Who Are We?

Smiths News is the UK’s leading newspaper and magazine wholesaler.

Working on behalf of all major national and regional publishers, we distribute a huge range of print media to 24,000 customers – from large general retailers to smaller independent newsagents. We use our extensive network of distribution centres to provide an efficient, friendly and professional service to all our customers, no matter their size or where they are located.

We operate in the world’s fastest and most complex supply chains, offering our customers a wide range of services to maximise sales and make selling easy. Our core services include newspaper and magazine deliveries, collecting and processing returns, managing retail ranges, and providing market insight to forecast demand and minimise waste.

We’re an ambitious company, with a clear focus on our core market and being the very best at what we do. We currently have a 55% share of the UK newspaper and magazine market, and we’re working hard to ensure we continue to secure cost efficiencies with an operating model that’s underpinned by long-term partnerships.

Our Values

At Smiths News, our values are at the heart of everything we do.

We believe our business should be founded on trust, great service and growing in partnership. We are committed to ensuring that all our activities give expression to these clear principles. That way, our company can continue to offer industry-leading expertise in a complex supply chain.


Be imaginative, curious and adventurous. Develop inspirational ideas and innovative solutions.


Be inclusive, honest and respectful to everyone, whatever their role or experience.


Have fun and be helpful. Enjoy working together to deliver a great performance.


Share your thoughts freely and stay open to new ideas. Listen to others, be positive and engage in communications.


Make informed decisions and act quickly. Be agile in the way we work together and deliver for our customers.


Safe, reliable and responsible. Take pride in our work and do the right thing for each other and our customers.

Our Nightly Miracle

Combining scale, technology and know-how, we offer a comprehensive supply chain solution, with unmatched service to publishers and retailers. Our distribution centres are located strategically throughout the UK, giving us unparalleled access to the nation.

With our 24 hour-a-day operation, there is never a dull moment in one of Smiths News’ 35 distribution centres. Staff work in shifts around the clock and there is a regular flow of newspapers and magazines in and out as we work to ensure the safe delivery of print media across the country.