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The Drum Top 100 Independent Agencies 2019

The Drum Top 100 Report

The Top 100 celebrates the best-run independent agencies in the UK in 2019. 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.

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The List

1
Founded
2005
Location
Greater London
Headcount
665
2

Sideshow Group

Founded
2010
Location
South West
Headcount
172
3

Brainlabs

Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
180
4

Leagas Delaney

Founded
1980
Location
Greater London
Headcount
59
5

George P. Johnson

Founded
1914
Location
Greater London
Headcount
123
6

BBD Perfect Storm

Founded
2013
Location
Greater London
Headcount
28
7

Push

Founded
2007
Location
Greater London
Headcount
65
8
Founded
2013
Location
Greater London
Headcount
107
9

The Goat Agency

Founded
2015
Location
East of England
Headcount
90
10

Dept

Founded
2016
Location
North West
Headcount
167
11

Emperor

Founded
1996
Location
Greater London
Headcount
185
12
Founded
2010
Location
Greater London
Headcount
122
13

TIPi Group

Founded
2015
Location
Greater London
Headcount
64
14

The Orchard Media & Events Group

Founded
2010
Location
Wales
Headcount
72
15

HRG UK

Founded
1990
Location
East Midlands
Headcount
112
16

Amplify

Founded
2008
Location
Greater London
Headcount
118
17
Founded
2011
Location
Greater London
Headcount
160
18

Four Communications

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
273
19
Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
34
20
Founded
2009
Location
South East
Headcount
58
21
Founded
1991
Location
Greater London
Headcount
150
22

Butterfly Cannon

Founded
2010
Location
Greater London
Headcount
35
23

Threepipe

Founded
2004
Location
South East
Headcount
80
24
Founded
2016
Location
Greater London
Headcount
11
25

Imagination

Founded
1979
Location
Greater London
Headcount
310
26

Ardmore Advertising and Marketing

Founded
1988
Location
Northern Ireland
Headcount
61
27
Founded
1957
Location
Wales
Headcount
166
27
Founded
2003
Location
South East
Headcount
83
29

Harvest Digital

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
28
30
Founded
2008
Location
North East
Headcount
286
31
Founded
2000
Location
South East
Headcount
55
32
Founded
2006
Location
Greater London
Headcount
114
33

The PHA Group

Founded
2005
Location
Greater London
Headcount
80
34

Verve Live Agency

Founded
2014
Location
Greater London
Headcount
12
35

Amigo Partnership

Founded
2014
Location
Greater London
Headcount
22
36

We Are Fearless

Founded
2015
Location
Greater London
Headcount
32
37

TCO

Founded
2006
Location
Greater London
Headcount
24
38

Digital Detox

Founded
2004
Location
Greater London
Headcount
33
38
Founded
1989
Location
Greater London
Headcount
110
40
Founded
2014
Location
North West
Headcount
40
41

Opinium Research

Founded
2007
Location
Greater London
Headcount
39
42

Synergy Creative

Founded
2006
Location
South West
Headcount
27
43

Search Laboratory

Founded
2005
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
118
44
Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
136
45
Founded
2005
Location
Greater London
Headcount
61
46
Founded
2010
Location
South East
Headcount
36
47

Mother

Founded
1996
Location
Greater London
Headcount
153
48
Founded
1979
Location
South East
Headcount
68
49

Toaster

Founded
2010
Location
Greater London
Headcount
45
50

Journey Further

Founded
2017
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
45
51

Splash Worldwide

Founded
2004
Location
Greater London
Headcount
91
52
Founded
2007
Location
South West
Headcount
25
53

Fusion Unlimited

Founded
1998
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
25
54
Founded
2003
Location
Greater London
Headcount
10
55

23red

Founded
1999
Location
Greater London
Headcount
44
55
Founded
2005
Location
North West
Headcount
100
57
Founded
2013
Location
Greater London
Headcount
45
58

Taylor Herring

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
20
59

Truant London

Founded
2011
Location
Greater London
Headcount
25
60
Founded
2012
Location
East Midlands
Headcount
32
60

One Agency Media

Founded
2015
Location
North West
Headcount
18
62

Ratio

Founded
2015
Location
Greater London
Headcount
11
63

Brass Agency

Founded
1983
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
78
64

Made to Engage

Founded
2012
Location
Northern Ireland
Headcount
61
65

RBH

Founded
1995
Location
West Midlands
Headcount
47
66

Brandpie

Founded
2008
Location
Greater London
Headcount
20
67

LOVE.

Founded
2001
Location
North West
Headcount
60
67
Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
39
69
Founded
2002
Location
East of England
Headcount
48
69

CULT London

Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
31
71

Evoluted New Media

Founded
2006
Location
Yorkshire & The Humber
Headcount
28
72

Wyatt International

Founded
1964
Location
West Midlands
Headcount
40
73

Uniform

Founded
1998
Location
North West
Headcount
59
74

Appetite Creative Solutions

Founded
2016
Location
Greater London
Headcount
1
75

Omobono

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
85
76
Founded
2007
Location
Greater London
Headcount
36
77

MadeBrave

Founded
2012
Location
Scotland
Headcount
30
77
Founded
2015
Location
Greater London
Headcount
32
79

Splendid Communications

Founded
2005
Location
Greater London
Headcount
39
80
Founded
2010
Location
Greater London
Headcount
5
81
Founded
2009
Location
East of England
Headcount
43
82
Founded
2014
Location
Greater London
Headcount
12
83

Share Creative

Founded
2016
Location
Greater London
Headcount
18
84
Founded
1936
Location
West Midlands
Headcount
76
85
Founded
2012
Location
South West
Headcount
26
86

Starstruck Media

Founded
2007
Location
Greater London
Headcount
4
87

Mediaworks

Founded
2007
Location
North East
Headcount
95
88

the tree

Founded
2013
Location
Greater London
Headcount
24
89
Founded
2013
Location
South East
Headcount
20
89
Founded
1999
Location
East Midlands
Headcount
52
91
Founded
2005
Location
East of England
Headcount
56
92

Reason

Founded
2012
Location
Greater London
Headcount
31
92

Sigma

Founded
2007
Location
North West
Headcount
39
94
Founded
1999
Location
North West
Headcount
65
95

Manifest London

Founded
2009
Location
Greater London
Headcount
28
96

Octopus Group

Founded
2001
Location
Greater London
Headcount
55
96

Tangerine Communications

Founded
2002
Location
North West
Headcount
57
98

Access

Founded
1999
Location
North West
Headcount
30
98
Founded
2009
Location
Greater London
Headcount
45
100
Founded
2013
Location
Greater London
Headcount
35

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