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4% Growth for UK Research Firms

December 3 2015

In the UK, the Market Research Society (MRS) has published its Annual League Table, with data drawn from 86 eligible organisations generating a combined turnover of more than £2.7 billion. The figure represents overall year-on-year growth of 4%.

To qualify for inclusion, research and insight firms must have UK-based turnover exceeding £3m. In the latest rankings, 61 of these organisations (71% of the total) reported increased turnover. The Top 20 firms account for around 75% of turnover value, and comprise twelve UK businesses, five from the US, and one each from France, Germany and the Netherlands. There have also been six new entrants matched by six departures since last year.

In addition, the MRS has released a listing that ranks the 'Top 50 Individual Agencies by Turnover', which breaks corporate groups into their individual businesses. The release also includes the twenty fastest-growing agencies by organic growth, acquisition, or both.

CEO Jane Frost comments: 'The tables reflect the diverse nature of the UK research industry, and exhibits the wide range of talent and methodologies deployed by organisations - from the largest public global groups to the boutique businesses. Four per cent overall growth for those businesses represented in the MRS Annual League Tables is great news for the research industry. It demonstrates that many businesses have not only left the difficulties of the recession behind but are now beginning to grow more tangibly'.

2014 ranking 2013 ranking Company Name 2014 (£m) 2013 (£m)
1. 1. Kantar 464.2 461.9
2. 8. Wood Mackenzie
Research & Consulting
227.4 212.8
3. 2. Dunnhumby 191.6 165.2
4. 3. IpsosMORI 165.2 162.4
5. 5. Gartner 138.5 121
6. 4. GfK 136.6 162
7. 6. Nielsen 120.7 112.6
8. 9. Euromonitor 88.3 74.2
9. 10. Mintel Group 74.9 69.6
10. 11. Omnicom/DAS 74 66.9
11. 14. Ebiquity 68.5 64
12. 17. Informa 66.9 49.7
13. 12. Information Resources 39.1 42.4
14. 15. Cello Group 38 36.2
15. 7. IMS Health 36.2 39.3
16. 16. Research Now 34.5 31.5
17. 13. NatCen 34.2 41.5
18. 19. MMR Group 28.1 25.3
19. 18. Double Helix 27.5 26
20. 21. BDRC Group 24.7 23.2


The full tables can be viewed here: www.mrs.org.uk/leaguetable .

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

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