2016 was a record year for Beattie Communications Group Limited in the UK according to accounts registered at Companies House.
Profit before tax rose by 6% to £624k while turnover went up by 7% to £9.3m with only a 2% increase in expenses.
Dividends of £430k were paid to shareholders and performance bonuses of £80k were awarded to members of the Beattie team.
“The latest record figures were recorded after an unprecedented performance in 2015.” said CEO Laurna Woods. “They are, of course, particularly pleasing because 2016 was our 30 th anniversary year.
“It was a year of achievement and progress for Beattie Group. We won the large PR Agency of The Year title and a national newspaper crowned us Britain’s third best medium-sized employer.
“We announced our expansion into Canada and opened our state-of- the-art training academy, The Beattie Bootcamp, in Scotland.
“We redesigned our websites, published our culture handbook and added numerous big names to our client list.”
New clients won by Beattie during 2016 included retail chain Smiggle, Dairy Crest, Discovery Channel, High Street TV and the Vue cinema chain.
Woods continued: “Steady progress is what we aim for at Beattie and we have consistently achieved that goal over the past decade.
“Much of our success can be attributed to our strong and stable leadership team to which we recently added former Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts and former Grayling CEO Alison Clarke.
“Stability is a common theme among all our people. Indeed, a fifth of our team has been with Beattie for a decade or more.”
Looking to the future, Woods said: “Everything in the garden is rosy. While we cannot predict the impact of Brexit on us or the economy, 2017 promises to be another flourishing year for Beattie.”
Beattie has eight offices in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.
It operates three headline brands, Beattie itself, 11ten its student recruitment arm and the Only Marketing series of specialist boutiques which include Only Digital, Only Crisis, Only Retail and Only Health. Total billings for all brands is approaching £20m.