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Smiths News has sold Dawson Marketing Services and Marketlink Marketing Communications to SKU Logistics of Swindon for £0.2m.
Smiths News is to acquire European and African academic library services contracts from Blackwell UK for up to £2.1m, in order to expand its Bertram Books business.
Smiths News is to set up a 20,000 sq ft newspaper distribution centre at the Alchemy Business Park in Knowsley.
Smiths News has selected the 28,000 sq ft Rowan building at Swindon's Kembrey Park as the location for its new head office.
Smiths News is to acquire Hedgelane, the Trowbridge-based company trading as The Consortium for Purchasing & Distribution with 260 staff, for £38m.
Smiths News is opening a new 55,000 sq ft newspaper and magazine distribution depot in Birmingham, where it will employ 160 staff.
Smiths News is to acquire Dawson Holdings of Croydon for £20m, in order to expand its Bertrams book wholesaling business.
Smiths News is considering plans to relocate its Bertram Library Services division and more than 100 jobs from Morley near Leeds to Norwich.
Smiths News is to set up a £1m newspaper distribution warehouse in Newmarket in February, with the relocation of about 26 jobs from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.
Smiths News has acquired Bertram Group, the Norwich-based newspaper and magazine wholesaler with 600 staff, for £8.6m, and a further £7m will be invested in the business.
Smiths News has acquired a 50% stake in Rascal Solutions, the supplier of inventory management solutions to magazine retailers, for £3m.
Smiths News is looking to set up a network of 20 newspaper distribution hubs of about 80,000 sq ft, having appointed GL Hearn to find suitable sites in Manchester and South Wales.