Top 10 UK brands: Just Eat, Ocado, bet365 and Compare the Market join list

Sep 24, 2018 | Online advertising

Just Eat, bet365, Compare the Market and Ocado have entered the UK’s most valuable brands ranking for the first time.

Consumers place more value on innovation as food and drink is named the most innovative sector in the BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable UK Brands ranking, announced today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown.

Key findings:

  • The 2018 BrandZ™ UK Top 75 is worth a combined £205 billion in brand value – just over 10% of the UK GDP.
  • The brands which consumers consider most innovative grew their value 25% more than their rivals.
  • The 50 most valuable brands on the list gained 5% in total value in the last year, compared with the 2017 BrandZ UK Top 50.

Newer brands Just Eat, Innocent, Deliveroo and Brewdog have entered this year’s UK list, which has been extended to include 75 brands. Vodafone remains at no.1 with an increase in value of 6% to reach $28.9 billion, followed by HSBC (+7%, $23.6 billion) and Shell (+10%, $20.3 billion).

The BrandZ UK Top 75 is worth $271 billion (around £205 billion) – equivalent to just over 10% of the UK’s GDP. The 50 most valuable brands on the list have gained 5% in total value in the last year, compared with the 2017 BrandZ UK Top 50. The top innovators increased brand value by 25% more than their rivals.

This growth has been driven by the Top 10 risers, which have grown at nearly four times the rate of the rest of the brands. The fastest riser is Prudential, which increased its brand value 40% in the last year, followed by Dyson (31%), Asos (31%), and Dulux (18%). The BrandZ research shows that consumers perceive these fast-rising brands as particularly innovative and good at communicating, and they also have much stronger brand equity than the average across the ranking.

The brands that have entered the UK ranking for the first time, which are worth on average $1.1 billion, include Just Eat (no.30), bet365 (no.44), Compare the Market (no.46) and Ocado (no.49). Consumers view them as highly differentiated, recognising them for ‘shaking things up’ and providing a great experience. However, the older established names that remain at the top, such as Dove (no.10) and Shell (no.3), are worth $4.9 billion on average. These brands are considered less different, but more meaningful and top of mind.

Higher perceptions of innovation are proven to stimulate value growth: the brands in the BrandZ UK ranking that consumers perceive as the most innovative rose +18% in value in the last year, while the least innovative declined -7%.

David Roth, WPP, says: “The nation’s most valuable 75 brands have all risen to the top in a highly competitive, crowded and uncertain environment. Consumers value innovation, and it is key to helping UK companies future-proof their brands, deliver sustainable growth and increase in value; ever more vital in a post-Brexit world.”

The 2018 BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable UK Brands

2018 Rank Brand Category Brand Value (US$bn) Percentage BV Change 2017 Rank
1 Vodafone Telecom providers $28.9 +6% 1
2 HSBC Banks $23.6 +7% 2
3 Shell Oil & gas $20.3 +10% 3
4 BT Telecom providers $13.6 -4% 4
5 Sky Telecom providers $12.0 +11% 6
6 BP Oil & gas $11.8 +4% 5
7 Tesco Retail $9.1 +2% 7
8 Lipton Soft drinks $8.7 +6% 8
9 Barclays Banks $6.3 -7% 9
10 Dove Personal care $6.0 +1% 11

The BrandZ research indicates that the UK is still catching up when it comes to innovation. In 2017, consumers perceived the UK’s most valuable brands as only slightly more innovative than the average brand, putting them at risk from global competitors and new disruptors. The innovation score across the 50 most valuable brands in the UK was 102; in 2018 this has risen to 105 (the average brand is 100). This is lower than the 50 most valuable brands in the Global Top 100 (113), the US (111), Indonesia and China (both 108), Germany (107) and India (106).

Jane Bloomfield, Head of Business Development at Kantar UK, said: “Established and new brands can learn a lot from each other. Those older brands that form the bedrock of the UK economy have great staying power, having built salience and meaning. To grow, they need to work on increasing consumer perceptions that they are different, innovative and relevant.  The disruptors entering the ranking, meanwhile, need to make their difference meaningful and salient to consumers – if they fail to do so they could have a short lifespan.”
Other trends highlighted in this year’s BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable UK Brands report include:

  • Brands that are innovative are more loved, according to the BrandZ analysis of consumers’ opinions – but they have to clearly communicate their innovations in order to be recognised as innovators. Among the Top 10 innovators this year are Dyson, Deliveroo, BrewDog and Sky.
  • Innovation on its own will not sustain value growth. If a brand fails to innovate in a way that consumers find both meaningful and different, it drops in value. The brands considered innovative and meaningfully different – Dulux, Just Eat, Dyson, BBC, BrewDog, Compare the Market, Tesco, Sky, John Lewis and Innocent – are worth twice as much on average compared to low performers on both aspects.
  • Strong brands beat the stock market. The average share price of the 50 most valuable UK brands in our 2017 ranking increased 9.3% between November 2017 and July 2018, compared with 1.1% for the FTSE100. This means they created nine times as much value for shareholders.
  • Some leading names generate the vast majority of their revenue from overseas exposure. These include Johnnie Walker, Castrol, Lipton, Dove, Standard Chartered, KitKat and Vodafone – representing a broad range of categories.
  • Great communication is a vital driver of brand value. The brands considered by consumers to be the best communicators increased their value 13% in the past year, compared with a decline of -6% for the worst communicators.
  • Food and drink is seen as the most innovative category of all with an average score of 109, driven by new brands such as Deliveroo, Just Eat and BrewDog, followed by the household goods category, driven by brands including Dyson and Dulux.

The BrandZ Top 75 UK study  ranks the UK’s most valuable brands, analyses their strengths, and identifies the key forces driving growth in this market. It is the second edition of an annual report that tracks and anticipates the evolving environment for brands in the UK, and charts their changing fortunes.

The ability of any brand to power business growth relies on how it is perceived by customers. As the only brand valuation ranking grounded in consumer opinion, BrandZ’s analysis enables UK brands to identify their strength in the market and provides clear strategic guidance on how to boost value for the long-term. Businesses worldwide trust BrandZ to provide the information they need to measure, manage and protect their most important intangible asset: their brand.

The BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable UK Brands report and ranking, as well as other brand insights for key regions of the world and 17 market sectors, are available online here . The reports, rankings, charts, articles and more can also be accessed through the BrandZ app, which is free to download for Apple IOS and all Android devices from  or by searching for BrandZ in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

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