John McLeod

Jon McLeod

Thursday 24 October will see a unique gathering of the North’s leading PR practitioners as they come together to celebrate excellence among their peers at a one-off event to mark the inaugural publication of the Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2013 initiative.

The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies feature was published on 24 June.

In less than three months, the ranking has established itself as the definitive compilation of PR agencies in the North.

The event on 24 October is by invitation only and Holly Yates of theEword will be issuing invites to all those agencies listed in the ranking over the course of today and this week.

The informal event at Barclays offices in Spinningfields Manchester starts at 4pm and closes at 6pm. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Attendees at the event will be able to take some time out of their busy schedules to mix with fellow leading practitioners, chew the fat, share insights and hear brief talks from two outstanding practitioners: Jon McLeod of Weber Shandwick and Alex Barr of the BIG Partnership.

Jon McLeod is chairman UK Corporate, Financial and Public Affairs at Weber Shandwick in London. He has held his role for over 16 years and is described by The Independent as a “ very powerful lobbyist.”

Jon will be discussing some of the key PR issues facing agencies today. A Derby County supporter, he can also be found at @mcleodjon

Alex Barr

Alex Barr

Alex Barr founded the BIG Partnership with Neil Gibson twelve years ago following on his earlier career  in journalism and public relations. The BIG Partnership styles itself as the largest integrated PR and digital marketing agency outside London. The agency employs 95 staff across five offices: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Fife and most recently Liverpool.

Alex will be sharing his experience of building an agency and what differentiates successful agencies from ordinary agencies.

Our colleagues from Mustard Research who undertook the research for the feature will also be represented as will representatives of Barclays and our sponsor theEword.

Further information about the event can be had by emailing Holly Yates at

News that we will be publishing the The Prolific North Top 50 Integrated Agencies 2013 was announced yesterday.