Keith Hughes ASC Lifetime Honorary Membership

Lifetime Honorary Membership of the ASCIn a brief ceremony at an ASC meeting this month, Merlinco’s development director Keith Hughes was awarded Lifetime Honorary Membership of the ASC. This elite body of honourees (previously consisting of only eight persons) has the privilege of being able to attend all ASC events entirely free of charge (apart from beer) in perpetuity. In his acceptance speech, Keith referred to the fact that all he had ever done for the ASC was to refuse steadfastly for eighteen years to be nominated for a place on the Committee: it’s thought likely that, on the whole, this is one reason for the organisation’s long survival!

(Re-)Production Department Success!

Joseph AlexanderAs usual, Merlinco’s Production Director Kathy Abbott has been working late, and at 0010 am on 21st October, gave birth to JOSEPH ALEXANDER, who weighed in at 7lb.11oz. Mother and baby are doing well, and we are looking forward to seeing them. Meanwhile, at Merlinco, Kay Drury is running the Production Department while Kathy is on maternity leave.

Production Department expands

Minel LakhaniMinel Lakhani has joined Kathy in our Production Department. Minel has over 20 years experience in market research analysis, using MERLIN as well as CATI / CAWI packages. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming and travelling.

New Year Lunch

Merlinco Xmas Party 2010Merlinco have a tradition of holding a New Year Lunch for staff and consultants. This year (despite freezing weather conditions), the number attending rose to 12, and it was a good opportunity for everyone to meet Matt Long, who had joined our production department three days earlier.

Insight Show

Insight ExhibitionMerlinco exhibited at the Insight Show on 30th June and 1st July – under a very hot glass roof at Olympia! The change of venue for this show, and the fact that three other shows were being held alongside it, brought a record number of attendees, especially on the first day. We were pleased to see many of our clients there, as well as new prospects. We expect to be on the same stand on June 29th-30th 2010!

Merlinco at Insight 2008

Insight ExhibitionMerlinco will be exhibiting at Insight 2008. Come and see us at stand 503.
The exhibition is on the 18th and 19th November at Earls Court

Job Vacancy in Production Department

Job VacancyMerlinco are looking for someone with 1-2 years experience using any survey analysis package (but MERLIN or MERLINPLUS would be an advantage!). Please post or email your CV to Kathy Abbott, our Production Director.

Kathy Abbot Appointed to Board

Kathy AbbottKathy Abbott, who joined Merlinco in January this year to head our new Production Department, has been appointed a Merlinco Board Director. The volume of production work has been steadily increasing, but we still have room for more! Please contact Kathy if you want a quote for a job.

Version 9.1 Released

merlinstarVERSION 9.1 of our software has been released. The main addition to MERLIN is the ability to directly read and write Excel files, and in MERLINPLUS there is a new screen that enables you to edit any number of entries at once. There are lots more changes to these, and other programs in our range (including new logos!), all detailed in the release notes which have been sent to our clients. Anyone else interested should contact Merlinco.

Merlinco Boardroom Reshuffle

John TebbothIn a shuffle in the Merlinco boardroom, John Tebboth replaces Peter Jackling as Managing Director. Peter will continue to be involved with the company as Business Development Director, while Keith Hughes remains in place as Software Development Director.

For more information, see our press release at

www.mrweb.com/drno/news7920.htm