December 5, 2012

Marketforce, the UK’s leading magazine distributor, is pleased to announce it has agreed an extension to its distribution contracts with UK wholesalers Smiths News and Menzies Distribution.

These new agreements secure the long term distribution arrangements for IPC Media Ltd and Marketforce’s portfolio of independent magazine publishers for an additional five years, until the end of 2019.

Stephen Hirst, managing director, says: “This is good news for our business and is recognition of the highly efficient route to market the current UK wholesalers provide for our publisher clients. The agreements provide long term certainty for our future distribution network and will allow wholesalers to plan and invest for the future to further improve service for publishers and retailers in the UK.”

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About Marketforce

Marketforce provides a comprehensive range of circulation and distribution services, for both the extensive IPC Media portfolio and, through its Independent Publisher Group, for a broad range of titles from over 35 blue chip publishers. For more information visit

About IPC Media

With more than 60 iconic media brands, IPC creates content for multiple platforms, across print, online, mobile, tablets and events. It engages with 26 million UK adults - almost two thirds of UK women and over 40% of UK men. Its award-winning portfolio of websites reaches over 25 million global users every month.

For further information contact:

Victoria Higham, PR manager, IPC Media Tel: 020 3148 5401 or email victoria­

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