Chime Communications heads Top 150 ranking

Chime Communications’s group of PR companies has taken the top spot in the Top 150 ranking for the second year running, despite a drop in fee income of seven per cent to £32.6m.

Figures for Bell Pottinger and Good Relations include Harvard Communications this year, after the firm was brought under integrated management in 2003.

Second place went to Incepta’s Citigate, which saw fee income drop by 16 per cent to £19.7m, while Edelman’s fee income (third) slumped by 25 per cent to £10.9m. College Hill Associates’s fee income (fourth) grew by eight per cent to £8.5m, while MediTech Media’s (fifth) grew to £8.05m, an increase of 19 per cent.

Encouragingly, 70 per cent of the Top 150 recorded fee income growth over last year. Manchester-based Brazen was the fastest-growing agency in the top 100, recording a 114 per cent increase in fee income to £939,426.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act continued to affect the league tables, with companies owned by Omnicom, Interpublic, WPP, Grey, Havas and Publicis not entering.

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