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Top 50 Digital Agencies 2017

We are delighted to announce 2017's ranking of the Top 50 Digital Agencies in the North of England 

Now into its fifth year, the Prolific North Top 50 Agency rankings has quickly become the “go to” source for a definitive breakdown of the biggest and fastest growing agencies in the region.

As with our rankings of the Top 50 Integrated Agencies and PR Agencies, inclusion in the list is not optional. It works as a result of the fantastic cooperation of the agencies involved. We have built up a network including hundreds of agencies who have shared the key data that derives the rankings – i.e. balance sheet value, turnover, growth and headcount. Thank you to everyone that supplied this information so readily. All data supplied is checked against our online sources, including Fame BVD.

Some notable findings from this year’s research:

  • Silverbean are the biggest movers this year, jumping from 40th place in 2016 to 29th place this year.
  • Other big climbers include Newcastle agency Orange Bus (into the top 20), Harrogate agency Web Marketing Group (who moved from 7th to 3rd), Branded3 (climbing 8 places) and Apadmi (moving up 10 spots).
  • There are also several new additions to the rankings as Hedgehog Lab, Isotoma, Strawberry, e3creative and Jo Pollo, have all entered the rankings for the first time in 2017.
  • Finally, Leeds continues to dominate, and is now home to half of the Top 10 digital agencies including Sticky Eyes (who retained top spot), Twenty Six, Epiphany, CDS Digital and Branded 3.

The Top 50 is as follows:

 

Ranking

2017

Last Year’s Ranking

Company

Northern Office

Ownership

Staff

Clients 2017

1

1

Stickyeyes

Leeds

IPG Mediabrands 

98

Hertz, Staples, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ladbrokes, Leeds Building Society

2

2

Amaze

Manchester, Liverpool

St Ives Group

200

Emirates, Lexus, Unilever, Toyota, The Cooperative Group

3

7

IDHL Group

Harrogate

Independent

118

Intercontinental Hotels, HMV, IG Index,  AON, Peugeot Citroen, Retail UK

4

4

twentysix

Leeds

Part of MSQ Partners

145

P&G, LSEG, NHSBT, Talk Talk, The Co-operative Group

5

3

Epiphany

Leeds

Jaywing Plc

190

ScS, Pandora, QHotels, Euro Car Parts, Carphone Warehouse

6

5

Visualsoft

Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds and Manchester

Independent

244

Canterbury, John Greed, Big Dug, Charles Clinkard, TJ Hughes

7

6

CDS Digital

Leeds

The Baird Group

87

Royal Mail Group, Metropolitan Police, Cabinet Office, Aberdeen Asset Management, National Rail Enquires

8

8

Summit Media

Brough

TCC Global

97

Argos, Carpetright, Peugeot, Reckitt Benckiser, Homebase

9

12

Code Computerlove

Manchester

MediaCom North group

83

Hillarys, BBC, Asda, Centre Parcs and Amnesty International

10

18

Branded3

Leeds

St Ives Group plc

76

Ladbrokes, Vue Entertainment, Provident Financial, First Direct, Travelex

11

11

Latitude Digital Marketing

Warrington

Callcredit/GTCR 

89

Post Office, Bet Victor, Yours Clothing, Noddle, Cyclestore

12

15

Building Blocks

Manchester

Affiliated with Dept 

60

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, DFDS, Imperial Brands, AstraZeneca, Yara International

13

14

Click Consult

Wirral

Independent

75

Netflights, Oxfam, Flogas, ABTA, Lloyds Pharmacy

14

17

Fusion Unlimited

Leeds

Independent

38

Halfords, RBS Group, Lloyds Pharmacy Group, Vertu Motors, McCain

15

13

CTI Digital

Manchester

Paperhat Group

58

Merlin Entertainment, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Greater London Authority, College of Occupational Therapists, McGraw-Hill Education / High Street TV

16

9

Search Laboratory

Leeds

Independent

128

Viking (Office Depot), Superdry, O2, SkyBet, Hootsuite

17

36

Orange Bus

Newcastle

Capita/G2GE

75

HMRC, Joules, Pearson, Argon, NHS

18

10

Lakestar Media Limited

Manchester

Part of McCanns

47

Halfords, Kuoni, Navman Wireless

19

17

Rippleffect

Liverpool and Manchester

Idox plc

58

Aldermore, Arsenal FC, Aston Villa FC, Everyman & Playhouse, Everton FC, Liverpool FC, UK Sport, Visit Guernsey, Visit Lincolnshire

20

30

Apadmi

Manchester

Independent

65

BBC, Argos, NHS, Guardian, Travel Counsellors

21

19

ActiveWin

Manchester

Independent

104

Betfred, Tote, Betable, Moneyplus, Foxy

22

16

Fat Media

Lancaster

David Durnford

87

Lancaster University, Lakeland, GambleAware, Iceland, Swissport

23

28

Mando

Liverpool

Independent

51

TalkTalk Business, Together Money, United Utilities, GE Healthcare, Electricity North West (ENW)

24

20

Think

Newcastle

Independent

72

Vue, LV= (Liverpool Victoria), Arup, Shop Direct, Butlin’s

25

25

Leighton

Durham

Independent

80

British Airways, Home Group, Tourism Australia, Sunderland AFC

26

22

Results Through Digital

Warrington

Independent

54

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Reebok, Barclays, Catalent Pharma , NHS

27

21

Axonn Media

Manchester

Independent

54

Bruntwood, Monarch, Tefal, Brookson, NCR

28

23

Delete Agency

Leeds

Independent

27

Southampton Football Club, iGuzzini, Safestore, Carter Jonas, Rackspace

29

40

Silverbean

Newcastle

Independent

46

Flybe, L.K.Bennett, ATG Tickets, Optegra, Berghaus

30

24

Degree 53

Manchester

Independent

50

Betfred, Sofology, Co-op Bank, CardOneBanking and Intralot

31

29

Mediaworks

Newcastle

Independent

52

Yorkshire Water, House of Fraser, Ralph Lauren, Lookers Group, Northgate.

32

46

Engage Interactive

Leeds

Independent

27

Whitbread, Jet2, Leeds Building Society, British Ceramic Tile, Giraffe Restaurants

33

43

Return on Digital

Manchester

Independent

39

Boo Tea, Liverpool John Moores University, Vertbaudet, Kaplan

34

44

Venn Digital Limited

Wilmslow

Independent

50

Bahco, Rekorderlig, Siemens, Eurostaff, JW Lees

35

37

Prodo Digital

Chester

Independent

53

The Aspinall Foundation, Knowsley Safari Park, Payzone, Lancashire County Cricket Club, DWF.

36

27

Webtise

Wirral

Independent

53

iCandy, Utility, Oddbins, Shop Direct and Drench

37

50

Enjoy Digital

Leeds

Independent

40

Costcutter Supermarkets Group, Manheim / Cox Automotive, Bank of Ireland, Pitman Training, Marsh

38

Hedgehog Lab

Newcastle

Independent

57

Fitch Learning, B&M Stores, AkzoNobel, Huntsman, Northumbrian Water

39

Isotoma

Manchester/York

Independent

32

Imperial College, HarperCollins, Ten Lifestyle Group, The Key, Wilmington Group

40

39

The Neighbourhood

Manchester

Independent

32

JD Sports, Marketing Manchester, Urban Splash, Commercial Estates Group, Heston Blumenthal/The Fat Duck

41

26

Sigma Consulting Solutions Ltd

Macclesfield

Independent

34

Astra Zeneca, Sport England, BBC, NCC Group, InterContinental Hotels Group

42

45

SearchQuest Europe Ltd

Lancaster

Independent

40

CityBlock, European Springs, Belvoir!, Dean Group International, Smart Storage.

43

Strawberry

Hull

Independent

38

Qwiddle, Hugh Rice, Beal Homes, Storetec

44

38

RO Eye

Manchester

Independent

16

HMV, Jessops, Coral, Best Western, Harveys

45

32

ICS-digital LLP*

Leeds

Independent

35

bet365, Webgears, 888, Oddschecker, Tiger Sheds

46

e3creative

Manchester

Independent

31

Ascot Racecourse, Human Appeal, Living Ventures, South Bank London, Hotel Football

47

33

Enigma Interactive

Newcastle

Independent

35

BBC, Northern Powergrid, Traidcraft, RSPCA, Open University

48

35

Clicky Media

Chester

Independent

38

Darwin Escapes, Travis Perkins, Elegant Resorts, The Tabor Group, DayInsure

49

Joi Polloi (Previously Rocket)

Sheffield

Independent

Channel 4, Xi’ian Jiaotong Liverpool University, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Zoella

50

31

RE:Systems

Bakewell, Manchester

Independent

HarperCollins, Ticketmaster, Land Securities, Heathrow Express

 

* ICS-digital LLP has invested in two other businesses over the past year and expects to realise initial profits from those ventures in late 2017/early 2018.