InSites Consulting, previously as Join the Dots, have been supporting MRS events in and around Manchester for over a decade – most notably with the acclaimed Best of Impact series, which presented highlights from each year’s MRS Annual Conference for a northern audience. Hundreds of delegates attended the event during its run at The Lowry in Salford from 2012-2019, and the closing drinks receptions in the venue’s galleries became legendary.

As this year’s Annual Conference, Impact 2022,was a virtual event InSites Consulting were keen to open up a new and unique content window for research and insight professionals in the North – and get colleagues and friends together in-person after the challenges of the pandemic. The MRS North: Awards Showcase will share a selection of winning case studies from the MRS Awards, curated by the team at InSites Consulting and brought together with a keynote from their co-founder Joeri Van den Bergh, a NextGen expert and award-winning speaker himself.

The afternoon of presentations will be hosted at the InSites Consulting offices in central Manchester, but will be broadcast live online too if you want to watch from whichever screen you choose – however, you will have to come along in person to join the happy hour drinks afterwards, which will be the first MRS social event in the region since September 2019!

This event is free for members/Company Partners. Non-members may attend for £25 + VAT.

In-person places for the conference are now FULLY BOOKED.

To book your place for drinks reception and/or stream the content online, please email and state whether you require:

  1. Online conference access plus drinks reception
  2. Online conference access only

The Hive
47 Lever Street,Manchester,M1 1FN

With special thanks to:

12:30 – Arrival/refreshments

13:00 – Chair’s introduction

Paul Child FMRS, Global Client Partner, InSites Consulting

13:05 – Keynote

Joeri Van Den Bergh, AMA-awarded speaker, NextGen expert and author of How Cool Brands Stay Hot

13:35 – Destitution in the UK

Charlotte Saunders
, Associate Director, Kantar Public
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University

13:55 – Behind Closed Doors: Initiating a Fundamental Shift in Banking Design for Families

Anne Caffrey
, Senior Research Lead, Nationwide
Helen Fennel, Co-Founder & Director, Lens


14:15 – Break


14:30 – Lurpak: Feeding the Imagination

Matt Allen, Managing Director, Folk Research

14:50 –Communicating Responsible Gambling

Stephanie Shaarwi
, Managing Director, Irrational Agency
Rose Tomlins, Brand Director, Bally’s Interactive

15:10 –Closing The Gender Pain Gap

Steven Lacey, Founder, The Outsiders
Zoe McQuillin, Consultant, The Outsiders


15:30 – Q&A


15:50 - Chair’s wrap-up


16:00 – Happy hour(s) drinks in the Pie & Ale Beer Hall


19:30 – Close


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