After last night’s successful Digital Dinner at Cloud 23, Mustard can reveal 2019’s Top 50 Digital Agencies in the North of England.

Mustard has collaborated with Prolific North for 7 years to compile these rankings. Thank you to all the businesses that have supplied us with information this year. We had more than 100 agencies get in touch to provide us with their data – another new record and testament to the high esteem that this ranking is held in (along with our top 50 PR and top 50 integrated agency rankings).

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

Like with previous years, the rankings are primarily predicated by financials, notably balance sheet value, turnover, profit and growth. We also take into account factors such as headcount.

So, who are the winners and big movers in the Digital agency rankings for 2019?

Once again, congratulations to everyone at Stickyeyes, who take the top spot for the fourth year running. Stickyeyes are just one of 6 Leeds based agencies that have made it into the top 10 this year with Edit (Branded3 & Amaze) moving in at number 8 and Search Laboratory continuing to climb up the top 10, now at number 4.

Some other noticeable movers and honourable mentions in this year’s list:

  • Within the top 10, Visual Soft climb 6 places into 2nd and Dept (Building Blocks & e3creative) move up 10 positions to 5th
  • The highest new entry into the top 50 is Add Digital, placed at 29th place in their first year entering the Top 50 digital agencies. Other new entries include I-Com moving up 26 places from 65th to 39th and Ixis IT Limited moving 12 places from 62nd to 50th. But the biggest mover of all is CSI Media who have climbed an impressive 48 positions from 90th to 42nd. The SEO Works (38th) and PushOn (44th) have also both improved by 15 places and have now joined the Top 50.
  • Within the top 50, moving up 17 and 16 places respectively are Hedgehog Lab (from 43rd to 26th) and Mosquito Digital (from 49th to 33rd). ICS Media Group have moved up 14 spots from 35th to 21st place, meanwhile, Parallax have made their way up the list from 47th to 36th place, whilst Media Works have climbed from 26th to 17th
Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies 2019
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,, 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

2018 ranking in brackets