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The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2022

Top 50 PR Agencies 2022

Today we publish the Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2022, the 10th running of the region’s benchmark ranking for the public relations industry.

Over the last decade, since our inaugural list in June 2013, the ranking has established a reputation as the go-to guide to the industry, the first port of call for anyone seeking clarity and order for the constantly shifting world of PR.

For each of the 10 years we have partnered with independent research agency Mustard, and we thank them again for the diligence and rigour they have shown in helping to compile this year’s Top 50.

The ranking is compiled over the course of several weeks and is based upon data sourced from the agencies themselves, alongside publicly available data at Companies House. It is anchored on financials along with information on headcount, clients, private background information and more, confidentially shared with our research partner.

Securing a place on the list has never been harder – congratulations to all those who have done so! We will also be hosting a very special PR event on October 6th with an incredible line-up of speakers from the likes of Asda, PRCA and more. Make sure you book your place to join us.


This year’s ranking

A word about this year’s ranking.

The top 10 has witnessed a considerable amount of jostling for position in recent years, but for the last seven years, Citypress has reigned supreme at the top.

This year, however, we have a new number one. Despite another excellent year for Citypress, a truly astounding period of growth for Tangerine has seen the Manchester-headquartered agency take over at the top for the first time. Well done to them.

It’s worth remembering at this point that this is not a list that aims to find the biggest agency or necessarily the most profitable agency, but it uses instead a carefully considered algorithm – that has remained constant throughout the last few years – that seeks to identify the top agencies in a given year.

As such, a host of factors – including turnover, profit, growth and headcount – are all taken into account in pursuit of the definitive list. Whether or not we achieve that is a matter of opinion, but we are confident that there is no more rigorously compiled leading PR agencies ranking in the country, certainly in relation to the North.

Special mentions

As well as huge congratulations to Tangerine, special mention should also go to some of this year’s standout performers.

Newcastle agency Ramarketing jumps two places to break into the top three, while Manchester’s Brazen has had a real return to form, climbing 13 places to fourth.

Well done also to Yorkshire agencies Prohibition PR and Counter Context, who both rise up into the top 10. High climbers elsewhere on the list include Warrington’s No Brainer, Liverpool’s Active Profile, Huddersfield’s Scriba PR, Harrogate’s Big Bamboo Agency, Crewe’s Scott Partnership, Macclesfield’s Skout PR and Manchester’s Refresh PR.

Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PNTop50 

The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2022

2021 ranking in brackets.

Ranking Company Location Ownership Staff Clients
1 (4) Tangerine Communications Manchester Private 114 Specsavers, Dunelm, Tinder, Wavin, Topcon
2 (1) Citypress Manchester Private 105 Aldi, Coca-Cola, Lloyds Banking Group, Pets at Home, British Land
3 (5) Ramarketing Newcastle upon Tyne Private 38 Metrics Contract Services, Recipharm, Andelyn Biosciences, CordenPharma, BioAgilytix
4 (17) Brazen PR Manchester Private 45 Wilko, Greene King, Dr Oetker, Showcase Cinemas, Silentnight
5 (3) Weber Shandwick Manchester Interpublic Group of Companies 41 Iceland Foods, Nespresso, Abbott Labs, Princes Foods, Moto
6 (2) BDB Manchester Private 69 Certas Energy, DSM, IFF, Lonza, Roquette
7 (6) Social Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester Private 39 Extra MSA, Mace, GC Business Growth Hub, Triple Point REIT, Ocean Media Group
8 (8) Hatch Leeds Private 35 Spectrum, Nationwide Building Society, RLWC, Hisense, Sportsbreaks
9 (14) Prohibition PR Leeds Private 28 C4 Energy, Interflora, EQUANS, Oxford University, Black Sheep Brewery
10 (15) Counter Context Sheffield Private 34 Anglian Water, Equinor, Bradford Council, FEC, Henry Boot Construction
11 (7) iseepr Leeds Private 27 Visa International, EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, Trusted Connectivity Alliance, GLEIF
12 (13) Democracy Manchester Private 25 Akzo Nobel, Tequila Rose, Fray Bentos, Eisberg, East Lancashire Railway
13 (9) Carousel Manchester Private 31 Bissel, Selfridges, MGA Entertainment, Cotton Traders, MODA
14 (18) Influential Liverpool Private 25 Morgan Sindall, Camelot, Merlln, Grant Thornton, U & I
15 (-) JBH Manchester Private 28 Tails, BPP, Preply, Delamere, Select Car Leasing
16 (10) Red Havas Manchester Havas Group 25 TalkTalk, Kellogg’s, Collection Cosmetics, United Utilities, Manpower
17 (-) Pace Hull Private 22 Reckitt, MacRebur, Bio-D, Beal Homes, Victory Leisure Homes
18 (26) No Brainer Cheshire Private 16 HomeServe, MBNA, Cash Converters, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Eureka! Science + Discovery
19 (34) Active Profile Manchester Private 19 Tech Data, Muse Developments, igloo, Energy Innovation Centre, Avison Young
20 (11) Finn Communications Leeds Private 36 GHD, Jason’s Sourdough, Asda, Ecotone- Clipper Tea, Whole Earth, Mrs Crimble’s and Kallo, Smol, Plenty
21 (16) Lucre Leeds Private 20 ScS, Bosch, Tomy, Mira, Kodak
22 (29) Scriba PR Hudersfield Private 16 UNTHA, Vapour, Natural HR, BeFibre, OT Group
23 (25) Umpf Leeds Private 13 Cafédirect, Cook’s Club, Harrison Spinks, Keepmoat Homes, Landsec
24 (24) Harris Creative Leeds Private 14 Novus Property Solutions, CMO Group PLC, CTD Architectural Tiles, Senior Architectural Systems, M-AR Offsite
25 (19) PR Agency One Manchester Private 27 One4all (Gift Voucher Shop), Decathlon, M Three Corporate Consulting, Claro (CTF Technologies)
26 (36) The Big Bamboo Agency Harrogate Private 17 HE Simm Group, Greif, Cloud Nine Hair, Escapism Bar Group, Harmonic
27 (32) Definition Agency Leeds Definition Group 12 ABB, Cielo, Benenden Health, Xero, Walker Morris
28 (23) Intelligent Conversation Manchester Private 11 Materialise NV, Synectics plc, Norican Group, United Utilities, EMIS Group plc
29 (49) Scott Partnership Cheshire Private 11 Agilent, SGD Pharma, MobilIon Systems, Paradigm4, DuPont Pharma
30 (20) Corporate Culture Liverpool Private 15 DSM, Marshalls, Avanti West Coast, NHS Essex, Network Rail
31 (42) Skout Macclesfield Private 10 Miele, Vertex Inc, Pirtek, Assent Building Control, 100% Group
32 (21) Sky Parlour Manchester Private 15 EPA, PXP Financial, ingenico group, GRIN, Chargebacks 911
33 (22) DTW Guisborough Private 14 EMOVIS, BACP, Legal Choices, FCA, Law Society
34 (30) Context Public Relations Macclesfield Private 10 Check Point Software Technologies, Keysight Technologies, Ingram Micro UK, Simul8, Emporix
35 (35) MCG PR Leeds Private 12 Fredenberg (Vileda and Marigold), University of Leeds
36 (43) Brand8 PR Leeds Private 8 Amscan International, Avant Homes, Chancerygate,, Victoria Plum
37 (33) Truth PR Manchester Private 10 Furness Building Society, Printworks, FI Real Estate Management, Countryside, University Academy 92, Rosewood Pet Products
38 (31) Chapter II (formerly HRM) Sheffield Private 16 NHS, B Braun, Drive Motor Retail, BHP, Street Group
39 (48) Refresh PR Manchester Private 10 LG, Culture Shift, Heating Installer Awards, Aqua Pura, Etex
40 (38) Smoking Gun Manchester Private 12 NHS, Eurocamp, Interflora, Munchkin, Becky, Adlington, Swim Stars
41 (46) MTJ PR Salford Private 7 AG Barr, Quorn Foods, Typhoo Tea, Kepak, Florette
42 (-) We are Indigo Manchester Private 15 The Warehouse Project, MAF Ibiza, SH Hotels and Resort, The Entourage Group, Melia Hotel Group
43 (28) Kenyons Liverpool Private 13 YUSS, Everton FC, Hounslow council, British Council, Liverpool Health Partners
44 (-) Recognition PR Darlington Private 14 Atkins, Bannatyne Group, Deloitte, MCM Group, Newsquest
45 (37) Mason Williams Manchester Private 10 Moser, Weber, Loctite, Australasia, Molang
46 (41) Allott & Associates Knaresborough Private 11 MPE, OxAir, GEA, Force24, Onward Holdings
47 (39) Roland Dransfield Manchester Private 9 ask, Crowne Plaza, Schroders, D&D London, L&G
48 (59) Down at the Social Manchester Private 9 MEDA HUMAN, Zymurgorium, Chopstix, Beartown, Native
49 (47) Faith PR Huddersfield Private 8 The Sleep Charity, Propack Direct Mail, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, World Kinect Energy Services, BioScapes (part of the Rolawn Group)
50 (50) Harvey and Hugo Darlington Private 10 Northern Gas Networks, PD Ports, White Digital, Ideal Bathrooms, Kinnery

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