There are now no independent agencies left in the top 10 of PR
Week’sTop 150 league table of the UK’s PR consultancies.
The only independent in last year’s table, Edelman, dropped to 11th
place in the Top 150 2000, which ranks agencies according to their PR
income in the UK during the 1999 calendar year.
The top 10 is now made up of the PR interests of the giant marketing
services groups, with International Public Relations, the PR arm of
Interpublic and owner of the Shandwick and Weber brands, holding on to
The combined fee income of the agencies in the table grew by 14 per cent
to more than pounds 496 million, although the dot.com explosion may have
led expectations of industry income to have been even higher.
The number of staff employed by the 150 consultancies in the table rose
by seven per cent to 7,147, and the average fee income per head was
The fastest-growing agency during 1999 was Ogilvy PR Worldwide, which
grew 115 per cent, partly due to its acquisition of Sector PR and
Top 150 supplement inside.