About PCP Market Research

About us

Pickersgill Consultancy and Planning Ltd. (PCP) is an award-winning full-service market research agency and consultancy. We’ve been leading the way in market research in the UK for more than 30 years. We offer a personal tailored approach, exceptional value for money and vast experience across a wide range of sectors.

An exemplary track record

Our Managing Director Peter Pickersgill set up the company in 1990. Based in York, PCP is one of the North East’s longest established market research companies.

In the 21st century the company has expanded even more, twice moving to larger premises. However, we retain all the characteristics of a small agency. We’re proud to maintain close working relationships with our clients.

What we do

Our work covers both the public and private sectors. We deal with large and small, continuous and ad hoc projects. Our services include qualitative and quantitative research, mystery shopping and statistical analysis. See our range of services.

Why we do it

It doesn’t matter if you’re an established international company or have little or no knowledge of what market research can achieve. We enjoy making a difference to all our clients. It is always a pleasure to show how research techniques can help transform your business or organisation.

How we work

All projects are personally directed by Peter, our Managing Director. He is supported by our research executives, interviewer supervisors and a national team of interviewers. There are more details in the section about our team.

Dedicated telephone interview suite

Our offices contain a dedicated 12 bay Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility. Find out more in telephone interviews.

Professionally qualified

We are a Company Partner of the Market Research Society (MRS). Our Managing Director Peter has been a full member for more than 30 years. We strictly follow the MRS Code of Conduct in all our work. We are also registered under the Data Protection Act.

Contact us

Would you like to find out more about how we could help your company or organisation? Call us on 0800 6523740, email info@pcpmarketresearch.com or complete our enquiry form.

  • I find PCP a great organization to work with. They provide good insight and interpretation as well as getting the basics right. Their flexibility in helping get under the skin of questions quickly is a great help.
    Chris Graham (Commercial Director) Loans at Home for You, Leeds
  • Commissioning PCP for this unique first-of-its kind research was both an honour and an exciting time. Working to very tight deadlines, both PCP and 5Pillars maintained a professional and respectful relationship. Indeed, it was a new endeavour for both parties, which made the research on 'normative Islam' that extra bit special. I would strongly recommend others to use the market research services of PCP. I have no doubt British Muslims in their tens of thousands were impressed by the work carried out by Peter Pickersgill and his company.
    Muhammad “Dilly” Hussain (Deputy Editor)5Pillars, Based in London
  • Royal Voluntary Service has commissioned PCP Market Research over a period of many years to undertake a wide range of projects. PCP’s work has been to a consistently high standard and they are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure results. One important recent study highlighted the problems caused when older people are discharged prematurely from hospital. The results of the research received wide publicity in the media and contributed to further awareness of our Let’s End Going Home Alone campaign.
    Mel Garfield (Head of External Relations) Royal Voluntary Service, based in Cardiff
  • The Kennel Club has worked with PCP for approximately five years. PCP has supplied customer insight through online surveys for Crufts visitors and also facilitated a number of focus groups and delivered the output. Each time PCP has provided insightful, comprehensive reporting which has helped guide our services and products accordingly. They are highly professional and a great team to work with.
    Helen Fox (Marketing and Business Development Exec) The Kennel Club, London
  • Safestyle UK commissioned PCP Market Research to undertake a major review of the company’s branding and advertising. Peter and his team worked tirelessly to meet tight deadlines and were dedicated to getting the clearest possible insights for the company. We were delighted with the research they conducted and a new advertising campaign has been developed which incorporates many of the findings. Overall I feel that PCP really care about the quality of their work and how it can help their clients – something which is quite rare in the agencies I have worked with over the years. Well done to the team. They are very highly recommended.
    Phil Berry (Head of Marketing) Safestyle UK, Bradford
  • We have worked with Peter and the team for more than a decade. They are knowledgeable, dedicated and provide a great service. We find them particularly good at raising bespoke samples at a very reasonable cost.
    Mark Lowe (Co-Founder)Third City Communications Agency, London