Chime firms lead PR top 150 despite a dropfee income

LONDON - Chime Communications' main PR brands have gained the number one slot in this year's Top 150, despite a combined fee slump of 27%.

The Bell Pottinger and Good Relations groups notched up fee income of £30.8m in the year to December 2002 for the Lord Bell-led Chime.

In second place is Incepta's Citigate -- including Dewe Rogerson and the group's Scottish and Northern Irish operations - having slumped by 25% on last year's figures to £23.4m.

Third is Edelman, which registered fees in 2002 of £14.5m.

The rest of the top five are College Hill, with a fall of 2% to £7.9m, and The Red Consultancy, which grew fees 16% to £7.7m.

Last year's number one, Weber Shandwick, is -- in common with PR arms of six major quoted groups -- absent from the 2003 table due to fresh US disclosure rules.

The fastest growing agency in the Top 150 is Geronimo, which grew fee income by 148% to £1.9m.

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