Yorkshire's leading mobile app development company

UK based mobile app agency specialising in developing intuitive bespoke mobile app solutions for our customers on iOS and Android smartphones/tablets

Clients We Make Apps For

  • NHS
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Camden Market
  • Bentley Motors
  • SafeStyle UK
  • Slimming World
  • EDF Energy
  • Network Rail

We are UK App Developers

As UK app developers, we have been developing apps since the first iPhone launched and our extensive portfolio of apps we've built for brands ranging from household names to world famous companies speaks for itself.

Our apps are built in-house in our app development office based in York by highly specialist developers whose skill sets guarantee quality and whose excellence underpins each and every mobile app design project.

Our area of app expertise is native mobile app development on iOS, Android and Windows devices. Dedicated UK app developers on each app platform deliver the best quality user experience.

Our team of mobile app developers are on hand throughout the process to ensure your complete satisfaction. We’re a credible and independently stable partner in business; our name comes from the promise we make at the beginning of each client relationship - Our app development team goes The Distance.

How we can help

Innovative new idea

Have you got the next billion dollar app idea - maybe the next Uber or WhatsApp? With protection though our mutual NDA we'll help you validate the feasibility and help structure a roadmap to bring it to life. Hopefully making you the next big apptrepeneur in this booming industry!

Generate revenue

Are you a retailer or looking for app-based solutions to revenue? Our Pocket Commerce framework was built just for you. Using industry best practices we can help you make money through an intuitive app solution. Whether its physical products or in-app purchases we can advise how to maximise your ROI.

Provide extra value

Already provide products and services to your customers? We can help you utilise app based technology in order to build extra value into your offering. The convenience, ability and connectivity of smart phones means they are ideal platforms to bring additional services to your current proposition.

Improve business process

Have you considered how you could streamline your business/enterprise using mobile tech? Apps provide a very broad range of opportunities to empower staff and improve efficiency. Bespoke app solutions have been proven to vastly improve daily activity enabling standout performance against competitors.

  • Thanks for all your hard work and efforts over the past four years – together we have created a great solution. PWC recognised it as the best they have seen, this time last year I accepted an AZ award for it!

    Ian MacTavish

    Astra Zeneca

  • Their unique aspect is the whole package: the variance of their technical skill, grasp on mobile technology, and creativity. The Distance is reasonably priced and offer fantastic service and delivery

    Alex Victoratos


  • Working with the team at The Distance has been a pleasure. From the very beginning it was clear these were the guys for the job: Unlike their competitors, they had taken the time to fully understand the scope of the project, the time frames and the deliverables.

    Ruth Heald

    Author and App Owner

  • We chose The Distance due to their extensive knowledge in the field of digital media, they have assembled a great team of professionals who truly deliver the goods. They provide a flexible, professional and responsive service, ensuring that all their digital media are better than industry standard.

    Tony Free

    Health App

  • The Distance provided an excellent service both for a website and the iPhone App. The level of design and attention to detail was of a very high quality and resulted in a superb platform upon which to build the business.

    Simon Gudgeon

    Artist and Currator

  • The Distance have proven to be invaluable business partners. The Camden Market mobile app was delivered to a high standard, at a fair price and within demanding timescales.
    Together, their development skill and friendly expert app consultancy have been key factors in our ongoing relationship.

    Chris Raven

    Camden Market

  • The Distance made something complex, simple. They honoured the original intention. They worked to budget and to time and did the whole thing with good grace.
    Nathalie Crass- Fielding

    Martin Firrell/Metascifi

  • The app is the perfect medium to present everything in this project – the film, two albums, videos, and lots of extras; all interwoven and all interactive. It’s stylish, instant, cutting edge, and the shake to switch between soundtracks feature truly is the bomb.

    Julian Lennon


  • If there was a Champions League of mobile app developers, these guys would be contending in the finals every time. Epicuri would not have been possible without their expertise and tenacity.

    Iksit Gadhia & Manish Patel

    Epicuri, Co-founders

  • We are very happy with the iPad apps developed with The Distance and feel they are at the forefront of this new technology. We have found that The Distance’s staff are knowledgeable, efficient and easy to work with, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

    Joanna Harrington

    Boston Hannah International

Want to see our other app case studies?

View our App Portfolio

Our Services

Mobile App Consultancy

Mobile App Consultancy

Our senior app developers team can share our expertise and experience of over 8 years in mobile app development going back to the first iPhone. We understand your needs and can provide guidance through the entire iOS/Android app development life cycle.

Mobile App Development

Mobile App Development

We have a dedicated development team for each major mobile platform (iOS/Android) ensuring we are specialists in our field. Our Agile mobile app development methodology ensures an efficient process with a faster time to market for our apps.

Mobile App UI/UX

Mobile App UI/UX

All of our mobile apps are developed with beautiful aesthetic design that is matched with intuitive functionality. Our high standards ensure continued customer engagement and our responsive interfaces provide a fantastic user experience.

More about us

The Distance was founded following the launch of the first Apple iPhone in 2009 and has been focused on native app development ever since. With over 100+ apps to our name we are proud to say we are one of the leading development companies in the UK - veterans of the app industry if you will. Our skills have seen us developing for all the major platforms including AppStore, Play, Amazon Kindle, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

With a dedicated team of (York) UK based app experts ranging from creative designers; specialist developers; and personable project/account managers we have the skills to deliver amazing app solutions. Our focus is native app development for both Apple iOS and Google Android which ensures users have the best possible experience with our software. Bespoke in-house frameworks ensure robust and effective development stages.

Our proven app development process has been battle tested and is continuously improved to ensure the most efficient project lifecycle. A hybrid system inheriting the best practices of both waterfall and agile techniques. The streamline workflow ensures the quality, stability and usability of all apps we develop. Beginning with a MVP and continually iterating releases, we can deliver a long term and engaging solution for your users.

Our App development tools

Our in-house suite of app development tools and frameworks enable us to develop bespoke iOS and Android apps quickly and succinctly. Ensuring efficiency in both the app life-cycle as well as the total costs throughout the mobile app development process.

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The Core

Our secure and customisable CMS with an intelligent and easy to use interface. Update media and content across all mobile app platforms effortlessly using familiar web editing tools.

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App Url

A simple one-click solution for downloading your mobile app. Reducing the need for multi-platform download links in emails and on the web.

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App Commerce

A framework for creating cutting edge mobile commerce apps. Offering an engaging retail experience from any location utilising Apple and Android Pay, PayPal or Stripe.

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Profficiency is a multi-component system designed to fit around your exact business needs. Our tailored solution can help future proof your business's digital processes.

App platforms we develop for

Our team of dedicated UK mobile app developers are experts in all the major platforms including: