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Connect Group

About us

Connect Group is a leading distribution specialist. We operate in two distinct markets: early morning deliveries and mixed freight distribution. Working as a team, our goal is to make our customers’ deliveries easier and earlier - making a difference to millions of lives every day.

Further: Going the extra mile for customers

Easier: Making complex deliveries simple

Earlier: Delivering overnight and early morning everyday

Every day our 6,000 colleagues deliver 350,000 consignments to over 75,000 locations nationwide.

Explore our brands

Smiths News logo

The UK’s leading newspaper and magazine distributer.

Tuffnells logo

A leading provider of next-day B2B delivery of mixed parcel freight.

Connect Group logo

Our central teams who support our brands and operations to make our customers’ deliveries easier and earlier.

DMD logo

The world's leading provider of newspapers, magazines and digital publications to airlines and international rail operators.

InStore logo

A field-based supply chain solution that works with retailers, suppliers and publishers to ensure first class service.

Martin Lavell logo

A leading corporate news distributor, supplying newspapers and magazines to corporate and public sector customers in London.

Rascal Systems logo

Providing technology to retailers to maximise sales.

Jacks Beans logo

A UK brand supplying freshly-ground coffee to newsagents and petrol stations.

A brief history of Connect Group

Connect Group was founded in 2006 after splitting from WH Smith. We’re a new, growing and forward-looking PLC but with plenty of heritage that dates back to 1972.


WH Smith News splits from WH Smith PLC, forming Smiths News PLC.


Smiths News PLC buys Bertram Books.


Smiths News PLC buys Dawson Holdings expanding into the academic books market.


Smiths News PLC buys The Consortium expanding into the education and care markets.


Wordery, the online bookshop is launched.


Jack’s Beans Coffee Company is launched.


Smiths News PLC is re-branded Connect Group PLC.


Pass My Parcel, a send, collect and returns parcel delivery service is launched with Amazon as its first client.


Connect Group buys Tuffnells Parcels Express.


The Education & Care division is sold to RM PLC.


The integration of Smiths News, Tuffnells and the corporate centre is announced.

“To be the UK’s leading provider of specialist distribution solutions in complex, fragmented and time-critical supply chains.”

Mark Cashmore, Chief Executive Officer.

Living by our values

Our values are what connect us. They shape the way we do business and are behind everything we do, from our approach to customer service and the way we build partnerships. If you’d like to work for us - these are the values and standards you need to believe in and want to live up to.

Trusted Service

We work together to win trust by giving outstanding service.

Every single one of us has their part to play in delivering excellent customer service. It’s about working as a team to achieve our best in every area of our business. This means communicating clearly and openly with our customers and partners, so we understand what they need and how we can best deliver it.

A Better Way

We are determined to get better at what we do, and how we do it

No matter how well we do things, there is always room for improvement. At every level, it’s about an enthusiasm for doing things better, constructively challenging and sharing ideas. We encourage everyone to have the confidence to make suggestions, knowing they’ll be listened to.

Fresh Thinking

We have the courage to embrace change and try new things

Innovation is what keeps us at the top of our game. We are keen to try new approaches, but we don’t change for the sake of it. So, we encourage our people to put forward new ideas, view them critically, test them thoroughly and pick out those worth taking forward. By trusting their judgement, we give our colleagues the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them.

Mutual Respect

We show and earn respect, acting with integrity in all that we do.

By treating everyone with decency and respect and valuing integrity and difference, we’ll create a rewarding environment that people feel genuinely happy to work in.


We are in it together. Building strong working relationships for shared success

Partnership and teamwork run through all our values, ensuring our business develops. We encourage our people to see how their roles fit into our overall strategy and that of our customers. As partners, we find new ways of working together, sharing knowledge and pooling expertise. This sets the tone for the way we work with our customers big or small.

Awards and recognition

We’re always proud when we’re recognised for the excellent work we do. So, here are the latest awards we’ve picked up.

Engagement App of the Year
BE Connected Awards

Supply Chain Company of the Year
(Smiths News)
Newspaper & Magazine Awards

Gold Award for Health and Safety
RoSPA Awards

Bronze Award
Payroll Giving Quality Mark

Supply Chain Innovation Project of the Year
(Pass My Parcel)
Retail Week Supply Chain Awards

CIM Marketing Excellence Awards

Supply Chain Innovation Project of the Year
(Pass My Parcel)
Retail Week Supply Chain Awards

Best corporate rebrand following a merger or acquisition (Silver Award)
Transform Awards

Support Services Provider of the Year
ACE Press Awards

Best brand architecture solution (Bronze Award)
Transform Awards

Award for Mobility Innovation, EMEA (Silver Award)
SAP Regional Quality Awards

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