INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Top 10 UK tech firms experience record growth in ’99

LONDON: The UK hi-tech PR sector surged like never before in 1999, with both old - and new-economy companies contributing to the boom.

LONDON: The UK hi-tech PR sector surged like never before in 1999, with both old - and new-economy companies contributing to the boom.

LONDON: The UK hi-tech PR sector surged like never before in 1999,

with both old - and new-economy companies contributing to the boom.



According to data compiled by PRWeek/UK, the top 10 agencies earned

more than dollars 74.2 million last year, up 30% from 1998 levels.

Shandwick led the hi-tech charge, with income up 36% to more than

dollars 12 million. Text 100 remained by far the biggest hi-tech

specialist, with income of dollars 11.2 million in 1999. Firefly,

Citigate and Brodeur rounded out the top five.



Top of the tech: the top 10 hi-tech PR agencies

Rank  Company                             UK              UK

                              hi-tech income  hi-tech income          %

                               ’99 (dollars)    ’98 (dollars)    growth

1     Shandwick International     12,112,785       8,922,735         36

2     Text 100                    11,287,499      11,594,169         -3

3     Firefly Communications       8,478,123       6,031,191         41

4     Citigate Technology          7,972,143       2,784,647        186

5     Brodeur Worldwide            7,838,055       6,341,669         24

6     Hill & Knowlton UK           7,522,499       5,241,375         44

7     Weber PR                     6,080,481       3,439,404         54

8     Edelman PR Worldwide         4,590,360       4,590,360          7

9     Harvard Public Relations     4,343,241       4,198,080          3

10    Grant Butler Coomber         4,102,935       2,533,599         62

Source: PRWeek/UK



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