Top 50 Digital Agencies 2022

Mustard are delighted to announce the Top 50 Digital Agencies in the North of England for 2022.

This is the 10th year that Mustard has collaborated with Prolific North to compose the Top 50 Digital rankings, an annual league table of the largest and most successful digital agencies in the region.

Each year the list is created using key financial figures such as balance sheet funds, turnover, growth and headcount. All data is verified against Companies House. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supplied us with information this year.

Well done to all that made it to the Top 50 list!

Here are some highlights:

  • IDHL Group (the agency consisting of WMG, Ingenuity Digital, NetConstruct and Ampersand) is in pole position, overtaking StickyEyes who previously held the position for six consecutive years. Stickyeyes moves into second position, with Visualsoft in third.
  • There are six new entrants on the Top 50 list this year. Jellyfish join in 9th position (having moved from the Top 50 Integrated list) along with Add People (11th), Circus PPC Agency (33rd), Digital Media Team (43rd), Darkhorse (46th) and 6B Digital (47th).
  • Fusion Unlimited are the biggest climbers in the rankings this year, jumping from 90th last year to 26th. Other agencies that broke into the Top 50 this year are Bring Digital (40th) and Embryo (42nd).
  • Leeds agencies dominate the rankings, with seven of the top ten agencies having offices in Leeds (IDHL Group, StickyEyes, AND Digital, Search Laboratory, Twenty Six Digital, CDS and ICS-digital).


See below for the full rankings:

2021 2020 Company Name North of England Office Ownership Clients 2020
1 1 IDHL Group* Independent Harrogate, Leeds, Manchester & Newcastle upon Tyne TTi, Neom, Hammonds, Casio, Aviva
2 1 StickyEyes Interpublic Leeds Groupon, Hertz, Etihad Airways, Cisco, Tommee Tippee
3 4 Visualsoft Independent Stockton-on-Tees, Newcastle upon Tyne & Manchester Eternal Collection, Milton Diamonds, Fusion Living
4 3 Dept Independent Manchester END., World Health Organisation, Harwoods, Nikon, Triumph Motorcycles
5 12 AND Digital Independent Manchester, Leeds & Halifax DRAX, Lookers, Vanquis, Premier Inn
6 6 Search Laboratory Havas Media Group Leeds Burton Snowboards, Appian, UiPath, Ann Summers, Withings
7 5 twentysix digital Part of MSQ Leeds Arla, Asda Money, Fortnum & Mason, Tommee Tippee, Wilko
8 7 CDS Bailie Group Leeds Yorkshire Water, Home Office/Digital Policing Portfolio, Cabinet Office, Insight Investments, NHS
9 NA* Jellyfish Fimalac (France) Warrington & Manchester Hiscox, Harrods, BT, Experian, Duracell
10 8 ICS-digital Spotlight Sports Group Leeds Betfair, 888, Lottoland, Plarium, bet365
11 New Entry Add People Independent Altrincham YouManage, Baby Boutique, Knobbles & Bobbles, WOW World Group, Industville
12 20 Apadmi Independent Manchester Domino’s Pizza, Schroders, Co-op, Chetwood, Dunnes Stores
13 13 Journey Further Independent Leeds & Manchester Marks & Spencer, Sky, Virgin Money, GoHenry, Liberty London
14 11 Media Works Independent Newcastle, Manchester & Leeds Northumbria University, Metro Bank, ESH Group
15 27 Nexer Digital Sigma IT Consulting Group Macclesfield Astra Zeneca, Department for Education, Nest, Mind, Convatec
16 24 Rise at seven Independent Sheffield & Manchester Parkdean Resorts, Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, ODEON, Interflora
17 46 Space48 Independent Manchester Richer Sounds, Missguided, Menkind, Irregular Choice, Ordnance Survey
18 23 The SEO Works Independent Sheffield DHL,  Jessops,  Benenden Health, Effat University,  Staffordshire County Council
19 35 Evolved Search Independent Newcastle upon Tyne Peugeot, MoneySupermarket, Mattress Online, Tombola Bingo, Bristol Street Motors
20 17 Code Computerlove Mediacom/WPP Manchester Bluestone Resorts, Hunter Douglas, Go Ahead Group, JCT600, Bayer CropScience
21 9 UNRVLD (Previously Delete / Kagool) Independent Manchester EuroLeague Basketball, Biffa, London Metal Exchange, NTT
22 16 Summit Media Independent Brough Three, Durex, H.Samuel, Ernest Jones
23 22 Active Win Independent Manchester Betfred, Wigan Warriors,, Peninsula, Bucky Bingo
24 28 Mando Independent Liverpool Croda, USS, United Utilities, British Red Cross, SES Water
25 18 Click Consult Ceuta Group Cheshire Tesco, UEFA, Post Office, Viessmann, CV Library
26 90 Fusion Unlimited Independent Headingley & Leeds Halfords, Nat West, LSLGroup, Leeds University, Titan Travel
27 44 Connective3 Independent Leeds & Manchester Wren Kitchens, ComparetheMarket, Barker & Stonehouse, Ebuyer, thortful
28 38 Enjoy Digital Independent Leeds Age Uk, Hunters, Nisa, Sherwin Williams, V & A Baths
29 42 Parallax Independent Leeds Hexagon, SCIEX, Home Group, Glencore, Clear Channel
30 33 Netsells Independent York Wombat Invest, Your Parking Space, Hiscox, Guild Esports, Itsu
31 36 Engage Interactive Independent Leeds Whitbread, TTI, Dishoom, Bettys and Taylors, Ath the races
32 32 Cantarus Independent* Manchester BigHand, Frasers Group, INTO University Partnerships, Sesame Bankhall Group, Worldpay (FIS)
33 New Entry Circus PPC Agency Independent Leeds Miele, Lavazza, JLA, Booths, Hairburst
34 26 Mosquito Digital CTI Holdings Manchester Freudenburg, Astonish, Certas, Little Greene, Basketball England
35 40 Tangent Independent Newcastle SAP, UK Power Networks, International Workplace Group, Reed, Egis
36 25 Hedgehog Lab Independent Newcastle Upon Tyne Tesco Bank, AJ Bell, deliveroo, Atom Bank, Coty
37 31 9xb Independent Harrogate & Leeds Euro Car Parts, Watco, Williams, Jigsaw24, Doves Farm
38 34 Enigma Independent Newcastle NHS, Superdrug, Solopress, Western Power Distribution, Drager
39 21 Fat Media Independent Lancaster Lakeland, Four Seasons Healthcare, Yotel, Age Concern
40 60 Bring Digital Independent Bolton Cotton Traders, American Golf, Yours Clothing, Beaverbrooks, Formula 1
41 37 Clicky Media Independent Chester Releigh, Little Mistress, AICO, Knauf, Destination2
42 54 Embryo Independent Manchester TH Baker, Boda Skins, Edward Mellor, Kaplan, The Hut Group
43 New Entry Digital Media Team Independent Manchester Missy Empire, Roseland Furniture, Lavish Alice, Lo-Dough, DeMellier
44 30 Leighton Independent Newcastle Upon Tyne Atom Bank, British Airways, EQUANS, IAG Loyalty, North plc
45 15 EPAM EPAM Newcastle Vue, LV, Atom, Britvic
46 New Entry Dark Horse Independent Cheshire Jura Watches, Maximuscle, Strong Roots, Superbike Factory, Kitchen Knives
47 New Entry 6B Digital Independent Wakefield ITV, NHS, Public Health England, IgniteData, Franke
48 51 SQ Digital Independent Lancaster & Lancashire Tile Mart Ltd, Lesjöfors Group, Sophia Webster, Kangaroo Self Storage, James Cropper Plc
49 47 PushON Independent Manchester Brandon Hire Station / VP PLC, Spectrum Brands, ViewSonic, Edrington, Invopak
50 48 Bolser Independent Leeds Xbox, Microsoft Ventures (M12), The Football Foundation, AIG, Minecraft

*IDHL Group is formed of WMG, Ingenuity Digital, NetConstruct, Ampersand

*Jellyfish moved from the Top 50 Integrated list