The Prolific North Tech 100 - The leading tech companies in the North

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by David Prior

Today we launch a major new initiative detailing the strength and growing significance of the tech sector in the North.

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

Today we present the biggest tech companies in the North.

And on Friday, we'll be publishing two complementary lists: first, showing the North's biggest employers whose HQs (UK or otherwise) aren't based in the North, and second, a Ones to Watch list.

A quick word on the selection criteria we have used in compiling the Tech 100. The overriding requirement was that qualifying companies were headquartered in the North, and that tech should form the main component of their product or service. The companies' financial information has been derived from their last published accounts submitted to Companies House. We should also add that digital or creative agencies were not considered for inclusion as they have their own benchmark rankings, such as the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies, while eCommerce companies are also excluded as they have been ranked in the Top 100 eCommerce Companies in the North.

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.

Peter Lusty, chief executive of Manchester Tech Trust, said: "The strength of the Northern tech sector is clearly demonstrated by the great companies in this list, many of whom are innovating and creating new IP. These organisations are important employers in the region offering highly skilled jobs for the science and technology graduates coming out of our excellent universities. 

"It also makes a strong case to global tech companies looking to locate themselves in a region that has the right mix of skills and human capital.

Jonathan Lowe, audit partner and technology expert at RSM in Manchester, said: "The Top 100 showcases the leading technology companies in the North, which is not only an impressive list but it demonstrates how far the sector has come. Over the last 10 years the digital ecosystem in the North has been steadily growing and the upward trajectory continues to build momentum."

The Prolific North Tech 100

in association with Manchester Tech Trust and RSM

 

Ranking Company Activity Location No of employees Turnover (000s)
1 The Sage Group PLC Software Newcastle upon Tyne 13,741 1,569,100
2 Radius Payment Solutions Limited Fleet services Crewe 687 1,475,000
3 Daisy Group Holdings Limited Telecoms Nelson 3201 511,872
4 Kcom Group PLC Telecoms Hull 1706 349,222
5 NCC Group PLC Cyber security Manchester 1697 241,900
6 Emis Group PLC Healthcare Leeds 1875 158,712
7 Hocomm Limited Software York 118 130,612
8 Redcentric PLC Hosting services Harrogate 541 104,623
9 K3 Business Technology Group PLC Supply chain solutions Salford 762 89,175
10 Chess Ltd Utilities Alderley Edge 429 88,448
11 GB Group PLC Identity data Chester 660 87,486
12 SSP Topco Ltd Software Halifax 714 85,300
13 Bjss Ltd Software Leeds 573 83,173
14 ESP Systex Holdings Ltd Transport software Hull 388 75,177
15 Servelec Group PLC Health & social care Sheffield 620 60,957
16 Mobica Holdings Ltd Software Wilmslow 1003 57,498
17 Zen Internet Broadband Rochdale 413 57,222
18 Proact IT UK Ltd IT Chesterfield 217 49,481
19 TPPH (Leeds) Ltd Healthcare Leeds 205 48,591
20 CDL Group Holdings Ltd Software Stockport 578 47,228
21 ANS Group Ltd IT Manchester 249 46,189
22 UKFast Ltd Hosting Manchester 300 39,603
23 Ebecs Ltd IT Chesterfield 297 33,129
24 Tracsis PLC Transport Leeds 644 32,641
25 UK-2 Ltd Hosting Northwich 188 30,566
26 Eckoh PLC Payment solutions Hemel Hempstead 196 29,078
27 Centre for Process Innovation Ltd Innovation centre Redcar 299 26,546
28 Kalibrate Technologies PLC Fuel Manchester 158 26,330
29 OCF PLC IT Sheffield 45 23,088
30 Gaia Technologies PLC IT Bangor 118 21,646
31 Celerity Ltd IT Preston 37 21,420
32 MDS CEM Holdings Ltd Software Warrington 227 20,513
33 Proactis Holdings PLC Software Wetherby 160 19,374
34 Pure Technology Group Ltd IT services Pudsey 87 19,128
35 Payzone UK Ltd Payment services Northwich 206 17,567
36 Utiligroup Ltd Energy and utilities Chorley 203 17,076
37 Centriq Group Ltd IT Blackpool 106 16,655
38 Bibliotheca Ltd Identification technology Cheadle 94 16,096
39 Itps (Holdings) Ltd IT services Gateshead 107 16,010
40 Orchard Information Systems Ltd Software Newcastle upon Tyne 179 15,964
41 Avecto Ltd Software Manchester 152 15,545
42 Roberts Space Industries International Ltd Video games Wilmslow n/a 15,310
43 Zoo Digital Group PLC Video games publishing Sheffield 118 13,155
44 Lavastorm Analytics Holdings Ltd Analytics software Warrington 142 12,706
45 Smoothwall Ltd IT Leeds 144 12,264
46 HBM UK Ltd Software Rotherham 73 12,050
47 Performance Horizon IT Newcastle upon Tyne 130 11,895
48 Kirona IT Alderley Edge 76 11,790
49 Red Embedded Holdings Ltd Software Shipley 80 11,207
50 Lima Networks Ltd IT Salford 52 11,165
51 Mitrefinch Ltd Time management systems York 114 11,080
52 Eagle Eye Ltd Optical and electronics Preston n/a 11,058
53 Eque2 Ltd Finance software Manchester 106 10,561
54 M247 Ltd Data centre Manchester 54 10,211
55 Teleware Group PLC Software Thirsk 78 10,045
56 Visualsoft Holdings Ltd eCommerce services Stockton-on-Tees 206 10,004
57 (AQ) Ltd Telecoms Leeds   9,835
58 Positive Solutions Ltd Pharmacy IT systems Salford 75 9,717
59 Blue Prism Group PLC Robotic process automation Newton-le-Willows 64 9,644
60 Maginus Software Solutions Ltd Software Manchester 85 9,458
61 Intechnology PLC Data and voice services Harrogate 111 8,999
62 Salecycle Ltd Software consultancy Tyne and Wear 112 8,956
63 GPC Computer Software Ltd Transport Cheadle 116 8,782
64 Project Republica Topco Ltd (includes Sumo Digital) Video games Sheffield 331 8,629
65 Palringo Ltd Mobile communities Northumberland 78 7,696
66 Frog Education Ltd Education software Halifax 122 7,292
67 APD Communications Ltd Transport software Hull 109 6,640
68 BTL Group Ltd IT software Shipley 89 6,629
69 Team 17 Holdings Ltd Video game developer Wakefield 96 6,516
70 Mandata (Holdings) Ltd Transport Northumberland 59 5,952
71 Verteda Ltd Hotels and catering Warrington 35 5,904
72 Touchstar Technologies Ltd Mobile computing solutions Manchester 52 5,606
73 WAX Digital Ltd Spend management solutions Hyde 72 5,601
74 Responsetap Ltd Call centre platform Salford 80 5,313
75 Crisp Thinking Group Ltd Social media risk solutions Leeds 66 5,148
76 Electronic Data Processing Ltd Software Sheffield 68 4,958
77 Tharstern Group Ltd Printer software Colne 55 4,852
78 Bede Gaming (Holdings) Ltd Online gambling software Newcastle upon Tyne 145 4,809
79 Anchor Computer Systems Ltd Software and hardware Bangor 42 4,523
80 Ecsc Group Ltd Information security Bradford 41 4,510
81 Altitude Group PLC Promotional products software Manchester 51 4,323
82 Generis Technology Ltd Energy software Manchester 30 4,147
83 Safety Media Ltd Health and safety software St Asaph 51 4,002
84 Transend Solutions Ltd Supply chain software Cleveland n/a 3,938
85 Silverlink Software Ltd Healthcare software Newcastle upon Tyne 29 3,700
86 Swivel Secure Ltd Network security Wetherby n/a 3,582
87 Indigo Software (Holdings) Ltd Warehouse software Durham n/a 3,572
88 Softsols Group Ltd Agility maintenance software Wakefield 44 3,280
89 NDL Software Ltd Robotic process automation Wetherby 37 2,745
90 PCG UK Holdings Ltd Consulting and web solutions Wigan n/a 2,701
91 Neverfail Ltd Cloud & BCDR solutions Manchester 11 2,495
92 Wandisco International Ltd Software Sheffield 78 2,487
93 Access Systems (UK) Ltd Payment systems Manchester 35 2,379
94 In-Tend Ltd Procuremeny solutions Rotherham 40 2,307
95 Bright HR Ltd HR software Manchester n/a 2,043
96 Mobile Tornado Group PLC Workforce management software Harrogate 46 2,024
97 Cleric Computer Services Ltd Transport Congleton n/a 1,982
98 Black Marble Ltd Software development Cleckheaton n/a 1,877
99 Dcml Ltd Software intelligence Stockport 21 1,845
100 Geoplan Spatial Intelligence Ltd Geographic software Harrogate n/a 1,844

 

Tomorrow: The Ones to Watch