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Shine Communications tops Sunday Times Best Small Companies list, while AMV BBDO tops agencies in main list


By The Drum Team | Editorial

March 5, 2012 | 2 min read

Shine Communications has been named as the Best Small Company to work in within the UK within the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies, while Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO has been ranked at number 17 of overall 100 Best Companies.

The list, revealed yesterday, saw AMV BBDO enter the Best 100 Companies list for the first time, reporting 422 members of staff and a turnover of £49.3m, while MEC UK was not far behind, ranking in 21st place, rising from 68th place last year.

Also newly entering the list was MediaCom at 52nd, while Leo Burnett Group fell from 39 to 61st. StarCom MediaVest also entered at 66th, Mindshare at 73rd, Edelman at 75th, Weber Shandwick at 83rd and Motivcom at 87th.

Meanwhile, Shine Communications topped the Small Best Company List, having last year ranked in third position. The communications agency reports 56 staff and a turnover of £6.5m. Last year’s victor, Brand Learning slipped to third, while Karmarama rose to 11th, having been 27th last year. Market Makers also rose to 20th from 37, closely followed by social media agencies Unruly (27) and Bazaarvoice (40).

Leeds based digital agency Twentysix came in at 49, while drpgroup was 51st. The Fresh Group came in at 73rd, Haygarth 75th Foolproof in 76th, WAA at 81s, The Red Consultancy (53rd), Steak (89th), The Specialist Words (90th) and Lexis (98th).

Shine’s founder and CEO, Rachel Bell, commented: “I am truly delighted that Shine has been named the Best Small Company to Work For in the UK. This tops off a great year for us where we’ve experienced double digit growth driven by a wealth of new client wins and, of course, the hard work of the entire Shine team. Our people are at the heart of our business so this particular award is one that is very close to my heart.”

Bell continued: “Needless to say, the icing on the cake for me personally was picking up the Best Leader award. When I started Shine 13 years ago, I could never have imagined we’d achieve such amazing success and I am extremely proud that my staff have recognised my passion and commitment to the company.”

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