The Prolific North Top 75 Tech and eCommerce Companies 2019

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Welcome to the Prolific North Top 75 Tech and eCommerce Companies for 2019, the benchmark ranking of the North's top tech and eCommerce businesses.

This list follows the Top 50 Digital Agencies and the Top 50 PR Agencies list, which was revealed at the recent Prolific North PR Dinner.

As with many of our research-based initiatives, we are very pleased that the leading independent research company, Mustard, has once again rigorously managed and compiled the list on behalf of Prolific North.

The Top 75 list was revealed first at Prolific North's Tech Dinner at Manchester Hall last night. Thanks once again go to the sponsor for both the dinner last night and the list, HardSoft.

The ranking is anchored on financial information taken from Companies House, as well as financial reporting company fame BVD, and also draws upon data submitted and verified by the companies themselves including additional financials, headcount, client information and – where appropriate - confidential private background information.

After much calculation and evaluation of their work and accounts, the following 75 companies were ranked by turnover, as the best of the North. 

Key findings

  • Bet365 Group was ranked top with an impressive turnover of £2.86bn

  • The average turnover for the Top 75 companies was £315m, compared to an average of £1.6bn for the Top 10

  • Companies classified as Software or IT/IT services dominated the list, accounting for 13% each and combining for a total of 26% of Top 75

  • The following most common types of company in the list were eCommerce (9%), Telecommunications (7%) and Gaming (5%)

The Prolific North Top 75 Tech and eCommerce Companies 2019

Companies ranked by turnover

Ranking Company Activity Location Employee count Turnover (000s)
1 Bet365 Group Gaming technology Stoke-On-Trent 4,236 2,857,259
2 Radius Payment Solutions Fleet services Crewe 1,200 2,488,800
3 Shop Direct Holdings eCommerce Liverpool 3,736 2,003,500
4 The Sage Group

Software

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

13,660

1,846,000

5 Arris Global

Telecommunications

Shipley

324

1,679,859

6 Talk Talk

Telecommunications

Salford

2,187

1,658,000

7 RentalCars

Comparison website 

Manchester

1,526

1,056,014

8 The Hut Group

eCommerce

Manchester

4,239

915,758

9 AO World

eCommerce

Bolton

3,119

902,500

10 Betfred Group (including The Tote)

Gaming technology and software development.

Warrington

7,516

727,631

11 Ebuyer.com

eCommerce

Barton-upon-Humber

4,398

701,149

12 Daisy Group Holdings

Telecommunications

Nelson

3,783

684,293

13 Plusnet

Telecommunications

Sheffield

1,678

409,512

14 Boohoo.com UK

eCommerce

Manchester

1,941

374,114

15 Moneysupermarket

Comparison website 

Chester

721

355,600

16 Communisis

Integrated business services

Leeds

2,037

353,240

17 Auto Trader Group

Automotive 

Manchester

786

324,300

18 Kcom Group

Telecommunications

Hull

1,528

281,637

19 NCC Group

Cyber security 

Manchester

1,723

250,700

20 Missguided eCommerce

Manchester

778

215,908

21 BuyIT Direct

Online Retailer

Huddersfield

396

188,190

22 Pretty Little Thing eCommerce

Manchester

205

181,269

23 Emis Group

Healthcare

Leeds

2,024

170,070

24 GB Group

Identity data

Chester

884

143,504

25 Hocomm

Software

York

132

139,319

26 Nycomm

Travel Retailer

Manchester

389

130,393

27 True Potential

Financial Services

Newcastle Upon Tyne

157

121,172

28 BJSS

Software

Leeds

775

116,007

29 Chess

Utilities

Alderley Edge

562

111,525

30 Evolution Funding

Financial Services

Chesterfield

321

108,972

31 On the Beach

Travel Retailer

Manchester

504

104,100

32 Beauty Bay eCommerce

Salford

114

99,149

33 Redcentric

Hosting services

Harrogate

479

93,260

34 Tombola

Gaming technology

Sunderland

421

90,297

35 Entertainment Magpie

eCommerce

Stockport

831

88,720

36

SSP Topco

Software

Halifax

773

85,273

37

K3 Business Technology Group 

Supply chain solutions

Salford

687

83,335

38

P2G.com

Comparison website

Bolton

209

82,706

39

Paymentshield 

Insurance and Protection 

Southport

240

76,699

40

Ikonic Technology 

IT Distributor

Heywood

68

67,441

41

Celerity

IT

Preston

43

63,176

42

CDL Group 

Software

Stockport

672

55,778

43

Blue Prism Group

Robotic process automation

Newton-Le-Willows

318

55,200

44

PC Specialist

Computer Assembly 

Wakefield

94

55,058

45

UKFast

Server solutions 

Manchester

365

53,943

46

ANS Group 

IT

Manchester

273

53,133

47

Proactis Holdings

Software

Wetherby

433

52,221

48

Mobica Holdings

Software

Wilmslow

945

51,629

49

Helical Industries

Property rental 

Lytham St Annes

348

50,658

50

Proact IT UK 

IT

Chesterfield

230

50,577

51

Rockar 2016 

Consultancy and system development

York

77

47,855

52

Desk Top Publishing Micro Systems 

IT

Leeds

96

47,045

53

Ebecs 

IT

Chesterfield

358

44,536

54

Pharmacy2u Limited

Healthcare

Leeds

218

43,168

55

M247

Cloud services

Manchester

226

39,970

56

Tracsis

Transport

Leeds

667

39,834

57

Atom Bank

Financial Services

Durham

330

37,966

58

Technology Services Group 

IT

Newcastle Upon Tyne

348

33,505

59

Team 17 Holdings 

Video game developer

Wakefield

83

29,634

60

Avecto

Software

Manchester

153

29,464

61

Pure Technology Group 

IT services

Pudsey

88

27,789

62

Payzone UK 

Payment services

Northwich

373

26,228

63

Love Energy Savings

Comparison website

Bolton

249

25,756

64

Giacom World Networks

Cloud Services

Hessle

51

25,104

65

Centriq Group 

IT

Blackpool 

132

23,566

66

MDS CEM

Software

Warrington

220

23,056

67

Zoo Digital Group 

Subtitling and dubbing provider

Sheffield

201

22,110

68

Godel Technologies 

Software

Manchester

597

21,711

69

Digital ID Group

ID printing 

Stockport

56

21,600

70

Aspire Technology Solutions 

Computer consultancy 

Gateshead

139

20,239

71

Itps (Holdings)

IT services

Gateshead

124

19,203

72

Performance Horizon

IT

Newcastle Upon Tyne

194

18,568

73

Cloud Technology Solutions

IT services / Software

Manchester

76

18,440

74

Hybrid Services

Printing services

Crewe

38

18,001

75

BTL Group

IT software

Shipley

151

17,295