What is The ICG and how do I join?

Connection, inspiration and support – the ICG offers a wide range of resources and unique benefits for its members, from the lively egroup to regular webinars and meetings.

Open to research consultancies and micro-businesses, you can benefit from peer support, promotional and collaborative opportunities. We offer community support from our network of expert researchers – from research issues through to business challenges, our philosophy of generous sharing of experiences means that you will never feel isolated or ‘on your own’ again.

Why join in a nutshell?

  • New business opportunities and promotion
  • Personal development and practical advice
  • Mutual support and camaraderie

The benefits of membership

  • New business opportunities and promotion
  • Free entry in the ‘connect’ directory – helping clients find their perfect research consultant
  • Range of member discounts from Suppliers and Conference/ Event organisers
  • Access to project opportunities from clients and other ICG members
  • Promotion of the value of the independent perspective via annual exhibits (The Insight Show, MRS Conferences) and working with other industry bodies
  • Celebrating the Independent through our annual MRS/ICG Independent’s day award

Personal development and practical advice

  • Access to regular talks and free training webinars which are accredited for MRS CPD points
  • Ongoing help and advice from your peers on a range of topics – from new research thinking, advice on running a small business, technology issues and finding partners for projects – all through the E-group
  • Exclusive discounts for a variety of market research related services, products and conferences
  • Monthly e-zine highlighting new thinking, knowledge and opinion pieces
  • The annual survey – find out how other independents operate, the areas they work in, the challenges they face

Mutual support and camaraderie

  • As well as practical help, our very active E-group gives members the chance to share a thought or discuss a burning issue, and keep in touch with how others feel on trends in market research. Our E-group rebalances the sense of isolation that many small businesses can feel
  • There is a great sense of camaraderie – a metaphorical water cooler for members often working alone
  • Opportunity to meet members at talks, debates and social events which are held in London and regionally

Still need convincing?

To find out more before coming to a decision, please speak to Matt Kirby or visit one of our events as a non-member where you will be assured of a warm welcome. If you wish to attend as a non-member contact our administrator, Lucie Wernicke.

How to join

Membership is open to individual who are working in market research or related areas, either on a solo basis or in partnership with/ employing up to two others. Where part-time staff are employed there must be a limit of three full-time equivalents.

If you would like to join, please complete the application form. The membership year is from 1st April to 31st March, the annual subscription for 2017/18 is £83.00 plus VAT – there is also an additional £2 levy which is donated to the MRBA. The annual fee is reduced pro-rata monthly for new members. Subscription payments are non-refundable.

To find out more, contact Matt Kirby on membership@theICG.co.uk