About Us

Experts in attitude and tracking research, price indexing and quarterly trends

What we do

  • Fact-based marketing insights, solutions and strategies
  • Buying behaviour
  • Brand & reputation surveys
  • Benchmarking, awareness & attitude studies
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative research
  • Positioning and brand mapping studies
  • Customer satisfaction & lost customer research
  • Mirror testing (comparing customer/management views, with what customers or the market thinks)
  • Market entry studies
  • Price tracking trend surveys
  • Secret shopper (see your business through the eyes of your trade customers)
  • Competitive advantage analysis

Audience target groups

  • Architects & Specifiers
  • Specialist Stockists & Distributors
  • Builders’ Merchants
  • Civil Engineers
  • Developers & Contractors
  • House Builders
  • Ground workers
  • Plumbers
  • DIY
  • Installers
  • Builders
  • Homeowners
  • Private, Public (LAs/HAs), Commercial, New build & RMI


Ad hoc research provides the penetrating analysis needed to address issues of strategy and to make well-informed decisions about customers, competitors and markets. Our research includes a wide range of bench-marking (usage and attitude) brand perception studies, customer satisfaction surveys, and focus groups. We deliver the insight and information that’s important to you.


Techniques? We have used them all. Telephone, online, face-to-face and focus groups. Beyond Net Promoter Scores (NPS) we can calculate the statistical significance of results, set you up with our own Loyalty Index, Waiting Room, Mirror Test, and Opportunity Gap indicators. We can conduct more esoteric ‘trade-off’ analyses, or even run your scenario planning or Delphi forecasting projects if you need it.

Due diligence

Our research is conducted according to the Market Research Society’s code of conduct and we fully comply with the new guidelines set out by the GDPR.

Any paper or electronic files relating to the project will be kept for a minimum of one year from the date of completion of the project. Thereafter, files will be disposed of securely.

Delivering on time

If we are fortunate enough to work with you, on commissioning the research, the project will commence with questionnaire design and fieldwork preparations e.g. confirm quotas and sample breakdown, prepare call lists etc. Once this has been finalised and approved, interviewing can start.
A commercially astute, service-driven culture

Our ‘best of both worlds’ agency structure delivers flexibility and competitive rates, and our commitment to highly responsive client service, brilliant basics, joined-up activation and going the extra mile for our clients have ensured we’re constantly ranked as the top agency by industry specialists.


MRA’s databases – including those for the most comprehensive builders’ merchants databases in the industry – create real opportunities to open up new markets or sell more to existing markets. They are the product of more than two decades of research and are regularly updated to give you the most current and accurate information on contacts and company activities.

Do you want to…

Measure reputation, and the gap between what customers want and what they get?

  • Discover the gap between customers’ perceptions and what management thinks they think?
  • Find out what your customers really think?
  • Innovate and find your cutting edge?
  • Know if lost customers left or if they were pushed?

MRA Research specialises in the building materials, construction and home improvement markets.

Whether you want in-depth market reports, up-to-the-minute quarterly trends, or an ad-hoc research project tailored to your specific requirements, MRA Research has the information and insight to make your marketing work.

Quantitative Research
Consulting & insight design
Brand mapping & positioning

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