The Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies 2019

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Today we are pleased to unveil the 2019 edition of the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies, the definitive listing of the North’s leading digital agencies spanning SEO and PPC, web, content, mobile and e-commerce.

This year's Top 50 Digital Agencies ranking, unveiled at the exclusive Prolific North Digital Dinner, is part of our market-defining Top 50 series which also includes the Top 50 PR Agencies and the Top 50 Integrated Agencies.

We're also delighted that YouGov is sponsoring both the initiative and the Digital Dinner. YouGov is a global provider of data and analysis generated by consumer panels in 42 markets.

Methodology

As with our other research-led rankings, Mustard Research's work underpins the compilation and has ensured that the process has been rigorous and the results entirely independent – unlike some rankings which are predicated on financial subscriptions and payments to be included.

As with our other Top 50s, the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies is anchored on financials including balance sheet/shareholder funds, turnover, pre-tax profit, headcount and growth, with the information and data sourced from the agencies themselves and confirmed with the financial reporting company fame Bureau van Dijk and data at Companies House.

We do not publish or reveal any financials; these are discussed privately between the companies and Mustard as we understand that the majority of companies in the ranking publish abbreviated accounts.

Thanks as ever to those agencies who have taken the time to compile information for the initiative.

Summary

Yorkshire's grasp on the top of the rankings has tightened this year with the total number of digital agencies from the county rising from last year to eight out of the top 10.  

Since placing third in our first Top 50 Digital Agencies list in 2015, Stickyeyes in Leeds has been awarded the number one spot every year since.  This year makes it their fourth year running at the top. 

74% of the agencies in the Top 50 are independently-owned agencies, compared to 60% last year. 

This year's list includes the highest ever rank for a Sheffield agency - The SEO Works (38) - who were ranked 53rd last year. The last time a Sheffield digital agency made this Top 50 was Joi Polloi, ranked 49th, in 2017. 

Other big movers include CSI Media who jumped from 90th last year to break into the Top 50 this year (48). I-COM in Manchester (39) climbs 26 places higher than last year and Newcastle's Hedgehog Lab rises 17 places to the 26th spot.

The Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies 2019

Sponsored by YouGov

Rank

Company Location Ownership Services Staff Clients
1 (1) Stickyeyes Leeds Interpublic Inc SEO / PPC

146

Hertz Europe, Tesco Bank, Staples Europe, LG, Gilead

2 (8)

Visualsoft

Stockton-on-Tees

Independent

Dev / Tech 280

Jules B Ltd, Charles Clinkard, The Electric Tobacconist

3 (6)

IDHL Group

Harrogate

Independent

SEO / PPC

134

Slendertone, Osprey Europe, Ryobi, Card Factory, TNT

4 (10)

Search Laboratory

Leeds

Independent

SEO / PPC

135

Ann Summers, Moonpig, Wren Kitchens, Citrix, Viking

5 (15)

Dept (Building blocks & e3creative)

Manchester

Independent

n/a

121

Sony Playstation, O2, Triumph Motorcycles, Formula-e

6 (7)

Summit Media

Brough

TCC Global

SEO / PPC

80

Jaguar Land Rover, Sainsbury’s Argos, Reckitt Benckiser

7 (3)

Epiphany

Leeds

Jaywing Plc

SEO / PCC

170

PANDORA, Euro Car Parts, Kempinski, ScS, Savills

8 (13)

Edit (Branded3 & Amaze)

Leeds

St Ives Group plc

SEO / PCC

69

Rank Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Travelex, Azzuri, RAC

9 (9)

CDS

Leeds

Baird Group/NI

Dev / Tech

91

Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, Bank of England, Social Work England

10 (5)

Twenty Six Digital

Leeds

Part of MSQ Partners

50/50

144

Aggregate Industries, Fortnum & Mason, Proctor & Gamble, NHS

11 (11)

Code Computerlove

Manchester

Mediacom North (WPP)

Dev / Tech

90

Hillarys Blinds, The BBC, Woodlands Trust

12 (14)

Click Consult

Wirral

CEUTA Group

SEO / PPC

70

Kwik Fit, Viesmann, Chill.ie, Liverpool ONE, Oxfam

13 (4)

Latitude Digital Marketing

Warrington

Transunion (acquired Callcredit)

SEO / PPC

81

Comfort Insurance, Allclear, Hilton, London and Country Mortgages

14 (17)

CTI Digital

Manchester

Independent Web Dev 75

Merlin Entertainment, Wildlife Trusts, McGraw Hill Education

15 (12)

Think

Newcastle

EPAM

Dev / Tech

58

Atom, Nando's, Vue, Britvic, LV

16 (18)

Activewin

Manchester

Independent SEO / PPC 140

Petfre, Kerching, Tote, Adzooma, Betable

17 (26)

Media Works

Newcastle

Independent n/a

68

Yorkshire Water, River Island, History Channel, Stagecoach

18 (19)

Fusion Unlimited

Leeds

Principal Communications

SEO / PPC

34

Halfords, RBS Group, Liverpool Football Club, McCain Foods
19 (20)

Degree 53

Manchester

Independent

Dev / Tech

110

Betfred, Penn Interactive Ventures, Co-Op

20 (24)

Fat Media

Lancaster

Independent

Dev / Tech

69

Lakeland, Pork Farms, Typhoo, Heath and Heather

21 (35)

ICS Media Group

Leeds

Racing Post

SEO / PPC 60

bet365, 888, Oddschecker, Betfair

22 (25)

Delete Agency

Leeds

Independent

Dev / Tech

38

The FA, Roquette, Southampton Football Club, The R&A

23 (22)

Leighton

Durham

Independent

Dev / Tech

57

BA, Home Group, Tourism Australia

24 (29)

Cantarus

Manchester

Independent

Dev / Tech

33

Sports Direct, Worldpay, WHSmith, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

25 (21)

Mando

Liverpool

Independent

Dev / Tech

45

United Utilities, Electricity Northwest, AA Car Insurance

26 (43)

Hedgehog Lab

Newcastle

Independent

Dev / Tech

70

Thales, Northumbrian Water, Leisure Pass Group, CMC Markets, Santander

27 (31)

Engage Interactive

Leeds

Independent

Dev / Tech

28

Whitbread, British Ceramic Tile, Giraffe Restaurants

28 (23)

Apadmi

Manchester

Independent

Dev / Tech

63

United Utilities, Argos Financial Services, the Co-op, NHS

29 (-)

And Digital/Club Kilburn

Manchester / Leeds

Independent n/a 71

Covea, Matalan, Talk Talk, Key Group, evestor 

30 (33)

Enjoy Digital

Leeds

Independent 50/50 60

Costcutter Supermarket Group, Bank Of Ireland, Marsh

31 (28)

Return

Manchester

Independent

SEO / PPC

35

The Couture Club, San Carlo, Robinsons Brewery 

32 (37)

Enigma Interactive

Newcastle

Independent

Dev / Tech

36

Barbour, Carbon Trust, NHS, Superdrug

33 (49)

Mosquito Digital

Manchester

Independent

Dev / Tech

43

Thornton & Ross, Freudenburg Household Products, Turtle Wax, ARM

34 (38)

Clicky Media

Chester

Independent n/a 44

Raleigh, Halton Housing, Northumbrian Water Group, Elegant Resorts

35 (30)

Prodo Digital

Chester

Independent n/a 50

Aspinall Foundation, Orbit Group, Emirates Old Trafford, Payzone

36 (47)

Parallax

Leeds

Independent

Dev / Tech

30

Unilever, Lucy Zodion, Cauldron Foods, NHS, TCS PLC

37 (32)

Sigma Consulting Solutions Ltd

Macclesfield

Sigma IT Consulting Group

Dev / Tech

 

21

AstraZeneca, Mind, NICE, BBC and Sport England

38 (53)

The SEO Works

Sheffield

Independent SEO / PPC 39

Rab, Denby, Zippo, Roland DG, University of Birmingham

39 (65)

I-Com

Manchester

Independent

n/a 36

JMW Solicitors, Evaris, Lanes Group, Cedar Electronics,

40 (39)

Shout Digital

Newcastle

Independent

n/a 30

EXSUS, Parkdean, CPP, NCFE, North P&l

41 (40)

Bring Digital

Bolton

Independent

SEO / PPC 35

DW Group, Love Energy Savings, Cotton Traders, Wynsors, F1  

42 (90)

CSI Media

Crewe

Independent

Dev / Tech

32

The Priory Group, Cargiant, Auto Trader, The Cormar Carpet Company, The Bland Group 

43 (41)

Axonn Media

Manchester

Independent

SEO / PPC

49

Cox & Kings, CMI, arrow, Barclay Simpson

44 (59)

PushOn

Manchester

Independent

Dev / Tech

35

Ryman, Medline, Silver Cross, Liverpool One, Virgin Money

45 (45)

SQ Digital

Lancaster

Independent

SEO / PPC 35

Smart Storage, Roccia, European Springs, Dean Group International, CityBlock

46 (44)

Cube 3

Manchester

Independent

Dev / Tech

32

Revolution Bars Group, NHS, Merlin Entertainments, Rohan, CAE

47 (51)

Strawberry

Hull

Independent

n/a 29

NHS, Deliveroo, Attiro, Aunt Bessie's

48 (34)

Space48

Warrington

Independent

Dev / Tech

32

Charlotte Tilbury, Silentnight, Dawson, Cox & Cox

49 (48)

Kagool

Manchester

Independent

Dev / Tech

22

Welsh Water, Inchcape, Saint Gobain, Biffa & DWF Law

50 (62)

Ixis IT Limited

Warrington

Independent

Dev / Tech

18

Blue Prism, Haringey Council, Association Corporate Treasurers, British Council, IBM

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