Your business research community

Welcome to the Business Intelligence Group (BIG) – the insight community supporting and advising on market research in business. We’re a resource for the latest thinking and techniques in business to business research. Join us for networking opportunities with insight professionals, find our knowledge centre on this website and keep up to date with our e-newsletter. For research buyers, we have the BIG Directory of specialist business research and insight providers.

In the evolving world of business research, BIG provides many opportunities for keeping up to date on industry innovations. BIG is a brilliant business research resource to further increase my knowledge and ensure my clients are always at the forefront of contemporary ideas.”

Vikki Mitchell, Kantar Millward Brown


BIG gives the business research community its own distinct voice and a forum where we can explore the specific challenges of business research while still providing insights that are relevant to all researchers.”

Keith Bailey, Transport Focus


BIG strikes the right balance between useful knowledge sharing via the conference and forums and opportunities to network or socialise with likeminded folk. Because its membership reflects its specialised focus, it really does feel like a community.

Dave Skelsey, Stictly Financial




Date: Thursday 1 March 2018

Unfortunately, due to the weather we are due to experience in Bristol on Thursday, we have decided to postpone this event. We will inform you of a new date once this is set up. Thanks for your understanding and continued support.

BIG Forum – April

Date: Tuesday 10 April 2018

This Forum is one of our ‘Research Refresher’ sessions and will cover the application and benefits of desk research, useful sources of intelligence, how to go about conducting desk research in an efficient way, and also the limitations and pitfalls of desk research.

B2B Research: A Recruiter’s Perspective

I have recruited for the market research industry since 2001 and since then have seen a great deal of change.  My 2001 self would not recognise the industry I now recruit in – we have all had to evolve.   B2B Research has always been something I have been involved in,...
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When insight makes a BIG difference

We all know that Market Research is important for advising day to day business decision making, but it also has the power to inspire change within the heart of a business. This was the impact when The Sound collaborated with Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event...
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The value of community: How BIG changed my life

Last week I was talking with a (much) younger researcher about their perception of the market research community.  I shared some of my distant memories of MRS summer and winter schools, various MRS conferences as well as talking about Research Club, R-Net and BIG. ...
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Big members to receive 30% off Ilex Europe!

Do you believe in innovation? IIeX Europe was designed to introduce researchers to new ideas and connect them with the most future-focused insights pros from around the world. If you are already a BIG member, or if you join The Business Intelligence Group between now...
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GDPR is Fast Approaching

When the European Union introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on April 27, 2016, all businesses within European Union states had many questions and queries on how these new legislative rules will affect them. Even though May 25, 2018 might sound far...
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Questions about business to business research?

Q. Why are mixed methodology studies more common in B2B?

A. The complexity of B2B markets means that multiple research methods often need to be used in order to provide answers or solutions for strategic decisions

Q. Why are B2B costs higher than B2C costs?

A. B2B transactions often take more consideration and involve more decision makers.  The B2B consumer will more often than not need to be able to prove a return-on-investment for their purchase

Join us

BIG membership is open to anyone who works in market research or related areas. We would love to have you on board. Membership is only £25 a year (excluding VAT), and runs for the 12 months from your date of joining.