Connect Group PLC, formerly Smiths News PLC, is engaged in the distribution of newspapers, magazines, books and consumable products. The Company operates in four divisions: Smiths News, Dawson Media Direct, Bertrams (including Dawson Books) and The Consortium. Smiths News is a wholesaler of newspapers and magazines, serving around 30,000 retailers across England and Wales. Dawson Media Direct is a supplier of newspapers, magazines and digital and audio visual content to airlines. Bertrams (including Dawson Books) is a United Kingdom book wholesaler, supplying books to a mix of independent booksellers, online and multiple retailers, as well as public, academic and professional libraries. The Consortium is an independent distributor of consumable products to the United Kingdom education and care markets, serving around 30,000 customers.