PHD was launched as the first planning-led media agency in the UK.

Today we are still renowned for being the UK's most forward-thinking media agency; we challenge convention, break new ground in communications thinking and ultimately look to find a better way in everything we do.

We are the first media agency to have been awarded three D&AD pencils and to have won back-to-back Cannes Lions over two years. We were named 'Network of the Year' at the 2015 Campaign Media Awards and won Marketing Week's Agency of the Year accolade.

Established in 2003, PHD’s Manchester office is part of an 80+ office global network and part of Omnicom Media Group, working with local, national and international clients. Our planning-centric approach, coupled with the buying power we offer through Omnicom Media Group’s centralised negotiation point OPera, has attracted a diverse range of regional, national and international clients which include AG Barr, Manchester City Football Club, Jewson and Sainsbury's

Our Capabilities

  • Media Buying
  • Media Planning
  • Data Analysis
  • Communications Planning
  • Search
  • Outdoor
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Consultancy

Sector Experience

  • Charities
  • Cosmetics/Toiletries
  • Drink
  • Government departments
  • Household
  • Automotive
  • Property
  • Retail
  • Utilities
  • Clothing/Accessories
  • Home improvements/DIY goods
  • Financial services

Our Clients

  • AG Barr (incl. Barr Flavours, Irn-Bru, KA, Rockstar, Rubicon, Strathmore)
  • A-Plan Insurance
  • Bentley
  • Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
  • CrossCountry Trains
  • Crown Paints (incl. Sandtex, Sadolin, Crown Trade)
  • Emerson Electrical
  • Foot Asylum
  • Grand Central Rail
  • Jewson
  • Manchester City Football Club
  • Marketing Cheshire
  • NCC Group
  • Sainsbury's Bank
  • Skippy



Robert Nicol

Managing Partner

mike florence

Chief Strategy Officer


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Other Accreditation

Sarbanes Oxley


PHD Network is a global media company within Omnicom Media Group. The Group represents the combined media assets of full service networks such as PHD as well as a number of speciality media communications companies. Its presence is across 80 countries throughout the world.