Top 50 PR Agencies 2022

This morning, Prolific North published its latest Top 50 PR Companies rankings – and this is the tenth year that Mustard and Prolific North have collaborated on this initiative.

The list is compiled based on key financial metrics such as balance sheet funds, turnover, growth and number of employees. All data is verified against Companies House, but we encourage agencies to provide their own data. A huge thank you to everyone who provided us with information this year.

The definition of what constitutes “success” (or in this instance the definition of “Top”) within business is a debate that will never by fully agreed upon. Importantly however, the calculations used in our rankings have remained consistent over the years, whereby the size of an organisation is recognised by scores related to things like turnover and headcount. Alongside this, points are accrued recognising metrics like year-on-year growth. So, this means it is not guaranteed that the “biggest” agency will be #1.

Instead, it’s a list that is more reflective of both the relative size, success and trajectory of each agency. If an agency has gone DOWN in the rankings, it does not mean they have “got worse”, nor does it mean their size or value has diminished. It rewards those that have had the most stellar years, as well as featuring all of the well establish agency brands.

So looking at some of the highlights from the 2022 rankings:

  • Tangerine Communications has climbed to top-spot, now ranked as the Top PR agency in North England, overtaking Citypress, which previously held the number one position for eight consecutive years. Citypress has moved down into second position, with Newcastle’s Remarketing up into the third position.
  • Manchester agencies dominate the top of the list, with 5 of the top 6, including Brazen who have climbed from 17th to 4th.
  • There are four new entrants joining the Top 50 list this year. The highest new entry is JBH, who joined the list in 15th position, and other new entries include Pace (17th), We are Indigo (42nd) and Recognition PR (44th).
  • Other significant climbers in the rankings include Brazen and Scott Partnership (up from 49th to 29th) as well as Active Profile (up 15 places to 19th), The Big Bamboo Agency (up 10 to 26th) and Skout (up 11 to 31st).


See below for full rankings:

2022 2021 Company Name North of England Office Ownership Clients 2022
1 4 Tangerine Communications Manchester Private Specsavers, Dunelm, Tinder, Wavin, Topcon
2 1 Citypress Manchester Private Aldi, Coca-Cola, Lloyds Banking Group, Pets at Home, British Land
3 5 Ramarketing Newcastle upon Tyne Private Metrics Contract Services, Recipharm, Andelyn Biosciences, Corden Pharma, BioAgiltyx
4 17 Brazen PR Manchester Private Wilko, Greene King, Dr Oetker, Showcase Cinemas, Silentnight
5 3 Weber Shandwick Manchester Interpublic Group of Companies Iceland Foods, Nespresso, Abbott Labs, Princes Foods, Moto
6 2 BDB Manchester Private Certas Energy, DSM, IFF, Lonza, Roquette
7 6 Social Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester Private Extra MSA, Mace, GC Business Growth Hub, Triple Point REIT, Ocean Media Group
8 8 Hatch Leeds Private Spectrum, Nationwide Building Society, RLWC, Hisense, Sportsbreaks
9 14 Prohibition PR Leeds Private C4 Energy, Interflora, EQUANS, Oxford University, Black Sheep Brewery
10 15 Counter Context Sheffield Private Anglian Water, Equinor, Bradford Council, FEC, Henry Boot Construction
11 7 iseepr Leeds Private Visa International, EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, Trusted Connectivity Alliance, GLEIF
12 13 Democracy Manchester Private Akzo Nobel, Tequila Rose, Fray Bentos, Eisberg, East Lancashire Railway
13 9 Carousel PR Manchester Private Bissel, Selfridges, MGA Entertainment, Cotton Traders, MODA
14 18 Influential Liverpool Private Morgan Sindall, Camelot, Merlln, Grant Thornton, U & I
15 New entry JBH Manchester Private Tails, BPP, Preply, Delamere, Select Car Leasing
16 10 Red Havas Manchester Havas Group TalkTalk, Kellogg’s, Collection Cosmetics, United Utilities, Manpower
17 New entry Pace Hull Private Reckitt, MacRebur, Bio-D, Beal Homes, Victory Leisure Homes
18 26 No Brainer Cheshire Private HomeServe, MBNA, Cash Converters, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Eureka! Science + Discovery
19 34 Active Profile Manchester Private Tech Data, Muse Developments, igloo, Energy Innovation Centre, Avison Young
20 11 Finn Communications Leeds Private Clipper Tea, Cadbury Ice Cream, V.I.Pee, John West
21 16 Lucre Leeds Private ScS, Bosch, Tomy, Mira, Kodak
22 29 Scriba PR Huddersfield Private UNTHA, Vapour, Natural HR, BeFibre, OT Group
23 25 Umpf Leeds Private Cafédirect, Cook’s Club, Harrison Spinks, Keepmoat Homes, Landsec
24 24 Harris Creative Leeds Private Novus Property Solutions, CMO Group PLC, CTD Architectural Tiles, Senior Architectural Systems, M-AR Offsite
25 19 PR Agency One Manchester Private One4all (Gift Voucher Shop), Decathlon, M Three Corporate Consulting, Claro (CTF Technologies), Myrkl (Défaire Medical)
26 36 The Big Bamboo Agency Harrogate Private HE Simm Group, Greif, Cloud Nine Hair, Escapism Bar Group, Harmonic
27 32 Definition Agency Leeds Definition Group ABB, Cielo, Benenden Health, Xero, Walker Morris
28 23 Intelligent Conversation Manchester Private Materialise NV, Synectics plc, Norican Group, United Utilities, EMIS Group plc
29 49 Scott Partnership Cheshire Private Agilent, SGD Pharma, MobilIon Systems, Paradigm4, DuPont Pharma
30 20 Corporate Culture Liverpool Private DSM, Marshalls, Avanti West Coast, NHS Essex, Network Rail
31 42 Skout Macclesfield Private Miele, Vertex Inc, Pirtek, Assent Building Control, 100% Group
32 21 Sky Parlour Manchester Private EPA, PXP Financial, ingenico group, GRIN, Chargebacks 911
33 22 DTW Guisborough Private EMOVIS, BACP, Legal Choices, FCA, Law Society
34 30 Context Public Relations Macclesfield Private Check Point Software Technologies, Keysight Technologies, Ingram Micro UK, Simul8, Emporix
35 35 MCG PR Leeds Private Fredenberg (Vileda and Marigold), University of Leeds
36 43 Brand8 PR Leeds Private Amscan International, Avant Homes, Chancerygate,, Victoria Plum
37 33 Truth PR Manchester Private Furness Building Society, Printworks, FI Real Estate Management, Countryside, University Academy 92
38 31 HRM Sheffield Private NHS, B Braun, Drive Motor Retail, BHP, Street Group
39 48 Refresh PR Manchester Private LG, Culture Shift, Heating Installer Awards, Aqua Pura, Etex
40 38 Smoking Gun Manchester Private NHS, Eurocamp, Interflora, Munchkin, Becky, Adlington, Swim Stars
41 46 MTJ PR Salford Private AG Barr, Quorn Foods, Typhoo Tea, Kepak, Florette
42 New entry We are Indigo Manchester Private The Warehouse Project, MAF Ibiza, SH Hotels and Resort, The Entourage Group, Melia Hotel Group
43 28 Kenyons Liverpool Private YUSS, Everton FC, Hounslow council, British Council, Liverpool Health Partners
44 New entry Recognition PR Darlington Private Atkins, Bannatyne Group, Deloitte, MCM Group, Newsquest
45 37 Mason Williams Manchester Private Moser, Weber, Loctite, Australasia, Molang
46 41 Allott & Associates Knaresborough Private MPE, OxAir, GEA, Force24, Onward Holdings
47 39 Roland Dransfield Manchester Private ask, Crowne Plaza, Schroders, D&D London, L&G
48 59 Down at the Social Manchester Private MEDAHUMAN, Zymurgorium, Chopstix, Beartown, Native
49 47 Faith PR Huddersfield Private The Sleep Charity, Propack Direct Mail, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, World Kinect Energy Services, BioScapes (part of the Rolawn Group)
50 50 Harvey and Hugo Darlington Private Northern Gas Networks, PD Ports, White Digital, Ideal Bathrooms, Kinnery