Project wins firm award

A RESEARCH project devised by a family-run Sudbury business won acclaim at an awards ceremony in London for the best public sector market research.

Mackman Research, in Station Road, put together and carried out a park audit for Chelmsford Borough Council. It got a top prize at the annual Government Business Awards.

The research, which looked at why low income groups within the borough are low users of public parks and gardens, was carried out in 2009 by Mackman Research, part of the Mackman Group in Sudbury.

Director Gemma Mackman said: “It’s fantastic to have our work recognised on a national level and by those at the top of Government.

“The project was challenging but enjoyable and the fact that our research will assist the council in encouraging more of Chelmsford’s residents to enjoy the wonderful parks that they have on their doorsteps made the project extremely worthwhile.”

Officers from the council’s parks and heritage services said: “The Mackman Group team had a professional approach to the project and we were impressed with their flexibility and expertise.”