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The Talking Shop

Three airy research studios in Manchester's diverse and bustling city centre, a short ride or walk from four mainline stations. MRS Best Viewing Facility Finalist 2018.

Despite being in the heart of the city, we have a quiet and leafy location - great for groups, depths, user-testing labs, and away-days. We have a private car park available from 5pm and cover the cost of researcher parking during the day.

We recently introduced our new 'Magic Marker' which is an editing tool that saves researchers' significant time when creating presentations.

In terms of our research rooms, we have three, all with natural light and air conditioning. The studios hold 6 - 10 respondents, and there are well proportioned client viewing rooms seating 6 - 15+. The spaces are flexible and can be rearranged quickly into formal or informal settings, beanbags or a complete user-testing lab.

Further to our recent technical upgrade we now offer High Definition MP4/MP3, DVD recording as standard, with at least two cameras per studio, all with a zoom function. We also offer web streaming (Focus Vision and Stream Team) and fast Internet access.

We are able to provide freshly prepared seasonal food (attentive to dietary requirements) or a delivery service from restaurants in the city centre. Very importantly, we really look after the moderator, providing regular tea and coffee refills, a complementary moderator light meal and end-of-evening goody bag.

Our studio managers are trained in the MRS code of conduct/GDPR data protection guidelines, hospitality and technical support and all staff have a cheerful can-do approach.

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Contact Details

87/89 Chapel Street
Manchester M3 5DF

Telephone 0161 834 3396
Twitter @talkingshopmcr

Key Information

The Talking Shop is a Viewing Facility established in 2004 with 2-5 full-time employees.

Skills, Expertise and Services

  • Depth Interviews
  • Group Discussions and Focus Groups
  • Qualitative Recruitment
  • Viewing Facilities
  • Web Streaming
  • Web Usability Research

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • The Market Research Society
  • The Independent Consultants Group
  • The Viewing Facilities Association

Location of The Talking Shop


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