History of the MRBA

Totally independent of the MRS, but supported by it, the MRBA (The Market Research Benevolent Association) was established in 1977 with Bryan Bates,  Gerald Goodhardt and Jennifer Bowen as the first Trustees, in response to an appeal to help the families after the sudden deaths of two Market Research Society members.

With no government assistance, the MRBA depends totally on the generous gifts we receive from individuals and companies in the research world. Over the years we have received a number of one-off legacies, bequests and donations which we have invested.  In addition, we receive money and services from Corporate Patrons, Corporate Friends as well as Individual and Lifetime Friends who support us regularly.  Other funds are generated from fund-raising activities we initiate ourselves, and from colleagues who fundraise on our behalf.

Most of the people who come to us are looking for small amounts of money to tide them over a financial difficulty usually brought on by an illness, injury, bereavement, or other personal problem.

Every claim is investigated carefully, and handled with sensitivity and total confidence.  Depending on the individual circumstances, we may give an outright grant, or make an interest-free loan.

Today we handle around 30 to 35 cases a year and distribute between £30,000 and £40,000 in grants and loans.