Mustard is thrilled to reveal the Top 50 PR Agencies in the North of England for 2020!

Mustard has collaborated with Prolific North for several years to create the definitive annual league table of the biggest agencies in the North of England.

The list is compiled using key financial data such as balance sheet funds, turnover, growth and headcount. Agencies are encouraged to submit their figures for the latest financial year, which we then verify against data published online (such as Companies House).


So who are the top agencies for 2020?

Citypress holds on to the top spot for the 5th year in a row, followed by Barrett Dixon Bell and Weber Shandwick.

Manchester continues to dominate the PR rankings, with 10 of the top 20 agencies having offices in the city (Citypress, Barrett Dixon Bell, Weber Shandwick, Tangerine, Brazen, Carousel, Democracy, Social, Intelligent Conversation, Havas PR, Roland Dransfield).


It’s been a good year for…

Harris Associates and Kenyons are the biggest climbers of the year, both rising 13 places in the rankings. Harris Associates is ranked 24th this year (up from position 37 in 2019), while Kenyons comes in at 29 in the rankings, up from 42 last year.


New entrants

Counter Context heads straight into the top 20, at number 17. Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications, We are Indigo, and De Winter also now rank the top 50, in positions 41, 43 and 46 respectively.


A big thank you to all the agencies who submitted data this year, we look forward to hearing from you again next time!


See below for the full rankings:

2020 2019 Company Name North of England Office Clients 2020
1 1 Citypress Manchester Aldi, British Gas, Lloyds Bank, Coca Cola European Partners, Molson Coors
2 3 Barrett Dixon Bell Altrincham DSM, IMCD, Grace, ADM, Roquette
3 2 Weber Shandwick Manchester Iceland, Nespresso, Abbott, On The Beach
4 4 Tangerine Manchester Pizza Hut, Specsavers, Johnstone’s Paint, Ideal Standard, Jewson
5 5 Finn Communications Leeds Essity UK,Froneri, GHD,IPN, Taylors of Harrogate
6 12 Hatch Communications Leeds Boost Drinks, Russell Hobbs, Remington, Villa Maria Wines & The 2021 Rugby League World Cup
7 7 Brazen Manchester Wilko, Dr Oetker, Showcase Cinemas, Magnet Kitchens, Optical Express
8 6 Carousel Manchester Selfridges, MGA Entertainment, Accurist, Cotton Traders, Moda
9 9 Democracy Manchester Dulux (retail, trade, decorator centre) / Heycar / Cartridge Save / Love Energy Savings / Baxters Food Group
10 8 Influential Liverpool Morgan Sindall, Grant Thornton, Merlin Entertainments, Camelot, U+I
11 14 iseepr Leeds EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, Trusted Connectivity Alliance, GLEIF
12 19 Social Manchester Extra MSA, Business Growth Hub, The NP11, Caddick Developments, Stephensons Solicitors LLP
13 11 Ramarketing Newcastle upon Tyne Pfizer CentreOne, Sharp (part of UDG Healthcare), Xellia Pharmaceuticals, Recipharm AB, Tracelink .
14 18 Intelligent Conversation Manchester Brother International Europe, EMIS Group plc, Materialise NV, Norican Group, United Utilities plc
16 15 Prohibition PR Leeds Yorkshire Water, Watches of Switzerland Group, CEWE, ENGIE, Interflora
17 new entry Counter Context Sheffield Ørsted, National Grid, Far East Consortium, British Land, Sheffield City Council
18 13 Lucre Leeds, Stonegate, Holiday Extras, Pizza Express, Meadowhall
19 16 Corporate Culture Liverpool Southern Water; The Riverside Group; Scottish Hydro Electric; Redrow Homes; NHS England
20 21 Roland Dransfield Manchester Ask, D&D, Legal & General, St Modwen
21 17 PR Agency One Manchester Decathlon, Auto Trader, Serenata Flowers, Allied London, Slater Heelis
22 24 Peppermint Soda Manchester Admiral, Bolton Council, Home Bargains, muse
23 26 DTW Guisborough The Law Society, Merseyflow, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Road Safety GB
24 37 Harris Associates Leeds Senior Architectural Systems Ltd, CD (UK) Ltd, Crown, Arbor Forest Products (Howarth Timber Imp), Washroom Washroom
25 22 Sky Parlour Manchester Ingenico ePayments, Pitney Bowes, Interactive Media Retail Group, Modulr
26 25 RMS Altrincham Warburtons, Swizzels, Arvia, Manchester Drinks, Duerr’s
27 33 MCG Leeds Northern Trains
Pink Lady and Tenderstem
Costcutter Supermarkets Group
Nexus (University of Leeds)
28 27 Definition Leeds Utilita, Benenden Health, Nautilus International, J F Hillebrand, FibreNation
29 42 Kenyons Liverpool LIPA, Everton, British Council, USS, Peel
30 32 Umpf Leeds ENGIE, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, Harrison Spinks, Landsec, NHS
31 28 Active Profile Manchester Muse Developments
Avison Young
igloo Regeneration
UK Energy Innovation Centre
32 31 Context Public Relations Macclesfield Check Point Software Technologies, Wellbeing Software, Algosec, Keysight Technologies, NowComm Ltd
33 23 Smoking Gun Manchester Silentnight Beds Group, Willerby Holiday Homes, Interflora,  Support Adoption for Pets, Testcard
34 30 Truth Creative Manchester Countryside, Ego Pharmaceuticals, FI Real Estate Management, Furness Building Society, Rosewood Pet Products
35 20 Scott Partnership Holmes Chapel Roche Sequencing; Paradigm4; Aigenpulse Ltd; Promega; SGD Pharma
36 35 No Brainer Cheshire Appreciate Group, Cash Converters, HomeServe, Optionis Group, Sale Sharks
37 36 Brand8 PR Leeds Avant Homes, Chancerygate, Sewtec Automation, TOMRA, Gordons
38 48 Scriba PR Huddersfield UNTHA shredding technology, Solutionize Global, Vapour Cloud, Tidy Planet, Smith Brothers Contracting
39 29 Fig Creative Glossop Northwood Hygiene Products; SRL Traffic Systems; Armacell; Ace Centre; TEL;
40 41 Mason Williams Manchester Weber, Harrods, Loctite, Compass Group
41 58 Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications Altrincham Undisclosed
42 46 HRM Sheffield BHP, Braun, STEL, NHS
44 38 Skout PR Macclesfield Miele, Wax Digital, GazProm Energy, 100%, SANA
45 39 MANC FRANK Manchester Vype, Vorwerk,, Staysure, Tomatin
46 61 de Winter Chester mbna, EA Technology, Royal Crown, Grosvenor Shopping Centre
47 40 The Partners Group York Morley Glass & Glazing, JM Glendinning insurance brokers, ROCOL, Silvery Tweed Cereals, EPH UK power stations
48 44 Fourth Day Manchester Autocab, ResponseTap, Lytx, APS Group, Mobica
49 49 Refresh PR Manchester The Glass and Glazing, Federation BBF Ltd, Culture Shift, The Dining Club Group (ELLO Media). Glow-worm
50 45 Allott & Associates Knaresborough SmartFreight, OxAir, GEA, Force24 and Onward Holdings