Global Agency Business Report: Independents table 2015

Edelman was the number one ranked independent agency during 2015, amassing a total of £50m in fee income during the last year.

Independent agencies: Cumulatively generated over £332m in fee income
Independent agencies: Cumulatively generated over £332m in fee income

The UK's biggest agency by revenue made £18m more than its nearest rival Bell Pottinger (£32.9m). Freuds placed third with £28.4m.

Agencies with notable growth year-on-year included Splendid Communications (+36 per cent), Exposure (+51 per cent) and Lewis PR (+75 per cent). 

Click here to see the full UK Top 150 table 2015, a breakdown of the Consumer table 2015Public Sector table 2015Tech table 2015Outside London table 2015 and Healthcare table 2015.

RankIn Top 150CompanyFee income (£k) 14Fee income (£k) 13% changePR staff 2014PR staff 2013% changeFee income per employee (£)Location
1 1 Edelman 50,890 45,861 11 390 365 7 130,488 London
2 6 Bell Pottinger Private 32,900 28,800 14 221 241 -8 118,345 London
3 8 Freuds 28,376 28,051 1 213 237 -10 133,221 London
4 13 Instinctif Partners* 23,360 22,250 5 256 247 4 91,250 London
5 20 Exposure 15,667 10,361 51 200 211 -5 78,333 London
6 21 Four Communications Group** 14,383 10,821 33 164 141 16 87,701 London
7 23 The Red Consultancy 12,313 12,880 -4 132 140 -6 93,279 London
8 26 Lansons 11,733 9,363 25 86 76 13 136,424 London
9 28 The Communications Store 10,587 8,845 20 92 80 15 115,076 London
10 30 Brands2Life 9,749 8,795 11 106 105 1 91,966 London
11 33 The Big Partnership 7,891 7,052 11 100 98 2 78,909 Glasgow
12 36 Hanover Communications 6,886 6,765 2 49 47 4 140,531 London
13 38 Pegasus 6,374 5,801 10 71 64 11 89,777 E Sussex
14 39 3 Monkeys Communications 6,149 5,486 12 63 58 9 97,603 London
15 40 Camargue Group 6,027 5,577 8 71 66 8 84,891 London
16 44 Frank PR 5,571 5,506 1 47 49 -4 118,532 London
17 47 Lewis PR 5,100 2,916 75 70 36 94 72,857 London
18 49 Purple 4,635 4,001 16 72 56 29 64,374 London
19 50 PHA Media 4,624 4,245 9 56 51 10 82,571 London
20 52 APCO Worldwide 4,424 46 49 -6 96,178 London
21 55 Eulogy 4,027 4,830 -16 42 48 -12 95,875 London
22 56 Iris Culture 3,993 4,182 -5 46 49 -6 86,807 London
23 57 Citypress 3,903 3,334 17 66 52 27 59,136 Manchester
24 58 Salt 3,808 3,776 1 36 34 6 105,765 London
25 59 Remarkable Group 3,507 2,768 27 52 33 58 67,442 Hampshire
26 60 London Communications Agency 3,444 3,402 1 30 28 7 114,789 London
27 61 Freshwater UK 3,442 3,066 12 40 41 -2 86,035 Cardiff
28 62 W 3,375 2,330 45 50 35 43 67,500 London
29 64 Torque Agency Group 3,328 2,426 37 16 17 -6 208,017 London
30 65 Seven Hills 3,224 2,409 34 32 26 23 100,753 London
31 67 Berkeley PR International 3,104 2,872 8 50 43 16 62,080 Berkshire
32 68 Tangerine PR 3,076 2,722 13 60 55 9 51,267 Manchester
33 69 Cirkle 3,047 2,501 22 34 29 17 89,627 Bucks
34 71 PrettyGreen 2,890 2,751 5 37 36 3 78,102 London
35 72 Camron PR 2,884 2,505 15 44 35 26 65,536 London
36 73 Splendid Communications 2,792 2,046 36 34 21 62 82,118 London
37 74 Nexus Communications 2,776 2,671 4 25 25 0 111,052 London
38 75 Luchford APM 2,721 2,015 35 35 28 25 77,743 London
39 76 Golley Slater 2,692 2,931 -8 32 32 0 84,125 Cardiff
40 78 PLMR 2,660 2,185 22 29 26 11 91,722 London
Notes          
*Formerly College Hill          
**Four Communications Group includes Colman Getty and Kinross + Render   
Due to a PRWeek error, Unity was left out of the list. With fee income of £2.669m is placed 40th.

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