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

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

PixelPlex

Client-focused. Result-driven.

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
2007101-200

PixelPlex is a full-cycle software development company that helps companies from startups to giant enterprises build their cutting-edge mobile solutions. The company delivers iOS, Android, and cross-platform mobile applications as well as progressive web apps, and smart wearable software.

Learn more about PixelPlex
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201610-50$1m50005000
Based in Manchester UK, Foresight Mobile is an end to end bespoke mobile app development agency that specialises in Flutter. Established....

Based in Manchester UK, Foresight Mobile is an end to end bespoke mobile app development agency that specialises in Flutter. Established in 2017, we create attractive, performant digital experiences using Flutter, React Native, Android and iOS for a wide range of clients, from individual startups and entrepreneurs to household names such as Electronic Arts, Arm Microprocessor and Levi Strauss.

Learn more about Foresight Mobile

Intetics

Where Software Concepts Come Alive™

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenues
1995500+ $25M-$100M

Andersen

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

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesTraffic
2007500+$93m415,000

Indiespring

Driving business transformation through innovative mobile-first software

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
Employees
10-50
...successfully built customer solutions for small and large enterprises across the world from our base in the UK.

Indiespring is a leading provider of innovative, mobile-first, custom software solutions that drive business transformation and accelerate our customers’ growth. We pride ourselves on building true, long-lasting partnerships with our customers and treat each project as if it\'s our own.

Learn more about Indiespring

Groovy Web

⭐World-Class Digital Solutions ✅ On-Time ✅ In-Budget ⭐

10
(10 votes)
(10) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201551-100$1m5611500

Groovy Web is a home to young and energetic people with modern skills and knowledge who stood out in a very competitive market with a fresh outlook to serve industries and organizations from every domain with great quality and cost-effective services like: React Native App Development Android App Development iOS App Development Cross Platform App Development Progressive Web Application For more than 6 years, we have been giving our best efforts right from analyzing the clients\' requirements to developing and deploying cutting-edge and complex solutions.

Learn more about Groovy Web

HestaBit

Building Ideas, Launching Products.

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
2012101-200
FoundedEmployeesSocialTraffic
2015101-20010k+20k+

Fortnight Studio

Award-Winning App Design & Development Studio

10
(6 votes)
(6) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201410-501m63002,000
We're a UK-based UI/UX design and development studio on a mission to help brand grow and scale with incredible....

We’re a UK-based UI/UX design and development studio on a mission to help brand grow and scale with incredible digital products. Our design team combines experience and vision to deliver interfaces that are beautiful and innovative, yet intuitive and functional. Our aim is to delight users and keep our clients at the forefront of their industry.

We help brands like you shine a new light on themselves through planning, designing and developing groundbreaking apps.

As a uniquely powerful mix of thinkers, makers, and do-ers – we work nicely together. We work closely with you too, taking your sparks and ideas from head, to heart, to life – using our years of app experience.

Collaboration, creativity, and an excitable desire to deliver design that moves people. We’re ready when you are.

This is the Fortnight Partnership.

Our clients include Simba Sleep, Bumble, Bear App, King Games, Riot Games, BMW, Mindful Chef and many more.

Get in touch now and let’s create something extraordinary.

Learn more about Fortnight Studio

TopDevs

🔥We have been developing iOS and Android apps since 2009 🔥

10
(2 votes)
(2) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesSocialTraffic
200910-501000+2000+
...financial operations center in Toronto, Canada Major clients from USA, Germany, Canada, Australia, UK, Switzerland, Finland TopDevs Inc.

TopDevs team possesses expert skills in the best technologies: iOS: Swift, RxSwift, Swift UI, Objective-C, Realm, Apollo, SwiftMessage, Automatic Layout, Mix Swift, UI Kit, Map Kit, MVVM, XCode, Custom UI Android: Java, Kotlin, Coroutines, Flow, Room, Dagger/Hilt, Retrofit, Navigation Component, Custom UI, Jetpack Compose, MVVM  Frontend: JavaScript (Vue.

Learn more about TopDevs

Simform

Your Extended Team of Tech Experts

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
2010201-500

Simform is a top custom software and app development company with a mission to help successful companies extend their tech capacity. Since 2010, Our team of 280+ experts has helped businesses elevate their value through our development services.

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Uinno

Trusted Extended Team that Solves Technology-Related Challenges. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
201910-50

Mtoag Technologies

Designing technology for today’s mobile generation

10
(4 votes)
(4) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesTraffic
200951-1001150-200

 

Mtoag Technology is one of the leading company in IT sector. We are profoundly organized, execution situated and client-driven association. We have more than 11+ years of experience in giving IT services since 2009. 

Our center lies in teaming up with clients to give them aggressive, astounding, practical, cost effective solution. Breaking down business needs, streamlining business process and boosting upper hand is the thing that we accommodate to each and every client.

 

Learn more about Mtoag Technologies

VERVE LOGIC

Turning Vision Into Success Stories

10
(31 votes)
(31) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesTraffic
201180+10m20000
India, US, UK, AU, CA, GCC, Dubai.

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.

Tech Exactly

We translate your ideas into futuristic apps and immersive mobile experiences.

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployeesRevenuesSocialTraffic
201510-505m1000015000

Tech Exactly is award winning Indian Mobile App Development Company with a diverse global clientele. We provide dedicated mobile app and web developers to help startups and enterprises create bespoke solutions.

Learn more about Tech Exactly

Moon Technolabs

An Award Winning Mobile App Development Company

10
(20 votes)
(20) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
2009101-200

Sonin

A Decade of Award-Winning Apps

10
(1 vote)
(1) REVIEWS
FoundedEmployees
200810-50
Our team of UK-based, expert app developers love bringing ideas to life.

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

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