Three gorgeous research studios in the heart of Manchester city centre.

The Talking Shop is perfectly situated just a five minute stroll from shops like Harvey Nichols and Marks & Spencer as well as the bars, offices and restaurants around Deansgate. When you reach The Talking Shop you will find spacious rooms, high ceilings, tall windows. Calm uncluttered spaces that provide a perfect working environment.

Introducing our Magic Marker!

This wonderfully simple foot-operated device can be found in each studio respondent room, and it allows the moderator to create markings in real-time that will appear in your HD MP4 room recordings. Use it to flag up separate sections within the group or pinpoint whenever a participant says something particularly interesting.

Either way, it’s a blessing when it comes to editing those clips for the debrief.

The viewing studios

We have three research studios, all of which feature stylish, comfortable furniture, air-conditioning and HD cameras, and the ability to provide you with DVD, MP4 and MP3 recordings of your research after it has concluded. We also offer wi-fi internet access, web-streaming and picture-in-picture recordings of user-testing depths.

Studio 1

Studio One is our largest studio, making it ideal for workshops as well as conventional group discussions or web usability. It also has a lovely big observation room which seats over 10 people.

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Studio 2

Studio 2 is great for groups of up to ten respondents and offers a comfortable environment for up to 9 or 10 clients.

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Studio 3

Studio 3 is on the ground floor and offers easy access. It is perfect for depths and smaller groups. The observation room sits up to 7 observers.

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It’s all in the details! The little things can have a disproportionate effect on how everyone feels about the research and most people feel better when they are well fed. For this reason we supply complimentary tea & coffee as well as nibbles including healthy snacks such as fruit (and less healthy treats like crisps, biscuits and chocolate).

If you want something more substantial we provide a wide range of options from simple sandwiches, hot or cold buffets or a hot meal. We also use a delivery service that can collect hot food from many of Manchester’s top restaurants.

Nor have we forgotten the moderator who is often busy when the food is served. As soon as they arrive we offer them a light meal such as a sandwich or some sushi – with our compliments.

All in the details

Make a booking

Call us on 0161 834 3396 or email


The food is amazing; I took a picture to recreate it at home!
EK, National Analysts Worldwide, PA, USA