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



BIG Forum

B2B or not B2B: The Future of BIG and B2B Research

Date: Tuesday 27 November 6pm – 8pm

Join us to discuss of the future of B2B research and how BIG should be supporting its members to meet the challenges that lay ahead.

BIG Chair, Ginny Monk, will be leading a panel discussion along with figures representing the B2B industry (agency and client, old and new)

The cost of this event is free to members and £10.00 for non-members, excluding VAT.

Future BIG Forums

Our forum dates have been decided but we are still busy planning our list of topics and exciting guest speakers. We will confirm the details as soon as possible. 

5th February 2019
2nd April 2019
21st May 2019


MRS Awards 2018

Damon Thomas, Hasson Associates, announces the winner of the 2018 BIG MRS award. Not sure what the collective name for eight hundred and sixty researchers all gathered together is called but certainly makes for a great event.   Penguin suits aplenty, everyone looked...
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B2B or not B2B: Pre-Forum Interview with BIG Chair Virginia Monk

Question #1: Without giving too much away – what is the main topic of your talk? Tuesday evening’s forum is concerned with the future of B2B research. How it is changing and what it might look like in 5 years’ time. We’ll be exploring what factors might influence that...
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The changing role of the B2B researcher

Jon Wood of Critical Research takes a look at the past, present and future of the B2B researcher. A recent conversation with a colleague got me thinking about what is now expected of young B2B researchers, the demands placed upon them and how that compares with my...
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Five ways AI will Impact the Market Research Industry

AI is fast becoming the most anticipated feature of modern technology and a concept that has divided public opinion in a variety of industries.  Even household devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are becoming must-haves to answering life’s questions at the call...
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BIG AGM and Summer Party

Early September has quickly become a must-put-in-the-diary time for all lovers of B2B research and wine, as BIG hosted its AGM and late Summer drinks at Laithwaites London Bridge. The AGM went smoothly with no major revolts (Martin Sorrell should be so lucky) and we...
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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.