being the launch of its new PREEMPT Portal, which is set to revolutionise the supply of social housing data.

This data, whilst primarily focusing on the social housing and housebuilding sectors, provides specialist Market Intelligence for sales, marketing and business planning purposes. It helps to identify what is to be spent, when and by whom.

Information is collated on Registered Providers such as Local Authorities, ALMOs and Housing Associations; also on Procurement Consortia, Contractors and the contracts that link them all.

PREEMPT Online plays a pro-active role, driving comprehensive information, including Bewares!, Alerts! and opportunities, directly to our clients. These clients include Product Manufacturers and Suppliers, Builders and Contractors, and other Specialist Companies and Consultancies.

Therefore, the information that is produced and the ways it can be used via the PREEMPT Portal, is not 'run of the mill', but genuinely offers something special!


The Portal set to revolutionise the provision of Social Housing data

Features Include:

"In The Know"

Interactive bulletin, tailored to your indivdual sales areas and connected directly to each of the organisations involved


Pro-active Beware and Alerts system, warns you of potential threats and identifies opportunities

Report Builder

Provides the flexibility for you to easily compile reports, specifically for your own business needs

Link, Track, Alert, Update

Allows you to select key fields and export data; uniquely with updates provided (and any future changes identified), for you, by us

Our Clients

Focal Research takes pride in what it does, and who it does it for - and with many customer relationships over twenty years old, the company hopes this speaks for itself!

"The breadth and depth of Focal Research's products and services within Social Housing are second to none; they have continuously added value to our business on the back of exceptional customer service."
Commerical Sales Director, Fenestration Industry
"Focal Research has provided us with exceptional market intelligence which allows us to plan our business strategy. Their depth of knowledge and insight is simply not available elsewhere."
Managing Director, Kitchen Industry
"Data from Focal Research provides extensive and valuable information on the complexities of this sector, via an easy to use format."
Group Bid Director, Contractor
"As a Procurement organisation, the in depth knowledge Focal Research has of the Social Housing Sector, provides us with a valuable tool in keeping up to date in a sector facing constant change."
Head of Marketing, Procurement Sector
"We have worked with Focal Research for many years now and really value their expertise. Their products always provide us with comprehensive information on all that is happening in the sector."
Market Intelligence Manager, Insulation Industry


Julie Adkin - Managing Director

Orginally founded in 1991 by Julie Adkin, Focal Research has an excellent and well-deserved reputation for its knowledge and its helpfulness. The Focal team are well known for providing relevant, accurate and up-to-date information to a diverse range of clients targeting the social housing and housebuilding sectors.

Julie, who still continues to influence the products and services the company provides, is a widely respected figure in both the Social Housing Sector and Building Industry.

In the past, Julie has performed a number of senior roles, including as a:

  • Civil Engineer in the Construction Industry
  • Sales and Marketing Manager for a UK Product Manufacturer
  • Director of a leading Housing Association
  • Founding Director of a large Nursing Home Group (now the Extracare Charitable Trust)
  • Member of an LA Housing Strategy Board
  • Specialist consultant to leading contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and City investors

Knowledge gleaned from this background has been passed on to key members of the Focal team so that their experienced personnel are able to offer you access to the right information, on the right organisations, via their new PREEMPT Online Portal.

This is backed up with their advice and training on key market issues ~ issues that will not only affect the sale of your company's products and services, but also how you sell them.

Contact Us

I am sure you will be impressed at the sheer range of information we provide but the only way to truly appreciate what we do is to see the content of our Market Intelligence for yourselves.

So why not call or email to discuss an appointment:

Call us at

(01297) 626 770

Visit our site at


Focal Research

Willoughby House, Fore Street

Seaton, Devon

EX12 2AD