London, 6 December 2016 - Leading research agency, Kantar TNS, is delighted to be named winner of four highly acclaimed awards at the distinguished Market Research Society Awards, held at Supernova London last night. The ceremony celebrating the industry’s ability to drive innovation, inspire change and deliver results attracted over 800 of the biggest and brightest in the industry, celebrating business to business research, social media analytics, consumer insights and much more.

A panel of judges chose the ‘best of the best’ in marketing excellence from more than 1000 entries. The first accolade, in collaboration with our sister company Lightspeed, was awarded for Business-to-Business Research and the highly acclaimed ‘Business Minds’ project. ‘Business Minds’ utilises innovative techniques to increase engagement with a traditionally hard-to-reach audience, to encourage richer dialogue with participants. The approach has resulted in a more detailed understanding of the diverse and important SME market in the UK.

The second award, for New Consumer Insights, recognised Kantar TNS' contribution to the Scottish Government organ donation project. The project showcased how social media helped to unlock a deeper understanding of the public’s perception of organ donation and the types of messages which motivated the different target audiences to sign-up to the register.

The third award, for Social Media Research, was awarded in recognition of our work which harnessed social media data to identify growth opportunities for Unilever’s food business.

The final and most prestigious accolade of the evening, the MRS Grand Prix for Greatest Impact, was awarded to the Scottish Government organ donation project. Katherine McIsaac, Director said, "We're delighted to receive recognition for our efforts in the development of innovative research solutions. This is a massive achievement in what was a very competitive category and I am particularly proud that we won the award for our contribution to such a worthwhile initiative”.

Will Galgey, CEO of Kantar TNS UK said, “These awards are a great endorsement of our industry leading position when it comes to innovation in research techniques. I’m incredibly proud to work with such a talented team. We look forward to working with many more clients in 2017 to identify and activate the moments that matter to their businesses.”

About Kantar TNS
Kantar TNS is one of the world’s largest research agencies with experts in over 80 countries.

With expertise in innovation, brand and communication, shopper activation and customer relationships we help our clients identify, optimise and activate the moments that matter to drive growth for their business.

We are part of Kantar, one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies.

Find out more at www.tnsglobal.co.uk

About Lightspeed
Quality-seeking researchers, marketers and brands choose Lightspeed as their trusted global partner for digital data collection. Our innovative technology, proven sampling methodologies and operational excellence facilitate a deep understanding of consumer opinions and behavior. With 700 employees working in 14 countries, we maximize online research capabilities. We empower clients by revealing information that is beneficial, providing clarity and research data that illuminates.

Headquartered in Warren, New Jersey, Lightspeed is part of Kantar, one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies. For more information, visit www.lightspeedresearch.com.

About Kantar
Kantar is one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies. Working together across the whole spectrum of research and consulting disciplines, its specialist brands, employing 30,000 people, provide inspirational insights and business strategies for clients in 100 countries. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies.