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 2018 alone, 95% of people in UK, both age 16-24 and 25-34, owned a smartphone. According to the Statista estimate, in 2019 there are a total of 55.5 million smartphone users in the United Kingdom.
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:
- The app developer market in the UK
- UK app development costs and statistics
- How to choose app developers in the UK
- Best UK App Developers
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
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.
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
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.
- iTechArt Group
- Konstant Infosolutions
- The Distance
- 3 Edge Technologies
- Juego Studios
- Chelsea Apps
List of mobile app development companies in the UK
As UK app developers, we have been developing apps since the first iPhone launched and our extensive portfolio of apps we\'ve built for brands ranging from household names to world famous companies speaks for itself.Learn more about The Distance
Konstant Infosolutions is a globally recognized mobile app development company delivering the best-in-class solutions. Having served businesses, startups, enterprises across all industries, weíve developed over 500 Android, iOS and hybrid mobile apps.Learn more about Konstant Infosolutions
iTechArt is a one-stop custom software development company helping startups and VC-backed companies cover their product development needs. We offer a wide range of services - from custom software development to the latest IoT, AI and Blockchain solutions.Learn more about iTechArt Group
GeekyAnts is a product studio specializing in web and mobile development using React, React Native, Flutter, Vue, Angular, NodeJS, Laravel, Python etc.
GeekyAnts is the brains behind React Native’s most famous UI library NativeBase (nativebase.io, 13000+ GitHub Stars), BuilderX (builderx.io, a design tool that can write the code for you), Vue Native (vue-native.io), NativeBase Market (market.nativebase.io) and much more. They are registered service suppliers for Google LLC since 2017.
On the services side, they have worked with around 500+ clients all across the globe. They have been a steady tech partner to world’s top corporate giants to small & mid-sized startups helping them to modernize and evolve their businesses.
The services provided ranges from business analysis, web and mobile development, UI/UX design, product management, delivery & support.Learn more about GeekyAnts
We design and develop awesome mobile apps for iOS and Android - Apps that get featured on the App Store. Formed in 2003, we have honed a collaborative, agile and resourceful studio model that allows our clients to affordably tackle big challenges.Learn more about Rantmedia
Borne are an app development lab based in London. We are a digital agency that puts mobile first and our team of mobile app developers work to create apps and a digital presence for our clients that engage and excite your audience.Learn more about Borne
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. What sets us apart is keeping long term working relationships with clients and most importantly is keeping it all to the bottom line of clients budget.Learn more about 3 Edge Technologies
LITSLINK is a leading web and mobile development company HQ’ed in the US, California. Since 2014, we have been delivering full-cycle software development services to clients across the globe. With more than 300+ successful releases in our portfolio, we helped 200+ customers in 27 countries to turn their ideas into prosperous businesses.Learn more about LITSLINK
Started in 2011, JUEGO STUDIOS has expanded from being a games design company to a full-fledged technology venture dealing with AR/VR,AI and other emerging technologies. Our team includes some of the top game developers, AR/VR specialists, designers, artists, animators, and technology experts in the industry.Learn more about Juego Studios
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 organisation to make life better for customers and internal staff alike – delivering the complete solutions needed to make it happen.Learn more about Apadmi
Chelsea Apps is a mobile and web app development agency with over 70 million app downloads and generating in excess of £250m for our clients. We’re a team that only work on projects that we believe users will love.Learn more about Chelsea Apps
Zco Corporation has over 25 years of custom software development experience and is an industry leader in mobile app development. As a established and dependable vendor, Zco has built best-selling award winning apps for small businesses to fortune 500 companies worldwide.Learn more about Zco Corporation