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An independent fieldwork company, BEAM Fieldwork, has launched in Manchester this month to provide a bespoke, personal approach to fieldwork for research projects across the UK.

Established by Amy Middleton, a research professional of over 15 years, the company will manage both qualitative and quantitative fieldwork contracts across a variety of business sectors, and is expected to take on its first employee by the end of the year.

Previously a director at Acumen Fieldwork, part of the Fuller Research Group, Amy is a prominent member of the BIG Committee, and a full member of the MRS, AQR and ICG.

Amy plans to grow the business to a team of five by the end of 2017 and will be looking to attract commissions from research agencies and direct clients the length and breadth of the UK.

Amy Middleton, founding director at BEAM Fieldwork, said: “Since completing my degree in Marketing nearly 15 years ago and starting my career in research, I guess you could say I’ve done it all. I’ve been a venue host, a recruiter, a fieldwork manager and a director. I’ve personally managed around 1000 qualitative and quantitative research projects with budgets from £500 to £350,000. For the last seven years, I’ve worked at director level in one of the UK’s biggest fieldwork agencies and even dipped my toe into moderating, but something was missing - the hands-on, front-line fieldwork and that’s what I want to get back to.”

“I don’t plan to take over the world, but I am excited about setting exceptional standards in fieldwork, becoming integral to the success of market research projects and building my own team of research professionals, as passionate about supporting the research industry as I am.”

MRBA logo 300dpi2017 will be the 40th anniversary of the Market Research Benevolent Association, and they are starting to plan how they will celebrate and build on all that has been achieved over the years.  At that time they will also have another big fundraising push to generate the funds for all the other things the MRBA wants to do.

But this year their aim is simpler; they want to build on their success in creating greater awareness of what they do and how they help researchers in need.  They’d like to enlist your help to do this to Spread the Word for instance by putting their Supporters badge on your website, with a link to their website; by using their email signature when you email about them to your teams; inviting them in to talk to your staff about what they do and how important their help is to researchers in need.

Visit the MRBA website at: http://www.mrba.org.uk/

For more details email info@mrba.org.uk

Their mailing address is:
The Market Research Benevolent Association
15 Northburgh Street
London, Greater London EC1V 0JR
United Kingdom

BIG Awards 2015 presentation photo
I would like to start by apologising for the tardiness of this report. However for me, like I suspect many others, the MRS Awards evening has now become an annual marker for the start of the pre-Christmas silly season. After two weeks packed with industry bashes, NCT gatherings, client lunches, school nativities, supplier lunches, pantomimes, company parties, end of year presentations and numerous other random events, I am finally coming up for air. It is undoubtedly the strangest and busiest fortnight of the year but also the most fun.

The 2015 MRS Awards took at Supernova in London’s Embankment Gardens. This had been described to me as a series of tents on the banks of the Thames. I have to tell you that this bore no resemblance to the Force Ten canvas tents I remember so fondly from my childhood. It was a truly stunning venue, more than fitting for such a glamorous event.

This year's host was the English comedian and actor Miles Hugh Barrett Jupp. According to the ever reliable Wikipedia he is best known for his appearances in The Thick of It and Rev, and more recently as host of The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4. As a parent of young children I simply saw Archie the inventor. Miles was the perfect compere. His research centred jokes were right on the money and had us in stitches.

This year’s BIG table included BIG Committee members Trevor Wilkinson and myself, our guest Phyllis Macfarlane from the MRS, Nichola Kent-Lemon and Samantha Bond from Northstar Research Partners, Jon Puleston from Lightspeed GMI, Dr Nick Coates from C Space, Anna King from Aviva and Alex Johnston and Julie Knox from Jigsaw Research.

Our judging panel noted that this year’s papers were of a particularly high standard. All three of the papers which made our shortlist were excellent, but TNS UK and Lightspeed GMI were very deserving winners with their paper ‘It’s not business, it’s personal – the power of personal engagement.’ As you can see from the photo they appeared very happy. That may simply be the joy of winning our prestigious award. But it could equally be the knowledge that this year’s compere wasn’t pulling stupid faces behind them.

Many thanks as ever to our committee member Ali Pugh for managing the BIG award and organising our table for the evening. Thanks also to Damon Thomas for arranging the trophies.

The evening included many other worthy award winners. Whilst I’m sure disappointed to have missed out on the BIG award, C Space and Avivia were able to celebrate winning the AQR Prosper Riley-Smith Qualitative Excellence Award with their paper ‘Gamechanger: using co-creation to drive SME innovation and culture change at Aviva’. Nick’s personal success continued by winning the MRS Award for Financial Services Research which went to C Space and Zurich Insurance and their paper ‘ZCom: Re-engineering a complex business around the customer’. The Research-live Awards for the best agencies went to Flamingo (turnover above £20million) and to MTM (turnover under £20million).

In their sales material, the MRS invite you to “Join over 800 guests from across the sector at the biggest social event in the UK research calendar”. And that’s exactly what they delivered. For individuals, the evening offers an excellent chance for a long overdue catch up with friends and acquaintances. And for the industry, it offers an important opportunity to highlight and celebrate the best that research has to offer. Every year I am both surprised and pleased by the scale of the Awards evening. Events such as this are often seen as a barometer for the industry they represent. And this year’s was the biggest and best I can remember….

Jon Wood, BIG Company Secretary


We are pleased to announce that the BIG Blog is now up and running – please do go and have a look. 

The Blog is designed to comment on topical news relevant to the B2B sector, and we welcome any contributions as well as any comments on the articles already there.  You will also find regular reports from the BIG Chair. 

The Blog is a forum for ideas and conversation amongst the B2B community – so please do visit and help us make it successful. It is part of the members-only section of the website, so you will need to log into your membership to view it.

And if you have any ideas or want to contribute a blog, please email blogger@b2bresearch.org


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