Top UK App Developers (2022)

Updated: August 5, 2022

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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?

Top UK App Development Companies:

  • NMG Technologies - Award Winning Mobile, Web & Software App Development
  • The Distance - Leading UK Mobile App Development Company
  • Emizen Tech - Mobile app Development Company
  • eleks - Your Technology Partner for Software Innovation and Market-leading Solutions
  • Groovy Web - ⭐World-Class Digital Solutions ✅ On-Time ✅ In-Budget ⭐
  • 3 Sided Cube - LET'S BUILD TECH FOR GOOD
  • Simform - Your Extended Team of Tech Experts
  • Tech Exactly - We translate your ideas into futuristic apps and immersive mobile experiences.
  • Rantmedia - Think. Make. Innovate.
  • App Maisters - Trusted Digital Transformation Partner for Startups, Growing and Enterprise Companies
  • Fortnight Studio - Award-Winning App Design & Development Studio
  • Light IT - Reliable technical partner for more than 500 companies since 2006
  • TopDevs - 🔥We have been developing iOS and Android apps since 2009 🔥
  • Quy Technology - Mobile Apps for Startups and Enterprises
  • Promatics - Top Rated Mobile App Development Company
  • Mtoag Technologies - Designing technology for today’s mobile generation
  • PixelPlex - Client-focused. Result-driven.
  • Apadmi - Restlessly Mobile

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  6.8k+
Brightec 5.1k+
Waracle 3.7k+
Adapmi 3.4k+
Mubaloo 2.7k+

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

FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocial
200911-50$25k+9k+
It’s an honour to report that we are the current UK App Agency of the Year, winning the accolade at the UK Agency Awards.

We build digital platforms with global organisations and movements to make change happen. 3 Sided Cube champions and advocates all things tech for good. We are an ISO accredited app development and digital product agency on a mission to use technology to change millions of lives for the better.

Learn more about 3 Sided Cube

Andersen

Product Development Services, Outsourced IT services, Application Maintenance and Support Services

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesTraffic
2007500+$93m415,000
Apadmi is the UK's leading mobile agency.

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

App Maisters

Trusted Digital Transformation Partner for Startups, Growing and Enterprise Companies

10
(3 votes)
(3) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
201410-50

App Maisters Inc. is recognized as one of the Top App Development Companies in United States. We provides an ultra-rapid & cost effective delivery cycle, a key success factor in such a rapidly evolving market place.

Learn more about App Maisters

Appello

We build Web & Mobile Software for Business

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
...Edward St, Brisbane, Australia 256 Hub - Yerevan City, Armenia WeWork - Paddington, West London, UK Impact Hub - Tbilisi, Georgia WeWork - Mission St, San Francisco, US Careers.

Apptension

Custom Software Development: Web & Mobile

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

Arateg

Take care of tech, so you focus on core business.

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
201410-50

Arateg is an award-winning custom software development company that helps you grow feature-rich online marketplaces such as Amazon, Uber Eats, Airbnb, Booking.com, etc. Having considerable 7+ years of experience, we deliver web & mobile development, UX/UI design, IT consulting, testing, support, and maintenance services.

Learn more about Arateg

Arka Softwares

Creating Next Big Thing for You

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
2010101-20010m+20k+50,000+
...company with 100+ passionate developers and designers, based in Jaipur, India having offices in, USA, UK, and Australia.

Auxano Global Services

Leading Mobile, Web & Game App Development Company

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201351-200$1m+1k+35k+
East Mississauga, Ontario, L4Z 2E5, Canada 18 Bridge Road Twickenham TW3 1SG United Kingdom UK and Europe Address-18 Bridge Road Twickenham TW3 1SG United Kingdom Australia-Chifley....

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

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.

Chelsea Apps

We challenge your ideas so users don’t have to

10
(2 votes)
(2) 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

ChromeInfo Technologies

The Full Stack App Development Company

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

Codal

Full stack app development and design

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS

DCSL GuideSmiths Ltd

Bespoke Software Development Company

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
dcsl Software is a UK-basedteam of Microsoft-certified software developers who provide full-cycle app development services.....

Dev Technosys

Mobile Application Development and Website Development

10
(11 votes)
(11) 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

eleks

Your Technology Partner for Software Innovation and Market-leading Solutions

9
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocial
1991500+$25m+10k+
London UK, Chicago USA, Berlin Germany, Krakow Poland, Tallinn Estonia, Lviv Ukraine, Split Croatia, Toronto....

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
Learn more about eleks

Emizen Tech

Mobile app Development Company

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
2013101-2005M1800800
com Ranked As Top 10+ Mobile App Development Companies in UK 2020,TopAppDevelopmentCompanies.

Founded in 2013, Emizentech has emerged with a plethora of insights and result-driven aspects by delivering cutting-edge mobile app development solutions to clients from all over the globe. Being globally acknowledged as a leading mobile app developer, Emizentech develops futuristic mobile software solutions for all sized businesses, and too with satisfaction.

Learn more about Emizen Tech

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,....

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