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News

24/6/14 – New RS offices in Glasgow

Scotland flagGreat news, we’ve just opened a new office in Glasgow, which will act as the Scotland hub for RS Consulting, and for the rest of the RS Consulting Group. Located at 2 West Regent Street, G2 1RW, it sits in the heart of Glasgow’s thriving business district.

The new office will help us offer local support to our numerous Scotland based clients. The new premises reflect the importance of Scottish business to RS Consulting.

 

SME segmentation conference paper available

BIG ConferenceThe MRS supported BIG conference took place back in May. Martin Wootton spoke on the ‘crime’ of lazy, ill-defined SME segmentation, and the impact this could have on your business. Martin’s presentation is now available here.

 

Experiences of workers who have opted out: DWP publish our latest research findings

PublicationsThe DWP has published the findings of our qualitative research among workers who have opted out. As part of our research with the first employers to implement automatic enrolment, we spoke to 50 employees who explained their reasons for leaving workplace schemes following automatic enrolment, their experience of this process and their general attitudes to saving for retirement. The DWP and the pensions minister continue to use research by RS Consulting to develop government policy on auto-enrolment. Read the report in full here.

18/02/14 – New report published by DWP: pension charges

paper_cup_smallDWP has published our latest Landscape and Charges Survey, examining how much members pay for their pensions.

This year we also look at how certain pension scheme features can drive better outcomes for members.  Read the summary or the full report.

14/02/14 – Career defining opportunity at Leapfrog

leapfrog logo - without wonky eyeLeapfrog’s reputation as a creative boutique agency precedes it. Its name has long been synonymous with qualitative flair and agility.  Following a change of management and the move to London, the brand is facing an exciting future with confidence. We have a fantastic opportunity for a highly capable and ambitious qualitative research director to head the Leapfrog team.

Consumer qual experts, charismatic leaders, with an innovative approach to problem solving, exceptional strategic skills and commercial capability should apply!  Full details here.

13/2/14 – Celebration of Bryan Atkin’s time at RS Consulting

BryanHere’s a an affectionate video tribute to RS Consulting founder and guiding light, Bryan Atkin, who retired in January. It appears on community TV channel DeeTV, and was put together by his daughter Mischke.  The programme salutes Bryan’s pivotal role in all things RS Consulting over 30 years, and includes great interviews and anecdotes with RS people, past and present.

31/01/14 – When is retirement not retirement? When that man is the irrepressible Bryan Atkin!

bryanABryan is one of our 3 founding partners and has been a leading light at RS ever since. He officially retires today, but, as those who know Bryan will testify, he’s not one for putting his feet up. So he’ll continue to advise us on the trickiest of challenges in the way only he can. To Bryan, a true research genius!

7/11/13 – RS Consulting Group named best Wandsworth company for training & development

Wandsworth Award smallA star studded evening at the Roehampton Club saw RS Group awarded ‘Best company for Training & Development’ at the Wandsworth Business Awards.  Martin Wootton and Andrew Wood collected the awards from Paul Ross, compere for the evening. On a night of high drama we were also finalists in the category ‘Best SME’ and ‘Best Green Business’. Photos here

31/10/13 – Automatic enrolment: Qualitative research with large employers

Automatic_enrolementThe DWP has published the findings of our auto enrolment research in full.  We explored the impact of auto-enrolment on 50 of the first employers to implement it, looking into early opt-out rates and eliciting employees’ reasons for opting out. The DWP and the pensions minister are already using the research to develop government policy on auto-enrolment further. Read the report in full here.

Price comparison websites: consumer perceptions and experiences (published July 2013)

ConsumerFuturesKate Downer, Aino Pietikäinen and Charlotte Crichton with Sania Haq, Rhiannon Jones and Fiona Pannell

Consumer Futures commissioned this research to explore consumer experiences of price comparison websites in terms of awareness, trust and confidence, user behaviour, accessibility and usability, and potential related concerns. Read more

Household financial planning and decision making

pension-choiceWho makes long term financial planning decisions in the home?

Are these decisions actually made?

If not why not?

Infographic based on our DWP report into Household financial decision making

Leapfrog at Marketing Week Live 2013

leapfrog_logo_Apr2013Leapfrog, our fantastic consumer research agency, will be exhibiting at this year’s Marketing Week Live, Europe’s biggest marketing exhibition. They will be on stand F127 so please stop by and have a chat about how they can help you to understand your customers’ behaviour and create better marketing plans.

28/05/13 – “Customers’ customers as a source of competitive advantage”

MartinWwebMartin Wootton of RS recently presented a paper titled “Customers’ customers as a source of competitive advantage” with Canon Europe at the annual Business Intelligence Group (BIG) conference (The Business of Evidence: Strategies for Growth). Martin presented alongside Canon’s Adam Gillbe. You can read the paper here.

08/05/13 – Work for RS Consulting

Priory HouseWe are currently recruiting for two positions, a Project Manager and a qual focussed Project Manager. If you are interested in working for us please visit this page and get in touch.

01/05/13 – Change at the top at RS Consulting Group

Kate AndersonKate Anderson has been promoted to Joint Managing Director of the RS Consulting Group.  She replaces Phil Stubington, who has decided to step back from the role of Joint MD to focus on developing the Group’s strategic relationships with key accounts.  Phil will also lead the Group’s innovation programme, capitalising on the success of its award-winning research platform, e-luminate.
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Blog

Look out B2B marketers! Here come Amazon & Google

LookoutMarketersThis article looks into the potential disruptive threat new entrants pose in the industrial distribution market (Google pulled their Google Shopping for Suppliers service shortly after this article was written).  I argue it’s vital for existing business suppliers to focus on the value they add in the supply chain, Read more

A shortage of women in STEM – how do we crack the problem?

Kate AndersonReading Amy’s blog about her experience as an apprentice (Great blog Amy!) got me thinking again about how we can fix a problem that I blogged about back in February,  the dearth of women in  STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Read more

Thoughts on my Apprenticeship

Amy GrewcockHi, my name’s Amy and I’m the first Apprentice here at RS Consulting. You’ve probably heard of apprenticeships, they’re the new, innovative scheme to help young people combining practical training in a job with study, usually as an alternative to university. Read more

Forget two front teeth, all I want for Christmas is an ickle wickle 3D printer

kateAHype or reality?  Is 3D really going to be the disruptive technology it’s mooted to be or is it just another fad with no real practical application outside niche design sectors?

If recent news stories of the printing of guns, prosthetic limbs and customised pasta shapes don’t get you excited, then today’s news surely will. Read more

Facebook expansion – widening the rift

kerryRSo Facebook has added another notch to its belt by acquiring yet another digital company, Oculus VR, makers of the upcoming Oculus Rift head-mounted virtual-reality display, for $2 billion. Of course this is nothing in comparison to the $19 billion recent acquisition of the free messaging app, Whatsapp. Read more

FREEEDOOOOOMM!

Andrew Wood rec PortraitAll my dreams have come true. For once I don’t need to begin a blog by explaining the details of the most radical changes to pensions in years, which were announced in yesterday’s budget.

This story isn’t hidden in the depths of the Money pages. Everyone’s talking about it! Read more

The housing crisis and the pensions crisis – joined at the hip?

louiseAThe UK has recently embarked on the most radical reform of pensions in recent memory, with all employers now obliged to automatically enrol most of their employees into a workplace pension. Read more

Automatic enrolment: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

Kate Downer I’ve just re-read the chapter of Nudge called ‘Save more tomorrow,’ in which the authors consider ‘how private and public institutions might nudge people in directions that will make them a bit wealthier and more secure.’ Now, I reckon most of us are up for more wealth and more security. And as luck would have it, our latest report for DWP which looks at peoples’ experiences of automatic enrolment Read more

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