UK PR agency fee income tops £1bn as PRWeek unveils Top 150 rankings

Fee income among the 150 biggest UK PR agencies topped £1bn last year for the first time, representing annual growth of 10.9 per cent, according to PRWeek's annual list of the country's largest comms consultancies.

For the first time, this year’s Top 150 PR consultancies list forms part of PRWeek’s Global Agency Business Report, a major project that features a huge range of insights, analysis and interviews from the biggest companies and the most influential people in international agency PR.

Our analysis of the UK Top 150 table, which ranks agencies according to fee income, paints a picture of a sector in rude health.

Combined fee income in 2014 for the UK Top 150 was £1.002bn, up 10.9 per cent on the same table last year.

When adjusted for inflation of 1.5 per cent, real growth in 2014 was 9.4 per cent. That is nearly double the real growth for 2013 (5.5 per cent).

Just 17 of the Top 150 agencies, mostly in the lower reaches, experienced reduced income.

Click here to read our full analysis of a UK PR sector that has ‘got its mojo back’.

Over the coming days, PRWeek will be releasing a series of break-out tables from the Top 150, including rankings for the top UK consumer, healthcare, tech, public affairs and public sector agencies.

There will be separate lists for the largest independents and the biggest UK agencies based outside London, alongside expert analysis and profiles of some key performers.

PRWeek also revealed this morning that Edelman has overtaken Brunswick as the UK’s biggest PR agency.

A series of profiles of global agencies from a UK/EMEA perspective have also been put together as part of the wider Global Agency Business Report.

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