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Ipsos MORI Scoops MRS Grand Prix and Healthcare Award

December 9 2014

Attendees at last night's MRS Awards ceremony in London saw Ipsos MORI and biopharma client Amgen scoop both 'The Grand Prix Award for Greatest Impact' and the 'Healthcare Research' prizes for their work highlighting patient experience for Psoriasis sufferers.

The Ipsos MORI and Amgen team with MRS President Dianne Thompson (second left)The Grand Prix Award was introduced last year 'to recognise the submission that succeeds in demonstrating the impact that research can have when properly commissioned, delivered, designed and acted upon. This year, the Ipsos MORI and Amgen team (pictured with MRS President Dianne Thompson, second left) received it for their global syndicated ethnographic investigation into patients living with Psoriasis, which the judges say 'should be read by any researcher interested in the power of research for genuine social change'.

The Best In-house Team went to Guardian News and Media for the number of research projects its team undertakes each year, and for being able to demonstrate 'impressive commercial returns' on investment, described by the judges as 'the Holy Grail in research'.

BBC Media Action were also among the winners at the awards, with the broadcaster taking home the President's Medal, presented by new MRS President and former Camelot CEO Dianne Thompson.

Additionally, the night saw a re-introduction of an award presented to the Newcomer of the Year to recognise the contribution of new talent in the industry. This year's winner was Northstar Research Partners' SRE Samantha Bond for her 'outstanding achievements during the formative years of her career'.

Other winners at this year's event were:

  • Advertising & Media Research Award - MTM and Channel 4
  • Applications of Research Award - ABA Market Research and Virgin Atlantic
  • MRS/BIG Award for B2B Research - Annabel Wren, Millward Brown
  • Financial Services Research Award - ESRO and the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Innovation in Research Methodology - David Penn and Suzanne Lugthart
  • MRS/AURA Award for Insight Management - Nunwood and British Airways
  • International Research Award - Northstar Research Partners
  • New Consumer Insights Award - PepsiCo and MESH
  • Public Policy/Social Research Award - ComRes and the Grantham Research Institute
  • MRS/ASC Award for Technology Effectiveness - Insight Out by Intellection Software
  • Virginia Valentine Award for Cultural Insights - University of Nottingham Students' Union and Crowd DNA
  • Best Agency with a turnover above £20m - Flamingo
  • Best Agency with a turnover under £20m - Nunwood
  • Best Innovation - Antedote
  • Best New Agency - Catalyx
  • Best Place to Work - Flamingo
  • Client Impact of the Year - BSkyB/NOW TV.
MRS CEO Jane Frost (pictured) comments: 'The Awards this year have been a testament to the resilience of the research sector. Research itself is also evolving with new and innovative agencies, technologies and methodologies bursting onto the scene. The new techniques demonstrated clearly show how adaptable the sector is and the levels of innovation and creativity is abundant.'

Web site: www.mrs.org.uk .

All articles 2006-19 written and edited by Mel Crowther and/or Nick Thomas.

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