Top 50 Digital Agencies – 2020

We’re thrilled to reveal the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies for 2020!

Mustard has collaborated with Prolific  North for the past 8 years to compile the Top 50 rankings: an annual league table of the leading digital agencies across the North of England.

The list is compiled using key financial data such as balance sheet funds, turnover, growth and headcount. All data is verified against online sources such as Bureau van Dijk’s Fame database and Companies House , but we do encourage agencies to submit their own data.

So how has the digital agency landscape shifted over the last 12 months?

Stickyeyes holds on to the top spot for the 5th year in a row, followed by Visualsoft and Dept.

Leeds agencies continues to dominate the rankings, with six out of the top ten agencies (Stickyeyes, Search Laboratory, Edit, Twenty Six Digital, CDS, Epiphany) headquarters in the city.

The biggest climber this year is And Digital, rising 18 places from 29th in 2019 to 11th place this year. Apadmi have also seen a significant jump up to 15th place this year, from 28th in 2019.

Ampersand have broken into the top 50 this year, ranking in 36th position, up from 52nd in 2019. Netsells (41st) and Blueclaw (49th) have also made it into the rankings for 2020 after placing just outside the top 50 last year.

Journey First and Regital appear in the rankings for the first time this year in 23rd and 25th place respectively. Newcomers 9xb (31st), Bolser (45th) and Tangent (47th) have also made it into the Top 50 in 2020, their first year of entry.

A big thank you to all the agencies who submitted data this year, we look forward to hearing from you again next time!


See below for the full rankings:

2020 2019 Company Name North of England Office Ownership Clients 2020
1 1 StickyEyes Leeds Interpublic Inc Etihad Airways, Lloyds Banking Group, Groupon, Hertz, Arla
2 2 Visualsoft Stockton-on-Tees, Newcastle & Manchester Independent Charles Clinkard, Little Mistress, Canterbury, Daniel Footwear, Moda in Pelle
3 5 Dept Manchester Independent Triumph Motorcycles, St. James’s Place, Ascot Racecourse, Jotun Group, Formula E
4 3 IDHL Group Harrogate Independent Neom Organics, Grand Central, Casio, Kimberly-Clark, Hammonds
5 4 Search Laboratory Leeds Independent Ann Summers, Moonpig, Viking, Riviera Travel and Plusnet
6 8 Edit Leeds Kin and Carta plc L&G, Tesco Bank,, Pizza Hut
7 10 Twenty Six Digital Leeds Part of MSQ Arla, P&G, Mercedes Benz, Virtual College, DFDS
8 9 CDS Leeds Baird Group Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, Bank of England, Social Work England and Insight Investment (BNY Mellon)
9 7 Epiphany Leeds Jaywing Plc Euro Car Parts, Kempinski, Carphone Warehouse, Savills, Irwin Mitchell
10 6 Summit Media Brough TCC Global Argos, boohoo, Durex, pets at home, Speedy
11 29 And Digital Manchester, Leeds, Halifax Independent N Brown Group, OpenMoney, MKM Building Supplies Limited, Covea Insurance and Co-op.
12 11 Code Computerlove Manchester Mediacom North (WPP) Bentley Motors, Hillarys, BBC, Asda, Chester Zoo
13 15 Think Newcastle EPAM LV, Vue, Shop Direct, Arup, Atom
14 21 ICS-digital Leeds Spotlight Sports Group bet365, 888, Betfair, IG, Badoo
15 28 Apadmi Manchester Independent NHS, SailGP, Charles Stanley, Co-op, Argos
16 17 Media Works Newcastle Independent Dune London, Lookers, Michelin, Zalando, Linklaters
17 16 Activewin Manchester Independent Betfred, Wigan Warriors,, Payzone,
18 14 CTI Digital Manchester, Lancaster CTI Holdings Merlin Entertainments, Mcgraw Hill Education, Little Greene, MMU, De Vere Hotels
19 18 Fusion Unlimited Leeds Principles Communications Halfords, Lloyds Pharmacy Group, Natwest, Valeo Foods, McCain
20 20 Fat Media Lancaster Independent Hallmark hotels, Lakeland, Typhoo, The Christie, Pork Farms
21 19 Degree 53 Manchester Independent Betfred, Health Assured, GB Group, CoopBank, LiveScore
22 22 Delete Agency Leeds Independent McCarthy & Stone, Biffa,  Pro14 Rugby, Leeds Beckett University, Southampton FC
23 n/a Journey Further Leeds & Manchester Independent Evans Cycles, Sky, Villa Plus, PrettyLittleThing, Vita Coco
24 12 Click consult Hooton, Cheshire Ceuta Group Kwikfit, Lloyds Pharmacy, Chill insurance, Sanofi, ABTA
25  n/a Regital Manchester Independent Gymshark, Hoover, Macdonald Hotels, Subway, Yale
26 26 Hedgehog Lab Newcastle Independent deliveroo, Santander, AkzoNobel, e:on, Honcho
27 25 Mando Liverpool Independent, United Utilities, TalkTalk, Tfl
28 23 Leighton Durham Independent
29 24 Cantarus Manchester Independent Sports Direct, Institute of Directors, INTO University Partnerships, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, WHSmith, Worldpay
30 27 Engage Interactive Leeds Independent Whitbread, Jet2, Heineken, TTI Europe, Bettys and Taylors/Yorkshire Tea
31  n/a 9xb Harrogate & Leeds Independent Euro Car Parts, Homebase, Best Western, Jigsaw24, Watco
32 33 Mosquito Digital Manchester Independent Thornton and Ross, Turtle Wax, Aimia Foods, Freudenberg, Stada
33 30 Enjoy Digital Leeds Independent Valspar, Ronseal, Bank of Ireland, Marsh, Costcutter
34 37 Sigma Consulting Solutions Ltd Macclesfield Sigma IT Consulting Group AstraZeneca, Mind, Sport England, NICE, NCC Group
35 32 Enigma Newcastle Independent Barbour, NHS, Superdrug,, Solopress, Western Power Distribution
36 52 Ampersand Manchester Bensons for Beds, Harveys Furniture, Seraphine, Secret Sales, Swoon Editions
37 34 Clicky Media Chester Independent Raleigh, Little Mistress, Northumbrian Water Group, Elegant Resorts, Manchester City Council
38 41 Bring Digital Bolton Independent Formula 1, DW Fitness First, Cotton Traders, Swinton Insurance, Slater Menswear
39 49 Kagool Manchester Independent Barratt Homes, Welsh Water, NTT, DWF and Together
40 36 Parallax Leeds Independent Lucy Zodion, Unilever, TCS PLC, Cauldron Foods, True Student
41 53 Netsells York Independent Hiscox, Trainline, Warburtons, YourParkingSpace, Hikvision
42 38 The SEO Works Sheffield Independent Rab, NHS, Mondaine, OS Maps, Peter Werth
43 48 Space48 Manchester Independent Bostitch, Amari, Winstanley Bikes
44 40 Shout Digital Newcastle Hitachi, Sage, Newcastle Airport, NUFC, Gov.UK
45  n/a Bolser Leeds Independent Microsoft, Xbox, Battersea Power Station, Discovery TV, American Insurance Group (AIG)
46 44 PushOn Manchester Independent Involvement Packaging, Liverpool ONE, Hedges Direct, Medline, HardSoft
47  n/a Tangent Newcastle Independent Regus (IWG), Taylor Wessing, SAP, UKPN, Labour.
48 31 Return Manchester Independent Tehnics, Chancellors, San Carlo, Linzi
49 54 Blueclaw Leeds Independent iomart, AMT, Leisure Pass Group, Betway, Travel Chapter
50 45 SQ Digital Lancaster Independent ROCCIA, European Springs, Bath House, Clark Door and Smart Storage