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British Airways tops B2B Superbrands list for third year running

British Airways has retained its number one spot on the annual Business Superbrands list for a third consecutive year.

The airline fought off competition from Apple in second place, with Microsoft, Paypal and Google rounding out the top five.

Now in its 16th year, the annual Superbrands ranking is decided by 30 leading B2B marketing experts and 2500 UK business professionals, ranking 1500 businesses against three main criteria: quality, reliability and distinction.

American brands dominated the top 20, with 13 of the list’s leading brands hailing from the US.

Stephen Cheliotis, chief executive of The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA), which compiled the results on behalf of Superbrands UK, said: “Despite a more turbulent period, British Airways has retained its position as the UK’s leading B2B brand for the third year running. Apple is once again a close contender in second, while rival Samsung retains 15th position despite the widely-publicised issues with its Galaxy handset.

“Unlike other recent polls, the voting pattern when it comes to brands remains remarkably consistent, with challenger brands notably absent as established players maintain their domination over newcomers,” he added.

Superbrands' Business Top 20

  1. British Airways
  2. Apple
  3. Microsoft
  4. Paypal
  5. Google
  6. Shell
  7. Virgin Atlantic
  8. American Express
  9. Mastercard
  10. Johnson & Johnson
  11. IBM
  12. Visa
  13. JCB
  14. BP
  15. Samsung
  16. Intel
  17. Boeing
  18. FedEx
  19. London Stock Exchange
  20. Hilton Hotels & Resorts