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Christmas comes but once a year – much like a blog on the Chrysalis Research website – and there’s no better time for reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. This is just what we did yesterday at the Chrysalis Research awayday . It was a great time to reflect on what we’ve achieved this year and since we took our first tentative steps in 2010.

We met in a steamy office in Kings Cross while the Labour Party planned its manifesto launch in the room next door. The glass offices meant we had to lower our voices and shield our screen from the prying eyes of Douglas Alexander et al, but we talked through what we’d learnt and what we’d achieved over the last four years and set out our own manifesto for the next four years. What was most striking was how our values have been evident throughout this period and helped us to add value for our clients. We believe in what we do, enjoy what we do, and we’ve been able to deliver on our promise of high quality research from a hands-on senior team.

Clients believe in us too. While 2013 was a year of consolidation and delivering research to existing customers, 2014 was a bumper year as we expanded the team and expanded the client base. As you no doubt read in Research Live we’ve recruited new research managers, Anna and Rana. Both are already proving their worth in spades. We’ve also added a good balance of commercial, charitable and not for profit clients this year and worked on fascinating projects from qualifications reform to mental health, in addition to several long term evaluations of schools programmes.

As we celebrated the close of our fourth full year with a Christmas dinner overlooking the illuminated Thames, it was great to look around the table and see a strong team committed to success and with the skills to maintain our standards. Now if someone can just take over writing the blogs we might get another one in before Santa returns in 2015.

 

 

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