Lord Bell's Chime Communications heads top 150 PR list

LONDON - Lord Bell's Chime Communications 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 7% 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.

Lord Bell's Chime also owns advertising agencies including a 51% stake in HHCL, Roose and the Will Pond-Jones Collective.

In September, Chime reported that revenues for company's PR division in the first half, which also include QBO Bell Pottinger Public Relations, were down by 8.1% to £17m compared with the same period last year. Chime's PR business accounts for 63% of total revenues.

Second place went to Incepta's Citigate, which saw fee income drop by 16% to £19.7m, while Edelman's fee income (third) slumped by 25% to £10.9m. College Hill Associates's fee income (fourth) grew by 8% to £8.5m, while MediTech Media's (fifth) grew to £8.05m, an increase of 19%.

Encouragingly, 70% 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% 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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