Britain’s most valuable brands revealed

The Brand Finance Global 500 (BFG), conducted by Brand Finance, showed that Burberry, BT and BBC are at the top of their game, with the highest rise in brand value.

British Telecommunications (BT) has seen the biggest growth this year, with its value up 70 per cent to a total of 9.3bn. Its latest huge investments in Rugby and Premier League football outline the importance of expanding and investing in creating a successful brand.

Following closely are Burberry, with a brand value of 2.5bn and a 22 per cent growth despite the departure of its CEO Angela Ahrendts, and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), now valued at 3bn

Tui Travel was rated as the most valuable leisure and travel brand both in the UK and the world. The operator has increased its value by 25 per cent and is now worth 2.4bn.

Vodafone is the UK’s most valuable brand, worth 17.9bn, but newcomers are slowly catching up, with EE spending big money on advertising and the BAFTAs, to help develop its 3.2bn fortune.

With a brand value of 3.3bn, Royal Mail is another company that managed to secure a spot on the top 500 list.

Brand Finance chief executive David Haigh said: Royal Mail is an iconic and much loved brand thanks in part to its connection to the Monarchy, which is itself one of Britains most valuable brands.

Despite IT glitches, controversy surrounding bonus payments and scathing press coverage, British bank brands have had a successful year. The UK’s most valued bank brand is HSBC, followed by Barclays, NatWest and RBS. The last two have seen a decrease in brand value this year to a total of 2.4bn.

The leading supermarket brand in Britain is Tesco, despite a 157m drop in its value.

The complete list of British Brands included in the BFG 500


16. Vodafone
20. HSBC
59. Tesco
70. BT
73. Barclays
89. BP
146. Sky
149. Sainsburys
172. Standard Chartered
185. BHP Billiton
193. Morrisons
213. Thomson Reuters
215. Dove
227. Prudential (US)
236. Royal Mail
238. Unilever
242. EE
264. BBC
271. Johnnie Walker
289. British Gas
295. Rio Tinto
303. Rolls-Royce
323. Burberry
324. MINI
360. TUI Travel
366. RBS
369. NatWest
375. National Grid
427. BAE Systems
446. Scottish and Southern Electric
451. next
454. Halifax
455. BG
492. Glaxosmithkline

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