BritainThinks Leadership Study covered in The Observer

9th December 2015

We recently completed a study into leadership in collaboration with The Observer. Deborah Mattinson, Founding Director at BritainThinks, outlined some of the key findings in an article for the newspaper.

You can read Deborah's article here - and keep an eye out for the full report which will be published in the New Year.

Health Foundation blog about public attitudes to NHS targets

7th December 2015

Natalie Berry of the Health Foundation outlines the key findings from our research into what the public really think about NHS targets.

You can read the blog here and the report that our research informed here.

BritainThinks and Cicero partner to launch EU referendum advisory service

7th December 2015

BritainThinks has partnered with communications agency Cicero to offer research, polling and political analysis and advice ahead of the UK's referendum on its membership of the EU.

You can read some coverage of the partnership here and here.

Please get in touch with us at or 0207 845 5880 if you would like to find out more.

Anastasia Knox and Deborah Mattinson discussing rebranding social care

7th December 2015

Deborah and Anastasia contributed a blog to Slack Communications, providing an overview of BritainThinks' research into public understanding of social care for Age UK.

You can read the blog here.

Ben Shimshon on the continuing rise of 'super-selectivism' for the MRS

2nd November 2015

Ben Shimshon, Founding Director at BritainThinks, gave a talk at the Market Research Society (MRS) Customers Exposed conference on Thursday 29th October. The talk was about BritainThinks' theory that the combination of scepticism, marketing savvy and online filtering has fed the continuing rise of 'super-selectivism'.

You can read a brief summary of Ben's talk on the Research Live website.

Paid internship at BritainThinks

27th October 2015

Start date: Monday 16th November (with some flexibility)

Duration: 3 months

Hours: Full-time Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, with the expectation that you will be able to work some evenings and early mornings

Pay: London Living Wage (£411.75 per week)

Application deadline: 9am on Monday 2nd November

Interviews: Due to take place in the week commencing 9th November

We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic and hard-working intern to provide logistical support across the full range of our research projects and administrative support in the office. Interns at BritainThinks gain exposure to all elements of our work, including attending client meetings, seeing focus groups and workshops live in action, and feeding in to the brainstorming and analysis process. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to embark on a career in social and market research or in communications. We also have a strong track record of bringing on our best-performing interns as permanent members of the team.

About you

You must:
• Have an excellent academic record
• Have graduated or completed postgraduate studies in the past two years
• Have taken an interest in extra-curricular activities outside your studies or paid work to date
• Be able to use MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel to a high degree of proficiency
• Have strong communication skills, on paper, in person and on the phone
• Be organised and able to multi-task
• Be able and willing to work full-time and some evenings or early mornings
• Be legally entitled to work in the UK

Ideally you would also have some previous theoretical or practical exposure to qualitative or quantitative research methodologies (e.g. through academic studies or work experience).

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please send the following to Michaela at

• A one page covering letter, which sets out clearly why you're applying for an internship at BritainThinks, why you're right for the role and any previous relevant experience you have in managing a project or conducting research
• Your CV

Please send both your CV and covering letter together in one attachment with your full name as the filename.

We will notify candidates shortlisted for an interview by 6pm on 6th November. Please note that, while we will try our best to contact all unsuccessful candidates, this may not be possible due to high numbers of applicants.

Past applicants

If you have applied before and been invited to interview please do not re-apply.

Deborah Mattinson and Cordelia Hay on the EU referendum for Market Leader

13th October 2015

BritainThinks' Deborah Mattinson and Cordelia Hay co-authored a comment piece in the latest edition of Market Leader. They looked at the latest polling on the EU referendum and analysed which were likely to be the most convincing arguments.

Deborah Mattinson on David Cameron's impact on Britain

5th October 2015

Deborah was interviewed by Janan Ganesh on BBC Radio 4 as part of a documentary called 'Will Cameron Change Britain?'

You can listen back to the documentary here

Deborah Mattinson on the Daily Politics to discuss Corbyn conference speech

30th September 2015

Deborah was on the Daily Politics on Tuesday to discuss BritainThinks' research with swing voters after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

You can watch the programme here.

Revisiting Battleground Britain: what swing voters make of Corbyn

29th September 2015

Having conducted a research project with swing voters in the run-up to the election in collaboration with The Guardian, we decided to revisit them after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party.

You can read the Guardian's coverage of the research here and Deborah Mattinson's comment here.