It’s that time of year again where we can reveal the Top 50 Digital Agencies in the North of England.

Mustard has been collaborating with Prolific North for 6 years to compile the Top 50 Digital rankings and, like with previous years, the list is gathered using key financials such as balance sheet funds, turnover, and growth – along with headcount.

Although we rely heavily on agencies submitting the data for the rankings, submissions are checked against online sources such as Bureau van Dijk’s Fame database and Companies House.

Stickyeyes holds the top spot for the third year running with Latitude and Search Laboratory making it into the Top 10 this year.

Leeds continues to dominate the top spots, with 5 of the top 10 agencies (Stickyeyes, Epiphany, twentysix, CDS and Search Laboratory) being based in the city.

Space 48 has been the biggest climbers this year, moving to 34th position from 84th in 2017.  Other big moves come from Blueclaw (up 31 places to 46th position) Cantarus (up 26 places to 29th position) Parallax (up 22 places to 47th position) Bring (up 20 places to 40th position) and e3creative (up 19 places to 27th position).

The Top 50 is as follows:

2018 2017 Company Name North of England office Ownership Headcount Clients 2018
1 1 StickyEyes Leeds Interpublic 125 Hertz Europe, Tesco Bank, MBNA, Staples Europe, ghd
2 2 Amaze Manchester, Liverpool St Ives Group 250 Emirates, Lexus, Unilever, Toyota, The Cooperative Group
3 5 Epiphany Leeds Jaywing Plc 186 Wonga, PANDORA, Euro Car Parts, Kempinski, ScS
4 11 Latitude Digital Marketing Warrington Callcredit Information Group plc 64 Bet Victor, Yours Clothing, BT, 1&1, London & Country Mortgages
5 4 twentysix Leeds MSQ Partners 154 P&G, LSEG, NHSBT, Talk Talk
6 3 IDHL Group Harrogate Independent 145 TNT, Radley, Coast, HMV, Thorntons
7 8 Summit Media Borough TCC Global 115 Argos, Jaguar Land Rover, Reckitt Benckiser, Aldi, PSA Groupe
8 6 Visualsoft Stockton-On-Tees Independent 206 Canterbury, John Greed, Big Dug, Charles Clinkard, TJ Hughes
9 7 CDS Leeds  The Baird Group Ltd 88 Metropolitan Police Service, Cabinet Office, National Rail Enquiries, Compass Group, Royal Mail.
10 16 Search Laboratory Leeds Independent 115 Office Depot (Viking), BT (PlusNet), Watchshop, Halo Insurance Services, Giffgaff
11 9 Code Computerlove Manchester Mediacom North (WPP) 96 Hillarys (Blinds), Manchester Airport Group, BBC, Brother International Europe Ltd, The Go Ahead Group, Bentley
12 24 Think Newcastle Independent 91 Liverpool Victoria (LV=), Vue Cinemas, Adecco Group, Arup, Liverpool FC
13 10 Branded3 Leeds St Ives Group plc 61 Vue, Provident, Wren Kitchens, Travelex, WatchShop
14 13 Click consult Wirral Independent 73 Talk Talk, Kwik Fit, Oxfam, Lloyds Pharmacy, Home Let
15 12 DEPT  (previously Building Blocks) Manchester DEPT 55 Triumph Motorcycles, DFDS, Imperial Brands, AstraZeneca, Yara International
16 17 Orange Bus Newcastle G2G3 (Capita) 69 HMRC, Joules, Pearson, Argon, NHS, Barbour
17 15 CTI Digital Manchester Paperhat Group 72 Merlin Entertainments, Mayor of London, High Street TV, McGraw Hill Education & Centrica
18 21 Activewin Manchester Independent/Fred Done 124 Petfre, Nektan, Foxy, Prospect Hall, Playtech
19 14 Fusion Unlimited Leeds Principles Communications 39 Natwest, Halfords,Vertu Motor Group, KP Foods, McCain
20 30 Degree 53 Manchester Independent/Fred Done 76 Betfred, Penn Interactive Ventures, Sykes Cottages, Goldchip, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
21 23 Mando Liverpool Independent 53 TalkTalk Business, Together Money, United Utilities, GE Healthcare
22 25 Leighton Durham Independent 57 British Airways, Home Group, International Airlines Group, Northumbrian Water, Great Run Company.
23 20 Apadmi Manchester Independent 65 Argos, BBC, Co-Op, NHS, United Utilities
24 22 Fat Media Lancaster Durnford family 62 Lakeland, Hallmark Hotels, Jessops, YOTEL, Imagine Cruising
25 28 Delete Agency Leeds Independent 32 The FA, Southampton FC, The R&A,, Allianz
26 31 Mediaworks Newcastle Independent 65 Ralph Lauren, Yorkshire Water, River Island, Lookers, GSK
27 46 e3creative Manchester Independent/Gary Neville 46 Sony PlayStation, Ascot, Southbank London,, Outplay Entertainment
28 33 Return Manchester Independent 40 Oh Polly, The Couture Club, Canopies UK, MyMemory, London Luton Airport
29 55 Cantarus Manchester Independent 34 INTO University Partnerships, Sports Direct, Worldpay, BVCA, PLSA
30 35 Prodo Digital Chester Independent 50 The Aspinall Foundation, Knowsley Safari Park, Payzone, Lancashire County Cricket Club, DWF
31 32 Engage Interactive Leeds Independent 27 Whitbread, British Ceramic Tile, Bettys & Taylors, TTI-EMEA, Giraffe Restaurants
32 41 Sigma Consulting Solutions Ltd Macclesfield 30 Astra Zeneca, Sport England, BBC, NCC Group, InterContinental Hotels
33 37 Enjoy Digital Leeds Independent 49 Costcutter Supermarkets Group, Manheim / Cox Automotive, Bank of Ireland, Marsh, Hesco
34 84 Space48 Manchester Independent 32 Charlotte Tilbury, Better Bathrooms, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, Silentnight, Dawsons Music.
35 45 ICS-digital
Leeds Independent 50 bet365, Deliveroo, 888, Oddschecker, IG Markets
36 34 Venn Digital Limited Wilmslow Independent 38 Siemens, Brewdog, Life Residential, The Priory, Carrs Foods
37 47 Enigma Interactive Newcastle 35 BBC, Northern Powergrid, Traidcraft, RSPCA, Open University
38 48 Clicky Media Chester Independent 46 Halton Housing, Tabor, DayInsure, Travis Perkins, Neville Johnson
39 56 Shout Digital Newcastle Independent 30 ncfe, North plc, Parkdean, P&G, OK!
40 60 Bring Digital Bolton Independent 35 Ann Summers, DW Fitness, DW Retain, Wynsors, Love Energy Savings
41 27 Axonn Media Manchester Independent 30 NCR Group, MSC Cruises, TalkTalk Business, QBE, Zenopa Ltd
42 53 Ampersand Manchester Independent 40 Harvey Nichols, Poundland, Bench, Bensons for Beds
43 38 Hedgehog Lab Newcastle Independent 70 B&M Stores, Akzo Nobel, CMC Markets, Venator, Mitsubishi
44 54 Cube 3 Manchester Independent 40 ANS, Revolucion de Cuba, Rohan, West Tower
45 42 SQ Digital Lancaster 35 Smart Storage, Roccia, European Springs, Dean Group International, CityBlock
46 77 Blueclaw Leeds Independent 27 TUI, Mobile Phones Direct, Sky Betting and Gaming, Pet’s Choice, Royal Caribbean
47 69 Parallax Leeds Independent 27 Marlow Foods, easyGym, cap hpi, Lucy Zodion, CitiPark
48 Kagool Manchester Independent 19 Zenith, Inchcape, Welsh Water, Formica, Saint-Gobain
49 63 Mosquito Digital Manchester Independent 30 Freudenberg, Basketball England, Thornton & Ross, Turtle Wax Inc, Ellis Brigham
50 67 Fast Web Media Manchester Mporium group plc 23 Carling, PZ Cussons, blu, BBC Children in Need

As always, thank you to all agencies that helped in getting this data to us and for all of those who got involved. We look forward to hearing from you again next year.