Chairman Matthew Freud, 54, sold a majority stake in this public relations firm to Publicis Groupe in 2005, valuing it at £56m, but bought it back in 2011 for an undisclosed sum. Its clients include Dubai’s Department of Tourism, and it has worked with Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah to promote the city as a tourist destination. In 2016, it bought American PR firm Brew Media Relations, helping international sales hit £20m. Arlo Brady, 40, became chief executive last year.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank79
CompanyFreuds
ActivityPublic relations agency
LocationCentral London
2-yr av intl sales growth pa55.86%
International sales £000s20,023
Total sales £000s41,575
Staff246
Founded1985
Websitewww.freuds.com

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