Top UK App Developers [2020]

Updated: July 6, 2020

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 2019, 79% of adults in UK owned a smartphone. On average brits spent 2 hours and 34 minutes interacting with their smartphones on a daily basis, spending 1 out of 5 minutes on social media. 72% of mobile connections in UK were 4G.

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: SlashData

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 this app development price calculator, a single platform app could cost £ 38,000, while a two-platform app can reach £42,000. These costs are calculated for developing an app from scratch, with a multi-lingual interface, a user account, in-app purchases and custom UI design.

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.

Median cost of mobile app development in select regions worldwide, by platform


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

CompanyTwitter Followers
Fueled 6.8k+
Brightec5.1k+
Waracle3.7k+
Adapmi3.4k+
Mubaloo2.7k+

Source: Twitter

Best UK App Developers

These the top 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.

List of mobile app development companies in the UK

FoundedEmployeesSocial
201051-2007k+
Netsells are the leading UK based digital agency specialising in native and cross-platform mobile application development.

Netsells is one of the leading UK based digital agencies that will turn 10 this year.  It has an expertise in native (iOS and Android) and cross-platform mobile app development. The agency has been serving clients of all sizes from more than 40 countries. Some of its top clients are Hiscox, Uber, Trainline and Capita. Netsells developers team specialities ranges from web design, web development, logo design to mobile app development.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, HTML5
  • Sector Focus: Broadcasting, Jobs, Finances, Fitness.
  • UK Office: Suite 3, Mill House, North Street, York, YO1 6JD
  • Employees: 50+
Learn more about Netsells

GeekyAnts

We are a product studio transforming ideas into reality

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesTraffic
2006201-50035k+
GeekyAnts has offices in India (Bangalore) and the UK (London).

GeekyAnts is a product studio specializing in web and mobile development using React, React Native, Flutter, Vue, Angular, NodeJS, Laravel, Python etc.

On the services side, they have worked with around 500+ clients all across the globe. The services provided ranges from business analysis, web and mobile development, UI/UX design, product management, delivery & support.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Healthcare, Communication, Financial.
  • UK Office: 7 Bickleigh House, Frogwell Close,
    London N15 6ED, England, UK
  • Employees: 50+
Learn more about GeekyAnts

iTechArt Group

Custom software development company

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesSocial
20021,000-5,000+5k+


iTechArt is a custom software development company that provides dedicated teams of hotshot engineers. It helps VC-backed startups and fast-growing tech companies build successful, scalable products that users love. Its team has a broad range of tech expertise – Angular, Ruby on Rails, PHP, .NET, Salesforce, QA & Testing, React, React Native, Node, Java, Mobile and Python.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows.
  • Sector Focus: Wellness & Fitness, Foodtech, E-commerce, Fintech, Elearning, Real Estate, Event Management, IoT, HealthTech.
  • UK Office: 41 Corsham Street, London, UK N1 6DR, GB
  • Employees: 2,000+
Learn more about iTechArt Group
FoundedEmployeesRevenues
201351-1002.5

Tapptitude is a Product Studio that partners with funded startups and established brands to build interactive, mobile-first products that people love to use. 

Platforms: iOS, Android, SDKs, IoT, AR, mobile first products

Sector Focus: health, fintech, marketplaces and retail, social platforms, arts, entertainment and culture. 

Offices: 

  • The Handbag Factory, 3 Loughborough St, Vauxhall, London SE11 5RB, United Kingdom
  • Lunii 2A, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Learn more about Tapptitude

The Distance

Leading UK Mobile App Development Company

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
200911-50$1m+2k+2,000
As UK app developers, we have been developing apps since the first iPhone launched and our extensive portfolio....

The Distance team has a long history of being on the app development market. They have been developing apps since the first iPhone launched and its extensive portfolio of apps, they’ve built for brands ranging from household names to world famous companies, speaks for itself.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Sector Focus: Advertising, Business Services, Healthcare
  • UK Office: Cromwell House 31 Micklegate, York YO1 6JH, UK; 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, UK
  • Employees: 11+
Learn more about The Distance

eleks

Your Technology Partner for Software Innovation and Market-leading Solutions

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocial
1991500+$25m+10k+
About 1500 employees as of June 2020 Headquartered in Lviv, Ukraine, we have offices in Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Toronto, Berlin and Tallinn.


Eleks – Ukraine, Kyiv based app development studio with more than 1,000 employees and 25+ years of software development experience the company leverages to develop superb mobile apps. The company’s development offices are located in Ukraine and Poland and the sales ones are in UK, US, Estonia and Germany. The spectrum of Eleks specialities is broad, it covers data science, mobility, quality assurance and testing, R&D, blockchain, AI, Cloud, IoT, ML, logistics and more.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, HTML5, Mobile Web, Web Development
  • Sector Focus: Retail, Fintech, Logistics, Media & Entertainment, Heatlthtech, Government, Agriculture
  • UK Office: South Quay, London, E14 9GE, E149JL, GB
  • Employees: 1,000+
Learn more about eleks
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
200311-50-1k+400+

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
Learn more about Rantmedia
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocial
200911-50$25k+9k+
We’re proud to be ‘UK Agency of the Year’ at the UK App Awards and ‘Most Innovative Agency’ at the UK Agency Awards. Since....

3 Sided Cube is mobile and web development agency with range of expertise that covers Mobile Applications (iOS and Android), Web Applications, Digital Strategy, Rapid Prototyping, Web Development and WordPress. It worked with global brands such as American Red Cross, Boots, RNLI, LUSH, RSPB, Lloyds Banking Group and Nordstrom.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Desktop
  • Sector Focus: Healthcare, Ecology, Sports
  • UK Office: Telephone House, 18 Christchurch road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3NE, GB
  • Employees: 1,000+
Learn more about 3 Sided Cube
FoundedEmployeesSocial
1997500-10017k+

Indus Net Technologies is an award-winning, global digital service company. We develop Mobile Apps, Mobile Games, IoT/Wearable Apps, and VR/AR Apps. We work on the entire application stack -i.e. backend with API, App and Frontend.

Our core focus:

Develop custom software solutions and applications for our clients by harnessing Mobile, Web, Analytics and Cloud technologies.

Who are our typical customers?

Our customers are mostly enterprises, early-stage companies and fast-growing startups.

Talk to us if you need help with any of the following:

UX/UI Services
Custom Software Development
Web & Mobile Applications Development
Analytics
Modernizing existing software products and applications
DevOps Services
Test Automation Services (Web, Mobile and API)
Cloud Services

Learn more about Indus Net Technologies

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. 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). The company works across all mobile platforms, from voice technology to Java and ASP.NET

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, Windows, HTML5, Blackberry
  • Sector Focus: Healthcare, Utilities, Retail Finance
  • UK Office: Manchester (Trafford Park and city centre), London
  • Employees: 75+
Learn more about Apadmi

Juego Studios

Games Design & Development company

10
(4 votes)
(4) REVIEWS


Juego Studios is a mobile game development studio with a broad expertise that covers mobile game & app development, enterprise app development, art & design, Augmented Reality tech, VR tech.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Gaming & Entertainment, Banking, Education, Healthcare, Heavy Industries, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate and Automotive.
  • Offices:#152, City Road EC1V 2NX, London, UK
  • Employees: 50+
Learn more about Juego Studios

Borne

Mobile First Innovation Studio

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS

Borne – Not just app development but digital products at large. Established in 2013, highly creative agency, with a team of 20 professionals that develop for both iOS and Android, web, as well as UX/ UI design, branding, market research user strategy and product mapping. Clients include Shell, The British Army, Xendpay. gowithYamo, Bendi, Shell, Joseph Homes, Holiday Swap, BuzzHire, Unifi, Zeus, Sidekicks.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Sector Focus:  Social, Health
  • UK Office: Workhouse One, 3rd Floor 6-8 Bonhill Street London EC2A 4BX, UK
  • Employees: 10+
Learn more about Borne

Chelsea Apps

We challenge your ideas so users don’t have to

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocial
201010-501m+5k

Chelsea Apps – is a mobile and web app development agency with 70+ million mobile app downloads and generating in excess of £250m for its clients. The team is dedicated to crafting apps that make a real impact. People that work in Chelsea Apps bring to bear a blend of youth and experience with strengths in areas such as creativity, development, enterprise-level security and big data innovation. Chelsea Apps worked for companies likes of TFL, Ladbrokes, Waitrose, KPMG, Peace One Day and Telefonica among others

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Sector Focus: Retail
  • UK Office: 30 Stamford Street, London SE1 9LQ, & Telephone House, 18 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NE United Kingdom
  • Employees: 10+
Learn more about Chelsea Apps

Somo

Solutions for the connected world

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
19 on The Times' Tech Track 100 in 2014, High Growth Team of the Year in 2014 by UK Business Angels, and winning the Retail Mobile Strategy/Campaign MOMA award in 2014 with its work....

ItCraft

Custom Software Development & Design Services

(0) REVIEWS
ItCraft is a mobile app development company with offices in Poland, UK and USA.

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. It features full-service, enterprise level development and strategy creation, user testing, conception and app prototyping.

  • 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+
Learn more about Mubaloo

Fan Studio

Award-winning mobile games & app development company in London UK

(0) REVIEWS

Nine Hertz

Smart & Robust Mobile App Development

10
(14 votes)
(14) REVIEWS

Oakley Mobile

Mobile apps with a B2B and B2C focus

(0) REVIEWS

TBC Digital

We make awesome mobile apps!

(0) REVIEWS

Ready4S

Award-Winning Mobile App Development Company

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS

Glance

An app development agency in London that turns your customers into fans.

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS

Future Platforms

Innovation. Utility. Technology.

(0) REVIEWS
Future Platforms is a UK-based digital solutions agency with a strong experience in app development, having created eCommerce,....

hedgehog lab

We help organisations innovate and build brilliant digital experiences.

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
200751-200$5m +6k +74,000
Offices Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

hedgehog lab is a global product consultancy which focuses on assisting brands and enterprises in achieving their business goals using emerging technologies. Its team services list consists of services that cover research & insight, product strategy, design, mobile & web app development, AI tech and a number of services for a products scaling – support, analytics and more. Among its key clients are Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Kodak Alaris.

  • 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: 51+
Learn more about hedgehog lab

dcsl Software

Bespoke Software Development Company

(0) REVIEWS
dcsl Software is a UK-basedteam of Microsoft-certified software developers who provide full-cycle app development services.....

Red C

Mobile App Design and Development

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS

Endive Software

Top Mobile App Development Company

10
(3 votes)
(3) REVIEWS
...Persons Ajay Goyal- CEO Endive Software Offices USA - 2220 Meridian Blvd, Minden, Nevada, USA UK - 41 Kenton Road, Reading Berkshire, England India - A-68,69 Sunder Singh Bhandari Nagar, Swej Farm,....

3 Edge Technologies

Leading Mobile App Development Company

10
(4 votes)
(4) REVIEWS

3 Edge Technologies is an app design and development agency based in Jaipur, India and specialized in building full stack mobile products, with native technologies for iOS & Android devices. It has a team that specializes at app development, UX and UI design, product management, strategists, all focused on delivering full-stack mobile app development services to funded startups and strong brands looking to grow their business and innovate on mobile. There are several factors that allow this company to stand out the rest – high quality WordPress development service, 24/7 tech support, competitive pricing, transparency and proven Agile methodology.

  • Platforms: Android, iOS
  • Sector Focus: Real Estate, Travel & Hospitality, B2B, Healthcare, Education & e-Learning, Banking & Finance, Startup solutions, Media & Entertainment, Food Ordering solutions
  • Uk Office: 33 Harbour View Road – Newhaven – BN9 9TT – UK
  • Employees: 15
Learn more about 3 Edge Technologies

Octal IT Solution

Serving In 70+ Countries For Web, Software And Mobile App Development

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
200451-200$27m+7k+92,700
...Partner PubNub Partner D&B D-U-N-S Certified Legal Registered Company in following countries UK.

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. The company key clients include Oricom, Aviva and FIAT. Since it was founded in 2004 it completed over 700 clients and 3,200 web and mobile app development projects.

  • 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
Learn more about Octal IT Solution

Intellectsoft

Developing serious software solutions

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
Established in 2007, the company operates multiple offices and engineering centers in the US, the UK, the Nordic region and Eastern Europe.

RapidValue Solutions

Digital Transformation for Enterprises

(0) REVIEWS
We have offices in the US, UK, and India with operations spread across Middle-East, Europe and Canada.

Brightec

Simply delivering the best apps for our clients

10
(4 votes)
(4) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
200611-50$1m+5k+28,400
We’re a multi award-winning mobile app development agency based in Brighton, UK.

Net Solutions

Award Winning Web + Mobile App Design & Development

(0) REVIEWS
...Xerox, Microsoft, American Golf, IMG, Mothercare and Euro Car Parts as well as successful startups in UK and around the world.

Apptension

Custom Software Development: Web & Mobile

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201211-50-800+11,400

Nodes

Brand and Corporate mobile app development

(0) REVIEWS

ChromeInfo Technologies

The Full Stack App Development Company

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesSocial
201051-2005k+

Quy Technology

Mobile Apps for Startups and Enterprises

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS

Waracle

Mobile app marketing and development

(0) REVIEWS
Waracleis the UK’s leading mobile app development, IoT and digital consulting company.

Software Developers India

Mobile apps at the best possible price

(0) REVIEWS

Dev Technosys

Mobile Application Development and Website Development

10
(8 votes)
(8) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201051-200$6m+2k+19,000
188 Quay Street Auckland, AUK 4781078 New Zealand Kuwait.

Dev Technosys Pvt Ltd is an ISO 9001:2008 certified web and mobile app development company. The company’s key services include: iPhone App Development, Android App Development, Web Design & Development, Enterprise Software Development, CRM Consulting, POS Development, IoT Solutions, Quality Assurance & Testing, Mobile Backend Engineering , Ecommerce Development, On Demand Services

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, iPad, Web Development
  • Sector Focus: Tourism, Fashion, Fitness, Transportation, Healthcare.
  • Office: 60 ST MARTINS LANE, COVENT GARDEN WC2N 4JS, London
  • Employees: 51+
Learn more about Dev Technosys

Fueled

Mobile app design & development

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
The company is Headquartered in New York and also has offices in Chicago and a UK presence in London.

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! It features 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.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Sector Focus: Consumer products
  • Office: 68 Hanbury St London E1 5JL, UK
  • Employees: 50+
Learn more about Fueled

Pocket App

We lead in business mobilisation. Design, technology, flexibility and execution are our forte.

9
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS

Arka Softwares

Creating Next Big Thing for You

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesSocialTraffic
201010-507k+125,000+
...company with 100+ passionate developers and designers, based in Jaipur, India, having offices in, USA, UK, and Australia.

Promatics

Top Rated Mobile App Development Company

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
200851-200$60m+2k+14,100

Zudu

Breaking Digital Boundaries

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesSocial
201411-505k+
We have operations across the UK and China, supporting clients in the UK, Europe and US.

The App Business

Full-service mobile app & software development

(0) REVIEWS

Miquido

Digital Product Development for Startups and Corporate Businesses

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201151-200$1m+1,5k+21,000
...Android Certified Agency covered by Time and Forbes, named a Top Mobile App Development Company in the UK, selected by brands like Abbey Road Studios, HelloFresh, Herbalife, Nestle, Skyscanner or TUI Tech....

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. Since 2011 delivered 100+ 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)

  • Platforms: iOS, Android
  • Sector Focus: Business Services, Finance
  • Office: 1st Katharine’s Way London E1W 1UN, UK
  • Employees: 100+
Learn more about Miquido

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