For the second consecutive year, Mustard has collaborated with Prolific North to compile the Top 50 PR companies in the North.

The list has once again been predicated largely by financial data – gathered through online sources (including Fame BVD) and volunteered by many of the agencies themselves. This data has included balance sheet value (shareholder funds), turnover and growth figures.

Mustard would like to thank all the agencies who we have been liaising with for their time and patience. Congratulations to everyone involved!

The rankings:


RANK Company name Location/s in the North Head Count Selection of clients
1 Weber Shandwick  Manchester 30 Aldi, Bernard Mathews, Warburtons, Manchester Business School, Q Hotels
2 Tangerine PR Manchester 59 Wilkos, Peugeot UK, AkzoNobel, Amir Khan,  JW Lees
3 Citypress Manchester 56 Lloyds Banking Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, The Post Office, Brother, British Gas
4 Brazen PR Manchester 26 Cussons, Mitchell’s and Butler, Magnet
Ronseal, Dr Oetker
5 Barrett Dixon Bell  Altrincham 26 Tata Steel, DSM, TNA, Leica Geosystems, ADM
6 Good Relations Regional Macclesfield, Leeds 60 B&Q, Portmeirion, John Cotton, Camelot, Thwaites
7 Manifest Comms Leeds and Manchester 23 Leeds Bradford Airport, Fircroft, Asda, ABP
8 Finn Communications Leeds 24 Morphy Richards, All About Food, Quorn Foods, R&R Ice Cream, Pork Farms
9 Havas PR Manchester 20 Asda, Debenhams, Greggs, Manchester Airports Group, Pets at Home
10 Scott Partnership   Holmes Chapel 15 Rigaku Raman, Sciformix, CrownBioScience
Haydale,  Agilent
11 Corporate Culture Liverpool 20 Asda, NHS, Royal Mail, Microsoft
12 Freshfield Public Relations Preston 17 Boost Business Lancashire, Ludlow Wealth Management, Marcus Worthington Group, Sherwin Williams Protective & Marine Coatings, UCLan
13 Peppermint Soda Hale 21 Home Bargains, Asda, The Fragrance Shop, Gateley & Muse Developments
14 Kenyon Fraser Liverpool 30 City of Liverpool College, SSP, Merseytravel, Citybike, NHS
15 SKV Communications Manchester 13 Crown Commercial Services, Construction Industry Training Board, Rapiscan, BDP, Colliers International
16 Pelican Public Relations Saddleworth 13 Apeal: Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging, Bidvest 3663, BFFF, FCC Environment,
17 de Winter PR & Marketing Chester, Liverpool, Manchester 18 Bank of America, EA Technology, Adoption Matters Northwest, Chester Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Harewood Associates.
18 Context Public Relations Macclesfield 10 Check Point Software Technologies, Roku, TTG, Mirantis, Clavister
19 Mason Williams Manchester Mercure, Hollands Pies, Lowry Outlet
20 Roland Dransfield PR Manchester 10
21 HR Media Sheffield 11 Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Westfield, SIV, B Braun and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.
22 RMS PR Altrincham 14 Hiscox, PHS Group, Swizzels Matlow, Westbridge Capital,
23 Intereurope Communications Group (ICG) Preston 15 Sodexo, Balfour Beatty, Blackpool – several clients
24 Active Profile Manchester and Liverpool 9 Muse Developments, Sigma Inpartnership,        HCA, Energy Innovation Centre,  NWFund for Biomedical (SPARK Impact)
25 MTJ Associates Leyland Kepak Convenience Foods, AG Barr, Burton’s Biscuit Company; Sutcliffe Play, Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd
26 Recognition Communications Darlington 13 Bannatyne Fitnes, Bristol St Motors,                                 Priory, Black Sheep Brewery,                            NOF Energy
27 Hatch Communications Leeds 11 Crabbie’s, Wensleydale Creamery, Tata Steel, PhD Nutrition, Triathlon England
28 Acceleris Harrogate 15 Severfield-Rowen plc, Prince’s Trust, Allstar, Vantage Motor group
29 Lucre Leeds
30 The Partners Group  York 6 Barratt Homes, Glassolutions, York St John University, Silk Family Law, Eurocare Showers
31 Dragonfly Public Relations Rotherham Cheswold Park Hospital, Ilkley Windows, 3Squared
32 iseepr Otley 11 Contis, FIME, Taylors
33 Triangle Public Relations Manchester 6 CDL, F. Ball and Co. Ltd., CLS Care Homes, Belong Villages, Irwell Valley HA, Assetsure
34 DTW Guisborough 13 SITA UK, Redcar & Cleveland College, Mersey Gateway Project, Hartlepool Borough Council, NCG
35 Smoking Gun Manchester 13 Silentnight Group, Paint By Conran, Robert McBride, Hexbug, Kumho Tyre,
36 MCG PR Leeds 7 Damart; Greencore; Icefresh Foods; Spa/EASIpanel; TaxAssist Accountants
37 Beattie Communications Group  Leeds, Manchester 20 Specsavers, Flybe, Shepherd Group Built Environment, Federation of Small Businesses and Warren James
38 The Write Angle Chorley 8 Choice Hotels
Halite Energy Group
Praetura Asset Finance
Muse Developments
39 The Karol Marketing Group Newcastle upon Tyne 11
40 Paver Smith PR Liverpool, Manchester 17 IFB, Liverpool Vision, Downing, ACC
41 The Public Affairs Company Leeds 5 FirstGroup, NCFE, Express Gifts
42 Profile Communication  Winsford 12 AKW Group, Arley Hall, Groundwork
43 Aurora Media Archetype Liverpool 10 Nationa Grid Countryside development, Neptune developments, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool Community Health.
44 Label PR Manchester 5 JD Williams, Bosch, Rare London, Lavish Alice, Kapello Hair
45 Quest PR  Harrogate 5 hlw Keeble Hawson, Jones Myers LLP, Institute of Export, JTM Service, Fracino
46 IPB Communications Sale 10 National Grid, Rwe Innogy UK, Keepmoat, Barratt Homes, Together Housing Group
47 Lexicon Ilkley Dorel, thebigword, Maintel, James Dawson, 2Plan.
48 Hattrick PR  Manchester Dulux Decorator Centre, PetSafe International, Desso Business Carpets, (part of JD Sports Fashion Plc), Repic
49 Carousel Manchester 10 Selfridges, LolliBop Festival, Simba Dickie, Savills, Festival No.6
50 Mitchell Halton Watson Newcastle upon Tyne 6 EDF Energy, NewGene, Best Western Ryokan