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Tranquil studios and brand new recording technology in the diverse and bustling centre of Manchester, independently run by former agency planners and researchers.

NEW; All studios are equipped with our live video editing tool the 'Magic Marker' available at no additional cost. Designed to reduce the time taken to edit clips into presentations.

  • Easy to reach by foot, public transport or car - all four Manchester mainline stations are only a short ride or walk away. There is plenty of inexpensive local car parking during the day PLUS our own free car park after 5pm.
  • Brand new full HD MP4 /DVD/MP3 recordings provided as standard. 2-3 cameras per room, all with zoom function.
  • All studios are equipped with our exclusive Magic Marker, available free of charge. It is designed to speed up the process of video clip editing.
  • All the studios have natural light ideal for depths, groups and user research
  • A 5 minute walk from central Manchester, close to a range of hotels, restaurants and shopping
  • Our central location and transport links means it is easier to recruit participants from all the diverse areas of Greater Manchester
  • Focus Vision and Stream Team webstreaming
  • Smart TV/Visualisers/Laptops/full tech support available for user research
  • Seasonal, fresh and healthy menu options as well as delivery menus available

Studio 1: Size: 7.5x4m; capacity: 6–10(B) 11–15(C) 6–10(H) 6–10(I) 11–15(T)
Brand new suede arm chairs designed for comfort, bright and airy, HD MP4 recording, 42" smart TV, retail shelving and FocusVision. Flexible layout - domestic/business settings. Suitable for qualitative groups/depths and UX research.

Studio 2: Size: 5x4m; capacity: 6–10(B) 11–15(C) 6–10(H) 6–10(I) 6–10(T)
Suede arm chairs, natural light, HD MP4 recording, LCD TV and FocusVision. Flexible layout - domestic/business settings. Suitable for qualitative groups/depths and UX research.

Studio 3: Size: 3.9x 3.6m; capacity: 1–5(B) 1–5(C) 6–10(H) 6–10(I) 6–10(T)
Ground floor location, natural light, HD MP4 recording LCD TV and webstreaming. Suitable for conventional groups and depths and UX research.

View room 1: Size: 7.5x3.5m; capacity: 11–15
Natural light, plenty of space, boardroom table and flipchart, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh fruit and copious snacks, client buffet options and delivery menus available

View room 2: Size: 4.5x3.5m; capacity: 6–10
Natural light, plenty of space, large table and flipchart, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh fruit and copious snacks, client buffet options and delivery menus available

View room 3: Size: 3.9 x 2.4m; capacity: 6–10
Raised seating, ground floor location, fresh fruit and copious snacks, client buffet options and delivery menus available

Facilities: Air conditioning, Audio recording, Broadband, Cameras with client control option, Car parking, Catering facilities, CD player, Complementary light catering options for Moderator, Digital recording, DVD player, DVD recording, Flipchart/white boards, Focus Vision Webstreaming, Free 'Magic Marker' live video editing device, Free streaming to remote UX observers for user res, FTP/File transfer service, High speed internet, Hostess service, Internet/web groups, Laptop hire, Mac hire, Moderating, Office services, On-site Tech Support team, One-way mirror observation, Overhead projector, PC hire, Picture in picture recording, Plasma screens, Private car parking from 5pm, Reception area, Respondent recruitment, Retail Shelving/Display shelving, Screen in screen recording, Stationery, Stream Team Webstreaming, Superfast Broadband - wireless and wired, Transcription, Video capture for mobile platforms, Waiting room, Web streaming, Web Testing/UX Lab with one way mirror, Web usability testing, Wheelchair accessible, Wireless internet

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Senior Contacts

Christopher Easingwood
Jacqueline Feasey (Joint M.D)
Katherine Thomas-Wilson (Joint MD)

Address

87/89 Chapel Street
Manchester
M3 5DF
Tel: +44 (0)161 834 3396
Fax: +44 (0)161 834 3407
Email: ktw@thetalkingshop.co.uk
Establishment date: 2004

 ‘Very smooth and seamless, thanks!’ 

 

‘Great Focus Group sessions at Manchester’s @TheTalkingShopmcr!  Great facilities and service, highly recommended’ 

‘Just to let you know the team were really pleased with you guys, said you were great and have a super lovely team!  So thanks for all your work on this one.’ 

‘Excellent!  Really accommodating and helpful in every way’ 

 

 'We love the Talking Shop, the facilities and professionalism of the team are superb. Particularly important to us is the quality of the technology. We use a lot of footage in debriefs, and the video quality is excellent. As is the clever Magic Marker, which means our moderators can unobtrusively click and mark video to find a point of interest to edit when creating the debrief.'

 

'Best Viewing Facility Finalist.  MRS Oppies Awards 2019 '

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