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Families - UK - August 2014

Published By :

Mintel

Published Date : Aug 2014

Category :

Lifestyle

No. of Pages : 199 Pages

Grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives, offering practical, financial and emotional support. Going forward, brands/retailers could benefit from highlighting this special relationship, not only in their marketing but also in the products and services they offer.
Table of Content

Introduction

Definitions
Abbreviations

Executive Summary

Grandparents offer practical, financial and emotional support
Figure 1: Ways in which grandparents help with childcare, June 2014
Finances keep families at home on typical weekends
Figure 2: Family activities on a typical weekend, June 2014
Theme parks are high in demand on ideal weekends
Figure 3: Family activities on an ideal weekend, June 2014
Parents prioritise health when choosing food and drink
Figure 4: Considerations when buying food and drink for your youngest child, June 2014
What we think

Issues and Insights

Opportunity to highlight the role of grandparents in the family
The facts
The implications
Making families more active
The facts
The implications

Trend Application

Trend: Click and Connect
Trend: Immaterial World
Futures trend: Brand Intervention

Market Drivers

Key points
Households set to get smaller
Figure 5: UK households, by size, 2009-19
Trends in family types
Figure 6: Families in the UK with dependent children: by family type in 2003 and 2013
Baby boom shows signs of slowdown
Figure 7: Number of live births in UK, 2000-13
Parents encourage their children to save
Figure 8: Monthly pocket money, March 2014

The Consumer – Grandparents’ Involvement

Key points
Grandparents offer practical, financial and emotional support
Figure 9: Ways in which grandparents help with childcare, June 2014
Grandparents provide financial aid
Figure 10: Ways in which grandparents help with childcare (“add money to my child(ren)’s savings account(s)”), by demographics (financial situation), June 2014
Figure 11: Family Building Society, July 2014
Opportunity to play on the emotional connection with grandparents
Figure 12: Ways in which grandparents help with childcare, by current marital status of parents, June 2014
Teaching children domestic skills
Figure 13: Skills taught to children by grandparents, June 2014
Guiding grandchildren towards healthy eating
Long-distance reading apps
Figure 14: Images from the Ustyme app, July 2014

The Consumer – Typical and Ideal Weekend Activities

Key points
Typical weekend activities based in the home
Figure 15: Family activities on a typical weekend, June 2014
Free out-of-home activities could help families do more exercise
Theme parks are high in demand on ideal weekends
Figure 16: Family activities on an ideal weekend, June 2014

The Consumer – Sources of Pocket Money

Key points
Christmas/birthday money the most common source of money for children
Figure 17: Sources of pocket money for children, June 2014
Children from wealthier backgrounds just as likely to get a part-time job
Figure 18: Sources of pocket money for children, by gross household income, June 2014
Parents save for younger children
Parents use pocket money to teach financial responsibility
Figure 19: Considerations when deciding how much pocket money to give, June 2014
Figure 20: Osper, July 2014
Encouraging children to save
Parents financially reward children for working hard

The Consumer – Sources of Information About New Products

Key points
Children drive product awareness
Figure 21: Sources of information about new products for your youngest child, June 2014
Pester power grows alongside child’s age
Figure 22: Proportion of parents who cite their child as a source of information for new products, by product group, June 2014
Product awareness enforced by the media
Figure 23: Proportion of parents who cited media outlets as a source of information for new products, by product group, June 2014
Mums partial to in-store advertising
Figure 24: Proportion of consumers who hear about new products via in-store advertising, mums vs dads, June 2014

The Consumer – Considerations When Buying Food and Drink for Youngest Child

Key points
Parents prioritise health
Figure 25: Considerations when buying food and drink for your youngest child, June 2014
Price a bigger consideration for parents with lower incomes
Figure 26: Considerations when buying food and drink for your youngest child, June 2014
Organic and fair trade claims resonate with over one in 10
Figure 27: Examples of baby food products launched carrying organic claims, January – June 2014
Appealing to teens could be the way to the heart of the family

The Consumer – Considerations When Buying Clothing and Shoes for Youngest Child

Key points
Price and value dominate considerations
Figure 28: Considerations when buying clothing/shoes for youngest child, June 2014
Older children bring price issues of their own
Scope for retailers to make dads feel more involved
Figure 29: Considerations when buying clothing/shoes for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Appropriateness of style a concern for parents with children of all ages
Figure 30: proportion of parents who consider the appropriateness of the style when buying clothing/shoes for their youngest child, by age of youngest child, June 2014
Figure 31: Image from the Always ‘Like a Girl’ campaign, July 2014

The Consumer – Considerations When Buying Entertainment and Toys for Youngest Child

Key points
Parents led by cost
Figure 32: Considerations when buying entertainment and toys for your youngest child, June 2014
Older children demand more expensive products
Concern about products’ appropriateness
Figure 33: Proportion of parents who consider how appropriate an entertainment item is when buying for youngest child, June 2014
Parents with younger children seek educational products
Figure 34: LeapFrog LeapBand, May 2014

Appendix – Demographic Overview

Figure 35: Financial situation of respondents, June 2014
Figure 36: Household income, by qualification of respondent, June 2014
Figure 37: Household income, by qualification of respondent, June 2014 (continued)
Figure 38: Age of parent by age of child(ren), June 2014

Appendix – Market Drivers

Figure 39: Families by family type in the UK, 2013
Figure 40: Trends in the mean age of mother at birth of their first child and the average age of motherhood, England and Wales, 1980-2012
Figure 41: Trends in the proportion of families, by number of dependent children, UK, 1996 and 2012
Figure 42: Trends in the age structure of the UK population, 2008-18

Appendix – The Consumer – Grandparents’ Involvement

Figure 43: Ways in which grandparents help with childcare, June 2014
Figure 44: Most popular ways in which grandparents help with childcare, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 45: Next most popular ways in which grandparents help with childcare, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 46: Repertoire of the ways in which grandparents help with childcare, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 47: Skills taught to children by grandparents, June 2014
Figure 48: Most popular skills taught to children by grandparents, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 49: Next most popular skills taught to children by grandparents, by demographics, June 2014

Appendix – The Consumer – Typical and Ideal Weekend Activities

Figure 50: Family activities on a typical weekend, June 2014
Figure 51: Most popular family activities on a typical weekend, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 52: Next most popular family activities on a typical weekend, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 53: Other family activities on a typical weekend, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 54: Least popular family activities on a typical weekend, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 55: Family activities on an ideal weekend, by most popular family activities on a typical weekend, June 2014
Figure 56: Family activities on an ideal weekend, June 2014
Figure 57: Most popular family activities on an ideal weekend, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 58: Next most popular family activities on an ideal weekend, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 59: Other family activities on an ideal weekend, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 60: Least popular family activities on an ideal weekend, by demographics, June 2014

Appendix – The Consumer – Sources of Pocket Money

Figure 61: Sources of money for children, June 2014
Figure 62: Most popular sources of money for children, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 63: Next most popular sources of money for children, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 64: Influences when deciding how much pocket money to give, June 2014
Figure 65: Most popular influences when deciding how much pocket money to give, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 66: Most popular influences when deciding how much pocket money to give, by demographics, June 2014 (continued)
Figure 67: Next most popular influences when deciding how much pocket money to give, by demographics, June 2014

Appendix – The Consumer – Sources of Information about New Products

Figure 68: Influences when buying new products, June 2014
Figure 69: Most popular influences when buying new products – All products, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 70: Next most popular influences when buying new products – All products, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 71: Other influences when buying new products – All products, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 72: Most popular influences when buying new products – Food and drink, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 73: Next most popular influences when buying new products – Food and drink, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 74: Other influences when buying new products – Food and drink, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 75: Most popular influences when buying new products – Clothing/shoes, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 76: Next most popular influences when buying new products – Clothing/shoes, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 77: Other influences when buying new products – Clothing/shoes, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 78: Most popular influences when buying new products – Entertainment products, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 79: Next most popular influences when buying new products – Entertainment products, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 80: Other influences when buying new products – Entertainment products, by demographics, June 2014

Appendix – The Consumer – Considerations when Buying Food and Drink for Youngest Child

Figure 81: Considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, June 2014
Figure 82: Most popular considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 83: Next most popular considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 84: Repertoire of considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, June 2014
Figure 85: Repertoire of considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 86: Considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, by most popular considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, June 2014
Figure 87: Considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, by next most popular considerations when buying food and drink for youngest child, June 2014

Appendix – The Consumer – Considerations when Buying Clothing and Shoes for 
Youngest Child

Figure 88: Considerations when buying clothing/shoes for youngest child, June 2014
Figure 89: Most popular considerations when buying clothing/shoes for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 90: Next most popular considerations when buying clothing/shoes for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 91: Repertoire of considerations when buying clothing/shoes for youngest child, June 2014
Figure 92: Repertoire of considerations when buying clothing/shoes for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014

Appendix – The Consumer – Considerations when Buying Entertainment and Toys for Youngest Child

Figure 93: Considerations when buying entertainment products for youngest child, June 2014
Figure 94: Most popular considerations when buying entertainment products for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 95: Next most popular considerations when buying entertainment products for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014
Figure 96: Repertoire of considerations when buying entertainment products for youngest child, June 2014
Figure 97: Repertoire of considerations when buying entertainment products for youngest child, by demographics, June 2014

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