Top 50 PR Agencies 2021

We’re excited to announce the Top 50 PR Agencies in the North of England for 2021!

Mustard has collaborated with Prolific North to create the annual league table of the biggest PR agencies in the North of England.

A huge thank you to everyone who supplied us with information this year, we appreciate it’s been a difficult and unusual year for many businesses so it’s been great to see the engagement with the league table continue this year.

As with previous years, all submitted data is checked and verified against Companies House. The rankings are compiled using key financial data such as balance sheet funds, turnover, growth and headcount.


Congratulations to everyone who has made it onto the top 50 list, now let’s look at some of the highlights:

  • The top 4 companies, Citypress, BDB, Weber Shandwick and Tangerine Communications remain the same position as in 2020. With Citypress holding the number one position for the 7th year in a row.
  • We’ve seen a lot of movement this year, The Big Bamboo Agency (new entrants) joined the league in 36th position and five companies have also entered the top 50; Bonner & Hindley Communications (40th), Triangle PR (45th), MTJ PR (46th), Faith PR (47th) and Harvey and Hugo (50th).
  • Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications are the biggest climbers of 2021, rising an impressive 29 places. Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications ranked 12th this year, up from 41st in 2020.


2021 2020 Company Name North of England Office Ownership Clients 2021
1 1 Citypress Manchester Private Lloyds Banking Group, Aldi, British Land, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Molson Coors Beverage Company
2 2 BDB Altrincham Private Wolfmet, Intratone, Elsevier, Tama, Sensient
3 3 Weber Shandwick Manchester Interpublic Group of Companies Iceland, Nespresso, Abbott, Princes, Fauna and Flora International
4 4 Tangerine Communications Manchester Private Dunelm, Hochiki, Encirc, Pizza Hut, Specsavers
5 13 Ramarketing Newcastle upon Tyne Private Symbiosis, UDG Healthcare, Agility Life Sciences, Sharp
6 12 Social Communications Manchester Private Barratt Homes, City of Bradford, National Lottery, Bristol City Council, UK Sport
7 11 iseepr Leeds Private Visa International, EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, Trusted Connectivity Alliance, GLEIF
8 6 Hatch Leeds Private Spectrum Brands, Boost, Villa Maria Wines, Diageo & Rugby League World Cup
9 8 Carousel PR Manchester Private Selfridges, MODA, MGA Entertainment, Cotton Traders, The Entertainer
10 15 Red Havas Manchester Havas Group Kellogg’s,, Auto Trader, United Utilities, Collection Cosmetics
11 5 Finn Communications Leeds Private Clipper Tea, Cadbury Ice Cream, V.I.Pee, John West
12 41 Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications Altrincham Private
13 9 Democracy Manchester Private East Lancashire Railway, heycar
14 16 Prohibition PR Leeds Private Yorkshire Water, Interflora, ENGIE, Northumbria University, Fentimans
15 17 Counter Context Sheffield Private Bradford Council, Far East Consortium, Ørsted, Sheffield City Council, Canal & River Trust
16 18 Lucre Leeds Private ScS, Bosch, Tomy, Mira, Kodak
17 7 Brazen PR Manchester Private Wilko, Magnet, Silentnight, Chicago Town, Dr Beckmann
18 10 Influential Liverpool Private Morgan Sindall, Grant Thornton UK, Merlin Entertainments, Camelot, U and I Group Plc (Mayfield Developments)
19 21 PR Agency One Manchester Private Gift Voucher Shop Ltd, Decathlon UK Limited, M Three Corporate Consulting Limited,, Barings Core Fund Ltd
20 19 Corporate Culture Liverpool Private Southern Water, Biffa, Ricoh, Royal Mail, RICS
21 25 Sky Parlour Manchester Private EPA, PXP Financial, ingenico group, GRIN, Chargebacks 911
22 23 DTW Guisborough Private The Law Society of England and Wales, EMOVIS, Solicitors Regulation Authority, F40, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists.
23 14 Intelligent Conversation Manchester Private Materialise NV, Synectics plc, Norican Group, United Utilities, EMIS Group plc
24 24 Harris Associates Leeds Private Crown Trade, Encon Group, CDUK, Sandtex
25 30 Umpf Leeds Private Cafédirect, Harrison Spinks, Keepmoat Homes, Landsec, Morphy Richards
26 36 No Brainer Cheshire Private HomeServe, Appreciate Group, Cash Converters, MBNA, Capify
27 39 Fig Creative Glossop Private Northwood Hygiene Products; SRL Traffic Systems; Armacell; Temperature Electronics Ltd; BCN3D
28 29 Kenyons Liverpool Private YUSS, Everton FC, Hounslow council, British Council, Liverpool Health Partners
29 38 Scriba PR Hudersfield Private Agilité Solutions, CDS, Tiger, UNTHA (we manage its UK, Austria, America, Poland and Australia divisions), and Vapour.
30 32 Context Public Relations Macclesfield Private Check Point Software Technologies, Keysight Technologies, Wellbeing Software, Ingram Micro Cloud, Algosec
31 42 HRM Sheffield Private NHS, Drive Motor Retail, B Braun, BHP, Zimmer Biomet
32 28 Definition Leeds Private Xero, Benenden Health, DHL, ABB, Walker Morris, Asrtrid & Miyu
33 34 Truth PR Manchester Private Furness Building Society, FI Real Estate Management, Countryside, University Academy 92, Rosewood Pet Products
34 31 Active Profile Manchester Private Peak, Sensor City, Muse, wranx, SYSGROUP plc
35 27 MCG PR Leeds Private Northern Trains; Nexus, University of Leeds; Damart; Portakabin; Pink Lady and Tenderstem
36 New Entry The Big Bamboo Agency  Harrogate Private Greif Inc, Pandrol, HE Simm Group, Mumbler, Escapism Bar Group
37 40 Mason Williams Manchester Private Moser, Weber, Loctite, Australasia, Molang
38 33 Smoking Gun Manchester Private Oddfellows, Oven Pride, Bravura Foods, Les Mills
39 20 Roland Dransfield Manchester Private ask, Crowne Plaza, Schroders, D&D London, L&G
40 53 Bonner & Hindley Communications Leeds Private Bowland Forest Vintners, Eat Leeds, Museums Sheffield, Doncaster Sheffield Airport
41 50 Allott & Associates Knaresborough Private SmartFreight, OxAir, GEA, Force24 and Onward Holdings
42 44 Skout Macclesfield Private Miele, Eurotech, Stone Group, Gazprom Energy, Medius
43 37 Brand8 PR Leeds Private Sewtec Automation, Adare SEC, Paragon, Avant Homes
44 26 RMS Altrincham Private DUERR’S, Swizzels, Kellogg’s, SAS Daniels, Warburtons
45 51 Triangle PR Manchester Private 5Zeros, Accoutre, arc4, CDL, AMX
46 54 MTJ PR Leyland Private Quorn, A.G. Barr, Rustlers, Florette, Burton’s Biscuit Co.
47 59 Faith PR Huddersfield Private World Kinect Energy Services, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Calderdale Council, A-SAFE, Twisted Automotive
48 49 Refresh PR Manchester Private Metro Rod, Skinny Booze, BBF, Eurocell, Ello Media
49 35 Scott Partnership Holmes Chapel Private N4 Pharma, Promega, SGD Pharma, Linkam
50 60 Harvey and Hugo Darlington Private Everflow, Ideal Bathrooms, PD Ports, Nudl, AlphaGraphics