The Biggest Tech Companies in Manchester 2024

Manchester's technology sector is thriving, with established businesses experiencing strong growth and more startups choosing the city for its proven track record of nurturing growth. Find out which Manchester tech companies are leading the way for revenue and growth in 2024.
20.05.24 Charles Griffiths

With a GVA (gross value added) of £78.7 billion, Manchester is the largest city region economy outside London and the fastest-growing tech hub outside the capital.

The city also ranked highly in the FDI Intelligence European Cities and Regions of the Future 2024 report, which measures the financial, economic and business strengths of city regions across Europe. With a healthy economy and diverse business landscape, it’s no wonder Manchester is an attractive option for investment – the city was named as the Top UK City for Direct Foreign Investment in the 2024 FDI report.

Manchester is home to some of the UK’s biggest tech companies, and its competitive business environment and access to investment means many local companies grow quickly. We’ve listed the biggest and fastest-growing companies in Manchester.

The Biggest Tech Companies in Manchester

PwC

Location:

No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB

Market Cap:

£133.79 billion

PricewaterhouseCoopers, commonly known as PwC, is one of the largest professional services networks in the world and is considered one of the Big Four accounting firms. It offers services in audit, assurance, consulting, tax advisory, and risk management. While PwC isn’t headquartered in Manchester, it has a strong presence in the city, having had a local office for 80 years and employing more than 1300 people. It also announced in October 2021 that it was launching a new Tech Hub that would employ a further 1000 people over 3 years, cementing PwC as one of Manchester’s main tech companies.

Auto Trader Group Plc

Location:

1 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Market Cap: 

£6.71 billion

Auto Trader is one of the UK’s largest digital marketplace for buying and selling new and used vehicles. Auto Trader’s website allows users to search for cars based on criteria such as make, model, price, and location. The company also offers tools and services to help consumers make informed decisions about vehicle purchases, including valuation tools, vehicle check services, and finance options. Originally a print magazine founded in 1977, Auto Trader fully transitioned to a digital business by 2013.

TalkTalk Group

Location:

Soapworks, Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3TT

Market Cap:

£1.09 billion

TalkTalk Group is one of the UK’s main telecommunications companies, providing pay television, telecommunications, Internet access, and mobile network services to businesses and consumers. TalkTalk is known for its competitive pricing and has been influential in promoting broadband and voice services. It was originally a part of Carphone Warehouse but became a separate entity in 2003.

The Hut Group

Location:

Icon 1 7-9 Sunbank Lane, Ringway, Altrincham, WA15 0AF

Market Cap:

£904.47 million

The Hut Group (THG) is an online retailing company that was founded in Manchester in 2004. It’s since grown to operate over 100 international websites that sell products in a variety of sectors including health and beauty, fitness, and fashion. THG is known for its direct-to-consumer approach and also provides end-to-end business services including e-commerce, technology, and logistics to other companies.

NCC Group Plc

Location:

Xyz Building 2 Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AQ

Market Cap:

£423.84 million

NCC Group Plc is a global information assurance firm headquartered in Manchester, serving clients all over the world. NCC specialises in cyber security and risk mitigation, offering a wide range of services designed to protect businesses from IT security threats. Those services include cyber security consulting, software escrow and verification, website performance, software testing, and compliance solutions.

The Fastest-Growing Tech Companies in Manchester

(Data from the North West Fastest 50 Companies 2023)

Hologic Ltd

Location:

Heron House Oaks Business Park, Crewe Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 9HZ

Turnover (£000s):

450,649

Average turnover growth:

119.90%

Hologic is a leading business in women’s health, creating products and innovating to help healthcare workers worldwide diagnose and treat patients effectively. Their Global Women’s Health Index is a comprehensive resource that provides data from women’s perspectives about their health.

Cardinal Global Logistics Limited

Location:

Leestone Road, Sharston Industrial Estate, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4RB

Turnover (£000s):

462,710

Average turnover growth:

107.27%

Cardinal Global Logistics is the world’s largest employee-owned logistics business. In just 25 years, Cardinal has grown from an initial £15,000 investment to serve more than 6000 clients through a network of 500 ports and airports.

Property Alliance Group Limited

Location:

Alliance House, Westpoint Ent Park, Clarence Avenue Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1QS

Turnover (£000s):

106,034

Average turnover growth:

99.41%

Property Alliance Group are developers with a £260 million portfolio covering industrial, commercial and residential properties. Those include the 172 apartment Axis building in Deansgate and the 35,000 square foot Stamford Green office space in Altrincham.

Romac Logistics Ltd

Location:

84-90 Higher Road, Urmston, Manchester, England, M41 9AP

Turnover (£000s):

37,420

Average turnover growth:

89.91%

Romac Logistics provides end-to-end transport and warehousing solutions for manufacturers and retailers. Their temperature-controlled services have helped major UK retailers with their storage needs, ensuring that both chilled and ambient food products are transported and stored safely.

NCO Holdings

Location:

New City House, 57 – 63 Ringway, Preston, England, PR1 1AF

Turnover (£000s):

43,178

Average turnover growth:

87.60%

NCO Europe provides outsourced financial and customer care services. Established in 1996, NCO employs over 400 staff in its purpose-built office in Preston and serves clients across Europe.

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