Prolific North’s Top 50 PR Agencies 2019

Following on from the hugely successful and enjoyable dinner to launch Prolific North’s Top 50 PR agencies in the North of England, we are delighted to officially announce the rankings for 2019.

Thank you to everyone who has supplied us with information this year. This year we had well over 100 agencies submit data to us and we notice engagement improve with this initiative year-on-year. Everyone loves a list!

Like with previous years, all data has been checked and verified using our online sources. The rankings are primarily predicated by financials, notably balance sheet value, turnover, profit and growth. We also take into account factors such as headcount.

So, who are the winners and big movers in the PR agency rankings for 2019?

Once again, it’s congratulations to everyone at Citypress for taking top spot for a fifth year running. The Manchester-based agencies have performed well again, with 7 out of the top 10 agencies being based in the Greater Manchester Area.

Some other noticeable movers and honourable mentions in this year’s list:

  • iseepr were the biggest movers, gaining an impressive 25 places in 2019, closely followed by Ramarketing & PR who moved up 17 positions from last year.
  • RMS climbed a healthy 13 places from 38th to 25th position this year. With Skout, Sky Parlour, Definition and Lucre all moving upwards.
  • 2019 also say a number of new entries and re-entries to the list, including No Brainer (35th) HR Medial Ltd (46th), Down at the Social (47th) Scriba PR (48th) and Refresh PR (49th).
Prolific North Top 50 PR agencies 2019

The full Top 50 PR agency ranking for 2019 is as follows:

nk Company Location Ownership Staff Clients
1 (1) Citypress Manchester Private 82 Aldi, British Gas, Coca-Cola, Lloyds Banking Group, Unilever
2 (2) Weber Shandwick Manchester Interpublic Group of Companies 41 Iceland, Hitachi Capital UK, Nespresso, University of Salford, Starkey Hearing Technologies
3 (5) Barrett Dixon Bell Altrincham Private 38 DSM, IMCD, Lonza, Sensient
4 (3) Tangerine Manchester Private 57 Pizza Hut, Specsavers, Johnstone’s Paint, Ideal Standard, Jewson
5 (4) Finn Communications Leeds Private 36 Essity UK LTD, Froneri, GHD Limited, IPN, Taylors of Harrogate Ltd
6 (9) Carousel PR Manchester Private 30 MGA Entertainment, Selfridges, Moda, Savills, Broadwick Live
7 (6) Brazen PR Manchester Private 27 Wilko, Magnet Kitchens, Dr Oetker, Showcase Cinemas
8 (8) Influential PR Liverpool Private 28 Everton Football Club, Bruntwood , Morgan Sindall, U + I, Camelot – National Lottery
9 (13) Democracy Manchester Private 33 Dulux (retail, trade, decorator centre), Halewood wines and spirits, Cartridge Save, Zip World , Heycar
10 (7) Havas PR UK Manchester Havas Group/Vivendi 25 Greggs, Kellogg’s,, Transpennine Express, Instantprint
11 (28) Ramarketing & PR Newcastle upon Tyne Private 23 Recipharm Ltd, Xellia Pharmaceuticals, Tracelink (Europe) Ltd, Ashfield Healthcare
12 (10) Hatch Communications Leeds Private 19 Boost Drinks, Checkatrade, Spectrum Brand, One Medical Group, Hisense
13 (21) Lucre Leeds Private 22, Stonegate, Holiday Extras, Pizza Express, Meadowhall
14 (39) iseepr Leeds Private 18 EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, SIMalliance, Trustonic, Fingerprints
15 (17) Prohibition PR Leeds Private 15 Watches of Switzerland Group, ENGIE, Interflora, University of Northumbria
16 (34) Corporate Culture Ltd Liverpool Private 20 Southern Water, The Riverside Group, Scottish Hydro Electric, NHS England
17 (14) PR Agency One Manchester Private 19 Decathlon UK Limited, Gift Voucher Shop Ltd, BuyItDirect Group, Patatam Ltd, Rada
18 (18) Intelligent Conversation Manchester Private 15 United Utilities plc, Synectics plc, EMIS Group plc, Brother International Europe, GM Moving
19 (11) Social Communications Sale Private 28 The National Lottery Good Causes, Manchester Growth Hub, Leeds City Council, Triplepoint REIT, Mace Construction
20 (16) Scott Partnership Holmes Chapel Private 13
21 (19) Roland Dransfield PR Manchester Private 14 ask, ST.MODWEN, PH Homes, Genr8, Schroders
22 (31) Sky Parlour Manchester Private 17 Fleetcor, Ingenico, Emerging Payments Association, Chargebacks 911 and Fintech Power 50
23 (26) Smoking Gun Manchester Private 15 Silentnight Group, Merck Science Division, Arriva Bus UK, Childs farm
24 (22) Peppermint Soda Manchester Private 22 Bolton Council, Home Bargains. Hitachi, Muse
25 (38) RMS PR, Design & Marketing Altrincham Acceleris acquired Limelight PR in January 2018 19 Warburtons, Swizzels, Arvia, Manchester Drinks, Duerr’s
26 (15) DTW Guisborough Private 15 The Law Society, Emovis Operations Mersey Ltd, Sunderland City Council
27 (36) Definition (Previously Acceleris) Harrogate Private 20 Utilita, Benenden Health, FibreNation, Nautilus International, J F Hillebrand
28 (25) Active Profile Manchester Private 15 Business Growth Hub, Muse Developments, Avison Young, Sensor City, UK Energy Innovation Centre
29 (27) Fig Creative Glossop Private 17 Northwood Hygiene Products; Datagraphic; Edge Hill University; MVIS Ltd; Risco
30 (33) Truth PR Manchester Private 11 Wates Group, Countryside, Acelity, Clive Christian Furniture Co, FI Real Estate Management
31 (32) Context Public Relations Macclesfield Private 10 Algosec, Yubico, Wellbeing Software, Check Point Software Technologies, Somfy
32 (24) Umpf Leeds Private 11 ENGIE, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, Harrison Spinks, Landsec, NHS
33 (20) MCG PR Leeds Private 14 Pink Lady and Tenderstem, Costcutter Supermarkets Group, Nexus, University of Leeds
34 (23) SKV PR Manchester Private 12 BUPA, BDP, Siemens Digital Industries, Crown Commercial Services, FEC
35 No Brainer Cheshire Private 11 Cash Converters, HomeServe, In Touch, Optionis, Sale Sharks
36 (43) Brand8 PR Leeds Private 9 Avant Homes, Chancerygate, Paragon, Sewtec, World Wheel Company
37 (35) Harris Associates Leeds Private 15 Senior Architectural Systems Ltd, CD (UK) Ltd, Crown, Arbor Forest Products, Washroom Washroom
38 (48) Skout PR Macclesfield Private 10 Miele, Wax Digital, GazProm Energy, 100%, SANA
39 (40) MANC FRANK Manchester Group – Enero Group 8 Vype, Vorwerk,, Staysure, Tomatin
40 (42) The Partners Group York Private 8 Apollo Fire Detectors, Saint-Gobain Glass, The Technology Group, JM Glendinning Insurance Brokers, Switalskis Solicitors
41 (30) Mason Williams Ltd Manchester Private 14 Accor Hotels, Radisson Blu, LHM group
42 (41) Kenyons Liverpool Private 13 Aintree, IBF, LIPA, MerseyTravel
43 (37) Aberfield Communications Leeds Private 10 BBC, First Direct, Deloitte, NG Bailey, The Jockey Club
44 (44) Fourth Day PR Manchester Fourth Day Group 9 Autocab, National Nuclear Laboratory, Mobica, APS Group, Probrand
45 (45) Allott & Associates Ltd Knaresborough Private 10 OxAir, GEA, Force24, EU, Onward Holdings
46 (56) HRM Sheffield Private 12 NHS, BHP, Keebles, Frenchgate
47 Down at the Social Manchester Private 7 tofs, Vapiana, USE
48 Scriba PR Huddersfield Private 9 DealTrak, UNTHA, ESPHR, Vapour Cloud, Force24
49 Refresh PR Manchester Private 10 BBF Limited, Digitonic, Eurocell PLC, Metro Rod, Manchester Digital
50 (46) MTJ Associates Ltd Leyland Private 7