Top 10 Fastest Growing International Agencies

Adweek’s second annual rankings spotlight pacemakers around the globe

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Just like last year, markets like London and Amsterdam are well represented. For 2020’s list, newcomers from Leeds, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Johannesburg show that growth comes from everywhere. Here are the top 10 fastest growing international agencies by percent change in revenue. (Number in parentheses represents overall ranking.)

(Be sure to check out Adweek’s top 100 Fastest Growing agencies and 10 solution providers for the complete list.)


Thinkerbell (13)

  • HQ: Melbourne, Australia
  • Growth: 719%
  • Select Clients: Accor Hotels, The Iconic, Vegemite
  • Classification: Full-Service

Thinkerbell combines marketing sciences and creativity into a brand proposition it calls “measured magic.” Just 3 years old, the independent agency has already received plenty of awards in Australia, and its client list keeps growing. That growth comes from a consistent earned media approach as well as coverage in the marketing trade press for its work, new business wins, opinion pieces and business moves. Thinkerbell has launched three other agencies: DOA (Decade of Action), a social cause agency; Space, a conference-festival organization; and research agency Hocus Focus.


Animal (15)

  • HQ: New Delhi
  • Growth: 548%
  • Select Clients: AB InBev, Airtel, Uniqlo India
  • Classification: Full-Service

Animal courts diversity in its clientele and staff. The indie creative agency works with a diverse portfolio of Indian and global brands and has recently ventured into the U.S. market. Animal has produced a broad body of work, including designing streetwear, packaging, event programming, film production, animation, product design, AR, VR and UI/UX. The company ensures its teams come from diverse backgrounds in terms of discipline and collaborate with each other on projects for clients.


No Fixed Address (28)

  • HQ: Toronto
  • Growth: 265%
  • Select Clients: AstraZeneca, Little Caesars, SickKids Foundation
  • Classification: Full-Service

No Fixed Address keeps expanding its address book, with growth outside its Toronto base, including Montreal and New York, where award-winning creative director Greg Hahn has set up Mischief. Digital has been a major revenue driver, helping the agency achieve an annual revenue growth rate of 150% all three years since launching.


Circus Marketing (31)

  • HQ: Mexico City
  • Growth: 247%
  • Select Clients: Beyond Meat, California Lottery, Quibi
  • Classification: Multicultural

Circus thrives on entrepreneurial energy, creating a multifaceted, multicultural experience for clients. Its modern perspective of Latinx audiences and an expertise launching brands’ social channels in Latin America and Brazil have spurred growth for the agency as global brands strive to create closer connections with their audiences in those regions.


Entropia (33)

  • HQ: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Growth: 210%
  • Select Clients: BMW, KFC, Pepsi
  • Classification: Full-Service

Employing the tagline “Made in Future,” Entropia is a digital transformation consultancy meets agency. The Malaysian company has grown to more than 65 clients since 2016, with spikes in net revenue and existing client portfolios. The agency is driven by a cultural system it calls Capri (curious, agile, playful, relentless and inventive).


Journey Further (36)

  • HQ: Leeds, U.K.
  • Growth: 195%
  • Select Clients: Evans Cycles, Sky, Villa Plus
  • Classification: Digital

Journey Further has grown from one to 62 staffers in three years, increased revenue to nearly $7 million and expanded from Leeds into London and Manchester. The performance marketing agency gives its clients direct access to campaign data and connects them directly to the senior teams running their campaigns.


Fifty Digital (38)

  • HQ: London
  • Growth: 177%
  • Select Clients: Puma, Rugby World Cup, Shell Motorsports
  • Classification: Full-Service

Fifty Digital is a fast-growing digital and social media agency in sponsorship and sport. The London agency delivered the social media, content, creative and planning for two of the most engaged sporting events in 2019: the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar—and boasted a 90% year-over-year retention rate.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 5, 2020, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.

@zanger doug.zanger@adweek.com Doug Zanger is a senior editor, agencies at Adweek, focusing on creativity and agencies.
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