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 30,000 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.

Executive biographies

The Smiths News Executive sets the strategic vision for the company and consists of:

Our values

Our values are at the heart of everything we do.

Smiths News and Connect Group

Smiths News, a Connect News & Media company, is the largest company in the News & Media division and is the largest company in Connect Group.

Connect Group PLC has a combined revenue of £1.8bn, employing 6,700 staff and operates internationally.

Connect Group is a leading specialist distributor, whose businesses and brands deliver market-leading expertise in a variety of sectors.

Alongside News & Media, Connect Group operates four market-focused divisions, offering unrivalled expertise in Education & Care, Books and Parcel Freight. Every business in Connect Group is united by a commitment to providing the best levels of service, whatever industry they operate in. Connect Group is an ambitious company, with a clear vision for future growth.

Our heritage

Company structure

Connect Group operates four market-focused divisions, offering unrivalled expertise in News & Media, Books, Education & Care and Parcel Freight.

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.

Recognised as specialists in their field, all our companies are known for their market-leading expertise and their commitment to delivering high-quality customer service. Divisional companies include Smiths News, DMD, Martin-Lavell, InStore, Jack's beans coffee company, Pass My Parcel, Premier Club, Newsworks, and DMD Phantom, Bluebox and Digiredoo. Joint ventures include; Rascal Systems and WWMD.

Dispatches some 20 million books a year from our UK-based warehouse. They're sent around the world to libraries, educational establishments, bookstores and direct to consumers. That makes us a leader in the market, ensuring we are a trusted partner among customers the world over.

Serves 30,000 customers throughout the country, and have a product range of 40,000 consumables for the education and care sectors. That makes us the partner of choice for schools, care homes and colleges: we have the capacity and expertise to deliver what they need, when they need it.

With 34 depots and over 700 vehicles, Connect Parcel Freight is one of the UK's leading business to business distribution specialists. Trusted by over 4,000 customers, our national network is complemented by international road and air services, making Connect Parcel Freight the complete distribution service provider.

Our strategy