We are delighted to announce this year’s ranking of the Top 50 PR agencies in the North of England.

Now into its fourth year, the Prolific North Top 50 agency rankings has quickly become a “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 Digital Agencies and Integrated Agencies, inclusion in the list is not optional. It works as a result of the fantastic cooperation of the agencies involved. We have built up a network including hundreds of agencies who have shared the key data that drives the rankings – i.e. balance sheet value, turnover, growth and headcount. Thank you to everyone that supplied this information so readily. All data supplied is checked against our online source including Fame BVD.

Some of the notable findings from this year’s research:

  • Citypress retain first place in the rankings – and Manchester is now home to all of the top 4 – including Tangerine (who retain 2nd place), Havas (who presented strong growth figures and have climbed from 11th) and Weber Shandwick
  • Other notable “climbers” in the Top 20 include Leeds agencies Lucre and MCG, and Carousel PR, Mason Williams and Democracy of Manchester
  • Outside the Top 20 but rising up the rankings include Guisborough’s DTW, PR Agency One and Hattrick PR
  • Plus, several new entrants to this years’ rankings from across the region – including two from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Our congratulations to all. 


The Top 50 is as follows:

1 Citypress https://www.citypress.co.uk/ Manchester
2 Tangerine PR https://www.tangerinepr.com/ Manchester
3 Havas PR UK https://www.havaspr.co.uk/ Manchester
4 Weber Shandwick https://webershandwick.co.uk Manchester
5 Finn Communications https://www.finncomms.com/ Leeds
6 Barrett Dixon Bell https://www.bdb.co.uk/ Altrincham
7 Brazen PR https://www.brazenpr.com/ Manchester
8 Beattie Communications Group https://www.beattiegroup.com/ Leeds, Manchester
9 Lucre https://www.lucre.co.uk/ Leeds
10 Influential PR https://www.thisisinfluential.com/ Liverpool
11 Corporate Culture https://www.corporateculture.co.uk/ Liverpool
12 Carousel PR https://www.carouselpr.com/ Manchester
13 Peppermint Soda https://www.peppermintsoda.co.uk/ Manchester
14 Mason Williams https://www.mason-williams.co.uk/ Manchester
15 Kenyon Fraser https://www.kenyons.co.uk/ Liverpool
16 Scott Partnership https://www.scottpr.com/ Holmes Chapel
17 Smoking Gun https://smokinggunpr.co.uk/ Manchester
18 Democracy https://wearedemocracy.co.uk/ Manchester
19 MCG PR https://www.mcgpr.co.uk/ Leeds
20 SKV PR https://www.skvcommunications.co.uk/ Manchester
21 PR Agency One https://www.pragencyone.co.uk/ Manchester
22 Intelligent Conversation https://www.weareic.com/ Manchester
23 DTW https://www.dtw.co.uk/ Guisborough
24 Hatch Communications https://www.hatchcommunications.co.uk/ Leeds
25 Pelican Public Relations https://www.pelicancommunications.co.uk/ Oldham
26 Context Public Relations https://www.contextpr.co.uk/ Macclesfield
27 iseepr https://www.iseepr.co.uk/ Otley
28 Roland Dransfield PR https://www.rdpr.co.uk/ Manchester
29 HR Media https://www.hrmedia.org.uk/ Sheffield
30 Hattrick PR https://www.hattrickpr.co.uk/ Manchester
31 Label PR https://www.labelpr.co.uk/ Manchester
32 Acceleris https://www.acceleris-mc.com/ Harrogate
33 Plinkfizz https://www.plinkfizz.com/about/ Newcastle-under-Lyme
34 RMS PR, Design & Marketing https://www.rmspr.co.uk/ Altrincham
35 Active Profile https://www.activeprofile.co.uk/ Manchester and Liverpool
36 The Write Angle https://www.thewriteangle.co.uk/ Chorley
37 de Winter PR & Marketing https://www.thinkdewinter.co.uk/ Chester
38 Ramarketing & PR https://www.ramarketingpr.com/ Newcastle upon Tyne
39 Social Communications https://www.social-communications.co.uk/ Sale
40 Prohibition PR https://prohibitionpr.co.uk/ Leeds
41 JAMpr https://www.jampr.co.uk/ Manchester
42 Aberfield Communications https://www.aberfield.com/ Leeds
43 The Partners Group https://www.partners-group.co.uk York
44 MANC FRANK https://www.mancfrank.com/ Manchester
45 Dragonfly Public Relations https://www.dragonflypr.co.uk/ Rotherham
46 Allott & Associates https://www.allottandassociates.co.uk/ Knaresborough
47 MTJ Associates https://mtjpr.co.uk/ Leyland
48 Umpf https://www.umpf.co.uk/ Leeds
49 Brand8 PR https://www.brand8pr.com/ Leeds
50 The Karol Marketing Group https://www.karolmarketing.com/ Newcastle upon Tyne

If you have any questions in relation to the research conducted by Mustard in developing these rankings, or if you missed the top 50 and would like to know how near you were – please contact Jo Iaconianni on 0161 235 5270 or email jo.iaconianni@mustard-research.com

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Top 50 PR agencies in the North – 2015

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Top 50 Digital agencies in the North – 2016

Top 50 Integrated agencies in the North – 2015