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The Prolific North Tech 100: The North’s biggest employers in tech


In the final part of our major new initiative focusing on the tech sector in the North, we take a look at the North’s biggest employers whose HQs (UK or otherwise) aren’t based in the North.

The Prolific North Tech 100, in association with Manchester Tech Trust and RSM, is an extensive new piece of original research being published over three days this week.

This week we have already presented the biggest 100 tech companies in the North and the top 30 tech companies to watch.

And here, we look at the North’s biggest employers whose HQs (UK or otherwise) aren’t based in the North.

We have narrowed the selection down to those companies with a significant investment in tech.

The research has been compiled in association with Manchester Tech Trust, an independent charity that promotes and supports tech enterprise in Greater Manchester, and RSM, the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders globally.

The North’s biggest tech employers whose HQs aren’t based in the North

in association with Manchester Tech Trust and RSM

Company Location (Northern) Activity No of staff
HSBC Holdings PLC Leeds and Sheffield Financial services 246,933
Barclays PLC Knutsford Financial services 119,300
BAE Systems PLC Lancashire Defence, aerospace and security 76,000
Rolls Royce PLC Lancashire Engineering 49,900
Airbus Operations Ltd North Wales Aeronautics 8,183
TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC Manchester and Warrington Telecoms 2,226
Bentley Motors Ltd Crewe Motor vehicles 4,192
Siemens PLC Cheshire, Manchester, Hull, Newcastle Engineering 5,710
Arm Ltd Sheffield Software 1,466
ABB Ltd Warrington, Teesside, Wirral, Leeds, Sunderland, Workington Energy 1,805
Plusnet PLC Sheffield Telecoms 1,351
NHS Digital Leeds Digital 2,700
NNL Holdings Ltd Warrington Technology services 839
NG Bailey IT Services Ltd Ilkley Cabling solutions 410
Avacta Group Wetherby Pharmaceuticals n/a
Sky Bet and Sky Digital Leeds Gaming and technology 1,000+
Auto Trader Group PLC Manchester Automotive marketplace 820
Bet365 Group Ltd Stoke-on-Trent Online gambling 3,404
Betfred Group Warrington Gambling 6,124
Arris Global Ltd Shipley Telecoms 2,056


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