40+ Top UK Brands Ruling the World

The United Kingdom has always hosted several most famous and recognizable brands in the world. They have always been one of the ruling countries in the world economic market. Be it their profits of shares, the brand success or quality of products, UK companies have always been one of the top-flight nations in the world market.

Top UK Brands Ruling the World


Tesco plc is a British multinational retailer of groceries and general merchandise found in 1919 by Jack Cohen. Welwyn houses the headquarters. Tesco is the third-ranked largest retailer in the World and the Ninth largest revenue collecting company in the globe. It has a chain of departmental and grocery stores in seven countries of the world.


Royal Dutch Shell is an oil and gas industry established in 1907. It has its headquarter in London. They explore, refine, distribute, sell, trade petrochemicals. They also account for renewable energy activities including hydrogen, wind, and biofuels. They have the operation is around 70 countries of the world.


Vodafone is one of the top telecom industry brands worldwide founded in the year 1991. Operating globally, London holds the headquarters. Vodafone is ranked fourth in the telecom operator groups in the world. It uses varied permit services like television, broadband with the help of fiber cable and copper networks.


HSBC bank was established in the year 1865 and now is one of the largest Finance and Insurance companies in the UK. The headquarters of HSBC is situated in London. One of the world’s largest banks, it is well-known. It has a vast network of over 7500 offices spread in around 80 countries in the world. They provide operations of personal and consumer finance, private banking.


Barclays founded in 1690 is a British banking and financial company. London holds the headquarters of Barclays. They provide a varied operation including Retail, Commercial, Investment Banking with wealth management. The company started its operation in a goldsmith banking business. It has a customer base of about 24 million people. 


Ernst & Young’s famous is a professional service providing establishment. It was founded in 1989 and also has the headquarter in London. They provide various operations of Advisory in Assurance, Tax, Legal, Financial and Consulting domain. They have 700 offices spread in over 150 countries with a working capacity of over 250,000 employees.

Land Rover

Land Rover headquartered in the United Kingdom founded in 1948 is one of the best and well-known four-wheeler drive brands. They are reputed because of the trust they have instilled. Land Rover is an expert in the field of vehicle development. With the changing demand in today’s market, they have transformed their business in a digitized fashion with the help of IT, production, and the Internet.


British Broadcasting Corporation is a public service broadcaster company headquartered at Westminster. It is one of the earliest and largest broadcasting brands of the world founded in the year 1922. They broadcast radio networks, television programs, and also online services like news, weather, and sports. BBC’s website functions not only news but also children learning


Burberry headquartered in London is a British luxury fashion house. It is most famous for its Trench coats. Thomas Burberry was the amazing mastermind behind this spectacular brand. They design and distribute ready-made leather goods, footwear, fashion accessories, eyewear, cosmetics, and fragrances. They have stores in over 59 countries in the world.

Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker is a Scotch whiskey brand famous all over the world. It is also one of the largest selling and most preferred whiskey brand. This brand was established in 1820. It is sold in almost every country with an annual sale of over 160 liters of scotch whiskey. They have eight varieties of scotch whiskeys.

Lloyds Bank

Lloyd bank considered as one of the Big Four Clearing Banks was formed in Birmingham in 1765 is a British Retail and Commercial bank with its branches spread all of the UK.London houses the headquarters. In 1995 Trustee Savings Bank merged with Lloyds Bank and formed Lloyd’s TSB Group. It is one of the oldest banks in the UK.


AVIVA is one of the most prominent and top brands in the UK. It is a financial service company with about 33 million customers spread around 16 different countries. They are famous as the largest general insurance and pension provider. They mainly function with three major business operations as life insurance, general insurance, and pension.

Marks & Spencer

Marks and Spencer established in the year 1884 headquartered in London, is a British multinational retailer. They sell home products, luxury food items, and clothes. The company was founded by two partners naming Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer. They are famous because they mainly focus on eco-friendly and fair trade.

British Airways

British Airways is not only the largest but the most premium category UK based airline firm founded in the year 1974. All these four-airline corporations – British European Airways, British Overseas Airway Corporation, Cambrian Airways, Northeast Airlines combined to form the British Airways.


Unilever is a consumer good brand established in 1929. It is a British-Dutch firm having its offices both in London and Rotterdam. It is a dual listing brand comprising of Unilever plc in London and Unilever LV in Rotterdam. But these both brands operate unanimously. They sell Food beverages, personal care products, and cleaning agents.


Dove is one of the most selling and famous personal care brands across the globe headquartered in the United Kingdom. They have their widespread business over 80 countries selling both male and female products such as soap, shampoo, lotion, cream, face wash, body wash, etc. Maximum of their products are derived from animal fat salts, vegetable oils.


SKY is the largest pay-television broadcaster in the United Kingdom. It is a British telecommunication and broadcaster company providing a fixed-line, mobile service and broadband internet service in Britain. They have a consumer base of around 12 million. They have their satellite TV service with flagship channels such as Sky One and Sky Atlantic

British Telecom

British Telecom, as the name suggests is a British multinational telecommunication company providing broadband, mobile services, subscription television, IT service around 180 countries in the world. They have their headquarter in London. The brand opened its eyes in 1969. Before 1969, since when GPO became private, BT ran as Electric Telegraph Company which was taken over by the General Post Office.

British Petroleum

BP plc or the British Petroleum Company is an oil and gas company formed in 1909. It focuses on all operations relating to oil and gas such as exploration, production, distribution, refining, power generation, and trade. It is a premium brand and trusted in the globe’s every corner

Three UK

Three UK has an interesting relationship with its name and foundation date. It was founded on 3rd March 2003(3/3/2003) and has its headquarter at Maidenhead. They solely work on Mobile telephony and Broadband internet. It came up with the United Kingdom’s first-ever commercial 100% 3G network. Now it provides 4G, 5G services as well.


Cadbury, previously known as Cadbury Schweppes was founded way back in 1824 by John Cadbury. It is a British multinational confectionery company and second-largest company after Mars. Uxbridge, London, holds the headquarters. Globally famous, it is mostly known for the chocolate named- Dairy Milk.


Aon plc is one of the largest British professional service firms which operates and provides services on the various domain. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in London this firm sells a wide variety of financial mitigation products including health insurance and pension products. It also provides consultancy services regarding risk, retirement, and health.


Dunhill is one of the finest and famous cigarette brands in the world. It is currently manufactured and owned by British American Tobacco. It was introduced in the year 1907. They are manufactured in Westminster. They introduced the world’s first cotton wool filter tip and are priced above the average tobacco price due to its finest quality.


Lipton is a world-famous British tea brand now owned jointly by Unilever and Pepsi CO. They had a supermarket chain back then, but later sold all to Argyll Foods and solely concentrated on tea selling. At present, they sell a huge variety of tea and its flavor around different countries of the world.


Bentley Motors Limited is a famous British automobile brand that manufactures and sells luxury cars and SUVs. The headquarters are housed in Crewe. It was founded in the year 1901 and was named after its owner W. O. Bentley. Since 1998 Bentley is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen group and now cars are manufactured both in Crewe and also in Dresden.

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered is a British multinational public limited financial service company headquartered in London. Found in 1969, Standard Chartered Bank operates in around 70 countries of the world. This Universal bank operates in consumer, corporate, and institutional banking. It generates revenue of over 15 billion USD and has a total asset of around 700 billion USD.


Deliveroo is a fast-rising brand in the world market in the present day. It is an online food ordering and delivery app headquartered in London operating in exactly 200 cities around 12 countries as of now in huge volume. Deliveroo has a subsidiary operation named Deliveroo edition which is mainly focusing on creating a network of Ghost Kitchen

Brew Dog

Brew Dog is a pub chain and multinational brewery chain based in Scotland. It is known to produce not only lagers but also ales. Brew Dog’s crafted Beer is one of the most famous and popular products. Brew Dog is one of the fastest-growing brands in the UK in its share market and economical market.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail is one of the oldest and prominent British newspaper company. Founded in 1896 they have its headquarter at the Northcliffe House, London. Daily newspapers are circulated in the form of tabloids. They now have toppled The Sun to have the most circulation of over 1134000 in the United Kingdom.

C & J. Clark

C&J. Clark is a global manufacturer and seller of shoes. They now have over 1000 stores and outlets around the world and retails their products via a third party. They are famous worldwide because of the fine quality they provide and the style of the product both new-age and antique styled.


WHSmith is a British multinational public limited company. Founded in 1792 and headquartered in Swindon, it is one of the oldest successful brands of Britain. WHSmith is a British retailing company operating a chain of high street, port, railway station, airport service station shops selling groceries, newspapers, magazines, stationery, and confectionaries.

Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee founded in the year 1971, now has its headquarter in Dunstable, England. It is a British coffee house chain selling coffee, tea, iced drinks, sandwiches, and sweet snacks. Coca Cola’s subsidiary, it is a huge chain of coffee houses, globally renowned.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin is a British independent public limited company manufacturing and selling premium category luxury sports cars and tourer. Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford founded the company in the year 1913. Since the 1950’s Aston Martin made way to their expensive grand tourer cars when they tied the knot with the fictional character James Bond in their films.

William Hill

William Hill is a world-famous London based bookmaker public limited company listed on the London Stock exchange. After gambling became legal in Great Britain, this company started to see new heights. Now they mainly focus on Bookmaking, online gambling, and betting shops. 

Body Shop

Body Shop is an International Limited company based in Britain, headquartered at London Bridge found by Anita Roddick. It was previously owned by L’Oréal till 2016 and now owned by Natura. It is a subsidiary brand selling cosmetic, skincare products, and quality perfumes. They are spread in over 65 countries with their numerous outlets.


Dettol is one of the most famous brands in the world having cleaning supplies, manufacturing, and selling disinfectants and antiseptic. It was formed in the year 1932 by Reckitt Benckiser. Dettol is made up of chloroxylenol, pine oil, isopropanol, soap, and, water making it the best and most sold antiseptic brand.

Amec Foster Wheeler

AMEC Foster Wheeler is a British multinational consultancy headquartered in London. They have offices in around 55 countries of the world. They mainly focus on Oil, Gas, Power, Chemicals, and mining.


McVitie’s is a British based confectionery and snack food brand headquartered in the United Kingdom. Owned by United Biscuits it was found long ago in the year 1830. McVitie’s holds a British Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth. They are famous for their Hobnobs, rich tea biscuit, Jaffa cakes, and digestive biscuits.

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