The Prolific North Top B2B Brands 2015

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Today we can reveal the Prolific North Top B2B Brands, in partnership with global B2B marketing agency Stein IAS.

The list, the first of its kind, represents a sister ranking to the Top 100 Brands we published back in June.

Together with Stein IAS, we have researched several hundred companies across the North – irrespective of their ownership – which maintain either their actual headquarters or their UK headquarters in the North.

These companies may not have the eight or even nine-figure budgets of the companies who featured in the Top 100 Brands publication, but their marketing objectives don’t call for mass market awareness. Their B2B markets are tighter and narrower with a smaller number of buyers to address.

As brands and companies, they have huge clout and often their investment and levels of employment match or exceed those of many of the leading consumer brands based in the North.

Our partner: Stein IAS

Stein IAS, which is headquartered in Bollington, has further offices in New York, London, Shanghai, San Francisco and Paris, as a result of an earlier merger between IAS and Stein. The agency’s clients include Atos, BP Castrol, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Columbia University, Cushman & Wakefield, Iron Mountain, Juniper Networks, KPMG, Lectra, Merck and Ingredion.

Read Stein IAS's accompanying report: How digitally mature are Northern B2B companies?

See the full list below:

The Prolific North Top B2B Brands 2015

# Company Sales £m Location Ownership Staff Activity
1 BAE Systems Military Air & Information £bns Warton BAE plc 5000+ Military aircraft
2 Peel Group 6600 (asts) Manchester Independent 5000 Property and infrastructure
3 AstraZeneca £bns Alderley Edge, Macclesfield plc 3000 Pharma R&D and manufacture
4 Airbus £bns Chester Airbus Industries SA 8737 Manufacture of aircraft wings
5 Essar Oil 5129 Ellesmere Port Essar Group/India 993 Crude oil and petroleum
6 Certas Energy 4735 Warrington DCC Dublin 2430 Fuel wholesaler
7 Amec Foster Wheeler 3993 Knutsford plc 24225 Engineering and infrastructure
8 Drax 2805 Selby plc 1324 Power generation
9 SIG 2634 Sheffield plc 9454 Insulation products
10 European Metal Recycling 2550 Warrington Independent 2950 Recovery of sorted metals
11 Pace 1680 Shipley plc 2014 Satellite telecoms
12 Edmundson Electrical 1554 Knutsford Marshire Holdings/USA 3867 Electrical equipment distribution
13 Eco-Bat Technologies 1498 Matlock EB Holdings USA 2917 Lead products
14 Exertis 1339 Accrington DCC plc 698 Computer hardware distribution
15 Sage Group 1307 Newcastle plc 12594 Software
16 Siemens 1300 Manchester Germany 930 Automation and engineering
17 Urenco 1251 Chester Public/private: UK, Holland and Germany 1525 Uranium enrichment
18 Talk Talk Business 1220 Manchester TalkTalk plc 2107 Business communications
19 Keepmoat 1095 Doncaster Cotton Group Luxembourg 3284 Refurbishment of housing
20 Croda 1047 Hull plc 3617 Chemical products
21 JC Bamford 1009 Staffs Independent 2253 Earth moving vehicles
22 Cranswick 995 Driffield plc 4627 Meat producer
23 Premier Farnell 960 Leeds plc 4548 Electronics distribution
24 Cannon Hygiene 871 Morecambe OCS Group n/a Commercial laundry services
25 BAe Systems Maritime 844 Barrow BAe plc 5628 Military vessels
26 Reckitt Benckiser 784 Hull plc 1027 Pharma R&D
27 Manchester Airport Group 738 Manchester Independent 4426 Aviation activities
28 Fenner 729 Hull plc 5371 Polymer products
29 Pilkington Automotive 707 Ormskirk NSG Japan 724 Glass manufacture
30 Morson Group 706 Manchester Independent 1291 Engineering personnel
31 Makro 632 Manchester Metro, Germany 2871 Trade wholesaling
32 Bodycote 609 Macclesfield plc 5836 Thermal processing
33 ABB 598 Warrington ABB Zurich 1970 Energy generation consultancy
34 Leyland Trucks/Daf 534 Leyland Paccar 1000+ Truck manufacture
35 Outokumpu 522 Sheffield plc (Finland) 548 Stainless steel
36 Plaxton Coaches 502 Scarborough Alexander Dennis Limited 2248 (group) Coaches and buses
37 James Hall 490 Preston Independent 2215 Food wholesalers and processors
38 Linpac 454 Pontefract PE and Luxembourg 2365 Plastic products
39 Basf 438 Cheadle, Cheshire Germany 444 Chemical products
40 Marshalls 359 Elland plc 2132 Concrete products
41 Daisy Telecoms 353 Nelson Independent 1389 Telecommunication products
42 KCOM Group 348 Hull plc 1776 Telecoms
43 Edward Billington & Son 328 Liverpool Independent 1209 Holding company
44 Polypipe 327 Doncaster plc 2228 Plastic piping
45 Turner & Townsend 322 Leeds plc 3470 Construction consultancy
46 Barrett Steel 316 Bradford Appleby Trust Jersey 1202 Steel stockholder
47 AAK 279 Hull Sweden, Denmark 465 Edible fats manufacturer
48 Novoferm Europe 276 Sheffield Sanwa Holdings Japan 2004 Steel doors and frames
49 Carrs Milling 273 Carlisle plc 383 Agricultural products
50 Robert Mcbride 268 Manchester plc 1704 Own brand manufacturer
51 Arco 268 Hull Independent 1422 Workplace safety
52 Eddie Stobart 234 Warrington Independent 5782 Distribution and property
53 Portakabin 218 York Shepherd Group 1497 Factory-engineered buildings
54 Severfield 202 Thirsk plc 1212 Steelworks group
55 A4E 189 Sheffield Staffline 3350 Employment consultancy
56 MKM 163 Hull Independent 704 Building supplier
57 Bibby Financial Services 159 Liverpool Bibby Line Group 1255 Financial services
58 Vertex 154 Warrington VTX Holdings 11857 Business process outsourcing
59 Tetrosyl 151 Bury Independent 1164 Wholesale of motor accessories
60 Henry Boot 147 Sheffield plc 459 Builder and developer
61 Sulzer Pumps 144 Leeds Sulzer AG 553 Manufacture of pumps
62 Morning Foods 140 Crewe Independent 370 Grain milling
63 Ideal Standard 138 Hull Bain Capital 252 Building and household products
64 Shell Chemicals 134 Chester Royal Dutch Shell plc n/a  Chemical manufacture
65 NCC 134 Manchester plc 978 Escrow and assurance services
66 Mayborn Group 117 Newcastle Jake Holdings 1509 Plastic products
67 Hilti Group 115 Manchester Liechtenstein 627 Fixing systems
68 Bruntwood 106 Manchester Independent 485 Commercial property
69 Allied Glass 101 Leeds Independent 648 Glass and container manufacture
70 Sheffield Forgemasters 101 Sheffield Independent 779 Iron and steel products
71 NNL 99 Warrington, Sellafield Government 856 Technology services
72 Callcredit 87 Leeds GTCR Golder Rauner 539 Data processing
73 Nimans 86 Manchester Independent 281 telecoms distributor
74 Chess Telecoms 80 Alderley Edge Independent 450 Telecoms
75 Ingredion 76 Manchester Ingredion Inc (USA) 84 Starch manufacturing and distribution

The Prolific North Top 100 Brands

See also our other research tables:

The Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies

The Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies

The Prolific North Top 100 Brands

The Prolific Northerners Top 100

The Prolific North Top 50 In-house Communicators