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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. 

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Live streaming
  • Smart TV/Visualisers/Laptops/full tech support available for user research
  • Seasonal, fresh and healthy menu options as well as delivery menus available 
  • Dedicated studio assistance and full technical support at all times

Our specialisms

Air Conditioning, Audio Recording, Break-out Areas, Broadband, Cameras with Client Control Option, Car Parking, Catering Facilities, CD Player, Digital Recording, DVD Player, DVD Recording, Flipchart/White boards, FTP/File Transfer Service, High Speed Internet, Hostess Service, Internet/Web Groups, Laptop Hire, Mac Hire, Moderating, Office Services, One-way Mirror Observation, Overhead Projector, PC Hire, Picture in Picture Recording, Plasma Screens, Reception Area, Respondent Recruitment, Screen in Screen Recording, Stationery, Transcription, Waiting Room, Web Streaming, Web usability Testing, Wheelchair accessible, Wireless Internet
Additional facilities: Bean Bags, Clothes Rails, Complementary light catering options for Moderator, Focus Vision Webstreaming, Free 'Magic Marker' live video editing device , Free streaming to remote UX observers for user res, On-site Tech Support team, Private car parking from 5pm, Retail Shelving/Display shelving, Stream Team Webstreaming, Superfast Broadband - wireless and wired, Video capture for mobile platforms, Web Testing/UX Lab with one way mirror

Studio details

Studios

Studio 1: Size: 3.9x 3.6m; capacity: Boardroom 1–5; Classroom 1–5; Horseshoe 6–10; Informal 6–10; Theatre 6–10
Ground floor location, natural light, HD MP4 recording LCD TV and live streaming. Suitable for conventional groups and depths and UX research.

Studio 2: Size: 5x4m; capacity: Boardroom 6–10; Horseshoe 6–10; Informal 6–10; Theatre 6–10
Suede arm chairs, natural light, HD MP4 recording, LCD TV and live streaming. Flexible layout - domestic/business settings. Suitable for qualitative groups/depths and UX research.

Studio 3: Size: 7.5x4m; capacity: Boardroom 6–10; Classroom 11–15; Horseshoe 6–10; Informal 6–10; Theatre 11–15
Brand new suede arm chairs designed for comfort, bright and airy, HD MP4 recording, 42" smart TV, retail shelving and live streaming. Flexible layout - domestic/business settings. Suitable for qualitative groups/depths and UX research.

Viewing rooms

View room 1: 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

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: 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

Our people

Senior Contacts

Christopher Easingwood

Jacqueline Feasey (Joint M.D)

Katherine Thomas-Wilson (Joint MD)

 ‘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 2018 '

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