Nine out of ten agencies enjoyed 2005 fee growth

Ninety per cent of the UK's top 150 agencies reported increases in fee income, according to the PRWeek's Top 150 Consultancies 2006 report, published with this issue.

The results mark a return to consistent growth and contrasts with just two years ago when 12 of the top 20 posted saw PR income diminished.

The Bell Pottinger Group again occupies the number one spot, with growth of 11 per cent from £37.4m in 2004 to £41.6m in 2005.

The Top 150 this year includes 23 companies making their first appearance since 2002, having been unable to divulge their income figures owing to the Sarbanes Oxley Act. A panel of experts has helped devise a formula to estimate the 2005 fee incomes of each of these agencies.

It now means Weber Shandwick displaces Citigate Dewe Rogerson as the second largest agency, while Hill & Knowlton reappears at number four.

Financial Dynamics, which did not enter last year is third, with fee income of £27.3m, up 34 per cent on 2004.

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