The Prolific North Top 75 Tech & Ecommerce Companies 2021
Today, Prolific North has revealed its full ranking of the best and most successful tech and ecommerce companies in the North of England.
The list, compiled by research partners Mustard, brings together those companies making huge impact as part of one of the UK's most exciting sectors, putting the region on the map nationally and internationally.
It was sponsored by The Candidate, which helped make the ranking a reality, as well as last night's event at Colony Jactin House in Manchester where the list was revealed exclusively.
Attendees from digital and tech came together to get a first look at the list, network and socialise, as well as hearing from industry leaders including musicMagpie Co-founder Steve Oliver, TalkTalk Business Direct MD Mark Sellers, and Buy It Direct MD Nick Glynne.
The function was hosted by Prolific North Editor David Prior, who first of all gave a welcome to the venue along with Laura Walters, Recruitment Board Director at The Candidate.
Prior then sat down with Steve Oliver of musicMagpie to discuss the Northern digital success story. Oliver discussed the history of musicMagpie and its journey to IPO, as well as new innovations and models within the company.
He chatted about disruption and musicMagpie's successful expansion into the US, on top of the realities of being a publicly listed company.
This was followed by a conversation with the MDs of TalkTalk Business Direct and Buy It Direct - Mark Sellers and Nick Glynne - in which the impact of COVID on both digital businesses was covered.
They discussed supply chains, operations and sustainability, as well as the extent to which the pandemic has changed culture within the companies.
The business leaders also reflected on their local success - TalkTalk Business being based in Salford, and Buy It Direct having its headquarters in Huddersfield.
Before and after the conversations, attendees had the opportunity to network and enjoy food and drink with their peers, and enjoy the brilliant surroundings of the Ancoats venue.
The list reveals that many of the region's tech companies have thrived this year, although a significant number have taken a hit to their turnovers - while remaining big players.
Bet365 Group remains the region's largest tech company, with The Very Group making it into the Top 3, behind Radius Payment Solutions.
Greater Manchester is well-represented within the Top 10, but doesn't get a look-in to the five leading companies. Eight of the Top 10 are from the North West, with one in Yorkshire and one in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Overall, 14 entries in the ranking hail from Manchester; eight operate in Leeds; and four in Newcastle.
- The total turnover of the entire Top 75 in 2021 is £24.7 billion, with the average at £329 million - up £2 million from 2020.
- The list shows that these companies alone employ more than 88,000 - nearly two-thirds of the companies listed (48) have experienced headcount growth. The average employee count of the leading tech and ecommerce companies in the North was 1,176.
- Looking at the Top 10 entrants, their combined revenue is £16.5 billion, and they employ 48,000 between them alone.
- On the list, the leading 36 brands are making a revenue of more than £100 million each year.
- Seven of the Top 25 are ecommerce brands, five are telecommunications brands, and three are in gaming. Software is once again strongly represented across the whole Top 75, making up 18.7% of the entries.
The Prolific North Top 75 Tech & Ecommerce Companies 2021
Sponsored by The Candidate
2020 ranking in brackets
|Ranking||Company||Activity||Location||Employee Count||Turnover (000s)|
|1 (1)||Bet365 Group||Gaming technology||Stoke-On-Trent||5,177||£2,811,400|
|2 (2)||Radius Payment Solutions||Fleet services||Crewe||1,484||£2,203,900|
|3 (4)||The Very Group||Ecommerce||Liverpool||3,133||£2,058,000|
|6 (7)||The Hut Group||Ecommerce||Manchester||6,083||£1,613,625|
|8 (9)||AO World||Ecommerce||Bolton||3,227||£1,046,200|
|9 (8)||Booking.com||Comparison website||Manchester||1,908||£1,029,320|
|10 (10)||Daisy Group||Telecommunications||Nelson||3,661||£664,423|
|12 (-)||Sky Betting & Gaming||Gaming technology||Leeds||1,540||£581,528|
|13 (11)||BetFred Group||Gaming technology and software development||Warrington||6,993||£524,943|
|16 (15)||Auto Trader Group||Automotive||Manchester||853||£368,900|
|17 (16)||Moneysupermarket||Comparison website||Chester||780||£299,800|
|18 (19)||Buy It Direct||Online Retailer||Huddersfield||693||£295,491|
|19 (18)||NCC Group||Cyber security||Manchester||1,873||£263,700|
|20 (17)||KCOM Group||Telecommunications||Hull||1,454||£262,847|
|22 (25)||GB Group||Identity data||Chester||1,047||£217,659|
|24 (21)||Communisis||Integrated business services||Leeds||2,106||£188,600|
|26 (24)||True Potential||Financial Services||Newcastle-Upon-Tyne||305||£184,901|
|27 (23)||Emis Group||Healthcare||Leeds||1,579||£159,500|
|28 (31)||Blue Prism Group||Robotic process automation||Newton-Le-Willows||1,005||£141,400|
|31 (29)||Tombola||Gaming technology||Sunderland||608||£120,119|
|33 (35)||SSP Topco||Software||Halifax||784||£111,773|
|34 (30)||Nycomm||Travel Retailer||Manchester||206||£110,859|
|35 (41)||PC Specialist||Computer Assembly||Wakefield||158||£102,649|
|36 (28)||Chess||Utilities||Alderley Edge||493||£101,736|
|37 (36)||Parcel2GO.com||Comparison website||Bolton||219||£92,974|
|38 (32)||Redcentric||Hosting services||Harrogate||311||£87,485|
|39 (73)||Team17||Video game developer||Wakefield||200||£82,969|
|40 (34)||Beauty Bay||Ecommerce||Salford||129||£82,230|
|41 (40)||Ikonic Technology||IT Distributor||Heywood||79||£80,588|
|42 (38)||Paymentshield||Insurance and Protection||Southport||218||£76,117|
|43 (45)||UKFast||Server solutions||Manchester||351||£60,930|
|44 (47)||CDL Group||Software||Stockport||612||£52,720|
|46 (56)||Giacom World Networks||Cloud Services||Hessle||71||£48,891|
|47 (37)||K3 Business Technologies||Supply chain solutions||Salford||473||£48,819|
|49 (55)||Godel Technologies||Software||Manchester||1,208||£45,915|
|50 (50)||ANS Group||IT||Manchester||266||£45,695|
|51 (52)||Rockar 2016||Consultancy and system development||York||76||£43,861|
|52 (58)||Pure Technology Group||IT services||Pudsey||134||£41,926|
|53 (53)||Desk Top Publishing Micro Systems||IT||Leeds||111||£41,208|
|54 (61)||Zoo Digital Group||Subtitling and dubbing provider||Sheffield||250||£39,525|
|56 (54)||Atom Bank||Financial Services||Durham||402||£37,966|
|57 (64)||Performance Horizon||IT||Newcastle-Upon-Tyne||336||£37,799|
|58 (62)||Cloud Technology Solutions||IT services / Software||Manchester||135||£36,674|
|59 (57)||Technology Services Group||IT||Newcastle-Upon-Tyne||332||£35,736|
|60 (71)||Surpass||IT software||Shipley||169||£33,286|
|61 (59)||M247||Data centre||Manchester||231||£31,536|
|62 (-)||Trak Global Group||Telematics technology||Crewe||251||£30,059|
|64 (63)||Love Energy Savings||Comparison website||Bolton||258||£29,118|
|65 (49)||Helical Industries||Property rental||Lytham St Annes||371||£28,391|
|66 (-)||Twinkl||Online education publishing||Sheffield||498||£27,084|
|67 (-)||Cloud Imperium Games||Game development studio||Wilmslow||432||£26,359|
|68 (68)||Digital ID Group||ID printing||Stockport||100||£26,137|
|69 (-)||Crisp Thinking||Actor risk intelligence||Leeds||173||£23,718|
|70 (65)||Centriq Group||IT||Blackpool||132||£23,566|
|71 (60)||Beyond Trust||Software||Manchester||148||£23,561|
|72 (66)||Aspire Technology Solutions||Computer consultancy||Gateshead||148||£23,276|
|73 (67)||MDS CEM||Software||Warrington||220||£23,056|
|74 (69)||ITPS||IT services||Gateshead||132||£20,166|
|75 (-)||Chameleon Technology||Smart energy technology||Harrogate||39||£18,102|