Who are the best PR companies in Manchester?

Sugar PR is one of the best PR companies in Manchester

Who are the best PR companies in Manchester?

It’s a good question. Obviously, at Sugar PR we’re biased. Therefore, we reckon it’s our team (based at 76 King Street by the way)  by a country mile.

However, if you’re looking for a PR agency you’ll be looking for certain things. Every PR company you speak to will have a different approach, different ideas, different people, different quality of business connections  and different types of campaigns to offer.

Our own view is that there are lots of brilliant PR companies in a city like Manchester. It depends what you’re looking for.

How to choose a PR company

There are agencies who only touch ‘blue chip’ corporate clients for example. There are others who specialise in luxury goods, high-end retailers or consumer fashion products. Many require a minimum budget upfront before they’ll even speak to you about your brief. Some freelancer PR’s in Manchester are better than big agencies, others have just stumbled into the market. So which one do you choose?

If you’re looking to brief a PR agency and wondering how to brief a PR company you should read our master guide: How to brief a PR company. It contains plenty of handy tips, advice and pointers on how to get the best response from your chosen agency.

We’re confident we know where our own niche is.

We specialise in fast growth, ambitious, entrepreneurial b2b and professional services firms who value trusted relationships and want to be smart, agile and dynamic about their PR profile.

If you sell your services or your knowledge to other businesses then we think Sugar PR is the best PR agency in Manchester for you.

Put simply, if you own the business or you handle marketing for a ambitious business owner, we’re think we’re one of the best PR companies in Manchester.

But we would say that wouldn’t we?

The best PR companies in Manchester

We’ve only been in business for six months but already we’ve got a reputation for delivering results and a commercial ROI for companies and business owners.

There are of course, more independent, ways to find out who are the best PR companies in Manchester. It would be remiss of us not to mention them.

There are two key tables which highlight the best PR companies in the UK. They appear each year in PR Week and Prolific North. Here are the results in full from the Prolific North league table from 2016. Special thanks go to the excellent team at PN who do a fantastic job in reporting on, researching and engaging with the entire Northern marketing community. 

The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2016

in association with Pitch Consultants

Best PR agencies in Manchester


Position 2016 Company name Location Head count Agency’s selection of clients
1 Citypress Manchester 70 Aldi, Coca Cola Enterprises, Lloyds Banking Group, Swinton Insurance, British Gas
2 Tangerine Manchester 60 Peugeot UK, Pizza Hut, Sport Relief, Jewson, British Gypsum
3 Havas Manchester 26 Kellogg’s, ASDA, Pets At Home, Greggs, Mecca Bingo
4 Weber Shandwick Manchester 32 Alliance MBS, PZ Cussons, Sealed Air, Aldi, Avis
5 Finn Communications Leeds 26 R&R Ice Cream, Cadbury’s ice creams, Yoomoo, ghd, Quorn, Morphy Richards, Taylors of Harrogate
6 Barrett Dixon Bell Altrincham 30 DSM, tna, Tata, Tyco, M&I Materials
7 Brazen PR Manchester 30 Wilko, Dr Oetker, Magnet, Merlin Entertainments, Molson Coors (Rekorderlig)
8 Beattie Leeds, Manchester 22 Specsavers, Commercial Estates Group, Biffa, Flybe, La Redoute
9 Lucre Leeds 20 Kodak, jet2.com, WVR, Holiday Extras, Kohler Mira
10 Influential PR Liverpool 21 Quilter Cheviot Asset Management, Morgan Sindall, Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, Liverpool Vision, International Festival of Business 2016, Grosvenor Liverpool Fund (Liverpool One)
11 Corporate Culture Liverpool 23 The Co-op, FCC, Carlsberg, WRAP, WWF
12 Carousel PR Manchester 18 Selfridges, MGA, Savills, Festival Number 6, Snowbombing
13 Peppermint Soda Manchester 25 Home Bargains, Story Homes, Muse Developments, Farjo Hair Institute, James Cropper Plc
14 Mason Williams Manchester 12 Accor, TOMY, Fruit Heroes, Holland’s, Athenaeum
15 Kenyon Fraser Liverpool 37 Merseytravel, M&S, Bradford College, Aintree, Liverpool JMU
16 Scott Partnership Holmes Chapel 13 Agilent Technologies, Crown BioScience, Sciformix, Allscripts Healthcare, Precision Polymer Engineering (Idex)
17 Smoking Gun Manchester 18 Silentnight Group, Bright HR (Peninsula Business Services), Robert McBride, Nobia UK (Magnet Kitchens), Holt LLoyd International
18 Democracy Manchester 18 Travis Perkins, CORGI HomePlan, Knowsley Safari, Halewood Wines & Spirits, TJ Hughes
19 MCG PR Leeds 14 Vileda, Pink Lady, Tenderstem, Damart, TaxAssist Accountants, Costcutter Supermarkets Group
20 SKV PR Manchester 14 Crown Commercial Services framework, Qualtrex, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, BDP, Lowry Hotel
21 PR Agency One Manchester 16 Gift Voucher Shop , Fletchers Solicitors, PushDoctor, YMCA, Appliances Direct
22 Intelligent Conversation Manchester 11 Synectics plc, EMIS Group plc, United Utilities plc, Pharmacy2U, Brother Europe
23 DTW Guisborough 13 The Law Society, Mersey Gateway Project, New Wear Crossing Project, Solicitor’s Regulation Authority, Working Links
24 Hatch Communications Leeds 14 Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, First Utility, NHS, Wensleydale Creamery, World Vision
25 Pelican Communications Oldham 13 Apeal, NCC, FCC Environment, Markem Imaje and BFFF
26 Context Public Relations Macclesfield 11 Check Point Software Technologies, Simoco Group, UserZoom, Algosec, Maginus Software Solutions
27 iseepr Otley 11 GlobalPlatform, SIMalliance, EMVCo, NG Bailey IT Services
28 Roland Dransfield PR Manchester 12 Hill Dickinson, Nuffield Health, Schroders, Bilfinger GVA, Royal London Asset Management
29 HR Media Sheffield 13 Westfield Health, Stagecoach, B Braun, SIV, Redbrik Estate Agents
30 Hattrick PR Manchester 10 Desso, PetSafe, Tarkett, Stirling Lloyd, REPIC
31 Label PR Manchester 12 Mark Hill Hair (Boots UK), Fragrance Direct, Swimwear365 (FGH-UK), Curvissa (FGH-UK), Transform Cosmetic Surgery
32 Acceleris Harrogate 11 Utilita Energy Ltd, Royal Alfred Seafarers, NFFO Ltd, Nexus Vehicle Management Ltd, Meridian Motor Group Ltd ( Vantage)
33 Plinkfizz Newcastle-under-Lyme 10 The Trentham Estate, Waterworld, City Learning Trust, Peveril Homes, Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors
34 RMS PR, Design & Marketing Altrincham 16 Warburtons, Swizzels, Hiscox, Character World, Jerrold Holdings
35 Active Profile Manchester and Liverpool 10 Energy Innovation Centre, Riello UPS, Pozzoni Architecture, Liverpool BID Company, Muse Developments
36 The Write Angle Chorley 9 Festive Lights, Sika Liquid Plastics, Preston’s College, Champion Accountants, Eric Wright Group
37 de Winter PR & Marketing Chester 12 Bank of America, Chester Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Aaron & Partners, Royal Crown Derby, Nuffield Health
38 Ramarketing & PR Newcastle upon Tyne 8 Juniper Pharma Services (JPS), Vaulkhard, Onyx, Crafter’s Companion
39 Social Communications Sale 12 Places for People Group, Lidl, United Living, Extra MSA Motorway Services, Devonshires
40 Prohibition PR Leeds 8 Interflora, Savills, Silentnight Group, Thomson Reuters
41 JAMpr Manchester 8 Argos for Business, Carl Kammerling International, Tuxedo Money Solutions, Money Advice Group, JST Jodie
42 Aberfield Communications Leeds 8 Qhotels, Deloitte, First Direct, Northern Rail, NG Bailey
43 The Partners Group York 7 Glassolutions, Eggborough Power Station, Nuffield Health,  National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN), Dynamic Networks
44 Manc Frank Manchester 7 Carole Nash, Icelolly, Lucozade, Ribena, Weetabix
45 Dragonfly Public Relations Rotherham n/a NHS, Marshalls, Pland
46 Allott & Associates Knaresborough 9 PHS Group, Ulma Packaging, Confederation of Paper Industries, Pickersgill-Kaye, Potter Logistics
47 MTJ Associates Leyland 6 AG Barr, Burton’s Biscuits, Grace Foods; Kepak Convenience Foods; Sutcliffe Play
48 Umpf Leeds 7 LivingSocial, Park Inn by Radisson, Virgin Trains East Coast, Visit Malta, YESSS Electrical
49 Brand8 PR Leeds 6 Avant Homes, Gordons, Sanderson Weatherall, Lansinoh, TOMRA
50 The Karol Marketing Group Newcastle upon Tyne 7 AMG Group, High Street Group, NAL Asset Management, Master Locksmiths Association