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Expert in Residence!

We’re thrilled to confirm that MMC Research is now a Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Local Business Expert, offering funded market research insights and expertise to eligible businesses across Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland through BIPC’s Citylife funded programme. 

Via our commitment to BIPC, MMC has committed to helping local businesses by providing a one-hour pro-bono consultation offering: 

  • Direction on how to use research and insights to inform business decisions; 
  • Help with structuring survey or interview questions; 
  • Guidance on how to encourage ideal audiences to participate in market research. 

Our Director of Operations and Research Strategist, Vicki Shouksmith, had this to say about the commitment: 

“I’m excited to get started as a local business expert. The work BIPC does for organisations across the country is fantastic, and to be part of that is both rewarding and humbling, especially in a challenging economy.  


Starting or scaling a business is no easy task, and understanding your market can make or break business success. I’m therefore looking forward to supporting businesses and empowering them to ensure market research is one area that doesn’t feel overwhelming, or confusing.” 

Once businesses have had time with us to understand their needs, they’ll also be able to apply for 12-hours worth of funding towards a market research project conducted by MMC. Businesses based in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland will be able to apply for this funding package. 

For an initial chat to find out more information, please book an appointment with us by filling out this contact form.

About BIPC 

The BIPC North East is part of the national BIPC network, all operating from within Libraries. They are a free source of information and advice for inventors, start-up businesses, and existing businesses based in the North East of England. They have an array of free and accessible online and offline resources enabling both new and existing businesses to grow from strength to strength, including a friendly and knowledgeable team of 30+ local experts who are on hand to offer free 1-2-1 appointments to discuss a wide range of topics to meet your business needs, ranging from finance and funding, marketing and communication, intellectual property and law and much more. 

Got a project in mind? Please get in touch.