The Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies 2022
The benchmark ranking for digital agencies in the North of England for 2022, Prolific North's Top 50 Digital Agencies, has today been revealed.
It follows a first look at the ranking at a special networking dinner last night at Manchester Hall, sponsored by Cowgills.
There, the full list was revealed exclusively to attendees, who also listened to a lively panel chaired by Prolific North Editor David Prior, joined by Ashley Bolser of Bolser, and Peter Marshall from Thrive Media Group and Add People.
They spoke about how they emerged from the pandemic and how agencies in the Leeds and Yorkshire region performed strongly once again in the rankings this year.
"One thing about Leeds is we have a great, young, willing workforce" in Leeds, explained Ashley Bolser, hailing from four universities and the surrounding regions.
This year's Top 50 was once again compiled by our independent research partners Mustard, who put together the ranking based on information sourced from agencies themselves, confirmed with data at Companies House.
Widely counted on nationally as a definitive gauge of the success of the sector in the region, the Top 50 Digital Agencies list is hotly anticipated each year.
Just like the 2022 Top 50 Integrated Agencies' shake-up at the top, this year - for the first time in six years - we have a new number one digital agency, as IDHL Group edges out Stickyeyes for the first time.
Visualsoft returns to the top three this year again, while AND Digital jumps into the top 10 - having climbed seven places to reach fifth.
Looking at the regional breakdown, Yorkshire continues to thrive. The proportion of the top 10 with offices in the Yorkshire region has risen from six to seven since last year.
With a number of the Top 50 spanning regions, this year the North West is represented among 56% of all entries (28). Yorkshire is home to 44% (22), while 18% (9) are in the North East.
The highest new entry this year is Add People, whose CMO Peter Marshall spoke at last night's event. The independent Altrincham agency, which employs over 200, enters the list at an impressive 11th.
Special mention too to the rest of the new entries for 2022, with Leeds' Circus PPC (33rd), Manchester's Digital Media Team, Cheshire's Dark Horse (46th) and Wakefield's 6B Digital (47th) hitting the Top 50.
Space48, finally, deserves huge congratulations for climbing 29 positions this year to get to 17th place - while Bring Digital has also done great work to enter the list at 40th spot, jumping 20 spots onto the list.
The Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies 2022
Ranking from 2021 in brackets.
|Ranking||Company||Private / Group||Location||Headcount||Key clients|
|1 (2)||IDHL Group*||Independent||Harrogate, Leeds, Manchester & Newcastle||339||TTi, Neom, Hammonds, Casio, Aviva|
|2 (1)||Stickyeyes||Interpublic||Leeds||188||Groupon, Hertz, Etihad Airways, Cisco, Tommee Tippee|
|3 (4)||Visualsoft||Independent||Stockton-on-Tees, Newcastle & Manchester||291||Eternal Collection, Milton Diamonds, Fusion Living|
|4 (3)||Dept||Independent||Manchester||182||END., World Health Organisation, Harwoods, Nikon, Triumph Motorcycles|
|5 (12)||AND Digital||Independent||Manchester, Leeds & Halifax||655||DRAX, Lookers, Vanquis, Premier Inn|
|6 (6)||Search Laboratory||Havas Media Group||Leeds||120||Burton Snowboards, Appian, UiPath, Ann Summers, Withings|
|7 (5)||twentysix digital||Part of MSQ||Leeds||124||Arla, Asda Money, Fortnum & Mason, Tommee Tippee, Wilko|
|8 (7)||CDS||Bailie Group||Leeds||92||Yorkshire Water, Home Office/Digital Policing Portfolio, Cabinet Office, Insight Investments, NHS|
|9 (-)||Jellyfish†||Fimalac (France)||Warrington & Manchester||50||Hiscox, Harrods, BT, Experian, Duracell|
|10 (8)||ICS-digital||Spotlight Sports Group||Leeds||100||Betfair, 888, Lottoland, Plarium, bet365|
|11 (new entry)||Add People||Independent||Altrincham||201||YouManage, Baby Boutique, Knobbles & Bobbles, WOW World Group, Industville|
|12 (20)||Apadmi||Independent||Manchester||188||Domino's Pizza, Schroders, Co-op, Chetwood, Dunnes Stores|
|13 (13)||Journey Further||Independent||Leeds & Manchester||135||Marks & Spencer, Sky, Virgin Money, GoHenry, Liberty London|
|14 (11)||Media Works||Independent||Newcastle, Manchester & Leeds||170||Northumbria University, Metro Bank, ESH Group|
|15 (27)||Nexer Digital||Sigma IT Consulting Group||Macclesfield||100||AstraZeneca, Department for Education, Nest, Mind, Convatec|
|16 (24)||Rise at Seven||Independent||Sheffield & Manchester||90||Parkdean Resorts, Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, ODEON, Interflora|
|17 (46)||Space48||Independent||Manchester||101||Richer Sounds, Missguided, Menkind, Irregular Choice, Ordnance Survey|
|18 (23)||The SEO Works||Independent||Sheffield||79||DHL, Jessops, Benenden Health, Effat University, Staffordshire County Council|
|19 (35)||Evolved Search||Independent||Newcastle upon Tyne||60||Peugeot, MoneySupermarket, Mattress Online, Tombola Bingo, Bristol Street Motors|
|20 (17)||Code Computerlove||Mediacom/WPP||Manchester||68||Bluestone Resorts, Hunter Douglas, Go Ahead Group, JCT600, Bayer CropScience|
|21 (9)||UNRVLD (previously Delete / Kagool)||Independent||Manchester||64||EuroLeague Basketball, Biffa, London Metal Exchange, NTT|
|22 (16)||Summit Media||Independent||Brough||111||Three, Durex, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones|
|23 (22)||Active Win||Independent||Manchester||137||Betfred, Wigan Warriors, GGRecon.com, Peninsula, Bucky Bingo|
|24 (28)||Mando||Independent||Liverpool||53||Croda, USS, United Utilities, British Red Cross, SES Water|
|25 (18)||Click Consult||Ceuta Group||Cheshire||51||Tesco, UEFA, Post Office, Viessmann, CV Library|
|26 (90)||Fusion Unlimited||Independent||Headingley & Leeds||26||Halfords, Nat West, LSLGroup, Leeds University, Titan Travel|
|27 (44)||Connective3||Independent||Leeds & Manchester||80||Wren Kitchens, ComparetheMarket, Barker & Stonehouse, Ebuyer, thortful|
|28 (38)||Enjoy Digital||Independent||Leeds||56||Age Uk, Hunters, Nisa, Sherwin Williams, V & A Baths|
|29 (42)||Parallax||Independent||Leeds||42||Hexagon, SCIEX, Home Group, Glencore, Clear Channel|
|30 (33)||Netsells||Independent||York||49||Wombat Invest, Your Parking Space, Hiscox, Guild Esports, Itsu|
|31 (36)||Engage Interactive||Independent||Leeds||46||Whitbread, TTI, Dishoom, Bettys and Taylors, Ath the races|
|32 (32)||Cantarus||Independent||Manchester||46||BigHand, Frasers Group, INTO University Partnerships, Sesame Bankhall Group, Worldpay (FIS)|
|33 (new entry)||Circus PPC Agency||Independent||Leeds||12||Miele, Lavazza, JLA, Booths, Hairburst|
|34 (26)||Mosquito Digital||CTI Holdings||Manchester||40||Freudenburg, Astonish, Certas, Little Greene, Basketball England|
|35 (40)||Tangent||Independent||Newcastle||16||SAP, UK Power Networks, International Workplace Group, Reed, Egis|
|36 (25)||Hedgehog Lab||Independent||Newcastle upon Tyne||60||Tesco Bank, AJ Bell, deliveroo, Atom Bank, Coty|
|37 (31)||9xb||Independent||Harrogate & Leeds||47||Euro Car Parts, Watco, Williams, Jigsaw24, Doves Farm|
|38 (34)||Enigma||Independent||Newcastle||36||NHS, Superdrug, Solopress, Western Power Distribution, Drager|
|39 (21)||Fat Media||Independent||Lancaster||77||Lakeland, Four Seasons Healthcare, Yotel, Age Concern|
|40 (60)||Bring Digital||Independent||Bolton||44||Cotton Traders, American Golf, Yours Clothing, Beaverbrooks, Formula 1|
|41 (37)||Clicky Media||Independent||Chester||47||Releigh, Little Mistress, AICO, Knauf, Destination2|
|42 (54)||Embryo||Independent||Manchester||46||TH Baker, Boda Skins, Edward Mellor, Kaplan, The Hut Group|
|43 (new entry)||Digital Media Team||Independent||Manchester||37||Missy Empire, Roseland Furniture, Lavish Alice, Lo-Dough, DeMellier|
|44 (30)||Leighton||Independent||Durham||57||BA, Tourism Australia, Sage|
|45 (15)||EPAM||EPAM||Newcastle||11||Vue, LV, Atom, Britvic|
|46 (new entry)||Dark Horse||Independent||Cheshire||30||Jura Watches, Maximuscle, Strong Roots, Superbike Factory, Kitchen Knives|
|47 (new entry)||6B Digital||Independent||Wakefield||45||ITV, NHS, Public Health England, IgniteData, Franke|
|48 (51)||SQ Digital||Independent||Lancaster||35||Tile Mart Ltd, Lesjöfors Group, Sophia Webster, Kangaroo Self Storage, James Cropper Plc|
|49 (47)||PushON||Independent||Manchester||30||Brandon Hire Station / VP PLC, Spectrum Brands, ViewSonic, Edrington, Invopak|
|50 (48)||Bolser||Independent||Leeds||27||Xbox, Microsoft Ventures (M12), The Football Foundation, AIG, Minecraft|
* IDHL Group includes WMG, Ingenuity Digital, NetConstruct and Ampersand.
† Jellyfish has moved from the Top 50 Integrated Agencies to be included in the Top 50 Digital Agencies.