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					In It To Win It - The Sports Business Awards 2018
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		Written by Christian Easdown, Senior Research Manager. Email Christian directly here.
	
		 
	
		
	
		 
	
		On Friday 1st June, I had the pleasure of attending The Sports Business Awards in London. Only in its second year, the awards have already received the accolade of 'Best New Awards Ceremony in Business' (I know – who knew that there were award ceremonies for award ceremonies!).
	
		 
	
		Conceived to celebrate the work and achievements of businesses who serve the sports industry, it was a real opportunity for us to showcase our recent work conducted for Leicester City Football Club, and even, possibly, pick up a bit of silverware!
	
		 
	
		The Research Project...
	
		 
	
		So... what took us to the awards? In 2016 we were commissioned by Leicester City Football Club to undertake a programme of research with the objective to engage with disabled fans, stakeholders and experts and gain insight and understanding into the experiences of disabled fans to improve accessibility at King Power Stadium.
	
		 
	
		This fascinating piece of work involved focus groups with frequent match attendees and non-attendees as well as a number of ethnographic immersions involving researchers accompanying disabled fans to matches to understand first-hand experiences.
	
		 
	
		I know what you're thinking – we just wanted to go and watch the football, but who I am kidding? I'm a Manchester United fan! That said, our Managing Director, Danny Sims, who is a Leicester City fan, was more than happy to 'volunteer' to do some of the research (purely in a professional capacity – of course!).
	
		 
	
		The findings...
	
		
	
		 
	
		The research threw up some interesting points for the club and provided valuable insight into the experiences of disabled fans, and how these could be improved. Stuart Johncock, Head of Supporter Engagement at Leicester City Football Club, said :
	
		 
	
		"The findings provided us with a clear action plan in terms of the areas that required most improvement and these changes have now been implemented at King Power Stadium. Thank you for all the hard work and passion that went into the work."
	
		 
	
		A number of months later, Danny emailed me saying he'd come across The Sports Business Awards and felt our research was worthy of a shot. I emphatically agreed, and we started preparing our entry.
	
		 
	
		After all, you've got to be in it to win it.
	
		 
	
		The Sports Business Awards 2018 - the ceremony 
	
		 
	
		I attended the event with Danny, and Simon Driver, a Research Director at DJS, as well as the team we worked with at Leicester City FC - Stuart, Jim and Liam.
	
		 
	
		As we arrived, we were presented with our welcome pack which included the delegate list. Awash with representatives from several Premier League clubs, National Governing Bodies and some fantastic sports charities, it was, quite frankly, a sports fan's dream. It also included a list of all the awards and finalists, of which we had been shortlisted into two categories, 
	
		 
	
		
			Best Fan Engagement Programme
		
			Best CSR or Community Scheme
	
	
		 
	
		Following a brief drinks reception, we were invited into the main room where lunch would be served, followed by the ceremony itself. 
	
		 
	
		
			Now, my experience of award ceremonies is relatively non-existent, but I must admit I was pretty impressed. The event had an undeniable professional feel, with forty or so round tables sat at the foot of a large stage and a single podium placed prominently in the centre.
		
			 
		
			 
		
			Move over BAFTA, this is the real deal.
		
			 
	
	
		 
	
		
	
		 
	
		We were served lunch, and then it was show time. First to the stage, and to a round of rapturous applause, was broadcasting legend, Hazel Irvine, announced by the infamous voice of Strictly Come Dancing and the National Lottery- Alan Dedicoat! (Google him, you'll know who I mean.)
	
		 
	
		The stage was set; our categories were the fourth and twelfth due to be announced... 
	
		 
	
		
			And the result...
		
			 
		
			Given that each category had on average eight finalists, a bronze, silver and gold award was to be announced. 
		
			 
		
			As the turn came for Best Fan Engagement Programme, we sat stiffly in our chairs (not unlike conscientious school children) and let out a big cheer when our name was called out. But alas, for this category at least, it wasn't meant to be. We valiantly clapped the deserving winners – The English Football League.
		
			 
	
	
		 
	
		
	
		 
	
		 
	
		One more shot to go...
	
		 
	
		It wasn't before too long that it was time for category twelve; Best CSR or Community Scheme. We were up against some really tough competition including Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham, to name (drop) a few. Once again we cheered as our entry was read out -- perhaps with even more energy and intent than the first time!
	
		 
	
		"And in Bronze we have... DJS Research  Leicester City FC: Improving the Match Day Experience for Disabled Fans"
	
		 
	
		Cheers erupt from table 32! Bronze!  Result. 
	
		 
	
		 
	
		Of course, everyone wants to win, but from our point of view, it is a huge honour to be recognised for our work, especially given the competition and the high profile judging panel (which included ex-pro athletes such as Colin Jackson, Sally Gunnell, Lawrence Dallaglio and not to mention a number of National Governing Body CEOs).  
	
		 
	
		We even got a piece of silverware...
	
		 
	
		 
	
		We would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Leicester City and especially all the participants who took part in the research. 
	
		 
	
		Third place means a Champions League spot, after all.
	
		 


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					DJS Research reaches historic milestone surpassing £5 million annual turnover
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	What started out as a family-run business with a garden shed as its HQ – has just recorded an annual turnover of £5.2 million.

	 

	
		It has been a record-breaking 12 months for DJS Research, with the company achieving double-digit growth for the 12th consecutive year, as well as opening a second hub in Leeds to support its Stockport head office (no longer a shed, but a multi-storey build in leafy Strines).
		 
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					The best laid plans of rats and men Gang aft a-gley! A tale of hardship, flapjacks and glory at the Rat Race Dirty Weekend (12/5/2018)
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		Written by Rebecca Bennett Senior Research Executive
	
		 
	
		Early challenges
	
		 
	
		We had planned for this, we had been drilled... But ALAS! Within 15 minutes of setting off, unexpected challenges hit us like harsh blows: forgotten IDs, tummy bugs, failed rendezvous and vexing car problems conspired against us. We were already one team member down and we hadn't even left Cheshire – not a great start! But as we tumbled down to Stamford, Radio 1 DJ Dev lifted our spirits with an actual shout out and we felt that things could only get better. WE WERE FAMOUS! 
	
		 
	
		A couple hours later we arrived at Burghley House for Rat Race Dirty Weekend; a legendary 150 obstacle, 13-mile long course through green fields, muddy forests and large reservoirs.  The team consisted of some of DJS' core athletes (who are we kidding?!): Danny the MD, researchers Kelly, Becca B, Christian, Claire P, Hannah, Alex M and Simon, and last but not least Steven, solely representing the Ops department. 
	
		 
	
		After overcoming the first tricky puzzle of the day (how to effectively attach a square timing chip to your shoe lace), we were herded like rats into a festival-like tent that smelt of wet grass and nerves. We were greeted by Mr Motivator Keith and his army pals 'Craig'  'David' (was this a joke? We weren't quite sure...), who got us physically and mentally warmed up for the race.
	
		'AREEEE YOOOOU READYYYY?!'
	
		'YES, KEITH!!'
	
		 
	
		And then we were off!
	
		 
	
		"I really hope there isn't too much running..." sighed Hannah, not even 500m into the course, quite clearly already regretting the day she signed up.
	
		 
	
		But it all started well; like children gaily running through the wheat fields, we strode over hay bales, crawled under nets, bounced on yellow space hoppers and waded through ball pools. There was even a human sized laundrette full of muddy bubbles and hysterical rat racers! The weather was cloudy and warm, but not too warm, and the bucolic surroundings of gorgeous country halls, yellow fields and farm animals grazing put smiles on our innocent faces. 'This isn't going to be so bad!', we thought... (...like fools)
	
		
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					Uncharted Territory: a story about using dashboards as a tool for finding 'the one'
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		Written by Kate Slater, Research Director.  Email Kate direct here.
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					Musings of a young utilities researcher after attending the 2018 Twenty65 Conference...
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		Written by Beth Wiles, Research Executive.
	
		 
	
		The prominence of its work in the Water Sector was the attraction for me to join DJS Research in June 2017, following my graduation from the University of Sheffield. Since joining, I've worked for clients such as Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent, Affinity Water and United Utilities and was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to soak up the latest cutting-edge research developments in the Water Industry at this year's Twenty65 Conference - just a short train ride away in Manchester, with our Associate Director, Alex McCluckie. 
	
		 
	
		Certainly, the mantra of being able to supply clean, safe water for all was a key issue mentioned at the conference. Interestingly, despite the examples given from Spain, Morocco, India and Iraq, whom are all at risk of major shortages as reservoirs shrink, closer to home, reports of a giant 'Fatberg' in the sewers of the South of England have emerged. A lack of clean, safe water are issues which seem to rarely cross customers' minds when they switch on the tap - and a theme which presents itself time and time again in our research. You only realise the importance of water if, and when, you have a supply issue!
	
		 
	
		'The Value of Water'
	
		 
	
		Rather fittingly, the theme of the day was "the Value of Water", which kicked off with some prominent keynote speakers in the Industry. First up was Angela Smith, MP, the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Water Group, who raised some interesting points regarding the spatial planning system and the place for sustainable government policy, closely followed by Tony Smith, the Chief Executive of CCWater. They were joined by Adrian Rees, the Director of AECOM, and Ali Browne, a lecturer at Manchester University for a lively panel discussion around their proceeding topics, particularly the role of both the government and regulatory bodies in both saving water and reducing flood risk.  
	
		 
	
		Panel sessions: water efficiency 
	
		 
	
		The afternoon then broke off into a choice of five panel sessions. I chose water efficiency, an area central to my work at DJS and heavily reliant on effective customer engagement. The first session was from Claire Hoolahan of the University of Manchester. The session raised a number of interesting points around the challenges of engaging in customers' complex, but ordinary, domestic routines. Another Water Efficiency session was delivered by Fatima Ajia, a PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield, who has been researching public engagement in partnership with Essex and Suffolk Water. One of her key arguments was that information about saving water should be delivered by a plumber in the relevant place in the home. For example, providing information about shower timers in the bathroom and washing-up in the kitchen, to increase recall of the activity in day-to-day life. There was also some lively discussion from the audience about the use of qualified plumbers or 'technicians' to install water saving equipment, raising the ever present question of cost vs benefit to the customer.
	
		 
	
		The afternoon rounded off with three discussions about Infrastructure at the Household Scale. The first, delivered by Rizwan Nawaz, discussed whether water smart metering was worth the effort, suggesting many studies have had different outcomes as to their effectiveness. Perhaps, once again, customer engagement is the key here as we have received qualitative feedback in our own deliberative sessions showing how smart meters can bring with them a certain novelty value that can, with time,  wear-off -  leading to that same snazzy meter finding its way to the 'sock drawer'. 
	
		 
	
		All in all, the conference provided a valuable view into the latest goings on in the water industry. Alex McCluckie, one of our Associate Directors along with Garry Sanderson, a behavioural scientist from Visualyze Solutions even continued this theme of the new and the exciting by co-presenting a session on how behavioural science can be best harnessed in the industry both with customers and operationally – something that we see as a big developing niche within the industry.
	
		 
	
		I'm already looking forward next year's conference and hearing more about the ever changing developments in the industry.  


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					Being well means working well: boost productivity through a culture of wellbeing
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		Written by Jenna Allen, Research Director and Employee Engagement Research Lead. Email Jenna direct here.
	
		 
	
		As I write this article in the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May 2018), I reflect on my own past experiences in the workplace. In so many ways my work positively influences my health and wellbeing – it gives me a sense of purpose and identity, it is challenging and rewarding, and as a researcher, it provides huge variety.
	
		 
	
		Yet, like so many people across the UK, the culture of a workplace and my own desire to achieve has in the past had a significant impact on my wellbeing. It is only looking back now that I can connect the symptoms I experienced with the excessive pressure I was under. Being in a constant state of fight and flight it is inevitable that it will take its toll on your body and mind.               
	
		 
	
		This is not uncommon. 
	
		 
	
		In fact, a study by Cascade HR found that four out of five UK employees describe stress as a 'way of life', and figures by Health and Safety Executive state that over half a million people are experiencing work-related stress, depression or anxiety. 
	
		 
	
		More alarmingly however, the government-commissioned Thriving at Work report found that up to 300,000 people with mental health problems lose their jobs each year (a rate far higher than those with a physical health problem), and staff turnover, sickness and lost productivity resulting from poor mental health costs the UK economy £99bn per year; £42bn of which is borne by employers. That's £1,300 for every single employee! 
	
		 
	
		The issue deepens when we explore further. In the NHS, 91,000 staff have taken at least a month off work due to stress since 2014, with a 19% increase in long-term stress-related absence over the same period. The CIPD Working Lives Survey identified mid-level managers as the most at risk – calling them the 'squeezed middle' - as they battle with the integration of strategic and operational requirements. According to the Department for Education, classroom teachers and middle leaders work on average 54.4 hours a week, including the weekend.
	
		 
	
		Recent studies have also found that presenteeism has tripled since 2010, with 86% of people surveyed now saying they have observed colleagues coming to work who are ill in the last year (up from 26% in 2010), whilst 69% report observing leavism (where people use their leave to catch up on workloads) (Health  Wellbeing at Work, CIPD/Simply Health 2018).
	
		 
	
		As a nation we are placing more importance on hours spent working, rather than the results achieved. This is a dangerous situation when coupled with the increasing pressure and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, job roles changing (and disappearing) as AI and automation grows, and the blurred lines resulting from radically shifting working patterns and 'always-on' tech-fuelled cultures. 
	
		 
	
		Encouragingly, the debate on this topic is widespread and awareness is improving. 
	
		 
	
		Businesses are recognising their part to play in improving the health and wellbeing of their workforces. The 2018 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Survey found that 36% of UK businesses offer 'beyond the traditional' programmes (including mindfulness, life balance and financial fitness) and 36% offer mental health counselling programmes (comparing favourably to the 21% global average).
	
		 
	
		It is hardly surprising when you consider the business case for improved wellbeing. A 2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers report found the prime benefits to businesses are cost savings arising from improved sickness absence and employee turnover, fewer accidents and injuries, and better employee satisfaction and engagement. Likewise, there is widespread evidence of the link between improved wellbeing and job performance, efficiency and productivity. The CIPD and VitalityHealth survey found that healthy, highly engaged employees are on average up to 30 days more productive.  
	
		 
	
		Whilst progress is being made, a lot more still needs to be done. The key is for wellbeing to be seen as a priority in businesses, embedded into its culture and day to day operations. It needs to be something that is driven from the top, not just a transactional tool owned by HR, and businesses should adopt a values-based model of operation with EQ-skilled 'emotionally intelligent' managers. An evidence-based approach should then be taken to monitor what factors impact on wellbeing within individual businesses and the relative measures of success of wellbeing programmes. 
	
		 
	
		Author: Jenna Allen, Research Director
	
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	Want to further your career in Market Research? Fancy being part of a dynamic, forward-thinking, creative and (most of all) fun team? You're in luck as we're currently recruiting! We have a number of exciting opportunities at both our Stockport and new Leeds offices. 

	 

	Come grow with us – a rewarding career at DJS Research

	 

	Since first opening our doors back in 2001 in Stockport, Cheshire, DJS Research has continued its year-on-year growth – and we're now one of the leading market research agencies in the North West. We've also been named as 'One to Watch' by The Market Research Society in its Research Live Industry Report. 

	 

	Just last year we opened a second office (as we were getting pretty full in Stockport!) – just over the Pennines in lovely Leeds. Our sister office will give us the space needed to continue our company expansion as well as continue to attract some of the hottest talent in the country.

	 

	"It's a really exciting time to join DJS Research", said Managing Director, Danny Sims. "The new Leeds office means we can continue our company growth and offer clients a fantastic market research package with some of the top researchers in the industry."  

	 

	Fancy knowing a little more? We're currently looking for talented researchers to join our friendly team. 

	

	Market Research Jobs in Leeds and Stockport

	 

	Whether you're a budding researcher looking for a new challenge or a telephone interviewer with a talent for getting the best from respondents - we want to hear from you! Current job opportunities include Data Executive, Field Executive and Senior Field Executive, Researchers at various levels and Telephone Interviewers – many of which are available at our Leeds or Stockport offices. 

	 

	If you have a passion for research and want to take the next step in your career, take a look at our current market research jobs and drop us a line! 

	 

	
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	We're excited to announce that we've been nominated for two awards at the Sports Business Awards 2018, alongside Leicester City Football Club, who we worked with on a piece of research last year. 

	 

	
		The research sought to engage with fans to better understand the experiences of disabled supporters on match days at the King Power Stadium, as well as look at how accessibility and services could potentially be improved. 
	
		 
	
		
			As a direct result of the research, changes have now been made to improve the ground and its facilities. 
		
			 
		
			"Since the research has taken place I have noticed a number of improvements at the Club," said one Leicester fan.
	
	
		 
	
		
			"The toilets are very accessible now because of their size and the grab rails. The stewards are also second to none with their caring attitude. But for me, now having a parking space close to my entrance is incredible - it has absolutely turned things around for me. I'm now not stressed and anxious on match days. Well done Leicester City for listening and acting..." 
		
			 
		
			 
	
	
		
	
		
			As well as improving match-day experiences for fans, the research has also earned us nominations in two categories for Best CSR or Community Scheme and Best Fan Engagement Programme at the Sports Business Awards.
		
			 
		
			 "As a supporter of Leicester City Football Club, it has been very exciting to work on this project – especially as we knew it could potentially make such a difference to the experiences of disabled fans," said Danny Sims, Managing Director of DJS Research.
		
			 
		
			"To know that because of the research, changes have now been made to help improve facilities and accessibility is just fantastic. And of course, to be nominated for the Sports Business Awards alongside the Club is just incredible!"
	
	
		
	
		The Sports Business Awards – more about our nominations...
	
		 
	
		After launching last year, the Sports Business Awards seek to honour the hard work and achievements of the many dedicated contributors who help make 'sporting success possible', including organisers, designers, marketers, suppliers and the many other companies working behind the scenes. 
	
		 
	
		The winners will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges from the world of sport including CEOs and former top-flight athletes. One of the judges, and World Champion athlete, Sally Gunnell, said:
	
		 
	
		"I'm pleased to be part of such a distinguished judging panel. It is so important to recognise the people behind the scenes who actually make sport tick, both at grassroots level and professionally." 
	
		 
	
		The winners will be announced at The Brewery in London on Friday 1st June, 2018.
	
		
			 
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	We are really pleased to announce that Jenna Allen has joined us from BMG Research. Jenna brings with her a total of 17 years of research experience and joins the company as a Research Director.
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					Aura Awards :: DJS Research Nominated for Trusted Partner Aura Award
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					2017 DJS Research Annual Review
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	The inaugural MRS Utilities Conference took place in London on the 21st September, and DJS Research sent a team of five to take in the day's events – we even had a speaking slot, too. Matt Prince, one of our Research Managers who specialises in utilities research, penned his thoughts on the day...
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					Understanding issues of customer vulnerability and sector priorities in the utilities market: Take part in our survey to receive a copy of the results
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					DJS Research speaks alongside Yorkshire Water at MRS Utilities Research Conference
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					Igniting insights for Inenco
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					Market research panels paid
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				<description>
					
 A market research panel is a group of people who have all signed up to take part in market research, such as surveys, focus groups, etc.
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					Online focus groups
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 Online focus groups are a based on the principles of the traditional focus group research method however they are conducted online, allowing for a dispersed geographic spread which is normally not possible with a face to face focus group.
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					Paid focus groups
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 Focus groups are a research method which involves the use of participants in a roundtable-like discussion where opinions can be expressed regarding a certain product or service. This can then be used to make almost immediate adjustments.
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					Paid survey sites
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 Survey sites can provide a great introductory way to make money online and is usually a more immediate way of generating income compared to other online money-making methods.
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					Paid surveys at home
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 The way in which participants complete surveys has changed with the growth in technology. Traditional methods used to include postal surveys and face to face surveys completed on location with little incentive.
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					Get paid to do surveys
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 Earning extra cash for surveys is probably one of the most common forms of making easy money.
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					Paid research studies
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 Paid research studies come in many forms from incentivised online surveys to paid clinical trials. They are designed as a way to gauge the market and for companies to ensure they are targeting the right audiences and testing the effectiveness of their products.
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 Over the past few years, businesses have started to utilise surveys in various different formats and offer payments to the people that wish to take part.
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					Take surveys for money
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 Surveys are not just done on a free basis, businesses have started to recognise the importance of customer opinions and are now offering money incentives to participate.
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  Answering a few questions has not been easier – especially when you can get paid for participating in surveys.
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 There are lots of easy ways to make money, but getting paid to take part in surveys is by far the easiest.
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					Online surveys for money
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 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk./insightpanelParticipants are now able to complete surveys online for cash incentives. It has become a lucrative market with many companies enticing participants with the reward of 'getting paid' for completing surveys online.
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					Paid Online Surveys
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 Paid online surveys are becoming more prevalent in the emerging era of information technology that we live in today. Online surveys are hosted via the internet with the promise of a paid incentive in return for completion of the survey. They yield a greater scale of response, as they are much more accessible and distributable compared to traditions survey methods.
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 Paid surveys are an incentivised form of statistical survey where participants are compensated for their partaking and completion of a survey. The payment usually comes in the form of a cash incentive and can involve both qualitative and quantitative methods.
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					Pet Market Research
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 In market research, pet market research includes research with pet owners, pet retail firms, pet brands and pet charities, across both the private and third sector. This can include anyone who owns a pet, whether it a cat, dog, or horse, to those that work with animals or sell products retailed to pets and their owners.
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 Paid Market Research is sometimes offered as a thank you for participating in research projects.
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 Consumer panel research refers to a market research methodology which utilises consumer panels in order to quickly and efficiently understand the prevailing views of a group - whether that be a specific group of consumers (such as over-50s), consumers in a geographic location or members of more specific group. Although members of a 'panel', those in the latter group would often be referred to as a specific panel type; for instance, VoicED is a teacher panel owned and operated by DJS Research and only accepts teachers and education professionals, and we also have our own insight panel for consumers and other respondents which you can sign up to if you wish.
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 Value Assessment Research allows companies to assess the worth of a new product or service before it is introduced to the market. By conducting this type of research, companies can gauge whether or not there is a) a need for the product and b) a demand for the product. Long-term, Value Assessment Research can potentially save companies vast amounts of money and face by declaring whether or not a product or service is marketable, before it hits the shelves.
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					Brand Auditing Market Research
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 Brand Auditing Market Research has several instrumental benefits to companies, it:
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					Blind Use Testing
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 Blind Use Testing is when certain information or aspects of a product are kept concealed from the tester to ensure there is no bias in their reporting.
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					Beauty marketers choosing social media 'influencers' over celebs, survey reveals
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 Beauty marketers are choosing social media 'influencers' over celebs: Celebrities are no longer the premier choice for beauty marketers when it comes to promoting products or activities. Instead, 'influencers' on social networking and video sites such as Instagram and YouTube are the collaborations many marketers are seeking to grow brands awareness.
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					http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Beauty-marketers-choosing-social-media-influencers-over-celebs-survey-reveals-04188
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					People in Europe with populist views trust news media less, survey suggests
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 People in Europe with populist views trust news media less: A recent survey by US think tank, Pew Research Centre, has found Europeans with populist views tend to trust the news media less.
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					http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/People-in-Europe-with-populist-views-trust-news-media-less-survey-suggests-04187
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					71% of journalists say public has lost trust in media, survey reveals
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 71% of journalists say public has lost trust in media: A major survey of journalists around the world has shown that the majority believe readers have lost trust in the media.
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					Modern activities being chosen over traditional sports such as cycling and swimming
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 Modern activities being chosen over traditional sports such as cycling and swimming: There are fewer people getting out on their bikes or swimming to keep fit in England, a survey has found. 

  

 A dramatic drop 

  

 Sport England's Active Lives Adult Survey revealed a significant drop in people undertaking the sports, with 283,000 fewer people swimming and a drop of 93,000 people cycling in England. 

  

  

 However, that's not to say that they have stopped exercising altogether. The survey reveals that instead, they are trying alternative sports and classes such as interval training and adventure sports. 

  

 Increase in HIIT

  

 An additional 518,000 people are turning to classes such as HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) - often available to follow on digital channels such as YouTube - as their exercise choice. The poll of 198, 911 people revealed 75% are interval training at the gym, while 20 percent are doing sessions at home. Forty-seven percent of these are between the ages of 16-34. 

  

 Activities such as rock climbing, orienteering, mountain walking and abseiling have also seen increased numbers getting on board, with 337,000 more people trying the sports in the past year.

  

 The survey showed that 61.8% of adults in England partake in more than 150 minutes of exercise per week, while more than a quarter of the population is remaining inactive. 

  

 According to the data, older people are enjoying more physical activity, with more people in the 55 – 74-year-old category (58.3%) undertaking more than 150 minutes of exercise a week – an increase of 1.3 percent. 

  

 Speaking about the report, Sport England CEO Jennie Price said: "While the overall activity levels of the nation are stable, what people are choosing to do is moving with the times.

  

 "The popularity of HIIT shows the power of social media, and many older people are choosing to spend their leisure time in the great outdoors."
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					Visits to Scottish Islands up 22% with scenery cited as premiere reason for trip
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 Visits to Scottish Islands up 22% with scenery cited as premiere reason for trip: An in-depth report published this month has given valuable insight into tourism on the Scottish islands of Orkney, The Outer Hebrides and Shetland, and why people chose to visit last year.
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					More than half of Brits planning to holiday in the UK this year, survey reveals
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 More than half of Brits planning to holiday in the UK this year: Forget far-flung climes and airport stresses – a recent survey has shown more than half of us are planning to stay at home this year rather than holiday in another country.
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					More than half of female MPs polled have faced discrimination
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					Drugs delivered faster than pizza, Global Drugs survey reveals
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 Drugs delivered faster than pizza, Global Drugs survey reveals: An international survey into recreational drug use has found cocaine is delivered more quickly than a pizza in England and Scotland.

  

 The survey polled 130,000 respondents, from 44 countries around the globe to learn more about drug use and the impact of drugs on health. It found drug users in Scotland used more cocaine in a single session than anywhere else in the world, with England not far behind. 

  

 The poll also shed light on the length of time it takes to gets drugs delivered around the world with 36.8% of the 1,000 users surveyed in England saying they could get their order within 30 minutes. In Scotland, 37,4% of the 500 users polled could get cocaine delivered in half an hour, which places the countries in fifth and six positions in the world rankings. Globally, the figure stands at 30.3% - based on the 15,000 users polled, revealing a similar trend around the world. 

  

 Faster than pizza delivery

  

 The survey revealed just 12.2% of people surveyed in England could get a takeaway pizza delivered to their door in 30 minutes. In Scotland, that figure was 19.8%, while globally, only 16.5% of cocaine users said a pizza would arrive within half an hour.

  

 Professor Alex Stevens, a criminologist at the University of Kent said the survey reveals the extent of the problem in England and Scotland.

  

 He told Kent Online:"This report shows again that the Government's ambition to create a 'society free of drugs' is completely unrealistic."

  

 "It's time the Government followed the advice of countless expert groups and select committees and carried out a fundamental review of our drug laws," he added. 
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					EU students less interested in UK study since Brexit, survey reveals
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 EU students less interested in UK study since Brexit: Thirty-nine per cent of EU students are less interested in coming to the UK to study because of Brexit, a major survey of international students has found. 

  

 The International Student Survey, by QS Enrolment Solutions, polled 67,172 prospective students from 191 countries – with 28,000 thousand of them having considered studying in the UK. 

  

 The findings revealed students from Italy, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Ireland and Spain had significant doubts over UK study because of the split with the EU. Their main reasoning being that Brexit has made it a "less financially viable option".

  

 Another thing turning students off the idea off higher education in the UK is confusion over fees. Almost a third (32%) of EU students polled were unaware the fees they will pay if they start in 2018-19 will be the same as UK students for the full length of their course, the survey revealed.

  

 Non-EU Students 

  

 When it comes to students from outside the EU, only one in ten have been discouraged from considering  UK universities because of Brexit. In fact, the drop in the pound's value has made studying in the UK appear a more attractive proposition for many students from countries including Pakistan (24%), Sudan (22%) and Ethiopia (20%) China (18%) and Hong Kong (19%). 

  

 Being made to feel welcome 

  

 One of the most important factors when choosing where to study according to students polled (69%) is how welcoming a destination is. 

  

 Many prospective students (82%) said campaigns such as #WeAreInternational and #LondonisOpen have made them feel positive about coming to the UK to studey and have been effective in going against negative Brexit notions. .

  

 Patrick Whitfield, Director of UK  Europe at QS Enrolment Solutions, commented:

  

  "Now is the time for the UK government to work with universities and sector stakeholders to champion the UK as a study destination for international students. 

  

 "With the current uncertainty in the sector as the UK prepares to exit the EU, any future proposals which help to make the UK a more attractive place to study from a financial perspective should be more widely publicised."
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					Survey reveals people in London are least likely to change energy suppliers
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 Survey reveals people in London are least likely to change energy suppliers: A survey has shed light upon the areas of the UK most likely to change energy suppliers, with London dwellers least likely to make the switch at 44%.
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					12 million energy customers have not changed providers in 5 years
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 Twelve million energy customers have not changed providers in five years: A report published by smart meter company, The Labrador, has revealed many UK households have not changed energy providers over the last five years and 18 million believe they are on the best deal. . 

  

 The Energy Profile Report 2018 compiled and analysed data from the firm's 'Labrador Retriever' device, which revealed the number of people paying energy bills based on actual meter readings was just 12% over the last decade. And, according to Labrador, less than 15% of energy customers pay for their gas and electricity based on meter readings.

  

 The report also suggests that many people do not know the different offers energy companies have available for customers, with 5.5 million believing they offer the same, and almost 18 million thinking their tariff is the 'best deal'. It also revealed many users who are in rental properties (4 million), continue with the supplier set up by the landlord or a previous tenant when they move into a property. 

  

 Uncertainty about energy bills 

  

 According to the findings, 2.2 million people are unsure about whether their bills are calculated using actual or estimated meter readings and many do not know how much their electricity and gas is costing per month. 

  

 Lack of knowledge surrounding bills could mean many households are paying more than they need to for their energy. In 2017, Ofgem said there were 13 million UK customers on "poor value standard variable rates", which could mean an additional £300 extra to pay in bills over the course of year. 

  

 "Energy is one of the biggest household bills, but less than 20% of us switched provider last year," said Jane Lucy, founder and CEO of The Labrador.

  

 "The Energy industry has profited for years as a result and done nothing but cause confusion and generate misinformation which is making the situation worse. People need a transparent service they can trust, that is committed to work for them."
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					Support for renewable energy is at an all-time high in UK, reveals government survey
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 Support for renewable energy is at an all-time high in UK:The number of people in favour of clean energy hit a record of 85% this month, according to a new government survey. The new figures show an increase in public support over the last three months, up from 79% in February. 
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 Survey reveals impact of cost savings in UK schools: A recent survey by the Association of School and College Leaders has shed light on the extent of cost savings in UK schools. 

  

 In the poll of 238 school business leaders, almost all questioned (99%) said their school had made cost savings over the last 12 months with 46 per cent saying these were up to £100,000.

  

 Others reported they have had to make larger cost savings, with 22 per cent saying the figure was upward of £150,000 and 9 per cent saying it amounted to more than £300,000. 

  

 The effects of cost savings in UK schools

  

 Cost savings in the last twelve months have had a dramatic impact on school services and staff numbers, according to the survey. The largest area affected being support staff, with 77 per cent of respondents saying their school has had to make cuts. Forty-one per cent said they have also had to cut back on senior-level teaching staff, with 43 per cent believing they will have to do the same next year. 

  

 Last year, 64 per cent of leaders said there was reduced spending on maintenance of the school, while 69 per cent said they had tried to save money by renegotiating service contracts. One in five respondents (20%) also revealed their school has had to turn to parents to ask for contributions for mainstream activities, something that a quarter (24%) are expecting to do in the coming year. 

  

 When asked what impact the cost savings have had on their school over the past 12 months, 59 per cent said it had increased teacher workload, with just slightly less saying it had reduced individual support for children (56%) and reduced curriculum options (51%). 

  

 Over the next twelve months, 58 per cent of leaders expect the teacher workload will again increase because of cost saving, with 65 per cent saying they expect there will be reduced support for pupils - an increase on lasy year. Fifty-four per cent believe there will be reduced curriculum opportunities in the next academic year – which again is up on current  figures. 

  

 Just over half of respondents polled said that over the past 12 months classroom sizes had increased (52%), while 46 per cent said there were fewer enrichment activities available. Counselling and mental health services have also been impacted with 23 per cent saying they have had to make cost savings. These are areas that 31 per cent of leaders believe will face cuts over the next 12 months. 

  

 In-year deficits 

  

 Of all those surveyed, just under half said that their school is running with an in-year deficit on the current financial year (49.58%) with the same number saying they currently have no free reserves. Looking to next year, almost 60% said they believe they will be in deficit. 

  

 Describing the survey findings as "stark", Geoff Barton, the general secretary of ASCL, said the work of schools will be "increasingly eroded" unless the government takes "urgent action over the school funding crisis".

  

 "The ability to provide individual support to students – working with often vulnerable young people to overcome barriers to learning – will be further undermined. Hard-won standards are being put at risk by chronic government underinvestment," he added. 
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					Pensioners have an average of £3,500 in credit card debts, survey reveals
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 Pensioners have an average of £3,500 in credit card debts: Debts are mounting for British pensioners as they turn to credit cards to pay unexpected bills, a survey has found. 

  

 The research, on behalf of equity release provider, Key Retirement, also found that almost 20 per cent of retirees are struggling to pay the debt back. 

  

 Unanticipated bills were found to be a major cause of credit card debt, with 18 per cent saying this was the reason they had to go into the red. 

  

 The most common reason for credit card spending was for car repairs with just under half of respondents (49%) having to turn to their plastic to pay the bill. Other reasons were cited as home repairs (39%) and helping their children out financially (19%). 

  

 While the average balance owed was £3,500, this figure was greater in the West Midlands where debts amounted to £4,700. Pensioners in the north west and north east amassed slightly less at £3,900. 

  

 Paying back the money 

  

 The survey also found that of all the retirees spending on credit cards, 61 per cent believe they will be able to settle the debts quickly, while 29 per cent anticipate that time frame will be closer to five years. Six per cent of respondents are unsure if they will ever be able to repay the money owed. 

  

 Dean Mirfin of Key Retirement said:  "It is not possible to plan for everything and sometimes an unexpected bill will mean having to rely on credit cards to fund it.

  

 "The problem then compounds itself if people cannot clear the balance and get caught by another surprise bill.

  

 "Unfortunately, it all adds up, which means a serious financial burden in retirement. People need to get help and look at all their assets which should include their property if they are a homeowner."
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					People facing retirement still supporting family members, survey finds
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 A survey by financial services provider, Prudential, found that almost a third (31%) of people planning to retire this year are still supporting family members financially.

  

 The poll found that while children are the most likely to be given financial support from parents, grandchildren and even older generations are also being helped – with an average spend of £4,320 a year. 

  

 Just under a quarter (23%) of those expecting to retire in 2018 help their families with university tuition fees and money towards living expenses. Others (22%) are helping children with a financial boost to help them buy their first home. 

  

 Monthly spending

  

 Soon-to-be retirees predict they will pay out around £360 per month to family members, with 19 per cent putting that figure at over £500 – money that 27 per cent of respondents say goes towards travel expenses and other living costs such as food. 

  

 The average number of family members being supported by those planning to retire this year is three, the poll of 1,000 found. 

  

  "Increasing financial pressure faced by people of all ages, such as the cost of university education and the rising cost of buying a home, means that providing financial support to family members continues well in to retirement," said Stan Russell, a Prudential retirement income expert. 

  

 "While it's understandable so many people want to financially support family members, it is important to make sure they have enough money set aside themselves to cover their own living costs and don't put their retirement at risk," he added.  
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					Half of self-employed 'seriously concerned' about pension
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 Half of self-employed 'seriously concerned' about pension: Concerns over lack of savings is a big worry for just under half of self-employed people, a survey has revealed. 

  

 Forty-six per cent of self-employed respondents who took part in the poll of 1,000 are 'seriously concerned' about their retirement savings, with 38% 'seriously concerned' with their current pension savings. 

  

 Those questioned in the survey also took part in focus groups across the UK conducted by cross-party think-tank, Demos, supported by the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). 

  

 Happy in self-employment despite pension concerns

  

 It found that despite being worried over pension forecasts, eight in ten were happy with being self-employed, with seven out of ten having no plans to leave their current working situation.

  

 Alan Lockey, head of Demos' Modern Economy Programme, said:

  

 "The rise of self-employment is one of the biggest changes to the modern economy in the last couple of decades.

  

 "We need to think pragmatically about whether we should actively encourage it – it could be that it is the British solution for a more flexible, less rigid approach to life and work in the future, as it already is for millions of people.

  

 "That means we need a new deal to boost security for the self-employed and by far the most urgent problem is dealing with a looming pensions and savings crisis."
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					Retailers losing out on £18 billion a year due to shoppers abandoning online baskets
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 Retailers losing out on £18 billion a year due to shoppers abandoning online baskets: Shoppers loading their online baskets and then not going through to checkout are causing retailers to miss out on £18bn in potential sales, a survey suggests. 

  

 The research, carried out by Barclaycard Smartpay, surveyed 2,000 people who admitted they had abandoned goods, with the most likely items being knitwear, leather, and lingerie.

  

 The baskets not making it to checkout:

  

 The survey revealed that consumers are far more likely to walk away from an online purchase, with 41 per cent saying they had in the past year, compared to around a quarter of those surveyed (24%) who had changed their mind in store. 

  

 Shoppers aged 25-34 were found to be the most likely to abandon their goods followed by 18-24-year-olds, with the peak times for walking away from a transaction: 8pm -10pm and 6pm-8pm

  

 The £18billiion potential sales figure was reached by calculating the average abandoned basket figure of £30 and taking all UK adults into account. 

  

 The goods being most frequently abandoned online in the UK:

  

 1. Women's knitwear

 2. Leather goods, such as wallets

 3. Women's lingerie  hosiery

 4. Headphones

 5. Watches

 6. Women's sportswear

 7. Women's skirts

 8. Books

 9. Men's trousers / jeans

 10. Women's tops  shirts

  

 George Allardice, of Barclaycard Payment Solutions, said of the issue of basket abandonment online:

  

 "There are many ways retailers can convert online interest into sales – whether this is reminder emails about items left in online baskets, reducing the steps required to check out online, or securely storing card details so shoppers don't need to re-enter them every time they visit a site."
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					March sees 6% slump in high street shoppers – the largest drop since 2010
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 March sees 6% slump in high street shoppers – the largest drop since 2010: A footfall survey suggests retailers felt the full brunt of March's dismal cold snap, with the weather keeping shoppers away from the high street. 

  

 The data, compiled by Springboard, showed there were 6% less shoppers on the high street in March than the same time in 2017, when temperatures were similar to those felt in Spain. 

  

 Although high street footfall was mostly affected, with an 8.6 % drop, shopping centres were also down by 4.8% and retail parks experienced a 1.8% decline – which Springboard attribute to the extreme weather. 

  

 A Springboard director, Diane Wehrle said of the data:

  

 "The severe weather put paid to any glimmer of hope for an uplift in shopper activity in March. A proportion of this was made up over Easter, with footfall in shopping centres and retail parks rising from last Easter, but this was more than offset by the impact of the heavy rain on high streets."

  

 In addition to the footfall data, consumer spending also fell to 2% in March, indicates the findings of Visa card user survey. 

  

 "We are in the midst of a dip in consumer confidence and this – coupled with other economic factors – is causing shoppers to continue to restrain themselves," said Mark Antipof, the chief commercial officer at Visa – whose data helps IHS Markit to compile the UK consumer spending index. 

  

  "High street sales suffered once again; however, it is also noteworthy that e-commerce spend fell for the first time in 10 months, and by its fastest rate since 2012," he added. 

  

 As well as a slump on the high street, March saw online sales dropping by 1.2% (compared to a rise of 0.3% in February) and store transactions fall 3% (compared to 2.4% the previous month), the Visa survey revealed. 
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					Expect 9,828 bad cuppas in your lifetime
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 Expect 9,828 bad cuppas in your lifetime: The latest research by tea company, Clipper, has revealed making a good cup of tea is actually not that easy. In fact, in our lifetime we will be subject to 9,828 poor ones. 

  

 The survey polled 2,000 Britons about their drinking habits and had some interesting findings, including that we drink on average 28 cups of tea a week, but  only enjoy 25 of them. 

  

 Half of respondents revealed that they have complained to a partner, colleague or friend when their tea-making efforts were below par and three quarters of tea-drinkers believe the way a person makes your cuppa shows just how much they really know you. 

  

 Three in ten (30%) people felt so disappointed by a bad cup of tea they genuinely felt insulted by it, while 10% would rather someone forgot their birthday than deliver them a bad cup of tea. 

  

 Who is the most likely to make us a bad cuppa? 

  

 The research found that work colleagues were the worst culprits when it came to making us a sub-standard brew, but 40% would never reveal their disappointment to their boss. And of all those polled, just 20% would let their partner know if they made them a bad cup of tea. 

  

 Grumbles around tea-making 

  

 Of all the tea-making grumbles revealed, 36% said their tea was too weak, while another cause for moan was that it was lukewarm when they received it (35%). Serving a cup of tea in a mug that had not been washed properly upset a quarter of respondents, while 20% said the cup was not full enough. 

  

  

 Top twenty tea complaints:

  

 1. Too weak - 36%

 2. Lukewarm - 35%

 3. Too milky - 30%

 4. The teabag has not been in for long enough - 26%

 5. The mug has not been washed properly - 25%

 6. It has the incorrect amount of milk - 21%

 7. The cup is half empty - 20%

 8. It is poor quality tea - 19%

 9. The cup is half full - 18%

 10. Too strong - 18%

 11. The teabag was left in too long - 18%

 12. The milk was put in before the tea - 18%

 13. Someone rushed the process - 16%

 14. Not enough sugar or sweetener was in it - 15%

 15. There are tea stains down the cup - 14%

 16. Not milky enough - 14%

 17. The mug is chipped - 13%

 18. The wrong type of milk - 11%

 19. They gave you sugar/sweetener when you don't take it - 11%

 20. It is not the right brand of tea - 9%
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					Millennials in support of GM crops, a survey reveals
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 Millennials in support of GM crops, a survey reveals: A recent study has found that young people are 'embracing technology' when it comes to the future of farming in the UK.

  

 This includes genetic modification (GM) of crops and GM technologies - with just 22 per cent of millennials having concerns about their use. 

  

 The survey, commissioned by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), revealed that around two thirds of 18-30 year-olds polled recognise the benefits of technology in helping the sustainability of British farming in the coming years, and support futuristic farming methods. 

  

 The poll of 1,600 millennials also revealed that around two thirds back the use of drones to carry out farming tasks such as counting sheep and spraying crops. Around two thirds of respondents were also in support of unmanned aerial vehicles, with only 26 per cent opposing self-driving tractors on farms. 

  

 Supportive of modern farming techniques: 

  

 The survey showed that the younger age group (18-30 year olds) are the most supportive of modern farming techniques. 

  

 Going forward, the ABC wants to see technologies made available for use in the UK that have previously not been permitted by the EU. 

  

 Mark Buckingham, chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council said: "We are delighted to see young people embrace technology as part of the future of farming.

  

 "Using cutting edge technology and growing techniques will enable the UK to deal with the serious challenges of keeping our farmers competitive, maintaining a safe, affordable food supply, and protecting our natural environment."
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