The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2021

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by Charlie Spargo

The full Top 50 PR Agencies ranking for the North of England has been published today - the benchmark for the industry.

Conducted once again in partnership with independent research agency Mustard, the Top 50 PR Agencies list is a go-to for industry figures across the sector, giving a unique insight into the North's PR industry.

The ranking 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 partners.

As always, congratulations to everyone who made it onto the list, after yet another very challenging period for both agencies and their clients.

 

The top four spots remain stable between 2020 and 2021 after a trading of places between BDB and Weber Shandwick last year. Citypress's reign at the top continues - marking seven years in pole position.

Ramarketing, the Newcastle agency which slipped a couple of places in 2020, has made a fantastic jump into the top 10 to take fifth spot. Well done too to Social, which continues its steady climb to reach sixth in 2021.

Iseepr and Red Havas have also done particularly well over the past year, making it into the top 10 at seventh and tenth respectively.

Of the 10 leading agencies, once again seven are based in Greater Manchester, with Leeds being the next-best represented location. Across the whole ranking this year, 30 are located in the North West while 18 are Yorkshire-based.

This year's biggest climber is Altrincham-based Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications, which having been at 41st in 2020, jumps 29 places to 12th. Others making big steps include Faith PR jumping into the Top 50, Bonner & Hindley who are up 13 spots, plus HRM, Fig Creative and No Brainer, climbing more than 10 places apiece.

Finally, well done to new entry The Big Bamboo Agency from Harrogate, which after healthy growth, has entered the ranking for the first time at number 36.

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

The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2021

2020 ranking in brackets

Rank Company Location Ownership Staff Clients
1 (1) Citypress Manchester Private 90 Lloyds Banking Group, Aldi, British Land, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Molson Coors Beverage Company
2 (2) BDB Altrincham Private 56 Wolfmet, Intratone, Elsevier, Tama, Sensient
3 (3) Weber Shandwick Manchester Interpublic Group of Companies 41 Iceland, Nespresso, Abbott, Princes, Fauna and Flora International
4 (4) Tangerine Communications Manchester Private 76 Dunelm, Ideal Standard, Jewson, Pizza Hut, Specsavers
5 (13) Ramarketing Newcastle upon Tyne Private 48

Sharp Packaging, Recipharm, Metrics Contract Services, Vibalogics

6 (12) Social Manchester Private 40 Barratt Homes, City of Bradford, National Lottery, Bristol City Council, UK Sport
7 (11) iseepr Leeds Private 25 Visa International, EMVCo, GlobalPlatform, Trusted Connectivity Alliance, GLEIF
8 (6) Hatch Leeds Private 32 Spectrum Brands, Boost, Villa Maria Wines, Diageo & Rugby League World Cup
9 (8) Carousel PR Manchester Private 28 Selfridges, MODA, MGA Entertainment, Cotton Traders, The Entertainer
10 (15) Red Havas Manchester Havas Group 25 Kellogg's, studio.co.uk, Auto Trader, United Utilities, Collection Cosmetics
11 (5) Finn Communications Leeds Private 37 Clipper Tea, Cadbury Ice Cream, V.I.Pee, John West
12 (41) Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications Altrincham Private 33  
13 (9) Democracy Manchester Private 34

Dulux, Dulux Decorator Centre, AkzoNobel International Paint, Fray Bentos, heycar, Tequila Rose

14 (16) Prohibition PR Leeds Private 22 Yorkshire Water, Interflora, ENGIE, Northumbria University, Fentimans
15 (17) Counter Context Sheffield Private 21 Bradford Council, Far East Consortium, Ørsted, Sheffield City Council, Canal & River Trust
16 (18) Lucre Leeds Private 22 ScS, Bosch, Tomy, Mira, Kodak
17 (7) Brazen PR Manchester Private 23 Wilko, Magnet, Silentnight, Chicago Town, Dr Beckmann
18 (10) Influential Liverpool Private 20 Morgan Sindall, Grant Thornton UK, Merlin Entertainments, Camelot, U and I Group Plc (Mayfield Developments)
19 (21) PR Agency One Manchester Private 22 Gift Voucher Shop Ltd, Decathlon UK Limited, M Three Corporate Consulting Limited, SerenataFlowers.com, Barings Core Fund Ltd
20 (19) Corporate Culture Liverpool Private 18 Southern Water, Biffa, Ricoh, Royal Mail, RICS
21 (25) Sky Parlour Manchester Private 16 EPA, PXP Financial, ingenico group, GRIN, Chargebacks 911
22 (23) DTW Guisborough Private 15 The Law Society of England and Wales, EMOVIS, Solicitors Regulation Authority, F40, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists.
23 (14) Intelligent Conversation Manchester Private 12 Materialise NV, Synectics plc, Norican Group, United Utilities, EMIS Group plc
24 (24) Harris Associates Leeds Private 16 Crown Trade, Encon Group, CDUK, Sandtex
25 (30) Umpf Leeds Private 13 Cafédirect, Harrison Spinks, Keepmoat Homes, Landsec, Morphy Richards
26 (36) No Brainer Cheshire Private 12 HomeServe, Appreciate Group, Cash Converters, MBNA, Capify
27 (39) Fig Creative Glossop Private 16 Northwood Hygiene Products; SRL Traffic Systems; Armacell; Temperature Electronics Ltd; BCN3D
28 (29) Kenyons Liverpool Private 15 YUSS, Everton FC, Hounslow council, British Council, Liverpool Health Partners
29 (38) Scriba PR Huddersfield Private 13 Agilité Solutions, CDS, Tiger, UNTHA, Vapour
30 (32) Context Public Relations Macclesfield Private 11 Check Point Software Technologies, Keysight Technologies, Wellbeing Software, Ingram Micro Cloud, Algosec
31 (42) HRM Sheffield Private 18 NHS, Drive Motor Retail, B Braun, BHP, Zimmer Biomet
32 (28) Definition Leeds Private 18

Xero, Benenden Health, DHL, ABB, Walker Morris, Astrid & Miyu

33 (34) Truth PR Manchester Private 11 Furness Building Society, FI Real Estate Management, Countryside, University Academy 92, Rosewood Pet Products
34 (31) Active Profile Manchester Private 15 Peak, Sensor City, Muse, wranx, SYSGROUP plc
35 (27) MCG PR Leeds Private 12 Northern Trains, Nexus, University of Leeds, Damart, Portakabin, Pink Lady and Tenderstem
36 (new entry) The Big Bamboo Agency Harrogate Private 15 Greif Inc, Pandrol, HE Simm Group, Mumbler, Escapism Bar Group
37 (40) Mason Williams Manchester Private 10 Moser, Weber, Loctite, Australasia, Molang
38 (33) Smoking Gun Manchester Private 14

Interflora, Munchkin, NHS, Sporting House, Bravura Food

39 (20) Roland Dransfield Manchester Private 13 ask, Crowne Plaza, Schroders, D&D London, L&G
40 (53) Bonner & Hindley Communications Leeds Private 12 Bowland Forest Vintners, Eat Leeds, Museums Sheffield, Doncaster Sheffield Airport
41 (50) Allott & Associates Knaresborough Private 10 SmartFreight, OxAir, GEA, Force24 and Onward Holdings
42 (44) Skout Macclesfield Private 9 Miele, Eurotech, Stone Group, Gazprom Energy, Medius
43 (37) Brand8 PR Leeds Private 10 Sewtec Automation, Adare SEC, Paragon, Avant Homes
44 (26) RMS Altrincham Private 14 DUERR'S, Swizzels, Kellogg's, SAS Daniels, Warburtons
45 (51) Triangle PR Manchester Private 4 5Zeros, Accoutre, arc4, CDL, AMX
46 (54) MTJ PR Leyland Private 7 Quorn, A.G. Barr, Rustlers, Florette, Burton's Biscuit Co.
47 (59) Faith PR Huddersfield Private 9 World Kinect Energy Services, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Calderdale Council, A-SAFE, Twisted Automotive
48 (49) Refresh PR Manchester Private 9 Metro Rod, Skinny Booze, BBF, Eurocell, Ello Media
49 (35) Scott Partnership Holmes Chapel Private 8 N4 Pharma, Promega, SGD Pharma, Linkam
50 (60) Harvey and Hugo Darlington Private 10
Everflow, Ideal Bathrooms, PD Ports, Nudl, AlphaGraphics

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