The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Vodafone tops UK’s ‘most valuable’ league

World: Google heads global table


Vodafone has been named the UK’s most valuable brand while Google has regained its leading global position, according to an annual ranking.

HSBC and BT took second and third place respective­ly in the BrandZ UK ranking, while tea brand Lipton entered the top 10 for the first time and Dove made a return to take ninth position.

Vodafone held on to the top spot with a strong communicat­ions campaign, despite its brand value dropping 4% to $37 billion, while BT benefited from being a “disrupter” and reaping the benefits of entering the pay TV and mobile markets to increase its value by 3% to $18.5 billion, the annual report by WPP and Millward Brown said.

Personal care brand Dove entered the UK top 10 for the first time since 2013 with a value of $5 billion, boosted by its commitment to campaigns such as its ‘Choose Beautiful’ initiative which called on women to renounce narrow standards of beauty.

Tea brand Lipton is another newcomer to the top 10 with a value of $8.5 billion after it targeted healthcons­cious consumers and found success in India and the US.

Supermarke­t chain Tesco retained its sixth placing despite dropping 5% in value to $9 billion, although this compared favourably to last year’s 37% decline.

However, “another challengin­g year” for the UK saw the total value of its top 10 brands drop 8% from last year compared to an increase of 5% in Europe.

The drop indicated that the influence of the economic slowdown in China, global financial issues and uncertaint­y “cannot be under-estimated”, the report said.

The report added that continual innovation had pushed Google back to the top spot, from second place last year, with a brand value of 229 billion – up 32% on 2015.

Apple dropped back to second place with an 8% decrease in value to $228 billion.

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