August 2016
TomfooleryDoing it for the kids

This will be the second year that children’s entertainer and all round funnyman, Tomfoolery, takes to the stage with a Christmas show, and it’s also his third year bringing The Beans on Toast Show, to the Capitol.

Whilst he’s not complacent, Tom Hunter (the man behind the orange and black striped socks) is aware that many children – and adults – are keen to see his shows, but until now not everyone has been able to fully enjoy the performances.

“I’ve learnt a lot over the years of working with children and now, especially with my involvement with The Springboard Project, I have come to realise that regardless of how approachable I think I am there are lots of young people out there that struggle with the environment I create. This really hit home when I discovered a young man that really enjoyed my shows, but took days to get over the sensory overload that comes with such an event. Young people with SEN (Special Educational Needs) still want to enjoy the same Tomfoolery! They just need to process it in a different way to others and their parents want them to do it in an environment where they can all feel relaxed.”

“This year I’ve ensured that one of the Beans shows and two of the Christmas performances will be SEN friendly. The shows will be the same but among other things, it won’t be so dark in the auditorium, I’ll be holding back on the building of suspense and I’ll be letting everyone know what they can expect to see and when so there are not too many big surprises! There will also be a storyboard style video to watch prior to the show, detailing the venue, access, seating and facilities to help families prepare. But most importantly I’m hoping everyone can relax and enjoy the show knowing that this is a SEN performance.”

He added: “I really want all children to be involved and feel included in what I’m doing. I love bringing cheer to children and if there’s anything I can do to make that easier, for the children and their parents, I’m up for it. Abracadabra, beans on toast!”

To book tickets for either Christmasfoolery or the Beans on Toast Show, visit or call the Capitol box office on 01403 750220.



July 2016
Tomfoolery FMTomfoolery FM

Focus Media is gearing up to get the show on the road again with client Tomfoolery with not one, but TWO fantastic shows.

Tomfoolery (aka Tom Hunter) enjoyed a hugely successful run of his Christmas show last December at The Capitol in Horsham and we’re thrilled to announce he will be returning to the venue this year with his new show – Christmasfoolery!

As if a new festive show wasn’t enough, Focus Media has also lined up dates for Tom to return to the Capitol in October half term with his sell-out show The Beans on Toast Show.

Focus Media Account Director, Lisa Brace, said: “We really enjoy working with Tom. He’s an exciting client to work with and promote. Last year’s Christmas show was a huge success and I can’t wait to get promoting Tom’s latest festive creation – even if it is summer.”

For tickets to the shows, visit




April 2016
Queen’s 90th birthday honour

WHEN iconic porcelain and bone china manufacturer Royal Worcester created their beautiful birthday celebratory collection to honour H.M. Queen Elizabeth 11’s 90th birthday, they turned to Focus Media to promote it.

The collection features four stunning pieces: a mug, trinket box, coupe plate and tankard each presented in beautiful Royal Worcester gift boxes.

The reader offer was featured in scores of newspapers across the UK with a combined circulation of more than 1.2 million.

Phil Merry of Focus Media said: “We are delighted to play our small part in this historical occasion, and pleased that such an iconic brand as Royal Worcester chose us to partner them.”

Royal Worcester has been creating finest quality porcelain and bone china for over 250 years.



February 2016
Grand promotions

Based on the hugely successful Channel 4 series Grand Designs, Grand Design Live, London brings the TV show to life at London Excel.

Focus Media was again pleased to be working on Grand Designs Live, London which also features the host of the TV show, Kevin McCloud.

Focus Media ran a series of free tickets promotions across scores of newspapers with thousands of readers claiming free tickets to this inspiring show.




Ideal Home Show 2016

January 2016
Seven Ideal years

FOCUS MEDIA celebrates seven consecutive and successful years in 2016 working on the most iconic home show in the world.

In partnership with the Ideal Home Show’s owner Media 10, Focus Media has developed a successful free tickets promotional strategy for this show.

Focus Media carefully targets regional newspapers and provides each of them with 500 pairs of tickets to give away to their readers.

Their readers love these types of promotions because they are getting something for nothing, and newspapers also love this style of promotion because they can add real value to their newspapers as well as being associated with an iconic brand.

For the first time this year, the Sunday Mirror also ran the promotion.
The show is now in its second year at London Olympia after moving from its original home at Earl’s Court because of redevelopment.


December 2015
Tomfoolery really did save Christmas

TomfooleryTWENTY-FIVE near sell-out shows at The Capitol Theatre’s Studio in Horsham in December was testament that the top children’s entertainer in the south east really did save Christmas.

Tomfoolery’s infectious brand of comedy and audience participation kept his audience of youngsters and parents spellbound as more than 2,000 people saw his unique and brand-new Christmas show.

The show was jointly written by Tom Hunter (AKA Tomfoolery) and Focus Media’s Lisa Brace. Lisa Brace said: “The audience loved the show and both Tom and I were delighted with the finished result.”

Focus Media will continue to handle press and PR for this rising star.

There are plans to bring a new version of the show back to the Capitol Theatre for December 2016.

October 2015
Free tickets to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas

HUNDREDS OF newspapers around the country are running the latest free tickets promotion from Focus Media.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas has moved to London Olympia and Focus Media is working with the show’s owner, Media 10 Ltd to run the ever-popular free tickets promotion to the show.

Newspaper readers can claim two free tickets to the biggest Christmas show in the UK which runs from November 25 – 29, by simply going on to the show’s website and putting in a unique code which will allow them to download two free tickets.

Focus Media’s Phil Merry said: “This tried and tested format is so popular with readers, newspapers and Media 10 Ltd. Everyone is a winner.”

October 2015
Tomfoolery Saves Christmas

Focus Media created and launched an innovative marketing material to promote the show of a client recently.

Client Tomfoolery and account director for Focus Media, Lisa Brace, co-authored a children's book, entitled 'Tomfoolery Saves Christmas' which was launched on October 26 at The Capitol Theatre, Horsham. The book is the story which the show of the same name is based on and is due to run at The Capitol Studio from 10-24 December 2015.

Lisa explained the reason for the creation of the book, she said: "We are very excited about Tomfoolery's upcoming show, and to help create a buzz around the show we felt it would be interesting to create a book before the show opened.

"The book will serve as a way of giving people a good taste of what the show's storyline is - as this is a brand new show - as well as working as sophisticated marketing material that will continue to reiterate the message of the show."

She added: "It was also a fantastic experience for me to be involved with, and was something of a lifelong ambition which I'm thrilled has been fulfilled."

The book is available to buy at various outlets, as well as on-line, information is available via

Tickets are on-sale for the show from

July 2015

Focus Media is looking for someone to illustrate a children's picture book.

The book, which has been written with children's entertainer Tom Foolery, is due to be sold alongside a Christmas show based on the same story, at The Capitol, Horsham in December. The book is expected to go on sale by mid-October, therefore an illustrator would need to be able to work to a tight deadline.

This could be an ideal job for an art graduate looking to add to their portfolio as Focus Media's client is looking for designs which are new and exciting.

If you're interested, get in touch with Lisa Brace by emailing or call her on 07760 481383 for further information.

October 2014
Sold out!

WITH THREE weeks to go before opening night, Tomfoolery has sold out five shows at the Capitol Theatre’s Studio in Horsham. From an original three show contract, two more were added and they quickly sold out too. Phil Merry said: “This is truly remarkable. I know he is a big talent and based on this response we will be looking to take Tom forward in the coming months.” The new show will be based around his Beans on Toast Tour and promises to be a real treat for the lucky children who will see him in action at the end of October.

August 2014
Garden Club

WITH A NEW garden club soon to be launched, Focus Media is working very closely with Hillier Garden Centres on many aspects of their new initiative. The club will provide members with unique offers and discounts at all Hiillier Garden Centres and is due to be launched in the autumn. Lisa Brace for Focus Media said: “ Our involvement with Hillier has grown significantly during the past 12 months and I hope this new initiative by the company will be well received by its customers.” “Consumers love genuine offers and discounts and this is what members can expect to receive over the coming months.”

May 2014
Focus Media at Chelsea

TO SUPPORT Hillier Garden Centre and to get a better understanding of their involvement with the Chelsea Flower Show, Focus Media’s Lisa Brace spent a day working on the Hillier stand at this international renowned show. Lisa said:” It was brilliant to see the show in action from the point of view of working there and I can now see how we can improve certain aspects of Hillier’s presence at next year’s show.”

April 2014
Fooling around
Tomfoolery Children's Entertainer
CHILDREN’S entertainer and former firefighter Tomfoolery needed help to make the move from firefighter by day and part - time entertainer by evening and approached Focus Media for help and support. We looked at what Tomfoolery (AKA Tom Hunter) had to offer and decided we could help. In Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey Tom has already built up a huge following as a result of his children’s parties and outdoor shows, but he wanted to move to the next level.

As a result of our first meeting we all decided that a theatre show was the way forward and The Studio, capacity 100, at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham was booked for three shows to coincide with half term break in October. As a result of the shows being announced and six months before the actual performances, nearly 50% of the tickets have been sold and at this early stage we envisage adding extra shows. Focus Media’s Lisa Brace said: “ When I first saw Tom in action at Hillier Garden Centre, Horsham, I was blown away. He has a brilliant way with children and they are captivated and enthralled when in his presence. I’m extremely excited about working with Tom and helping him to develop into a major name in children’s entertainment.”

February 2014
Grand Designs ShowGrand success

TWO more of Media 10’s flagship shows will again come under the wing of Focus Media this year; Grand Designs Live, London and Grand Designs Live, Birmingham. The ongoing success of the regional promotions which Focus Media organises for Media 10 has resulted in Focus Media being appointed for a fifth successive year to handle regional press ticket promotions. Phil Merry said: “ The attendance at each of the shows is steadily growing and this year the Birmingham show is being extended by one day to cope with the extra demand. Our continued partnership with Media 10 has helped with this growth and ongoing success.”


January 2014
Ideal promotions
Ideal Home SHow
THE iconic Ideal Home Show to be held in March and The Ideal Home Show at Christmas to be held in November have again appointed Focus Media to handle their free tickets promotions. These forms of promotions form an integral part of the strategy which Media 10, the shows’ owners, adopt in the overall marketing of these two great shows. Phil Merry said: “ It’s a real honour to continue working with this iconic brand. Our knowledge of free tickets promotions and the regional press is second to none and we’re delighted to again be working with Media 10 this year."

October 2013

Hillier Garden Centre

FOCUS Media is pleased to announce it has secured the PR contract for Hillier Garden Centre, Horsham.

Phil Merry said: “We are delighted to have secured the PR contract with Hillier Garden Centre, Horsham, and look forward to identifying and maximising PR opportunities for them, while at the same time working with them to help them develop their business in their 150th year.”

Focus Media has been brought on board to promote the many activities and events taking place at the site running up to Christmas, as well as encouraging new people to the area to think of Hillier’s as the only place to go to for all their garden and home needs.

July 2013

Wimbledon 2013 Final Large PackshotMurray mania

AS Murray mania swept the country after the British player’s historic victory at Wimbledon, Focus Media was busily negotiating with the All England Club’s DVD rights owner to run regional press reader offers.

Phil Merry said: ‘’Our strength in the regional press is un-rivalled and I was personally extremely delighted that we were appointed to run the Andy Murray DVD offer in the UK’s regional press titles.’’

The offer was exposed to more than one million readers in nearly 100 titles.


February 2013

Grands Designs London Birmingham 2013Free tickets success

FOR the fourth consecutive year, Focus Media has been appointed by Media 10 Ltd to look after their regional press free tickets promotions for their forthcoming London and Birmingham Grand Designs Live shows.

The success of these free tickets promotions has helped both shows grow in attendance.

Phil Merry said: ‘’We continue to expand the audience that is exposed to these promotions and as a result I’d like to think we have played a very positive role in the continuing success of these shows.’’


September 2012

Subscription Vales Added advertsSubscription added value

WHEN Johnston Press wanted to run a series of subscription offers, their first port of call was Focus Media.

Their plan was to tie readers into committing to a six month subscription and wanted a series of offers to offset the cost of their subscription.  Through their partners, Focus Media was able to provide Johnston Press with three offers: Souper Soup seeds collection worth £34, Fantastic Vegetable seeds worth £28 and The Manor Reborn double DVD worth £19.99.  Phil Merry said: ‘’Through our wealth of contacts we’re able to operate on many levels and were pleased, especially in this difficult trading period to have helped Johnston Press secure more than 2,000 additional subscriptions.’’

August 2012
Ideal Home SHow at Christmas 2012Tinsel and free tickets

THIS YEAR sees the Ideal Home Show at Christmas being staged for the second time at London’s Earls Court from November 14 -18 and Focus Media will be running a series of free tickets promotions to support the marketing campaign.

Phil Merry said: ’’The show looks especially exciting this year with the inclusion of ITV’s Dancing on Ice rink featuring stars from previous series. We are delighted to be involved with what will be one of the most prestigious Christmas shows in the country.’’


July 2012
Olympic Crazy for the Games

AS THE country went crazy for the Olympic Games, London 2012 official pin badge promotions were popping up everywhere.

Readers could claim a free pin badge worth £6.50 by sending in a stamped self addressed envelope.

Nationally the promotion appeared in the Daily Mirror (twice) the Sunday Mirror and The People.  Additionally every title under the Northcliffe Newspapers and Johnston Press banners featured the promotion along with the Wolverhampton Express & Star and the Shropshire Star.  In total the promotion was exposed to more than 10 million readers.

February 2012

Free tickets success

Grand Designs Live Birmingham 2012THE SERVICES of Focus Media have been retained for the forthcoming Grand Designs Live London and Birmingham shows.

Phil Merry said: ‘’Our free tickets promotions that have previously appeared throughout the country in the regional press have proved very popular with readers and the show’s owners Media 10 Ltd.  We are delighted to have been re-appointed for the 2012 shows and look forward to working with Media 10 once more.’’

Free ticket promotions are again planned to support the forthcoming shows and they now form an important part of the shows’ marketing campaigns.

January 2012
Olympic Olympic badge

FOCUS MEDIA in partnership with Nottingham company The Handling House has been appointed by Honav UK Ltd, the official pin badge supplier to the London 2012 Olympic Games to run their newspaper pin badge promotions for the forthcoming Games.

Phil Merry said: ‘’We are very pleased to be working with Honav on this prestigious project and are looking forward to an exciting summer of promotions.’’


October 2011
Britain's Next Top Model LIVEBritain's Next Top Model LIVE

ONE of the hottest shows around has appointed Focus Media to look after their last minute regional press promotional activity.

Britain & Ireland Next Top Model LIVE, based on the hugely successful Sky Living programme is on at London Excell from October 28 – 30. 

More than 40 newspapers have signed up for the ticket give away promotion with a combined circulation of more than 500,000.

January 2011

Grand Designs Birmingham logo 2010Ticket bonanza

FOCUS MEDIA MARKETING have been appointed to run a series of free ticket promotions in the regional press for this year’s Ideal Home Show.

The show’s owners, Media 10 Ltd were delighted by the work carried out around the 2010 show by Focus Media and as a result have re-appointed the company for this year’s Show.

Phil Merry said, ‘’We’re extremely pleased to be again working on this prestigious show. The free pair of tickets promotion is running throughout England in125 newspapers with a combined circulation of 2.2 million from January 29 – February 5.’’

The Ideal Home Show is the UK’s largest consumer show and is on at London’s Earls Court from March 11 – 27

July 2010
Grand Designs Birmingham logo 2010Grand Designs Live Birmingham

GRAND DESIGNS LIVE takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from October 8 – 10 and Focus Media Marketing has been appointed to look after the show’s regional press free ticket promotions.

After the collaboration between Focus Media and the Show’s owners Media 10 Ltd for their London show in May, this appointment for the Birmingham show is testament to the strength and knowledge that Focus Media has in the regional newspaper sector.  Phil Merry said, ‘’We’re delighted to be again working with Media 10.  This is the third one of their shows we’ve worked on this year and hope our collaboration will be as successful this time as it has been for the previous two shows.’’

As well as the two Grand Designs Live shows, Focus Media also worked on the Ideal Home Show at London’s Earls Court in March.

April 2010
The Stars - Destination South AfricaDestination South Africa Trail

THE FIFA World Cup, one of the biggest global sporting events, takes place in South Africa from June 11 – July 11. 

Focus Media Marketing has been appointed by Green Umbrella Publishing -  one of the UK’s fastest growing independent sport and special interest publishers, to handle their regional press summer football DVD activity.

Regional newspapers throughout the UK will be offering their readers the opportunity to claim The Stars – Destination South Africa DVD worth £14.99 for just the cost of postage and packaging.  This 100 minute DVD features the top 100 players who will be gracing the 2010 tournament.

152 UK newspapers from the north of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and throughout England with a combined circulation of 3.7 million will be running this promotion during May. 

Phil Merry said, ’Focus Media has in depth knowledge of the football market and combined with our regional newspaper expertise this promotion is the perfect combination for us.’   

March 2010
Grand Designs logoDesigns on Grand Show

WE are delighted to announce that the owners of the Grand Designs Show, Media 10 Ltd have appointed Focus Media Marketing to run a series of ticket promotions in the regional press for this year’s show.

More than 30 newspapers with a combined circulation of around 900,000 are offering their readers the chance to claim a pair of free tickets to the Channel 4 inspired show.

Phil Merry said, ‘After the success we achieved for Media 10 when we did a similar promotion for the Ideal Home Show, I am very pleased that my company has been appointed to work on the Grand Designs Show.’

The show is on at London Excell from May 1 – 9.

January 2010
Ideal Promotions For Home Show

Ideal Home Show logo 2010THE new owners of the iconic Ideal Home Show - Media10 Ltd have awarded Focus Media Marketing the contract for regional newspaper promotions for the 2010 Show.

The regional press promotional activity takes the form of complimentary ticket promotions and is featured from February 8 – 13 in approximately 65 newspapers in England and Wales with a combined circulation of around 1.3 million.

Focus Media’s Phil Merry said, ‘We worked on the 2007 and 2008 Shows for the previous owner and I am extremely pleased that the Show’s new owners have
re - appointed my company to look after this side of their business.’

The Show, which runs from March 20 to April 5 at London’s Earls Court was sold to Media10 Ltd in 2009 by the previous owners the Daily Mail.

November 2009
Focus Media Publishes Town Magazine

Peacehaven Times, Focus Media MarketingPeacehaven Town Council’s quarterly magazine Peacehaven Times is now to be published by Focus Media Marketing. 

The advertisement sales and editorial content of the 12 page publication will, as from the January 2010 edition, come under the control of Focus Media Marketing.

The magazine which carries local stories, details of community events and listings of the town’s groups is delivered free to 5,500 homes in the town.

Phil Merry said, ‘We plan to develop the magazine and make it an essential read for anyone who lives in Peacehaven.  We are very pleased to have been awarded this business especially as I feel during these difficult trading times it is important to have a varied business portfolio. We see Peacehaven Times as the perfect opportunity to diversify but at the same time we are staying within the company’s core strength which is publishing.’

Peacehaven Times is published in January, April, July and October. 

September 2009
Focus Media Marketing - Nationwide England Sponsor logoWorld Cup Triumph

Focus Media Marketing is delighted to announce that the sponsor of the England team, Nationwide Building Society has appointed Focus Media to handle their regional newspaper promotions activity for next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

Focus Media’s  Phil Merry said, ‘I’m delighted that we have landed this contract with the UK’s largest building society. This is testament to the unique expertise and knowledge my company has in the regional newspaper sector’.

Focus Media Marketing - Naionwide England Team SponsorsAlready planned for September, October and December is a series of free poster giveaways. The first, entitled, We’re Going To The World Cup features a picture of the England team prior to their stunning 5-1 victory against Croatia on September 9. The second, to be promoted after their final group game against Belarus on October 14 will be called, How We Got To The World Cup and will feature a montage of pictures from each of the qualifying games.

The final one in the trilogy will be a World Cup Wall Chart which will be available from December 5 onwards, the day after the draw for the finals has been made.