We strive to be the best in our market sectors and we’re proud to have been recognised with some prestigious accolades. Here are the latest awards to find their way into our trophy cabinet.

  • Excellence expertise and energy – Instore is recognised at industry awards

    Our sister company, Instore has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading field marketing companies at the prestigious Field Marketing & Brand Experience awards.  Shortlisted in four categories and competing against many much larger field marketing companies we were delighted to see the Instore team winning a silver award in the Retail Sales Experience category and being highly commended for Team of the Year.

  • A big win for Health & Safety at the RoSPAs

    Smiths News and Tuffnells saw great recognition for Health & Safety at 2019's annual RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety awards. All ten sites entered took achievement awards home, with seven gold for Smiths News and one gold and two silvers for Tuffnells.

  • Instore wins Engagement App of the Year Award, 2018

    Instore has been awarded gold at the BE Connected Awards, the first event of its kind to celebrate new Field Marketing and Brand Experience (FMBE) industry innovations. The award was for Instore’s revolutionising ‘What’s In Store’ concept which allows brands and retailers to work together and share the in-store experience.

  • Smiths News wins Supply Chain Company of the Year, 2017

    Smiths News has claimed a top national accolade at the ACE (Association of Circulation Executives) Newspaper & Magazine Awards. The prestigious award recognises the best in the industry’s supply chain, with Smiths News impressing the judges with its efforts to understand its customers and help deliver real value through a range of offers.

  • Pass My Parcel wins Supply Chain Innovation Project of the Year, 2016

    Pass My Parcel was named Supply Chain Innovation Project of the Year at the Retail Week Supply Chain Awards. The speedy parcel delivery service was commended for its innovative use of technology to deliver a paperless returns solution with its second major client ASOS. This is the second time Pass My Parcel has won the award, after claiming the accolade in 2015.

  • Smiths News depots win gold for Health & Safety at the 2016 RoSPA awards

    Smiths News distribution centres at Reading, Birmingham, Newcastle and Langley won gold standard awards at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) 2016 gala dinner in Birmingham. The wins recognise the Company’s commitment to improving safety and minimising accidents.

    The internationally recognised awards are a highly sought-after accolade across various sectors, offering the opportunity for organisations to prove their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.

  • Connect Group PLC wins Bronze Award for Payroll Giving

    The Payroll Giving Quality Mark is a government scheme aimed at increasing the quantity of employees who give to charity through their pay, and recognises those companies which actively promote and contribute to payroll giving.

    A bronze award is a fantastic achievement, and a clear indication of Connect Group’s commitment to encouraging colleagues to donate. It is only awarded to companies that offer a payroll giving scheme to its employees.

  • Jack’s beans finalist in CIM Marketing Excellence Awards 2015

    Jack’s beans Coffee Company was shortlsited as a CIM Marketing Excellence Awards finalist in the brand management category. This is fantastic news for Jack’s beans, especially as the Smiths News brand only recently celebrated its first birthday. Representatives from Jack’s beans Coffee Company and marketing agency HRG, who helped launch the brand, attended the awards night on 27 April 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

  • Connect Group wins at Transform Awards

    Connect Group PLC and Creative Leap have been recognised in two categories in Transform Magazine’s annual European Awards event. The entry for Best corporate rebrand following a merger or acquisition received a Silver Award and the Best brand architecture solution entry received a Bronze Award. The shortlist for the Transform Awards Europe exemplifies the development of the branding industry in Europe and the excellence that companies strive for when dealing with their brands and brand communications.

  • Smiths News wins Support Services Provider of the Year Award 2015

    Smiths News has been awarded Support Services Provider of the Year at this year’s ACE Press Awards. The win recognises Smiths News’ innovation and commitment to the supply chain. The judges were impressed with Smiths News’ level of service improvement and clear innovation in regards to its mobile app, SNapp, which enables retailers to manage their newspapers and magazine supplies at a touch of a button. The ACE Press Awards are the highest accolade in British publishing and circulation.

  • Smiths News is SAP Regional Quality Award Winner for entire SAP EMEA region 2015

    Smiths News has won silver in the SAP Regional Quality Awards' mobility innovation category for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). As an Excellence winner  of a SAP UKI Quality award in December 2014, the company's nomination went through to the next stage to win the silver quality award. Representatives from Smiths News and systems integration partner Keytree will be presented with the award at SAP’s global Headquarters in Walldorf, Germany on 27th April 2015.

  • Smiths News wins NFRN Wholesaler of the Year Award 2014

    Smiths News’ Newcastle Distribution Centre picked up the award at the 11th annual National Federation of Retail Newsagents Awards. Retailers and industry experts attended a memorable evening in London, where Smiths News Newcastle received the award for their exceptional contribution to the success of the independent retailing world.

  • Smiths News wins SAP Quality Award 2014

    Smiths News is the Excellence Winner of the 2014 SAP UKI Quality Awards in the Mobility Innovation category, recognising planning and execution of their SAP software implementation in SNapp, its mobile app. Representatives from Smiths News and its systems integration partner Keytree were presented with the award at the SAP UKI Awards Dinner held on 27 November in London.

  • Connect Group wins award for Health & Safety E-Learning Offer

    Connect Group has won joint silver at the annual E-Learning Awards 2014 for its Health & Safety online training programme. The awards celebrate the best of e-learning across the globe and the Group were shortlisted as finalists in the Best Use of E-Learning to ensure Compliance with External Legislation of Internal Policies category in August. The judges were amazed by the high standards of the entries, which is a real testament to the quality of our e-learning offer.

  • Smiths News wins Wholesaler of the Year Award 2013

    Smiths News’ Peterborough Distribution Centre picked up the Wholesaler of the Year Award at the National Federation of Retail Newsagents annual Award ceremony. The Award was presented to Smiths News Peterborough who had made an exceptional contribution to the success of the independent retailing world.

  • Smiths News wins ACE Gold 2013

    Smiths News has won Gold after entering the ACE Supply Chain Excellence Award category. Smiths News was awarded Gold in joint place with Menzies, as both businesses were recognised for their flawless execution of their Olympic distribution plans. The ACE Press Awards are the highest accolade in British publishing and circulation.

  • Connect Group (formally Smiths News PLC) wins Deal of the year Award 2013

    The Group has won the prestigious Deal of the Year award for its acquisition of The Consortium at the South West Insider Deal Makers Award Ceremony in Bristol. The awards recognise the talent and creativity of an industry that has persevered in getting deals done and creating business successes, despite a continued adverse economic environment.

  • Connect Group (formally Smiths News PLC) wins Best Main Market Company Achievement 2012

    The Group has won the Best Main Market Company Achievement at the Shares Magazine 2012 Annual Awards. The awards celebrate the excellence and innovation across the UK’s financial services industry. This is a great endorsement for the company and our recent results have been exceptionally well received by our investors.

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