The Specialist Works ranked first place in RAR Top 50 London independent agencies report
The Specialist Works has been named the top independent agency in London by the Recommended Agency Register.
In a report published in today’s issue of The Drum, the Shoreditch agency was ranked top in a review of London’s recommended independent agencies.
TH_NK came second, whilst agenda21 digital, RPM and WRG Creative Communication made up the top five in the rankings.
The RAR Top 50 London Independent Agencies report ranks agencies on key efficiency and profitability indicators including growth, gross profit and turnover per employee.
The full list is revealed below. Meanwhile, we ask agencies on the list what advice they would offer clients for their marketing in the next twelve months here.
|THE SPECIALIST WORKS
|AGENDA21 DIGITAL LTD
|WRG CREATIVE COMMUNICATION
|TOTAL MEDIA GROUP LTD
|OUT OF HOME INTERNATIONAL
|JBP PR & PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS
|DESIGN CULTURE ASSOCIATES LTD
|GOLLEY SLATER GROUP
|BWP GROUP LTD
|AARDVARK MEDIA LIMITED
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TH_NK is a digital transformation agency. We work with clients like Shop Direct, ASOS, LV=, Channel 4, Pottermore and Atom Bank to set and realise their digital ambitions.
10 years has taught us that the need for digital transformation comes in waves. When, in a perfect storm organisations are no longer aligned to a common goal, customers’ expectations outpace their experience, and technology becomes a constraint rather than an enabler.
We uniquely blend the skills and talent from the three kinds of partner clients typically need today. We combine the business focus of consultancies, the customer centricity of agencies, and the tech capability of systems integrators. We believe this makes us a true partner for change.
We are proud to be one of only a few Sitecore Platinum Partners in the UK.
We build connected media for our clients. This means using media that is addressable, ad-servable or conditionally delivered with the purpose of liberating your creative messages and business. If we can’t validate, track and measure it, we don’t do it.
When used properly this media and the data captured, creates stories that become the intelligence engine that drives what you do and means you can act now and act fast.
We work best with people that don't want business as usual, who want to change how they do stuff and are trying to speed up what they do.
That could mean you’re a new start-up or a business trying to secure second round funding. Or you might be a traditional business who recognises there is a need to change. And change now.
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We are an independent international media agency that connects brands to people.Find out more
Harvest Digital is a leading performance-based full service digital marketing agency based in the heart of London. Our clients span many different sectors – finance, retail, technology – but what they have in common is a hunger to drive more value from their digital marketing budgets.
At Harvest, we create value through our channel expertise within all aspects of search marketing, display, and social media. Value comes from an effective integrated strategy, from knowing how best to combine different channels and devices.
We deliver the full value of digital marketing – and that means more than just strong sales performance. It means brand building, customer engagement, product testing, market research, and lead generation.
At the heart of performance is relevance. Success in digital is about showing the right person the right message in the right location – it’s as simple as that.
From the very start, we were focused on integrated digital marketing including media planning and buying and creative development – and we still are.
In today’s multi-channel, hyper-competitive marketplace, there’s a wide range of new marketing problems to be solved. We are a marketing services and technology company that prides itself on helping clients stay one step ahead by improving the effectiveness and agility of their marketing, across both print and digital channels. With 80 staff and offices in London, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Beijing – we work with marketers and procurement in the not-for-profit, financial services, travel and retail sectors. Specialising in data-driven marketing communications, we create and deliver response-boosting integrated campaigns that hit your customers’ doormat and inbox on time and on budget.Find out more
Fortune Cookie is a world class full service digital agency delivering world class results for the world's leading companies.Find out more
An integrated creative agency working with some of the world's best-loved fashion and lifestyle brands. We translate ambition into results, through clear insight and strategy, skillfully brought to life.
We appreciate that the way something looks transforms how it feels to engage with it. So alongside insights and ideas, we also sweat the executional details to deliver beautiful work, that works.
Karmarama is the UK’s most progressive creative agency, now part of Accenture Interactive.Its services include advertising, direct and digital marketing, digital design and build, data and analytics, PR, social and innovation. The agency is known for its ability to blend creativity, digital and data, to help brands better engage with consumers. Or as Karmarama calls it, Connected Creativity.Find out more
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We blend business consultancy know-how with marketing agency delivery. We believe an idea, strategy or product is stronger when built from multiple perspectives. With the right minds working together, blending insight, creativity, data, media and technology we know how to influence the entire brand experience, creating a sustained impact on brand performance.
Today there are 240 of us, spread across Leeds, London, Gibraltar and New York. We’re proud to be on the Recommended Agency Register (RAR) and a Google Premier Partner too. We’ve previously been listed in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 as well as the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, and most recently, we ranked first place in Campaign’s Top 30 Regional Agencies.
Strange is a digital-first agency. We help brands succeed with strategy, technology and marketing.
We believe that successful marketing in today’s highly connected world should lead with a digital-first approach. We’re digital first, not digital only.
Our team of talented professionals will help you reach and engage with consumers using the best strategies, technology platforms and marketing channels.
We were founded in 2000 with offices in Bournemouth and London. Since then we’ve grown our capabilities significantly, building an impressive portfolio of clients in a variety of sectors along the way.
Long standing relationships with our clients are a testament to our dedication to delivering high quality work – and results – year in, year out.
Initials is one of the UK’s fastest growing independent creative agencies.
Experts in branding & brand development, shopper & promotional marketing, experiential, content and digital solutions (LABS). The principles of strategic planning, creative origination and campaign activation are threaded through the five key areas of the business.
Providing elevated thinking for brands aiming to thrive in a challenging and ever-changing world; Initials marry focused planning with creative excellence to deliver considered, inventive and ambitious campaigns in both global markets and the UK.
Our approach, we call Precision. Unleashed
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Elmwood is the world’s most effective brand design consultancy. A bold statement, but true. We’ve won more Design Effectiveness Awards than anyone else in the history of the scheme, recognition of our work’s commercial success.Elmwood began as a small, local agency in 1977, and whilst we now have studios in Leeds, London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Melbourne, we’re still very much independent.
We work right across the board from insight and strategy, to creative and design, and can tick off a long list of sectors including retail, government, sport, media, FMCG, B2B and more. Our joint ventures also mean we can offer specialist services in sustainability consulting, industrial design and environmental design.
So that’s Elmwood in a nutshell for you – there’s plenty more at elmwood.com
Experience engineered. Sequence is a creative digital agency based in Cardiff and London. We connect brands with their customers through intelligent design, innovation, passion and integrity. Specialising in web and app design and build, we’ve worked with some of the UKs biggest organisations in industries ranging from travel and tourism to public sector. Combining technical expertise and creativity to make sense of the complexities of the digital world.
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Circle is a specialist B2B market research consultancy.
We’re driven to make a difference. To uncover hidden truths about your target market and then help you translate these into marketing and commercial success. Ask Randstad who grew their market share by 77% or Vodafone who saw an 8,000% ROI.
Few research agencies can deliver results like these. Sure, they can do research, but they don’t understand your business, your marketing challenges or your commercial realities. And they lack the skills needed to intelligently interpret research findings, translate them into smart business advice and then communicate this in an engaging, action-focussed way.
That’s where Circle excels, and our four founding principles are at the heart of it:
We’re the B2B specialists. We intimately understand your environment and have seen the issues you face many times before. You’ll benefit from this deep pool of experience We’re research-led consultants. Our people couple research expertise with a background in business, strategy and marketing. They’re also armed with outstanding communication skills and techniques which bring insights to life and drive action. You receive commercially sound recommendations which colleagues engage with and make a real business impact We’re proud to be boutique. Others boast about being the biggest; we’re driven to be the best. We deliberately limit the number of clients we work with so that each receives a high calibre team passionate about their work and obsessive about their clients. You receive the highest levels of service and what is effectively an extension to your team We constantly push the boundaries. Our default mind-set is to constructively challenge the status quo – to put received ‘wisdom’ under the microscope and question the traditional way of doing things. We’re also constantly developing new frameworks and techniques which reveal deeper insights. You take the best path, not simply the one more trodden, and stay one step ahead of the competition
That’s the Circle difference. It’s why the MRS nominated us as one of the best new research agencies when we were founded in 2006. It’s why half of the UK’s Top 10 B2B Superbrands choose us. And it’s why the average client has worked with us on eight projects and counting…
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New business for brand activation agency Pulse Group in 2011-2012 included Colgate Total, BPA, Morrisons, Sanex and World Hepatitis.
The British Parking Association appointed Pulse Group in 2011 to raise awareness for its Safer Parking Scheme. The agency providing consultation and management to increase awareness amongst the motoring public.
Pulse Group made a number of senior hires in 2012, one of the most notable being former EHS Brann group managing director Mike Spicer as CEO. The agency also appointed Daniel Pallett as planning director in a flurry of senior hires. Pallett joined from the Central Office of Information (COI), where he was deputy director of direct and relationship marketing. The agency also hired from Rapp London, with Magnus Thorne and Paul Turner joining Pulse Group as executive creative directors.
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We are CTI Digital. Our award-winning team of 150 Digital Strategists, Designers, Marketers, and Developers put digital at the heart of your organisation. Based in the UK, we deliver digital transformation, build, and growth based services for companies ready to champion their market.
CREATIVITY . TECHNOLOGY . INNOVATION
Since establishing in 2003, we have become an industry leader through our commitment to quality, our focus on technology and our long-lasting relationships with clients. We have 15 years of experience providing innovative, enterprise-level solutions for a diverse range of clients such as The Public Sector’s Greater London Authority, to luxury hotel chain De Vere.
In partnership with our subsidiary agency Nublue, we also deliver specialist Commerce based campaigns for everyone from fashion innovators Maniere DeVoir, to global publishers McGraw Hill-Education.
Get in touch on 0161 826 3578 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spinnaker is a creative marketing agency.
We’re all about the art of conversation. Through human insights and the power of creative thinking we deliver creative communication campaigns that spark interest and intrigue. We want to build stories. We want to get brands talked about. This results in communication programmes across social, content, search, advertising, and experiential that invite and involve in people’s lives.
We are a hands on team with a collaborative approach to how we work. We get stuck in, creativity can come from anywhere and we pride ourselves in strong and positive relationships with our clients and each other. Curious and enquiring minds about the world of digital, technology, brands and human beings are what define us.
StreamUK are a market leading online video and streaming solutions expert. Founded and incorporated in 2001, StreamUK is cash-flow funded and debt free. The company has offices in London, Madrid and Rome, specialising in providing bespoke solutions to individual projects using its own products and services, guaranteeing that you get exactly what you envisage.Find out more
Catch is a digital creative agency headquartered in London We offer a 360º digital service; strategy, design, development and content production Our key clients include; BBC Worldwide, Rimmel London, Sally Hansen, Caterham Cars and Zoological Society London We have a particularly strong technical understanding, we especially like Drupal (multilanguage builds, high traffic volumes etc)Find out more
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We are a brand engagement agency who create powerful ideas that amaze and persuade.Find out more
23red is an integrated communications agency that knows how to get people to do things through brand activation. We provide clients with either specialist expertise for a specific role on their roster, or a complete one-stop-shop for all their communication needs.
We specialise in making it easier for people to choose your brand and help you win new customers. We’re convinced that getting people to respond directly and actually do something is a more immediate way to get them to engage with and then purchase your brand.
To find out a bit more about us take a look at our recent news stories (below), or for a more freestyle commentary follow us on our twitter feed (on the right).
We’re always keen to talk to interesting brands that are doing good things and adapting to the changing world around them. So please get in touch through any of our company links (above) and let’s chat about what we can do for you.
Good is one of the most effective design agencies in the UK, winning six gold DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in the past six years.
We are a strategic branding firm who solve marketing and business challenges for a wide range of brands and organisations. Good is a benchmark for our integrity as well as a minimum standard for our work.
Our client list includes Ford, Scottish Power, Land Securities, Ian Macleod Distillers, Devro and Honeywell.
We were founded in 2004, and now have 26 staff across our offices in London and Glasgow.
Find out more at www.wearegood.com
For more information please contact Helen Forbes on 0141 204 3090/ 07779 222 085.
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We’re a special kind of marketing agency that exists to design and deliver amazing consumer experiences for our clients. We’re a collective of creative and strategic thinkers from every conceivable marketing background - digital, shopper, media, PR, insight, advertising, mobile, branding, search and content – focusing on acquisition, content and UX to create unique ideas and powerful solutions that exceed expectations for both clients and audiences. We’ve also won a few awards along the way.
We love to explore new ideas but we’re also nimble and get stuff done. We’re straight talking, open-minded and fun to work with. We work hard but are always learning and we never stand still.
We’re Brass. A special kind of agency.
We are a strategically-led creative agency specialising in brand and customer experience.
We are passionate about brands and retail, which makes for the perfect combination - our passion and your brand. We’ll sort out your strategy, big up your brand, add a touch of magic and get the conversation started.
We have brilliant strategists, award-winning creatives and fantastic client service people.
We have vast experience in launching brands, store openings, experiential and sales driver campaigns for our retail and leisure brands such as IKEA, ECCO, Cotswold Outdoor and Sennheiser.
Our core values of passion, impact, excellence and respect are evident in every project we deliver, the long-term relationships we build, and the results we realise for our clients.
Head Office: Jubilee House, Third Avenue, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1EY
FDC is the first full design agency in Leicestershire to service the Midlands at a genuinely affordable rate.
From web design to email marketing, branding tocopywriting, our tight-knit team of experienced experts come armed to fulfil your design and marketing needs with our professional, no-nonsense approach.
Proudly the fastest growing design agency in the country, we support both small and large enterprises in the Midlands and beyond, paying heed to our clients’ creative and commercial needs.
Fusing substance and style with inspired results, our proven track record includes British Sugar, Ola Holidays and Davidsons as three of many satisfied clientele.
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Keepthinking uniquely combines a digital design agency with software development for Museums, Galleries, Archives, Libraries, Performing Art Venues and other cultural organisations. We offer standard compliant Content and Collection Management software as well as bespoke design, consultancy and development for any web or mobile application.Find out more
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Navigate Digital is an independent, international, award winning, digital media agency.
We’re experts in helping advertisers find different ways to exploit digital media in all its forms. We have a range of techniques to connect consumers with your brand.
Most importantly, we employ a strategic approach that is bespoke to every one of our clients to provide innovative digital media solutions that deliver tangible results.
Established in 2007, the agency is run by its founding partners - John Kimbell & Matt D'Alton and has offices in London and Sydney.
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