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The Drum Top 100 Independent Agencies 2018

The Drum Top 100 Report

The Top 100 celebrates the best-run independent agencies in the UK. It is powered by The Drum's Independent Agencies Census, the most comprehensive study of its kind into the performance of UK marcomms firms. Agencies earn their place in the Top 100 based on their performance across six financial metrics – turnover, turnover growth, turnover percentage growth, turnover per head, gross profit and gross profit growth – and two years' worth of financial data is analysed to determine their ranking. Some agencies achieved the same scores and have therefore been jointly ranked. All data presented here was correct at the time of collection.

*See financial rankings and complete analysis in The Independent Agencies Census report*

The Drum's 2018 Independent Agencies Census contains rankings and in-depth analysis on the business performance of 180 marcomms and media agencies from across the UK. The digital report includes detailed financial rankings, like-for-like comparisons by headcount and region and client satisfaction scores.

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The List

1
Founded
2005
Location
Greater London
Headcount
475
2

Amplify

Founded
2008
Location
Greater London
Headcount
85
3

Four Communications Group

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
273
4
Founded
1998
Location
Greater London
Headcount
95
5

Oliver

Founded
2004
Location
Greater London
Headcount
1123
6
Founded
2004
Location
North West
Headcount
75
7
Founded
2010
Location
Greater London
Headcount
62
7

Sideshow Group

Founded
2010
Location
South West
Headcount
200
9

Threepipe

Founded
2004
Location
Greater London
Headcount
80
10

Collider

Founded
2003
Location
Greater London
Headcount
43
11

Emperor

Founded
1996
Location
Greater London
Headcount
150
12

Kingpin Communications

Founded
1997
Location
Greater London
Headcount
26
13

XYZ

Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
20
14

Omobono

Founded
2001
Location
East of England
Headcount
75
15
Founded
2011
Location
Greater London
Headcount
129
15
Founded
2009
Location
South East
Headcount
54
17
Founded
2000
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
115
18
Founded
2000
Location
South East
Headcount
44
19
Founded
2008
Location
Greater London
Headcount
34
20
Founded
1999
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
644
21

Ribot

Founded
2008
Location
South East
Headcount
8
22
Founded
2003
Location
South East
Headcount
84
23

Cult LDN

Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
38
24
Founded
1999
Location
Greater London
Headcount
52
25

TIPi Group

Founded
2015
Location
Greater London
Headcount
58
26
Founded
2011
Location
Greater London
Headcount
45
27
Founded
2009
Location
Greater London
Headcount
35
28

S3 Advertising

Founded
2011
Location
Wales
Headcount
38
29

Taxi Studio

Founded
2002
Location
South West
Headcount
54
30

Brass Agency

Founded
1983
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
77
31
Founded
1976
Location
South West
Headcount
16
32

BrandOpus

Founded
2007
Location
Greater London
Headcount
72
33
Founded
1999
Location
East Midlands
Headcount
47
34
Founded
1963
Location
South West
Headcount
37
35

HRG

Founded
1990
Location
East Midlands
Headcount
114
36
Founded
2009
Location
Greater London
Headcount
68
37

Mediaworks UK

Founded
2007
Location
North East
Headcount
95
38
Founded
2003
Location
North West
Headcount
70
38

Wash Studio

Founded
2003
Location
North West
Headcount
8
40
Founded
1987
Location
North West
Headcount
83
41
Founded
2005
Location
East of England
Headcount
56
41
Founded
1999
Location
Wales
Headcount
66
41

MB Advertising & Marketing

Founded
1989
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
73
41
Founded
1979
Location
Ashford
Headcount
63
44

Etch

Founded
2006
Location
South East
Headcount
30
44

Now

Founded
2011
Location
Greater London
Headcount
43
44

Tangent

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
80
47

BrandPie

Founded
2008
Location
Greater London
Headcount
20
48

ClearPeople

Founded
2003
Location
Greater London
Headcount
53
49
Founded
2009
Location
Greater London
Headcount
48
50

Fusion Unlimited

Founded
1998
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
39
51
Founded
2001
Location
North West
Headcount
54
52
Founded
2015
Location
Greater London
Headcount
27
53

Opinium Research

Founded
2007
Location
Greater London
Headcount
31
53

Pearlfisher

Founded
1992
Location
Greater London
Headcount
46
55

RBH

Founded
1995
Location
West Midlands
Headcount
52
56

Five by Five

Founded
1979
Location
South East
Headcount
56
56
Founded
1957
Location
Wales
Headcount
200
56

RPM

Founded
1993
Location
Greater London
Headcount
115
59

TH_NK

Founded
2004
Location
Greater London
Headcount
85
60
Founded
2014
Location
Greater London
Headcount
56
61
Founded
2007
Location
South East
Headcount
42
62
Founded
1989
Location
Greater London
Headcount
114
63

Good

Founded
2004
Location
Greater London
Headcount
26
64
Founded
1995
Location
Greater London
Headcount
43
65
Founded
2005
Location
South East
Headcount
24
66
Founded
2008
Location
West Midlands
Headcount
20
66

PromoVeritas

Founded
2002
Location
Greater London
Headcount
26
68
Founded
1991
Location
Scotland
Headcount
30
69
Founded
2015
Location
North West
Headcount
32
70

Quiet Storm

Founded
1995
Location
Greater London
Headcount
26
71

Equator

Founded
1999
Location
Scotland
Headcount
185
72

Bugler Smith

Founded
2011
Location
North West
Headcount
12
72
Founded
1973
Location
North West
Headcount
59
74
Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
162
75

Harvest Digital

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
30
76

Enigma Interactive

Founded
1997
Location
North East
Headcount
35
77

Armadillo

Founded
1992
Location
South West
Headcount
29
77
Founded
2005
Location
North West
Headcount
89
79

Parker Design

Founded
1995
Location
North West
Headcount
37
80
Founded
2012
Location
East Midlands
Headcount
30
81

Ardmore Advertising

Founded
1988
Location
Northern Ireland
Headcount
53
82

Octopus Group

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
65
83

Cyber-Duck

Founded
2005
Location
Greater London
Headcount
38
84

MediaVision

Founded
2004
Location
Greater London
Headcount
20
85

383 Project

Founded
2006
Location
West Midlands
Headcount
39
86
Founded
2002
Location
South East
Headcount
46
86

e3creative

Founded
2010
Location
North West
Headcount
55
86
Founded
2013
Location
Greater London
Headcount
27
86
Founded
1995
Location
South East
Headcount
22
90

Babel

Founded
2006
Location
Greater London
Headcount
14
91

Born Social

Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
30
92

Evoluted New Media

Founded
2006
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
28
92

The Market Creative

Founded
2009
Location
North West
Headcount
19
94
Founded
2003
Location
East of England
Headcount
30
95

The Mix

Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
10
96
Founded
2010
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
19
96
Founded
2003
Location
Greater London
Headcount
55
98

The Think Tank

Founded
1993
Location
Greater London
Headcount
25
99
Founded
1998
Location
South East
Headcount
42
100

Fox Agency

Founded
2011
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
20