David Thomson, 63, a visiting professor in sensory and consumer science at Reading University, founded this market research agency in 1989 with his wife, Teresa Church, 58. Based in Oxfordshire and with offices in six countries, it helps the likes of GSK, Unilever and Heinz to develop new products in response to consumer tastes. International sales hit £31.1m in 2017, boosted by US growth.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank112
CompanyMMR Research Worldwide
ActivityConsumer research agency
LocationOxfordshire
2-yr av intl sales growth pa45.12%
International sales £000s31,129
Total sales £000s44,538
Staff366
Founded1989
Websitewww.mmr-research.com

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