Top UK App Developers (2018)

Artyom Dogtiev

Updated: December 11, 2018

If you’re searching for a UK app developer then you’ve come to the right place. The UK has been referred to as a “powerhouse” of the global app development market, and for iOS, Android and Cross Platform the data backs it all up.

In 2016, 91% of people in the 18-44 age bracket owned a smartphone – that’s a total of 21 million phones for that range alone. According to the Statista estimate there were a total of 42.4 million smartphone users in the United Kingdom in 2017 alone.

The app development market naturally follows, with plenty of app developers both in London and beyond, another hub being Manchester. This guide looks at the UK app development scene in detail, counting up the cost of having a mobile application developed in the country. It covers what you should think about when choosing an app developer in the UK and then lists some of the best companies who operate in the country.

We have put this list of UK app developers together based on our own research, suggestions from our network and based on rankings and data from other third party sources and sites. The list is in no particular order, rather we have tried to aggregate and curate a range of useful suggestions for UK app development shops. Whether you choose to work with them or not is up to you to decide.This guide is divided into four sections, providing background on the market, typical app development costs and the best way to make your selection before providing some more details on specific app development companies operating in the UK market.

You can jump to the start of each section using the section headings below:

We begin with an overview of the app developer market in the UK.


The app developer market in the UK

It’s a strong one.

Revenues in the UK app developer market are forecast to be more than £31 billion by 2025, and according to a report by Vision Mobile, the economy will be worth more than £30 billion by 2030.

App developers can be found all over the United Kingdom, but the majority is clustered around London. Of its 8000 app-development-related companies (around a fifth of all European app development agencies), 31% are located in the capital, and about 25% of those in the south-east part of the city.

Location of app development companies in UK

Scatter map of location of map development companies on UK territory.

Source: Vision Mobile

It’s estimated that these together employ 380,000 people (though not all of them are developers – this includes designers, admin and marketing people involved in the app industry.)

With all signs that the industry is growing, what kind of prices can you expect to develop a mobile application in the UK?

UK app development costs

How do UK app development costs measure up globally?

Globally, an iOS mobile app development price tag is in a ballpark of $28,000, for Android its $23,000 and $18,000 for a Window Phone OS.

The UK has some of the best app developers in the world, and thus costs can be close to the global average. According to Waracle, a Scottish developer, said in 2014 a single platform app could cost anywhere between £8000 and £13,000 and more, while a three-platform app can reach £50,000. Costs have only increased with demand since then.

Top 5 UK App Development Companies by Website Traffic

Company Website Visits (4/2018 to 10/2018)
Fueled 115,000
Octal IT Solution 81,000
Konstant Infosolutions 72,000
Mind Inventory 20,000
hedgehog lab 19,000

Source: Similarweb.com

The amount a developer charges per hour also comes close to global highs. Below you can find a graph for the estimated minimum and maximum you can expect to pay hourly for an app developer to work on your iOS or Android app.

Range of app development costs per hour in UK (US Dollars)

Graph showing range of rates per hour for iOS and Android development in UK. Android Max - $167 per hour, Median - $70 per hour, Minimum - $32 per hour. iOS: Maximum - $175 per hour, Median $70 per hour, Minimum $47 per hour.
Data source: Statista

The reason for the high price is quality: not only are some of the best app developers in the world found here, but many US firms have offices here – while not technically from the UK, they operate on the territory and raise the average.

Having had a glimpse of the cost and skill of the developers in the UK, how do you go about choosing one?

How to choose app developers in the UK

There’s a few things you should know:

Two major sections: the research you can do on your own, and the interview phase with the app developer, where you’ll explore their skills and expertise while they try to understand your business and your app. The research you can do at home is as follows:

  • Review their portfolio: not only to see how many apps they’ve made and how successful they’ve been, but also to see which industries they’ve worked for. A niche social network app has vastly different characteristics and challenges to a mobile enterprise app for industry. Experience in your specific field of business is just as important as development skills.
  • Recommendations: ask others in your industry who have launched successful apps to recommend a developer, or find out who made the most successful apps if there’s an industry benchmark.
  • Check out our Market Place: You’ll find a wealth of information and app developer profiles in Business of App’s Marketplace.

 Top 5 UK App Development Companies, by Twitter Followers

Company Twitter Followers
Fueled 7,000
3 Sided Cube 7,245
Mubaloo 2800
Apadmi 3,100
The App Business 2,960

Source: Twitter

Selected UK app development companies

These are 24 of the best app development companies with offices in the UK. They’re not ranked in any order, they’re just “the best.” We’ve gone for a mix of budgets, skills and expertise as well as made sure to choose companies from all over the UK, not just in London.

Note: the companies on the list we’ve compiled below are not in any priority order.

Fueled

Fueled, based in New  York, is an award-winning app designer, having delivered Drop, Afterlight and Nimble, to name a few of their projects. Fueled were also chosen by HBO to make a Game of Thrones app, which says a lot about trust!

  • Location: UK, USA
  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Sector Focus: Consumer products
  • Office: 68 Hanbury St London E1 5JL, UK
  • Employees: n/a
  • Full-service mobile app development and strategy.
  • Support from strategy and planning teams for app development.
  • Focus on creating beautiful, engaging designs offering innovative user interfaces.

Mubaloo

Mubaloo is one of the top UK mobile app development powerhouses. It was put by Deloitte on the Technology Fast50 list, was also shortlisted for the UXUK Awards, recognized by the Princess Royal Training Awards for e-Coaching app developed by Mubaloo. The company’s key clients include London’s Air Ambulance and Bang & Olufsen.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows, HTML5, Blackberry
  • Sector Focus: Emergency services, Stock market, Telecommunication hardware, Healthcare
  • Offices: 42 St John’s Square London EC1M 4EA, London, UK
  • Employees: 50+
  • Full-service, enterprise level development and strategy creation.
  • User testing, conception and app prototyping.

Apadmi

With a team of 70+, Apadmi is a mobile technology company that works with clients of all sizes to understand how and where to use mobile in their organization to make life better for customers and internal staff alike – delivering the complete solutions needed to make it happen. Their clients include Argos, the NHS, BBC, Co-op, United Utilities, AstraZeneca, Lexus, and Range Rover.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, Windows, HTML5, Blackberry
  • Sector Focus: Healthcare, Utilities, Retail Finance
  • Office: Manchester (Trafford Park and city centre), London
  • Employees: 75
  • Long experience working for large corporate clients
  • Named Top UK App Developer 2018 by Clutch, Large UK App Agency of the Year 2018 (UK App Awards), Large Digital Agency of the Year 2018 (UK Agency Awards)
  • Works across all mobile platforms, from voice technology to Java and ASP.NET

Chelsea Apps Factory

One of the leading app development companies in the UK, since 2010 they’ve delivered apps, strategic guidance and consulting to the mobile sector. Chelsea Apps Factory has worked with companies from start-up size to major enterprises like Ladbrokes and Waitrose

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Sector Focus: Retail
  • Office: 30 Stamford Street, London SE1 9PY, UK
  • Employees: NA
  • Full Service mobile app and software development
  • Design team including Information Architects, End User Designers
  • Quality Assurance

3 Sided Cube

Based in Bournemouth, 3 Sided Cube won the Webby Award for best app in  2016 for their American Red Cross Blood Donor app in the health category.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Cross-platform
  • Sector Focus: Non-profit, retail, healthcare
  • Offices: Telephone House, 18 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, BH1 3NE
  • Employees: 24
  • Key clients: American Red Cross, Boots, Lush, Lloyds Banking.
  • Founded in 2009.
  • Top 50 creative agencies in the UK according to the Telegraph.

Nine Hertz

Nine Hertz is a mobile development company, founded in 2008, with more than a 1,000 mobile app development projects completed to date and more than 450 happy clients. The range of the company expertise in software development spans across mobile app and web development, emerging technologies (IoT, AR/VR, Big Data, iBeacon and PWA), Salesforce, Talend Data Integration, Digital Marketing, Industrial Solutions and e-Commerce Services.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, HTML5
  • Sector Focus: Food, Energy, Commerce, Classifieds, Tourism
  • Office: 26 Hylion Road, Leicaster LE26GQ United Kingdom
  • Employees: 200+
  • Prices available upon request

Quytech

Quytech (Quy Technology Pvt Ltd) is an award winning mobile app development company providing Android, iPhone and hybrid App Development services. Founded in 2010, with the team of 80+ software developers, the company has been a reliable supplier of mobile and web software to more than 100 happy clients and completed more than 150 projects to date.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Food, Taxi, Courier, Education, Hospitality, Healthcare industries
  • Office: 19 Mercer Avenue, Castle hill, Ebbsfleet Valley, Swanscombe, Kent DA10 1BG, UK
  • Employees: 80+
  • Key clients include Pernod Ricard, Honda, Deloitte, Marks and Spencer, Petrofac, ExonMobi, Gabriel, Mahindra First Choice, KMPG, Godfrey Phillips, Lemon Tree.

Intellectsoft

Highly business-focused app and software developer based in the US but with offices all over the world. Full spectrum development from Intellectsoft includes UX/UI, quality assurance, maintenance and product strategy. Among the company clients are such well established brands as Guinness and Harley Davidson.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Blackberry, HTML5
  • Sector Focus: Construction, Healthcare, Insurance, Logistics & Automotive, Retail & E-Commerce, Travel & Hospitality, Sports & Teams, Musicians & Bands
  • Office: 22 Great Marlborough Street Soho, London W1F 7HU, UK
  • Employees: 228+
  • All products delivered are ready to go live.
  • Prices can start at 15k US Dollars for a high quality, medium-sized app.
  • Breakdown of all costs at all stages for  full transparency.

Octal IT Solution

Octal IT Solution is mobile app software development company that worked with companies ranging from start-up size to Fortune 500 corporations. The company was recognized by multiple research firms such as BWDA, Extract.co, GoodFirms, AppFutura, ITFirms, TeamHunt, Clutch.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Mobile Web, Windows Mobile
  • Sector Focus: Enterprise, Games, Sports, Social, Education
  • Offices: Flat L04 Hester House, 72 – 78 Conington Road Lewisham LONDON SE13 7FL
  • Employees: 150
  • Key clients include Oricom, Aviva and FIAT.
  • Over 700 clients and 3,200 web and mobile app development projects since founding in 2004.

hedgehog lab

Not just a full-stack developer but also a tech consultancy, hedgehog lab cover everything in app development, from design and development to business plans and strategy. Offices are in London, Boston, Newcastle and India.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Web, AR, VR
  • Sector Focus: IT and Healthcare
  • Offices: Generator Studios, Trafalgar Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2LA ; 41 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR.
  • Employees: 115
  • 40 team members in 6 locations.
  • 50+ high quality projects completed.

eleks

Eleks is a software development company that was founded back in 1991. It helps businesses to go digital by providing expert app & platform development and technology consulting services. It’s been serving Fortune 500 companies, big enterprises and technology challengers, improving the ways they work and boosting the value they create for the modern world.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, HTML5, Mobile Web, Web Development
  • Sector Focus: Retail, Fintech, Logistics, Media & Entertainment, Heatlthtech, Government, Agriculture
  • Offices: Centralpoint, 45 Beech Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2Y 8AD
  • Employees: 1,000+
  • Key clients Autodesk, Aramex, Blackboard, Teleologica, Reactoo

Promatics

Promatics Technologies is a ISO 9001:2008 certified mobile app development company. Having their presence in India, USA and United Kingdom they have worked for several multinational clients across the globe. Among the company’s awards and accreditations are Red Herring Asia Finalist, Top Mobile App Development Company by SiliconIndia, Top Mobile App Development Company by Clutch.co, Top Mobile App Development Company by Appfutura, AWS Certified, NASSCom Member and more.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, HTML5
  • Sector Focus: Business Services, Advertising and Marketing, Arts
  • Office: First Floor, Innovation Warehouse, 1 East Poultry Avenue, London – EC1A 9PT, United Kingdom
  • Employees: 100+
  • 3000+ projects delivered.
  • Key clients include DHL, HP and Caltex.

The Distance

An all-round mobile app development company with a team of designers, developer and consultants, The Distance also offers its very own data management solution, called “The Core”, designed to handle high volumes of traffic.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Sector Focus: Advertising, Business Services, Healthcare
  • Offices: Cromwell House 31 Micklegate, York YO1 6JH, UK; 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, UK
  • Employees: NA
  • PocketCommerce, off-the-shelf solution customised for your own personal needs
  • Dedicated developers for both major platform
  • “The Core” and other solutions can be integrated with pre-existing apps

Rantmedia

Rantmedia is a small UK-based app development studio with 15+ experience of delivering superb software for desktop and mobile.  Rantmedia team is ready to work with companies of all sizes, from small startups to global well established brands. It was awarded with BAFTA for Technical Achievement by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Sports, Games, Broadcasting
  • UK Office: 22 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff CF11 9LJ, London, UK
  • Employees: 10
  • Key clients include BBC, TV/S Soccer, NHS, Project AWARE

Brightec

A multi award-winning mobile app development agency based in Brighton, UK. The team behind the award winning “low cost holidays” app.  Brightec clients come from multiple industry sectors and include market leaders such as Jaguar Land Rover, Morrisons Supermarkets, Willis Towers Watson, Ziffit, KitchenCraft, TrainSplit and many more.

  • Platforms: Android, HTML5, iOS, iPad
  • Sector Focus: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare, Financial Services, Travel, Lifestyle, Retail & Consumer, Education, Automotive, Energy Utilities
  • Offices: Brightec Ltd Floor 7, Vantage Point New England Street Brighton BN1 4GW
  • Employees: 14

Borne

borne logo

Full-stack developers, taking apps from ideation to publishing via UX/UI design and development. Borne also looks beyond the “app ecosystem” by producing “digital products” instead of mere applications.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Sector Focus:  Social, Health
  • Office: Workhouse One, 3rd Floor 6-8 Bonhill Street London EC2A 4BX, UK
  • Employees: NA
  • Digital product studio still founder owned.
  • Passionate about affecting change through the power of digital and mobile.
  • Clients include Shell, The British Army and Xendpay.

Waracle

Waracle is one of the UK’s leading mobile app development, IoT and digital consulting companies. The lineup of services it provides mobile web, mobile app development, iOS, Android, Hybrid and Native Mobile Frameworks, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), Voice and Augmented Reality (AR) and more.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry
  • Sector Focus: Fintech, Energy, Digital Health, Industrial IoT, Oil & Gas
  • Offices: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London
  • Employees: 51
  • Founded in 2004
  • Key clients include Clydesdale Bank and NHS, Pinpoint, JLL

Pocket App

Pocket App is one of the leading independent mobile UI & UX app development companies. Over the course of the last 5 years it has completed more than 250 projects.

  • Platforms: Android, HTML5, iOS, Xamarin, Windows Mobile
  • Sector Focus: Employment, Insurance, Charity, Health, Enterprise, Sales
  • Offices: 60 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LU, UK
  • Employees: 50+
  • Key clients include Samsung, Canon, Adidas, Jewson, Coca-Cola, Epson

3 Edge Technologies

3 Edge Technologies is an India-based app design and development company with offices in Australia, Europe, UK and US. The roaster of services it provides features such as mobile app development, web design & development, website maintains, custom CRM consulting.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Real Estate, Travel & Hospitality, B2B, Healthcare, Education & e-Learning, Banking & Finance, Startup solutions, Media & Entertainment, Food Ordering solutions
  • Offices: 33 Harbour View Road – Newhaven – BN9 9TT – UK
  • Employees: 15

Glance

Glance is a small UK-based app development company with a team of brilliant app developers who have been developing apps for prominent companies and organizations. Its team won multiple awards including ACQ Global Awards 2018, UK Business Excellence Award for App Development firm of the year 2018 and the Acquisition International 2017 Award.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Vogue,
  • UK Office: Unit 302 Cannon Wharf Business Centre Pell Street, London, SE8 5EN
  • Employees: 10
  • Key clients include Chanel, Canon, The Times, The Ministry of Defense, Lucozade, CMC Markets, Universal Music

Corporation Pop

Corporation Pop is a mobile app development company (though it also does AR and VR) with a portfolio in the arts and entertainment with a particular knack for making educational and engaging games.

  • Platforms: Android, Cross-Platform, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Education, arts, healthcare
  • Offices: 21–23 Shudehill Manchester M4 2AF United Kingdom
  • Employees: 11
  • Key clients include the NHS, BBC and UniLad.
  • Works with every size of company, from SMEs to corporations.
  • Founded in 2003.

Fan Studio

Fan Studio specializes in iOS app development, finding the best strategy to develop and launch your app, and give you advice whenever you need it.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Games
  • Offices: 20-22 Wenlock rd, N1 7GU, London, UK
  • Employees: n/a
  • Member of UK Association for Interactive Entertainment
  • 39 million app downloads totaled
  • Founded in 2008

The App Business

The App Business is a global mobile software and mobile app development company specialising in creating intuitive user experiences and offers scalable, agile app development and QA.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, iPad, Windows
  • Sector Focus: IT, Marketing, Business
  • Offices: The Spitfire Building 71 Collier Street London N1 9BE, UK
  • Employees: 120+
  • High-quality mobile software and app development
  • Scalable, agile apps offering intuitive user experiences
  • Additional services include web and mobile site design, mobile consultancy and hosting

Miquido

Has covered a number of sectors in its portfolio, ranging from finance and travel to healthcare and music streaming. Miquido created the famous SkyScanner app, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Sector Focus: Business Services, Finance
  • Office: 1st Katharine’s Way London E1W 1UN, UK
  • Employees: 100+
  • 100+ delivered solutions for international clients and 20M+ satisfied users.
  • Grown from 3 to over 100 people in just 6 years.
  • Winner of Google best apps of 2016 (HelloFresh), Webit Awards 2017 (Picniic)

Nodes

Based in London and Copenhagen and Aarhus, Nodes specializes in enterprise applications and has Scotrail, Tempur and Ironman as some of its top-line clients.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Sector Focus:  Business, Automotive, Industry
  • Office: 174 North Gower Street London | NW1 2NB United Kingdom
  • Employees: 85
  • Multiplatform development – Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
  • They’ve launched 1200 apps for more than 400 brands.
  • Only in-house developers at the company’s offices.

Magora Systems

Magora Systems is a London-based app development company (though they also do web and software development) with an eclectic portfolio of mostly small-business clients.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, HTML5, Windows Phone
  • Sector Focus: IT, Utilities, Education
  • Offices: Office 4.07, 4th Floor The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St London E1 6JJ 
  • Employees: about 300
  • Key clients include Danone and Innovo Care.
  • Focus on B2B and B2C applications.
  • Founded in 2010.

Ready4S

ready4slogo

Ready4S provide both consultancy and engineering services to top-of-the-line companies like Coca Cola, Roche and Credit Agricole. Founded in 2011, the 56-person team has since developed 65 apps and was named mobile app developer of the year in 2015 by Appfutura.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Sector Focus: Education
  • Office: Suite 18 Equity Chambers 249 High Street North BH15 1DX Poole, Dorset
  • Employees: 57
  • Passionate about creating mobile app solutions for your business.
  • Native apps for Android and iOS platform.
  • Team includes graphics, artists, end user designers and content writers.

The Sound Pipe Media

The Sound Pipe Media is a London-based mobile app company which specializes in developing apps for Android, iOS and iPad. The company has a strong business focus, and can supplement development with AR work.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, iPad
  • Sector Focus: Marketing, Arts
  • Office: 28 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4QR, UK
  • Employees: 13
  • Online quote service available, starting at £8000.
  • Highly skilled app developers
  • Instant callback and fast turn around time

Nomtek

As well as app design and development, nomtek also takes care of maintenance of your business application, and uses agile techniques to deliver lean, cost-efficient and easy to use apps.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Sector Focus: IT, Utilities, Media
  • Office: 86-90 Paul Street London EC2A 4NE United Kingdom
  • Employees: 51
  • Key clients include Yelp and the Institute of Food Research
  • Wide ranging industry experience covering media, IT, education and healthcare
  • Creates native apps for iOS and Android

Red-C

The award-winning Red C is based in the heart of ‘Tech City’ – Shoreditch, London. The studio offers an extensive range of bespoke services to optimise the internal running of your company.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Blackberry, HTML5, Mobile Web
  • Sector Focus: Financial services, government, retail, non profit
  • Offices: 4th Floor 74 Great Eastern Street London EC2A 3JL, UK
  • Employees: 9
  • Custom-made mobile apps.
  • Focus on high-end graphics
  • Also supplies content management systems and web services

Final Thoughts

The UK app development scene is bubbling with talent and expertise, and has produced some of the best apps in the world. You need look no further to find quality app developers for your business, but if you want to dig deeper, you can browse through Business of App’s Marketplace. Now, there is something you need to be aware of when you decide on what company(es) from the list to approach – the teams that are behind these companies are professionals with a stellar reputation, meaning most likely they are already busy with some projects to work on and so they may not jump on your project right away. So plan ahead and make sure you have a solid vision of a mobile app you would like to build.