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Top 50 PR Agencies 2017

We are delighted to announce 2017's ranking of the Top 50 PR Agencies in the North of England 

Now into its fourth year, the Prolific North Top 50 PR rankings has quickly become the “go to” source for a definitive breakdown of the biggest and fastest growing agencies in the region.

As with our rankings of the Top 50 Integrated Agencies and Digital Agencies, inclusion in the list is not optional. It works as a result of the fantastic cooperation of the agencies involved. For those who didn't submit data, we use Fame. 

We have built up a network including hundreds of agencies who have shared the key data that derives the rankings – i.e. balance sheet value, turnover, growth, profit and headcount.

Thank you to everyone that supplied this information so readily. All data supplied is checked against our online sources, including Fame BVD. 

Some notable findings from this year’s research: 

  • Forepoint are the biggest movers this year, jumping from 59th place in 2016 to 16th place this year, comfortably making their way into the top 50.
  • Other big climbers include Manchester agency PR Agency One and Leeds agency Hatch Communications (both moving into the top 10), RMS (who moved from 35th to 20th), Social Communications (moving from 40th in 2016 to 25th place) and Umpf (who have moved from 49th to 38th).
  • There are also several new additions to the rankings as Fig Creative, Refresh PR and Harris Associates have all made it to the top 50 in 2017.
  • Finally Manchester continues to dominate, and is now home to 7 of the top 10 PR agencies, including Citypress, Tangerine PR, Weber Shandwick, Brazan PR, Havas PR, Beattie Communications Group and Influential PR.

The Top 50 is as follows:

Ranking

2017

Last Year’s Ranking

Company

Northern Office

Ownership

Staff

Clients 2017

1

1

Citypress

Manchester, Liverpool

Private

75

Lloyds Banking Group,  Aldi,   British Gas, Coca-Cola, British Land

2

2

Tangerine PR

Manchester

Private

55

Johnstones, Pizza Hut, Interface, Well, Garmin

3

4

Weber Shandwick

Manchester

Interpublic Group

32

Alliance Manchester Business School, Visit Wales, Kyocera, Iceland, Salvation Army

4

5

Finn Communications

Leeds

Private

35

GHD, Morphy, IPN (Wagg), R&R, Taylors, Vivergo

5

6

Barrett Dixon Bell

Cheshire

Private

32

Tata, tna, DSM, MWheels, Pentair

6

7

Brazen PR

Manchester

Private

32

Wilko, Magnet, Dr Oetker, Lyons Coffee, Merlin Entertainments

7

3

Havas PR UK

Manchester

Havas Group

25

Asda, Kellogg's, Greggs, Pets at Home, Mecca Bingo

8

8

Beattie Communications Group

Leeds, Manchester

Private

22

Specsavers, Tesco, Biffa, Flybe, La Redoute

9

11

Influential PR

Liverpool, Manchester

Private

25

Morgan Sindall Group, Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, Grosvenor Liverpool Fun (Liverpool One), Grant Thornton UK LLP, Manchester Science Partnerships

10

59

Forepoint

Preston

Private

18

Moto, Hewlett Packard, Sellafield, Tata

11

16

Kenyon Fraser

Liverpool

Private

37

Int Business Festival, LIPA, Aintree,  MerseyTravel

12

12

Corporate Culture

Liverpool

Private

18

Co-operative Group,  Water UK, WRAP, United Utilities, Sainsbury’s Bank

13

22

PR Agency One

Manchester

Private

22

Gift Voucher Shop Ltd, Fletchers Solicitors Ltd, YMCA, RADA, Appliances Direct

14

9

Lucre

Leeds

Private

18

BIC, jet2.com, WVR, Holiday Extras, Dulux

15

19

Democracy

Manchester

Private

20

Zip World, Baxters Food Group, Travis Perkins, CORGI HomePlan, Halewood Wines and Spirits

16

13

Carousel PR

Manchester

Private

18

MGA Entertainment, Broadwick Live, Selfridges, Savills, JLL

17

23

Intelligent Conversation

Manchester

Private

13

Synectics plc, EMIS Group plc, United Utilities plc, Home Instead Senior Care, Brother International Europe

18

25

Hatch Communications

Leeds

Private

18

Boost Energy Drinks, Diageo, Remington, Russell Hobbs, Thomas Cook Sport, Wensleydale Cheese, Chill Factore

19

17

Scott Partnership

Cheshire

Private

13

Agilent Technologies, Crown BioScience, Sciformix, Allscripts Healthcare, Precision Polymer Engineering (Idex)

20

35

RMS PR, Design & Marketing

Cheshire

Private

20

Warburtons, Swizzels, Hiscox, Character World, Jerrold Holdings

21

-

Harris Associates

Leeds

Private

14

Howarth Timber, Lakesmere, Senior Architectural Services, PPG, Washroom Washroom

22

21

SKV PR

Manchester

Private

13

Crown Commercial Services, BUPA, Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, BDP, Lowry Hotel.

23

20

MCG PR

Leeds

Private

16

Pink Lady; Tenderstem; Damart; Northern; Costcutter Supermarkets Group; Vileda

24

18

Smoking Gun

Manchester

Private

18

Silentnight Group, Virgin Holidays, Nobia UK (Magnet Kitchens), Holt LLoyd International, Red Bull, Persil

25

40

Social Communications

Manchester

Private

22

National College for High Speed Rail, Bradford Council, Places for People, London and Continental Railways

26

26

Pelican Public Relations

Oldham

Private

14

APEAL, British Frozen Food Federation, Fowler Welch, British Aerosol Manufacturer’s Association, BRF Europe.

27

30

HR Media Ltd

Sheffield

Private

13

Westfield Health, Stagecoach, B Braun, SIV, Redbrik Estate Agents

28

28

iseepr

Otley

Private

12

EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, SIMalliance, FIME, Rambus Payments

29

87

Fig Creative

Glossop

Private

18

Buxton & Leek College, Phonak plc, Risco Group, Cottage Delight, Bradburys

30

36

Active Profile

Manchester

Private

12

Riello UPS, Pozzoni Architecture, Muse Developments, Energy Innovation Centre, Valor Hospitality

31

14

Peppermint Soda

Manchester

Private

13

Home Bargains, Story Homes, Muse Developments, Farjo Hair Institute, James Cropper Plc

32

15

Mason Williams

Manchester

Private

12

Accor, TOMY, Fruit Heroes, Holland’s, Athenaeum

33

29

Roland Dransfield PR

Manchester

Private

15

         

Legal and General, Sale Sharks Rugby Club, GVA, Ask Real Estate, Manchester Hoteliers Association

34

27

Context Public Relations

Macclesfield

Private

10

Check Point Software Technology, Positive Solutions, Simoco Wireless Solutions, Algosec, Yubico

35

33

Acceleris

Harrogate

Private

11

Utilita Energy Ltd, Royal Alfred Seafarers, NFFO Ltd, Nexus Vehicle Management Ltd, Meridian Motor Group Ltd ( Vantage)

36

24

DTW

Guisborough

Private

12

The Law Society, City of Sunderland (New Wear Crossing), Solicitors Regulation Authority, Merseylink , Merseyflow

37

41

Prohibition PR

Leeds

Private

11

Goldsmiths, Interflora, Watches of Switzerland, Keepmoat, Sealy (Silent Night Group)

38

49

Umpf

Leeds

Private

9

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, Land Securities, Methven, NHS, Park Inn by Radisson

39

31

Hattrick PR

Manchester

Private

10

Desso, Tarkett, Certas, REPIC, EMR Group

40

34

Plinkfizz

Newcastle-under-Lyme 

Private

11

JCB Finance, Stairbox, Dukes Bailiffs, City Learning Trust, Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors

41

37

The Write Angle

Chorley

Private

12

PfP Energy, Morson, Sika, Equator Design, LGBT Foundation

42

32

Label PR

Manchester

Attercopia Ltd

10

Optical Express, Mark Hill Hair (Boots UK), skincare brand Proactiv+ (a joint venture between Nestle and Guthy-Renker), Fragrance Direct, Footasylum and Freemans-Grattan

43

39

Ramarketing & PR

Newcastle upon Tyne

Private

9

Cambrex, Recipharm, Juniper Pharma Services, Zenith Technologies, Symbiosis Pharmaceuticals

44

45

MANC FRANK

Manchester

Enero Group

7

Anki, Carole Nash, Fiddes Payne, Suntory, Weetabix

Ownership: Group

45

48

MTJ Associates Ltd

Preston

Private

7

Rustlers, AG Barr, Burton’s Biscuits, Grace Foods UK, Republic Technologies

46

38

de Winter PR & Marketing Ltd

Chester

Private

12

Bank of America, Chester Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Aaron & Partners, Royal Crown Derby, Nuffield Health

47

77

Refresh PR

Manchester

Private

11

Gourmet Meat Club, SkinnyBrands Ltd (Skinny Larger and Skinny Cocktails), Heating Installer Awards, Glass & Glazing Federation, Vaillant

48

44

The Partners Group

York

Private

8

Dynamic Networks, Eggborough Power Station, Saint-Gobain Glass, York Dungeon, York Science Park.

49

42

JAMpr Ltd

Manchester

Private

8

Argos for Business, Argos Pet Insurance, Money Advice Group, Aviate World, Tuxedo Money Solutions

50

47

Allott & Associates Ltd

Knaresborough

Private

9

PHS Group, Ulma Packaging, Confederation of Paper Industries, Pickersgill-Kaye, Ulrick & Short