Who we are

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

Working on behalf of all major national and regional publishers, Smiths News distributes a diverse range of print media to 27,000 customers, ranging from large general retailers to smaller independent newsagents. We use our large geographical footprint of distribution centres to provide an efficient, friendly and professional service to all our customers no matter where they are located.

We operate in the world’s fastest and most complex supply chain. We offer our customers a wide range of services to increase simplicity and maximise sales. Our core services include newspaper and magazine deliveries 364 days a year, collecting and processing returns, managing retail range, and providing market insight to publishers.


Our strategy

To deliver service excellence, operational efficiency and seek new opportunities to diversify our revenues.

Market positioning

We provide our customers with an efficient and seamless route to market.

What we do

We work around the clock, 364 days of the year

Our values

Our values are at the heart of everything we do.

Smiths News and Connect Group

Smiths News, a Connect Group company, is the largest company in Connect Group PLC.

Connect Group PLC has a combined revenue of approximately £1.6bn, employing over 6,500 colleagues .The Group a leading specialist distributor, whose businesses and brands deliver market-leading expertise in early morning distribution and parcel freight. Every business in Connect Group is united by a commitment to providing the best levels of service, whatever sector they operate in.

Our heritage

Company structure

Connect Group offers unrivalled expertise in early morning distribution and parcel freight delivery.

The Group prides itself on delivering the best quality service to our partners throughout the supply chain, and are committed to acting responsibly in all that we do. That's the connective tissue running throughout the Group: it holds us together, and ensures we operate at the very forefront of our chosen industries.

Our strategy