Company Directory / Focusrite Plc

Business Description

"Focusrite is a global music and audio products group supplying hardware and software products used by professional and amateur musicians, which enables the high-quality production of music.

The Focusrite Group has a global customer base with a distribution network covering approximately 160 territories. Focusrite is headquartered in High Wycombe, United Kingdom with a marketing subsidiary in Los Angeles, United States.

The Focusrite brand was established in 1985 to serve high end professional recording studios. Phil Dudderidge acquired the assets of Focusrite Limited in 1989 and began to broaden the range of products to serve a wider customer base of professional, commercial and hobbyist musicians.

In 2004, Focusrite acquired the NOVATION ELECTRONIC MUSIC SYSTEMS LIMITED business, a market-leading British producer of keyboards, synthesisers and controllers with products used by musicians globally. The addition of the Novation brand has further expanded the range of products and customers of Focusrite into the electronic dance music (‘‘EDM’’) segment of the market, the fastest growing music making segment according to 2014 International Music Summit Business Report.

Since 2004, Focusrite has continued to develop its range of innovative products with the introduction of Launchpad in 2009, developing a new niche in EDM and spawning a range of YouTube videos generating millions of views, and the Scarlett USB in 2010, one of the top selling product lines for home studio recording.

In 2010, Focusrite opened an in-house marketing office in Los Angeles, United States.

2014 listed on the AIM market in December, valuing the company at £80m.

Focusrite has won many awards in recognition of its achievements to date:

• The Sunday Times, International Track 200, 2013
• The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Innovation – Innovation 2008, International Trade 2012, 2016
• The Sunday Times, 100 Best Small Companies to Work For – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
• The Sunday Times, Profit Track 100 2013, Fast Track 2013
• Investec, Hot 100 2013

SIGNIFICANT SHAREHOLDERS AS AT 13 DECEMBER 2016: % OF ISSUED SHARE CAPITAL
Philip “Phil” Dudderidge 52.09%
SCHRODER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED 8.46%
HARGREAVE HALE LIMITED 5.28%
THE FOCUSRITE AUDIO ENGINEERING LIMITED EMPLOYEE BENEFIT TRUST 4.48%
HIGHCLERE INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS LLP 4.38%
INVESTEC ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED 4.10%
POLAR CAPITAL PARTNERS LIMITED 3.44%"

Registered Address

Windsor House
Turnpike Road
High Wycombe
HP12 3FX

Contact Details

Key Data

Sector
3743 Consumer Electronics
Company Number
09312676
Type
Public Limited Company
Company Age
4 years
Incorporated
November 14, 2014
Status
Active
Nature of Business
27900 - Manufacture of other electrical equipment
Year End
August 31
Accounts Due
February 29, 2020
Latest Accounts
August 31, 2018