Chime firms lead Top 150 despite a fee income drop

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

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

In second place is Incepta's Citigate - including Dewe Rogerson and the group's Scottish and Northern Irish operations - having slumped by 25 per cent 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 two per cent to £7.9m, and The Red Consultancy, which grew fees 16 per cent 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 per cent to £1.9m.

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