Prolific North’s Top 50 Integrated Agencies 2019

We are delighted to officially announce the rankings for the Prolific North Top 50 Integrated agencies of 2019.

Now in its seventh year, and like previous years, the list is mostly driven by financials, such as shareholder funds, turnover, % growth and pre-tax profit, however, we also take into consideration factors such as staff headcount.

Thank you to all of those who volunteered their information to us this year. All data is checked and verified using online sources such as Bureau van Dijk’s Fame database and Companies House.

As the popularity of The Top 50 list grows, we had over 150 agencies enter into this year’s rankings, a new record. Like with previous years, we have seen some new names make their way straight into the Top 50.

The top spot

Firstly, congratulations to McCann Manchester who continue to hold the number one position for the seventh year in succession.

New entries and big climbers

This year saw a number of new entries, with the most noticeable being The Creative Engagement Group in at 7th position, Accord Marketing at 28th, Alchemy Media at 38th and One agency at 39th. Other new entries include Blue Chip at 43rd, HGA Creative at 44th, Aire Design at 48th and Access Advertising at 50th.

2019 also saw some re-entries from MC2 who entered at 29th position, Clear Marketing at 47th and Everything Different at 49th.

The biggest climber for 2019 came from Big Brand Ideas who gained an impressive 17 places from 39th to 22nd this year. Other notable improvements came from Heckford Advertising, gaining 15 places now ranked at 30th, Cravens gained 11 positions putting them at 32nd and Parker Design, improved by 10 places to appear at 36th.

Both gaining 7 places were Gecko who moved from 16th in 2018 to 9th this year and TBWA\Manchester who moved from 23rd to 16th.

Prolific North Top 50 Integrated Agencies 2019

2019 Rankings:

Previous year ranking in brackets

Ranking Company Private / Group Location Employee count Key clients
1 (1) McCann Manchester Interpublic Manchester 383 Matalan, Aldi, CrossCountry Trains, Magnet Kitchens, Peugeot/Vauxhall
2 (2) Havas Lynx Havas Network Manchester 408 Astra Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Roche, Sanofi Genzyme
3 (3) Adelphi Group Omnicom Group Inc Bollington 360 Top Pharma companies
4 (4) Intermarketing Advantage Smollan Group Leeds 213 Adidas, Moda, KIND, Maoam
5 (6) Home Independent Leeds 198 & Jet2holidays, Jaguar Land Rover, Royal Canin, Chicago Town, Dr Oetker
6 (5) Jaywing Public (AIM) Sheffield 256 First Direct, Castrol, Virgin Money, Pandora, Insurance2go
7 The Creative Engagement Group Huntsworth PLC Manchester 150 AstraZeneca, Roche, Google, BBC, HSBC
8 (8) MB Advertising & Marketing Ltd MB Group (UK) Ltd Sheffield 69 Drive Motor Group, JCT600, Marshall Motor Group, Motus, Robins & Day
9 (16) Gecko Private Leeds 62 Volkswagen, Grosvenor Casinos, EuroCamp, Peninsula, Mecca Bingo
10 (12) BJL Dentsu Aegis Network Manchester 72 Florette, The Co-operative Bank, Craghoppers, BASF, Ronseal
11 (10) Drummond Central Private Newcastle 55 bet365, Tor Coatings, Greggs, Stoke City Football Club, Tracerco
12 (13) Momentum Instore Private Handforth 120 Tesco, Sainsbury’s, BP, Google, Harry’s
13 (15) Love Creative Private Manchester 58 BrewDog, Botanic Lab, Häagen-Dazs
14 (9) Media Agency Group Private Manchester 35 ISAWITFIRST.COM, Never Fully Dressed, Greene King, Malaysia and Sykes
15 (14) Elmwood Private Leeds 112 Carlsberg, Alpro, Joii, LW Theatres
16 (23) TBWA\ Manchester Private Manchester 61 Jacamo, Alton Towers, Remington, Papyrus, Pizza Hut, Warwick Castle
17 (7) Fresh Private Cheadle 78 Co-op, Santander, M&S, BMW, Clarks, DFS
18 (22) Uniform Private Liverpool 64 Ideal Standard, Unilever, Innocent, Liverpool FC & Primark
19 (18) Propaganda Private Leeds 50 Clipper Logistics Plc, Roberts Bakery, Gym King, The Car People
20 (20) Refinery Private Manchester 61 Manchester Arndale, Clearpay, EGO, Siemens, Varta, AkzoNobel
21 (17) SteinIAS Private Bollington 67 ABB, HSBC, Ingredion, Oracle, Republic Services
22 (39) Big Brand Ideas Private Cheshire 56 Shell, Tyres On The Drive, Hoover, Nextbase, Willerby
23 (39) Workhouse Marketing Private Preston 42 Stax Trade Centres, Crown Paints, Hempel, Shell, Topps Tiles
24 (25) A&P Private Preston 41 DAF Trucks, Redrow Homes, Furness Building Society, Princes, VEKA
25 (11) CreativeRace Private Leeds 96 Asda,, Radley, Help-Link, Evans Cycles
26 (30) Principles Private Leeds 34 Arla, Barratt, Butterkist, Astonish
27 (27) Shoot the Moon Private Manchester 48 TUI, Lakeland, Pets at Home, Stoves, Synexus
28 (new) Accord Marketing Private Manchester 6 Handicare UK, Anchor Hanover, Titanic Spa, Just Travel Cover, Claire House
29 MC2 Private Manchester 40 Krispy Kreme, NPIF, Mondelez International, Crawford Healthcare
30 (45) Heckford Advertising Private Preston 32 Priestley College, Wainhomes, Sandcastle, Vimto, Tomy
31 (28) Delineo Private Manchester 34 Co-op Insurance, Penguin, East Lancashire Hospice, Aldermore Bank, WST Travel
32 (43) Cravens Private Newcastle 18 Ladbrokes Coral, London City Airport, Gala Interactive, First Bus, Sail GP
33 (36) Creative Marketing Services Private Leeds 20 Mobility Plus, Premier Bathrooms, Bathing Solutions, Adjustamatic, Network Rail
34 (35) Cirrus Private Wilmslow 44 BT, Allianz, EE, Bupa, Sainsbury’s Argos
35 (24) FPP Private Newcastle, Leeds 58 Rowntrees, Ferrero Rocher, Anchor, Quorn
36 (46) Parker Design Private Northwich 31 AstraZeneca, Ineos Group, Thomson Reuters, Sage UK, United Utilities
37 (33) Live & Breathe Private Leeds 65 Kraft Heinz, Dixons Carphone, Peroni, The Happy Egg Company
38 (new) Alchemy Media Private Harrogate 12 Boost Drinks, Harrison Spinks, Methodist Homes, Primula, Hisense
39 (new) One Agency Private Manchester 30 Footasylum, The Couture Club, Hype, Tinsdills, BJ’s Bingo, Charlotte Tilbury
40 (34) Ponderosa Private Leeds 45 Russell Hobbs, Puerto De Indias, Ski Club of Great Britain, Hisense, George Foreman
41 (31) driven Private Wilmslow 28 Dr Wolf, 1:1 Diet, Go Outdoors, Subway, Vanquis Bank
42 (29) Bluestorm Private Hull 34 Greenport Hull, Ullyotts, Hollands Pies, Lincat
43 (new) Blue Chip Private Manchester 28 Cushelle, Rustlers, Kellogg’s, O2
44 (new) HGA Creative Private Manchester 21 Nationwide, Travelodge, Brakes, Manchester United FC, BASF
45 (32) Seventy7 Private Manchester 80 Creative England, Carrier, PartyLite, Ego Shoes
46 (37) Oakbase Private Wilmslow 30 Avalon Funeral Care, Joe Wicks, TJ Hughes
47 Clear Marketing Private Manchester 19 Thomas Cook, Cala Homes, Hoover, Cala Homes, Brother
48 (new) Aire Design Private Leeds, Manchester 75 Kellogg’s, Unilever, AB InBev, Mondelez, Quorn
49 Everything Different Private Newcastle 37 BBC, P&G, Carpetright, Skym AutoTrader
50 (new) Access Private Manchester 31 WaterAid, Stagecoach Bus, Edrington, Greater Manchester Moving, National Grid