South West News Service

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South West News Service
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South West News Service (SWNS) is a British news agency, supplying editorial copy, pictures and video to national and international clients.[1]

Operating from offices in Bristol, Plymouth, Leeds, Solihull, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Cambridge and London, SWNS employs over 100 reporters and photographers.[2]


It was founded as the Bristol Agency in the early 1970s. It is now run by partners Andy Young, Paul Walters and Martin Winter.

In 2010 SWNS launched the website (Small World News Service) as a first hand source of current affairs and general interest news.[3]

In 2016 SWNS acquired the regional agencies Masons News Service, Newsteam International, Ross Parry, National News, Centre Press and Northscot.[4][5]


SWNS has two public relations divisions: 72Point and Inside Media,[6][7] market research company OnePoll, and TV production company Oblong Films.

SWNS has a relationship with the alternative news website venture The London Economic, though it is understood not to leverage any editorial control.[8]


  1. ^ "Britain's biggest independent news agency expands". Press Gazette. London: Progressive Media International. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  2. ^ "NAPA Members' Directory – South West News Service". NAPA: National Association of Press Agencies. 2010. Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  3. ^ "About SWNS". Bristol: Small World News Service. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  4. ^ "SWNS acquires Leeds-based news agency Ross Parry".
  5. ^ Roy Greenslade. "SWNS moves into London by acquiring yet another news agency". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "West Country News, Stories & Events Online – Western Daily Press". Western Daily Press.
  7. ^ "Primal PR and 72 Point expand operations with launch of London offices". Brand Republic. 21 June 2010.
  8. ^ Walker, James (12 June 2017). "Alternative news website The London Economic sees traffic boom with pro-Corbyn coverage'". Press Gazette. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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