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  • sammy452sammy452 Forumite
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    Have you tried Indiefield? They get focus groups all over the country
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  • tripleh_2tripleh_2 Forumite
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    Thanks for that, I am already registered with them though
  • tripleh_2tripleh_2 Forumite
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    tripleh wrote: »
    I live in the Solihull area of West Midlands. Do you know any focus group companies I could register with? Ta

    No recommendations? Awwwww :confused:
  • marz11marz11 Forumite
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    Get paid cash for taking part in focus groups. These take place at a pre-organised address, in your own home, on the phone, or online in a designated chat forum. All you have to do is give your opinions on whatever the chosen subject is about and you could walk away with anything from £30 - £150!

    Quality Eye
    Website: https://www.qualityeye.com
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    Apply: Click on ‘Work for us’ on left hand side, and then ‘Apply Online’ which opens up an Application Form.
    Assignments: All Focus Groups are listed on the website. Click on ‘Focus Groups’ on left hand side. If you are interested in any groups and match the requirements you can register your interest by clicking on the link below the group. If you are selected to take part you will receive a phone call from Quality Eye with the details. This page is usually updated daily.
    Pay: Focus Groups typically pay £35 - £100 for 1 to 2 hours. This is paid in cash as soon as you arrive.
    Expenses: You do not get paid for travel etc
    Type: Focus Groups & Mystery Shopping
    Area: Focus Groups tend to be in and around London, often in Chiswick and Hammersmith. However some can take place in your own home or on the phone.
    My View: Lots of Focus Group opportunities, with good rates of pay.

    Focus Force
    Website: https://www.focusforce.blogspot.com

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    ««««« Apply: You do not need to register with this one.
    Assignments: If you click on the link it takes you directly to the focus groups on offer. If you are interested in any and meet the criteria it tells you to email them with your details. If you are selected for a group they will either phone you or send you an email confirmation. Check the site regularly as it is updated daily.
    Pay: Typical pay is £40 - £80 for 1 to 2 hours. This is paid in cash as soon as you arrive.
    Expenses: You do not get paid for travel etc.
    Type: Focus Groups
    Area: Mostly in London, sometimes in your own home or on the phone.
    My View: Lots of Focus Group opportunities, with good rates of pay. But they tend to mostly be in London.
    Saros
    Website: https://www.sarosresearch.com
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    Apply: Click ‘Enrol here’ at the top of the page and fill in the Online Application Form.
    Assignments: Saros will send you an email once an assignment becomes available that fits your description. You can also check the following link https://www.sarosresearch.blogspot.com which lists any hard to fill assignments.
    Pay: Very good. Typical pay is £30 - £70 for 1 to 2 hours. This is paid in cash as soon as you arrive.
    Expenses: You do not get paid for travel etc.
    Type: Focus Groups
    Area: All over the UK.
    My View: Good rates of pay and takes place all over the UK, not just London. Shame you can’t see all the available groups, you can only apply for a group if invited by email.
    Focus 4 People
    Website: https://www.focus4people.com
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    Apply: Click ‘Register’ on left hand side. You will be asked to choose a username and password and then fill in your personal details. You can then start applying for
    focus groups.
    Assignments: Click on ‘Projects’ on left hand side. This shows all available focus groups. If you are interested in any groups and match the requirements you can register your interest by clicking ‘Apply’ next to the group. If you are selected to take part you will receive an email or phone call from them with the details. This page is updated often so check regularly.
    Pay: Good. Typical pay is £15 - £50 for 30 mins to 2 hours.
    Expenses: You do not get paid for travel etc.
    Type: Focus Groups
    Area: All over the UK, but many in and around London.
    My View: Lots of Focus Group opportunities, with good rates of pay.
    Focus Respondent Recruitment
    Website: https://www.respondentrecruitment.co.uk
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    Apply: Click on ‘Market Research’ in bottom right hand corner. Fill in the online registration form and you will be added to their database.
    Assignments: When an opportunity arises that matches your demographic profile they will give you a call.
    Pay: Good. Typical pay is £30 - £70 for 1 to 2 hours.
    Expenses: You do not get paid for travel etc.
    Type: Focus Groups
    Area: UK
    My View: I have not had any assignments from them as yet. But it all depends on your profile so definitely worth applying for.
    FHIOS
    Website: https://www.fhios-uxd.com
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    Apply: On the left hand side it says ‘Click here to register as a participant’. Fill in the Online Form and your details will be stored on the Fhios Recruitment Database.
    Assignments: If you match any of the characteristics they are looking for within a particular study one of their recruiters will contact you by phone with the details.
    Pay: Good. Typical pay is £30 - £70 for 1 to 2 hours.
    Expenses: You do not get paid for travel, etc.
    Type: Focus Groups, Usability Testing, and Mystery Visitor
    Area: UK
    My View: Good rates of pay.
    CCFRA
    Website: http://www.campden.co.uk/
    Assignments: Participate in food and drink taste tests, focus groups or surveys on food related issues and earn £5-£50 in cash or shopping vouchers every time.

    I know indiefield, they conduct focus groups an do need to register with them.
    Claret Market research is good company for focus groups as well, you need to register with them in order to get invites.
    www.thefocusgroupuk.co.uk/ is another website where you can register for different groups.
    http://www.fieldfacts.com/ another website
    http://www.focuspointeglobal.com/pages/fpg_Home.aspx
    last but not the least http://www.thefocusnetwork.com/

  • cazac71cazac71 Forumite
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    I recieved my first cheque from them this morning, i`m quite chuffed!
    I do think they are one of the best for market research.
    Caz
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  • TomboTombo Forumite
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    I am about to register to all the focus group companies on that list.

    Does anybody know of any focus groups in the devon area.
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  • pineapplepineapple Forumite
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    I'm sure this has been mentioned before but can't find it.
    Are we expected to register for tax for the cash/paypal payments? If so, the complications of form filling would surely outweigh the benefits of the rewards!. Also, is the tax situation different if you are paid in goods rather than cash? Thanks
    Chrissy
  • pineapplepineapple Forumite
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    I am in the process of joining just about every site going. But a couple of times I have spent 10 minutes or so answering questions only to be told that I don't qualify! I think this is an unethical practice at least.They only have to to this to me once and I unregister.
  • i am from sheffield - are there any focus groups in this area??
  • In Martin's article, he says:
    "Focus-group based market research can pay between £30 and £50 for a couple of hours of talking. To get started in it, look up local agencies in the Yellow Pages, or try Saros Research online"

    This isn't really accurate. Focus groups are recruited by people like me and you won't find us in the Yellow Pages. It tends to be done via networking and word of mouth. We always need more people and anyway that we can spread the word would be great.
    I have been recruiting market research group discussions for 23 years in the Nottingham area. I also have extensive contacts with other recruiters around the UK. If anyone is interested in putting their name forward to attend groups, I could pass names on to people in the relevant areas.
    I am also having a web site written which will inform and educate people about what market research is and how they can get involved. It will have a facility for people who are interested to be put in touch with someone in their locality who might be able to use them.
    Typically a standard discussion lasts one and a half hours and people receive around £35 for attending. They can be longer or shorter and payment varies according to the difficulty of getting the group together. For instance, I am currently having to get together a group of 10 carpenters/joiners who use nail guns regularly and for that they wiil receive £60 for a 2 hour discussion.
    Groups tend to take place in home (usually mine) or hotels or in special research studios.
    Everything we do is governed by the rules of the Market Research Society which ensures your privacy and reassures you that it is all above board.
    If you'd like any more information, do PM me.
    Lynne Chapman
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    Hi Lynne,

    Great post! I would really like to work in this field myself. If you have any further advice on getting into this career, please contact me.

    Thanks,

    Wayne
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