Although more and more businesses are turning toward app development platforms these days, there will always be a huge demand for development agencies. This could be for any number of reasons, either because a brand needs a highly customised experience for their customers, or because smaller businesses don’t have the in-house resources to use a development platform themselves. Many app development agencies also offer marketing services and advice around the increasingly complex world of app marketing and promotion.
When it comes to the app economy, The UK has been a hub of activity, with London’s Tech City in particular being home to a number of development agencies. In this post we’re giving a quick overview on the most popular app development agencies working out of the UK. Over the coming months we will also be rounding-up agencies based in other territories in Europe, Asia and America. If you think we’ve missed anyone out in particular, get in touch and let us know.
The Top UK App Developer Agencies 2014
Monitise Create – Award-winning mobile development agency based in London, with offices throughout Europe and the US. Worked with clients such as Xbox, BT and Adidas.
Nodes – London and Copenhagen based app development agency. Specialises in social apps and has worked with major clients such as Carlsberg, BMW and Unilever.
Somo Global – Major mobile app developer as well as acting as a full service mobile marketing agency. London-based.
Locassa – App developer that’s won no less than six awards and created everything from mobile games to newspaper apps. London-based.
Future Platforms – London-based and well established mobile development agency with a large client list and technical and design credentials.
Casio product app developed by Episty
E-Man – Development agency covering mobile and web apps. Also offers wearable app development. Based in central London.
Ribot – Well-established mobile app development and design shop with an award winning rosta of previous projects including for Tesco and other major brands
Red C – App developer that recently won an award for it work in the non-profit sector. Red C has worked for clients such as Save the Children and Sony. Based in Tech City.
Ustwo – East London based mobile app developer behind major apps including Barclays Pingit as well as in-house successes such as Mouth Off.
Nice – App dev agency that was recently acquired by marketing firm Karmarama. Worked with clients such as The Times, Channel 4 and Guiness.
Hedgehoglab – App developer based in the North of England, with a string of major clients such as the Financial Times, RAC and Booths.
Tokyo – Digital agency specialising in mobile apps and web design. Despite the name, is based in London with offices in Liverpool.
Locassa’s newspaper app for The Times
Gospelware – Mobile app and mobile game developer based in Gateshead, UK. Gospelware develops across Android, iOS and BlackBerry platforms. Clients include Disney, Cravens and GameHorizon.
The App Business – App development house that’s created news apps, retail apps and more. Worked with the Sun, Homebase and Unilever. Based in London.
Episty – London-based software company that focuses on mobile app and web app development. Clients include BT, Food Kingdom and ArtsThread.
Other Edition – Mobile development company that focuses on creating digital magazines for the iPhone and iPad. Clients include magazine brands such as Dazed and Confused and V Magazine.
Mubaloo – Bristol-based mobile app developer that specialises in creating bespoke business apps for corporate clients, such as NHS, AXA and William Hill.
PocketApp – Cross platform smartphone app developer based in London, with offices in India. Clients include BBC, Sky, Vodafone and Samsung.
Golden Gekko – Award winning app developer base in London. Golden Gecko claims to produce more apps than any other developer. Clients include O2, Volkswagon and Unilever.
GospelWare’s app for GSCE revision
Simon Judge – Android-only developer based in Surrey, UK. Clients include Philips, Oracle and Sony Ericsson.
Copper Mobile – UK developer, with offices in the US and India, which supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone development. Clients include Cisco and the US Army.
Mokaza – London-based app development team, responsible for iPhone apps SuperDoc, WordBlox and Instabam.
Portable Pixels – London-based iOS and Android developer, responsible for the popular Hatchi virtual pet game. Clients include Audi, Alfa Romeo and Wallpaper magazine.
SnApp – UK developer that focuses on creating apps for businesses. Has worked with Tesco, HMV and Waterstones.
Red Ninja – Liverpool-based cross platform app developer that focuses on augmented reality and location-based applications. Clients include Slazenger and TicketLine.
Create Digital Media – iOS and Android development team based in Kent responsible for a number of featured iPhone apps. Has worked with travel brands Belle France and Alan Rogers.
Gourmet Pixel’s award winning conceirge app for Virgin
Bluemungus – Edinburgh-based iOS and Android developer. Clients include The Co-operative and rock band The Proclaimers.
Streamba – Multi-platform smartphone app developer with offices in Glasgow and London. Developed apps for Moviecom.tv, Atlantic Fast Food and Peterson SBS.
Common – Award-nominated Android and iPhone app developer based in Huddersfield. Clients include Moonpig and HTC.
Gourmet Pixel – iOS-only developer responsible for a number of award-winning apps. Clients include Electronic Arts, Virgin and Shakeaway. Based in Berkshire.
Waracle – Mobile app developer based in Dundee, Scotland. Clients include Virgin Atlantic, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Football Association.
Chelsea Apps Factory – West London based apps production company, working with leading brands such as Telefonica, Waitrose and KPMG.
For more information on development agencies take a look at our app developer database. For app development platform recommendations check out our top ten here.