Other ways to support

MRBA totally depends on the financial support from individuals as well as organisations from across our industry to continue our work.  In addition, we organise several fundraising initiatives ourselves where we ask the industry to support us.  These include our annual online auction and our  ‘Helping Researchers in Need’ Fundraising Week which is taking place 16-20 October.  Click here for more information.

Support MRBA Fundraising Week 16-20 October 2017

Following the tremendous success from our first ever MRBA ‘Helping Researchers in Need’ Fundraising Week in 2015, we are organising another Fundraising Week from October 16-20 as part of our 40th anniversary activities.

Sign up today by emailing info@mrba.org.uk 

All previous MRBAWeek Champions have been contacted with more details. If your organisation was unable to help us last time,  we’d love it if you could participate this year!  It’s easy to get involved.  All you have to do now is sign up by emailing info@mrba.org.uk and then start thinking about how you might be able to raise some money for us between now and October. You could plan anything from:

  • Holding a coffee morning or cake sale to organising a ‘Great British Bake-off Challenge’
  • Hosting a Pot Luck lunch, fancy dress competition, raffle or quiz
  • Planning a sponsored run, cycle race or walking 1 million steps within the week
  • Collecting money in a charity bucket in your reception area or at events; or have a ‘guess the number of sweets in a jar’

We’ll be providing fundraising ideas and offering additional support materials shortly.  So watch out for our regular emails and news on social media.

Find out more about Fundraising Week

















Thanks for attending our 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Over 100 MRBA supporters, friends and industry greats attended our 40th Anniversary Celebrations at the stylist ‘M’ by Montcalm Hotel in London on the evening of October 4.  It was wonderful to see one of the MRBA’s founding fathers Bryan Bates and to have John Downham say a few words too.  There were canapes, some bubbly, lots of wine and speeches, a raffle and a Quiz about 1977  to remind us what life was like back 40 years ago.

We’d also like to acknowledge again the 16 sponsorship companies that enabled us to find a smart venue and when combined with your ticket purchases, allowed us to serve some lovely food and keep the wine flowing so we could celebrate with you in style. Thanks again to our 16 special Anniversary Sponsors:

Criteria Fieldwork


Kantar TNS


Network Research


Support our annual online auction each Spring

Every year we run an online fundraising auction in March/April to coincide with the MRS Conference.  Please support us by taking part.  Our 2017 auction raised just over £7K.  The next auction will be in held in 2018 and we’ll put up details of how to register closer to the time.

Donations are always needed.  The types of lots that raise the most money for us include:

  • A stay in your holiday home or let
  • Bottles of fine wine, champagne and spirits or food hampers
  • Special services like pamper and spa days, garden design, meals out, etc
  • Difficult to get tickets for sporting events or other performances

To pledge an auction donation at any time during the year email info@mrba.org.uk

Find out more about the auction

Spread the word

There are still people in the market research industry who do not know what we do. You, your team and your company can help ‘Spread the word’ by:

  • Inviting us to present to your staff or mentioning our services at all new staff inductions – our presentation only takes 15 minutes
  • Adding a link from our website to yours and we’ll do the same for you
  • Downloading our information sheet and arranging a staff mailing
  • Running an advertisement about us in your publication or on your website
  • Promoting what we do and our fundraising events in your internal publications/intranet
  • Displaying a poster or leaflet about us in your common areas
  • Recommending a colleague with financial difficulties to contact us

Leave a legacy

Leaving a legacy to the MRBA in your will is a meaningful way to make a worthwhile contribution. It doesn’t require any immediate financial outlay because it will all be handled out of your estate when the time comes, but it will provide us with a long-term benefit.

With your support we can:

  • Guard against future financial uncertainty
  • Plan ahead with more confidence
  • Continue to support those most in need

You can make a gift of a specified amount, or as a proportion of your estate, or bequest specific items, property or shares. If you already have a will, your solicitor can add a ‘codicil’ adding in your donation without re-writing it. If you do not have a will, or plan to update your will soon, please consider leaving a legacy to the MRBA by contacting your solicitor.

“The industry has been good to me so to give something back, I wanted to leave a legacy in my will… ” says long-time MRBA ‘Friend’ Nigel Spackman.  “It’s pretty easy and straightforward and you can increase the amount as I did over the years… The MRBA is keen to know if you are planning to leave a legacy because it demonstrates that their messages are getting through. I hope more colleagues out there will think about doing just that.”

For more information download our information sheet.

Donate ‘in memory’

Another way to support us is to band together with others and donate a sum of money ‘in memory’ of a colleague from the industry.

Please contact Danielle Scott our Secretary/Treasurer on info@mrba.org.uk for more information.

Fundraise for us

Whether you like to run or cycle, sing or dance, bake a cake or climb a mountain, or host a raffle, why not have some fun and raise money for the MRBA at the same time?

Could your organisation raise some money for us?

The annual MRS Golf Day in July raises a significant amount of money for us every summer by contributing some of the greens fees and selling raffle tickets.

Or how about a  group of colleagues or friends take on a challenge and fundraise for us?

Like Justin Gutmann did back in the late 80s.  Here is his story:

“In 1986, after taking part in a hilarious “synchronised swimming” competition at an MRS swimming gala, four researchers (myself, Virginia Barstow, Sarah Baxter, and Linda Nathan) working at MIL (now part of GfK NOP) had the mad idea of swimming the channel, to raise money for the MRBA, with the help of sponsorship from MR companies to get us started.

And so it was that these four plus a very strong swimmer in Pete Evans from Research International and Martin Topping also from RI started seriously training for the swim scheduled for August 1987.

Training was mainly at the Queen Mothers swimming pool in Victoria plus some sea training – a taste of things to come as it was the coldest swim of my life.

Training done and an amazing amount of sponsorship committed (the pilot cost a great deal) off we went from Dover at 10.00 on 6th August with Pete leading the way.  Each team member swam for an hour and the next person jumped in and swam the next hour.  We each did 2 hours in this way. At 22.00 poor Pete had to get in again and swim a third hour.  He was almost speechless when he got out at 23.00 . Sarah had the honour of completing the last 35 minutes, running up the beach at Cap Gris Nez, touching the cliff, running back and swimming to the boat.

We were pleased as punch with our time of 11:35 and though cold and weary drank champagne all the way back to Dover.

I think we raised about £15,000 but I’m not exactly sure. It was certainly a lot of money.

We all continued in market research apart from Martin who is still working in HR.  Linda Nathan sadly died earlier last year.

We all enjoyed ourselves doing something that has stayed with us ever since. so I’d like to finish this piece by laying down a challenge to the young market researchers of today…..so, why not have a go at swimming the channel as a team, beating our time and beating our fund-raising efforts?

How to get started

  1. Choose a fundraising challenge – such as running a marathon, trying to break a world record, organising a bake or car boot sale.
  2. Set up a fundraising website page with Virgin Money or Just Giving and follow their instructions then you can share with your friends, family and colleagues by email and social media.

Good luck and keep us posted!