Following yesterday’s excellent event at Private White VS to launch Prolific North’s Top 50 Integrated agencies, we are delighted to officially announce the full rankings for 2018.

We are now in our sixth year of collaborating with Prolific North to compile the Top 50 Integrated Agencies in the region and like with previous years the list has mostly been driven by financials.

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.

We had over 125 agencies getting in touch with us this year, and as popularity in the rankings continues to grow, 2018 has seen more new agencies keen to get involved. Like with previous years, we have seen some of these new names making their way straight into the top 50.

New entries and big climbers

Adelphi Group made it straight in at 3rd position in their first year of entry. Shoot the Moon also entered in at 27th and Principles came in at 30th, all featuring in the list for the first time.

Other agencies making it into the Top 50 list this year are FPP (climbing an impressive 48 places from 72nd to 24th), Cirrus (moving into the rankings at 35th after just missing out at 55th in 2017), and also Creative Marketing Services (36th), Big Brand Ideas (39th), Ilk Agency (44th) and Wilson Cooke (49th).

Within the Top 50, notable movers in 2018 include Fresh ( up to 7th), Propaganda (18th), A&P (25th), Ponderosa (34th), Oakbase (37th), Uber (38th) and Cravens (43rd).

The top spot

Finally, congratulations to McCann Manchester who continue to hold the number one position for the 6th year running.

This year’s full Top 50 Integrated Agencies in the North for 2018 is as follows:

Rank Company Location Ownership Staff Clients
1 (1) McCann Manchester Manchester Private 347 Aldi, CrossCountry Trains, Magnet Kitchens
2 (2) Havas Lynx Manchester Havas Group 329 Astellas, Astra Zeneca, Sanofi
3 (-) Adelphi Group Bollington Omnicom Group 320 Various pharma clients
4 (3) Intermarketing Leeds Advantage Smollan Group 200 Adidas, Reebok, BUPA
5 (4) Jaywing Sheffield Public (AIM) 279 first direct, Mazda UK, Pandora
6 (5) Home Leeds Private 177, Jaguar Land Rover, Asda Money
7 (19) Fresh Cheadle Private 78 Santander, M&S, Mothercare
8 (7) MB Advertising & Marketing Sheffield MG Group (UK) Ltd 71 JCT600, Drive Motor Group, Marshall Motor Group
9 (8) Media Agency Group Manchester Private 50 Liverpool One, Verizon, Mexico Tourist Board
10 (15) Drummond Central Newcastle Private 50 bet365, Metro, Moneyguru
11 (10) CreativeRace Leeds Private 125 Greggs, DFS, Silver Cross
12 (13) BJL Manchester Private 70 ASDA, Swinton Insurance, Ronseal
13 (11) Momentum Instore Handforth Private 122 Sainsbury’s, TK Maxx, Boots
14 (9) Elmwood Leeds Private 40 Heck, Alpro, Gatwick Express
15 (12) Love Creative Manchester Private 60 Haagen-Dazs, Umbro, Nestlé
16 (16) Gecko Leeds Private 58 VW, Superbreak, Mecca
17 (18) SteinIAS Bollington Private 71 Samsung, Merck, Trelleborg
18 (25) Propaganda Leeds Private 31 Ann Summers, Clipper Logistics, FMG
19 (21) Savvy Leeds Private 73 Mars, Adidas, Poundland
20 (14) Refinery Manchester Private 71 Akzo Nobel, Manchester Arndale, JD Williams
21 (24) Brass Leeds Private 81 Coty, Hammonds, Fleetcor
22 (23) Uniform Liverpool Private 60 Ideal Standard, Amtico, Innocent
23 (17) TBWA Manchester Manchester Omnicom Group 56 Bosch, JD Williams, Thorpe Park
24 (-) FPP Newcastle / Leeds Private 55 Anchor, Pantene, Arla
25 (41) A&P Preston Private 45 DAF Trucks, Redrow Homes, Furness Building Society
26 (31) Workhouse Marketing Preston Private 36 Stax Trade Centres, Crown, Hempel
27 (-) Shoot the Moon Manchester Private 33 Pets at Home, TUI, Co-op
28 (22) Delineo Manchester Private 40 United Utilities, Co-op, Roberts Bakery
29 (28) Bluestorm Hull Private 29 Hull City Council, AAK, Chaucer Foods
30 (-) Principles Leeds Private 38 Eon, Co-op, BBC
31 (34) driven Wilmslow Private 25 Alpecin, Blue Diamond Growers, Go Outdoors
32 (32) Seventy7 Manchester Private 74 Jimmy Choo, M&S, Tom Ford
33 (36) Live & Breathe Leeds Private 65 Peroni, Happy Egg Co, Body Shop
34 (46) Ponderosa Leeds Private 39 Russell Hobbs, Skinny Brands, ABI
35 (-) Cirrus Wilmslow Private 38 eBay, Paypal, EE
36 (-) Creative Marketing Services Leeds Private 20 Arcadia, Network, NHS
37 (47) Oakbase Wilmslow Private 30 TJ Hughes, Bunzl, Mattel
38 (-) Uber Sheffield Private 20 Dr Oetker, Audi, Next
39 (-) Big Brand Ideas Cheshire Private 48 Shell, Nextbase, Bostik
40 (38) We Are Boutique Leeds Private 17 Craghoppers, Ryobi, Leeds City Museum
41 (-) Born and Raised Sheffield Private 24 HSBC, SITA, Arco
42 (45) DS.EMOTION Leeds DES Digital 38 Hilton, Hill Residential, Civica
43 (-) Cravens Newcastle Private 17 First Group, Virgin Money, Ladbrokes Coral International
44 (-) Ilk Agency Leeds Private 26 ABP, Brewdog, CityFibre
45 (35) Heckford Advertising Preston Private 39 Sandcastle Water Park, Lutron, Winfields
46 (30) Parker Design Northwich Parker Design Group (UK) 32 AstraZeneca, Electricity North West, Thomson Reuters
47 (26) Hangar Seven Macclesfield / Leeds Private 160 Asda, B&Q, Barbour
48 (50) Banana Kick Leeds Private 45 Plusnet, NISA, NHS
49 (-) Wilson Cooke Bury Private 25 Co-op, Jigsaw, Claremont
50 (-) Parallax Leeds Private 24 Town Centre Securities, Playertek,