Top Public Relations Companies in London: Citypress, Tangerine PR & More

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There seem to be so many different lists and rankings of public relations companies available. Some – like PR Week and O’Dwyers – require actual financial documentation and proof of claims. Others are considerably more subjective.

One of those lists, put out every year and usually released for July is published on the website of Prolific North out of the U.K. Many of the top PR firms in the northern U.K. also have offices serving clients and businesses in London.

Their latest list – released July 1, 2016 – is courtesy of an online publication and ranks the top public relations companies of Northern England. Northern England has an estimated population of 14 million people and includes cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Chester, Sheffield, York, Liverpool, and other locations that are not as well-known to the world at large.

This list ranking is called “The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies,” and incorporates certain financial information. In these rankings, independent agencies thrived, with four of the top five agencies being owned by individuals rather than corporations.

Here’s a little taste of the top Northern U.K. PR Firms with the top 10:

  1. Citypress.  They are headquartered in Manchester with offices in Birmingham, London, and Edinburgh. They specialize in data and research, corporate communications, media strategy, digital and social media, design, copywriting, and program management. Some of their clients other than those on the list include Bank of Scotland, Pilkington, KMPG, Bargain Booze, and Wesleyan.
  2. Tangerine PR. Located in Castlefield with more than 60 employees, they specialize in creative campaigns, media relations, audience insight, media training, digital, crisis communications, strategy development, and evaluation. They were also the first non-London PR consultancy to be named “Outstanding PR Consultancy of the Year” by CIPR in their National Excellence Awards. Some of their largest clients include Reebok, Atkins, Royal Enfield, Jump Nation, Topcon, and Cafe/Hotel Football.
  3. Havas PR UK. Havas U.K. moved from the number 11 spot in 2015 to number 3 this year. They’re part of a global network (317 offices in 75 countries), but in England, their headquarters is in London with their Northern office in Manchester with 26 staff members. They also have an office in Edinburgh. Specialty areas include healthcare, food & drink, lifestyle, retail, automotive, leisure, engineering, and industrials. They offer clients the latest in engagement tools, monitoring, and analysis to increase engagement between clients and target audiences. Some of their clients include Danone, Eat Like a Champ, DFS, and Vivid Sydney.
  4. Weber Shandwick. Their U.K. headquarters is in London, with offices in Manchester, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Belfast. They are a group of storytellers, conversation-starters, designers, writers, builders, and strategists. Weber Shandwick is a global company with offices all around the world. Their Manchester office’s page can be found at Weber Shandwick’s top clients include BBC iPlayer, the 6 Tribes app, the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, Amazon, and Ricoh.
  5. Finn Communications. Finn opened a London office in June 2016, but their Northern office remains in Leeds. Their expertise is in corporate crisis communications, consumer product PR, experiential events, and social media brand strategy. Richard Rawlins founded Finn in 2005. Some of their best-known clients are Nestle, Cadbury, Nouvelle Soft, Yorkshire Tea, FAB, and Honey Monster Cereal.
  6. Barrett Dixon Bell. They are a specialist B2B marketing communications agency with offices in Altrincham, Cheshire, and a branch in Singapore. The agency has been in business for nearly three decades. BDB provides integrated marketing campaigns, design, digital, strategic consultation, PR, and content. Clients include Pentair, Innospec, Castrol, Sylvan,  Waters, SVZ, Amcor, and Synergy.
  7. Brazen PR. Brazen (a great name for a firm) has their office in Manchester. They also changed their website address this year. They offer PR, social media, digital distribution, paid-for channels, brand-rich media, events, and more. Their clients include Hilton, Corn Exchange, Kelloggs, DreamWorks, Jockey, Roomzzz, and
  8. Beattie Communications Group. Beattie’s headquarters are in London while their offices in the North are in Manchester and Leads, but they have additional offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Essex, Falkirk, and Glasgow. The firm does PR and so much more, including digital and social media, content-direct-mobile marketing, video production, events, and media buying. They specialize in B2B and B2C in 12 sectors including crisis, education, aerospace and defense, fashion, professional services, retail, public affairs, and more. Their client roster includes Warburtons in Scotland, Cardonald College, Smiggle, Huggies, Royal York Hotel, and Marks & Spencer.
  9. Lucre. Lucre PR made a big jump in ranking from #21 on the 2015 list to #9 this year. They employ about 20 people. They have offices in London and Leeds specializing in travel and leisure, food and drink, tech and innovation, and home and lifestyle. Some of their clients include Kolson Export, Amway, Leger Holidays, St Remy, Bosch, and 106 Baker Street.
  10. Influential PR. They moved from being tied at #11 with Havas PR U.K. last year to their place in the top 10. Employing 21 staff members, Influential has offices in London, Liverpool, and Manchester.  They focus on design, branding, PR, advertising, market insight, social media, and digital marketing. Some of their clients include Downing, Grant Thornton, City of Liverpool, RedX Pharma, NHS England, and The Beatles Story Liverpool.

Here’s the full list of the best London and Northern U.K. PR Companies from Prolific North:

The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2016

Position 2016Company nameLocationHead countAgency’s selection of clients
1CitypressManchester70Aldi, Coca Cola Enterprises, Lloyds Banking Group, Swinton Insurance, British Gas
2Tangerine PRManchester60Peugeot UK, Pizza Hut, Sport Relief, Jewson, British Gypsum
3Havas PR UKManchester26Kellogg’s, ASDA, Pets At Home, Greggs, Mecca Bingo
4Weber ShandwickManchester32Alliance MBS, PZ Cussons, Sealed Air, Aldi, Avis
5Finn CommunicationsLeeds26R&R Ice Cream, Cadbury’s ice creams, Yoomoo, ghd, Quorn, Morphy Richards, Taylors of Harrogate
6Barrett Dixon BellAltrincham30DSM, tna, Tata, Tyco, M&I Materials
7Brazen PRManchester30Wilko, Dr Oetker, Magnet, Merlin Entertainments, Molson Coors (Rekorderlig)
8Beattie Communications GroupLeeds, Manchester22Specsavers, Commercial Estates Group, Biffa, Flybe, La Redoute
9LucreLeeds20Kodak,, WVR, Holiday Extras, Kohler Mira
10Influential PRLiverpool21Quilter Cheviot Asset Management, Morgan Sindall, Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, Liverpool Vision, International Festival of Business 2016, Grosvenor Liverpool Fund (Liverpool One)
11Corporate CultureLiverpool23The Co-op, FCC, Carlsberg, WRAP, WWF
12Carousel PRManchester18Selfridges, MGA, Savills, Festival Number 6, Snowbombing
13Peppermint SodaManchester25Home Bargains, Story Homes, Muse Developments, Farjo Hair Institute, James Cropper Plc
14Mason WilliamsManchester12Accor, TOMY, Fruit Heroes, Holland’s, Athenaeum
15Kenyon FraserLiverpool37Merseytravel, M&S, Bradford College, Aintree, Liverpool JMU
16Scott PartnershipHolmes Chapel13Agilent Technologies, Crown BioScience, Sciformix, Allscripts Healthcare, Precision Polymer Engineering (Idex)
17Smoking GunManchester18Silentnight Group, Bright HR (Peninsula Business Services), Robert McBride, Nobia UK (Magnet Kitchens), Holt LLoyd International
18DemocracyManchester18Travis Perkins, CORGI HomePlan, Knowsley Safari, Halewood Wines & Spirits, TJ Hughes
19MCG PRLeeds14Vileda, Pink Lady, Tenderstem, Damart, TaxAssist Accountants, Costcutter Supermarkets Group
20SKV PRManchester14Crown Commercial Services framework, Qualtrex, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, BDP, Lowry Hotel
21PR Agency OneManchester16Gift Voucher Shop , Fletchers Solicitors, PushDoctor, YMCA, Appliances Direct
22Intelligent ConversationManchester11Synectics plc, EMIS Group plc, United Utilities plc, Pharmacy2U, Brother Europe
23DTWGuisborough13The Law Society, Mersey Gateway Project, New Wear Crossing Project, Solicitor’s Regulation Authority, Working Links
24Hatch CommunicationsLeeds14Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, First Utility, NHS, Wensleydale Creamery, World Vision
25Pelican CommunicationsOldham13Apeal, NCC, FCC Environment, Markem Imaje and BFFF
26Context Public RelationsMacclesfield11Check Point Software Technologies, Simoco Group, UserZoom, Algosec, Maginus Software Solutions
27iseeprOtley11GlobalPlatform, SIMalliance, EMVCo, NG Bailey IT Services
28Roland Dransfield PRManchester12Hill Dickinson, Nuffield Health, Schroders, Bilfinger GVA, Royal London Asset Management
29HR MediaSheffield13Westfield Health, Stagecoach, B Braun, SIV, Redbrik Estate Agents
30Hattrick PRManchester10Desso, PetSafe, Tarkett, Stirling Lloyd, REPIC
31Label PRManchester12Mark Hill Hair (Boots UK), Fragrance Direct, Swimwear365 (FGH-UK), Curvissa (FGH-UK), Transform Cosmetic Surgery
32AccelerisHarrogate11Utilita Energy Ltd, Royal Alfred Seafarers, NFFO Ltd, Nexus Vehicle Management Ltd, Meridian Motor Group Ltd ( Vantage)
33PlinkfizzNewcastle- under-Lyme10The Trentham Estate, Waterworld, City Learning Trust, Peveril Homes, Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors
34RMS PR, Design & MarketingAltrincham16Warburtons, Swizzels, Hiscox, Character World, Jerrold Holdings
35Active ProfileManchester and Liverpool10Energy Innovation Centre, Riello UPS, Pozzoni Architecture, Liverpool BID Company, Muse Developments
36The Write AngleChorley9Festive Lights, Sika Liquid Plastics, Preston’s College, Champion Accountants, Eric Wright Group
37de Winter PR & MarketingChester12Bank of America, Chester Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Aaron & Partners, Royal Crown Derby, Nuffield Health
38Ramarketing & PRNewcastle upon Tyne8Juniper Pharma Services (JPS), Vaulkhard, Onyx, Crafter’s Companion
39Social CommunicationsSale12Places for People Group, Lidl, United Living, Extra MSA Motorway Services, Devonshires
40Prohibition PRLeeds8Interflora, Savills, Silentnight Group, Thomson Reuters
41JAMprManchester8Argos for Business, Carl Kammerling International, Tuxedo Money Solutions, Money Advice Group, JST Jodie
42Aberfield CommunicationsLeeds8Qhotels, Deloitte, First Direct, Northern Rail, NG Bailey
43The Partners GroupYork7Glassolutions, Eggborough Power Station, Nuffield Health,  National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN), Dynamic Networks
44Manc FrankManchester7Carole Nash, Icelolly, Lucozade, Ribena, Weetabix
45Dragonfly Public RelationsRotherhamn/aNHS, Marshalls, Pland
46Allott & AssociatesKnares- borough9PHS Group, Ulma Packaging, Confederation of Paper Industries, Pickersgill-Kaye, Potter Logistics
47MTJ AssociatesLeyland6AG Barr, Burton’s Biscuits, Grace Foods; Kepak Convenience Foods; Sutcliffe Play
48UmpfLeeds7LivingSocial, Park Inn by Radisson, Virgin Trains East Coast, Visit Malta, YESSS Electrical
49Brand8 PRLeeds6Avant Homes, Gordons, Sanderson Weatherall, Lansinoh, TOMRA
50The Karol Marketing GroupNewcastle upon Tyne7AMG Group, High Street Group, NAL Asset Management, Master Locksmiths Association