Smiths News claims it is the largest distributor of regional press in England and Wales after securing new contracts worth £7m this week.

The newspaper and magazine wholesaler won a contract with Newsquest for the Swindon area, and expanded its contract with Northcliffe to Leicester, Lincoln, Tamworth, Leek and Uttoxeter. Both contracts start imminently.

The developments will take its regional press revenues to over £75m. In October, it reported a 38% leap in full-year sales on the back of new contracts secured after the demise of rival Dawson News.