50 years in the making: IFF’s journey from 1965 – 2018!

With just over a week until IFF’s office move we have been reminiscing, raiding the archives and reflecting on our 50-year heritage. We thought now would be the perfect time to describe the different stages that have led us to this point.

Foundation and principals: 1965 – 1995

Industrial Facts and Forecasts was set up by Lord MacIntosh of Haringey as the first company to undertake business-specific research for Government, providing survey-based findings into business markets. Lord MacIntoshs’ political passions for education and his personal faith in the ability of individuals from all backgrounds to grow, develop and rise to the top, formed the original driving force for the business which still endures today. This attitude and value system encapsulates the ethos at IFF and our actions have always been led by an ambition to incite positive change.

Read about IFF’s purpose and values.

A not so recent press release announcing our office move in 1988! See how things have changed by reading our 2018 announcement.













Innovation and change: 1995 – 2015

The next significant stage in IFF’s growth was the broadening of our offer to a full range of services and markets, and the shift to a younger team of Directors who bought out the long-standing board through the 90’s and 00’s. This (now slightly older) young guard has taken the company forward to the present day, encouraging a people focused policy of promoting from within and innovation in the approach to projects as well as an acute awareness of the importance of training and ongoing development. Meet some of the team here.

Before there were smartphones. IFF celebrate 30 years in the research industry in 1995. Check out our retro snaps:









Growth and development: 2015 – Present

The final stage has come in more recent years in response to the increasing challenges and competitive pressures of the information age. IFF has seen growth year on year and has become recognised as one of the UK’s leading independent research agencies, working on large-scale projects with clients who share our ambition for positive change all while retaining our signature bespoke, people orientated and flexible feel.

Visit the case studies section of our site for details of some of our key projects.

In 2015 we celebrated our 50th year in the research industry at Tower Bridge London, coincidently beside our new offices at St. Magnus House, Lower Thames Street.