Curtin & Co

Curtin & Co CEO Tom Curtin unabashedly says that his senior team runs 'a cracking little company', and it is this talent that has contributed to the agency growing by 112 per cent in the past year.

Tom Curtin: CEO of Curtin & Co
Tom Curtin: CEO of Curtin & Co

Fee income pounds: 1,679,000 Growth: 112% Staff: 17 Position in top 150: 106

Curtin & Co, which is divided into a community politics division and a crisis preparation division, looks after a number of big-name building companies such as Crest Nicholson and Taylor Wimpey, as well as more consumer facing brands such as EDF and Nestle.

The consultancy's rapid growth means Curtin & Co has faced the challenge of quickly growing its team, while recruiting the right people. Curtin says the company has a policy of almost always promoting from within and providing a good incentive and bonus scheme, because he has a 'young and talented team that need to be rewarded for their hard work'. Last year, he promoted Catherine Worboys to the role of managing director - and is also quick to point out he does not employ interns, which represent 'a modern form of slavery'.

Curtin claims the key to his agency's success is a few company rules: the agency does not do retainers, which 'are rip-offs' and 'the lazy person's way out', but instead gets signed by clients for long-term projects that will run for around three years.

Similarly, he says the company's invoices are 'precisely the same as our proposals' and that the agency is honest about the total fee and does not go over budget. 'We will never be the cheapest, but we will always be the best,' he says.

2012 at a glance

Three best campaigns: Commercial Estates Group: engaging with residents of Thame, South Oxfordshire, on the benefits that the development of several hundred new homes in the area would bring; running a consultation campaign for Safestore that secured permanent consent for the company's Notting Hill store; delivering a crisis simulation course to 350 senior executives of a Dutch multinational in a converted flour mill in Venice

Significant hires: Catherine Worboys was promoted to managing director, while Ally Kennedy was promoted to the advisory board

Predicted fee income for 2013: Aiming for £2m

Plans for the year ahead: Keep growing while maintaining the company's recognised quality

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