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SWNS is the biggest independent news wire in the UK – providing news, pictures, PR and features to media organisations around the world.

The company was founded as a small news and pictures agency in Bristol in 1978 and is now the largest national press agency in the country supplying some of the world’s most hard-hitting content to major newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, and websites.

SWNS specialise in news, real-life human interest features, photography, video, syndication , PR and market research. We currently employ more than 150 editorial staff across offices in Bristol, London, Plymouth, Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Yorkshire.

Our PR outfit has a client list that includes large multinationals, such as BSkyB, Tesco, Virgin, MTV, Vodafone and Lloyds, as well as small and medium sized businesses. Every day we put the companies we represente at the top of the news agenda with topical and original stories.

The SWNS picture desk also works with dozens of the world’s best photographers, syndicating their images through the esteemed SWNS news and picture wire, while our features department works with members of the public to supply real-life stories to magazines.

Despite an ever-expanding portfolio of companies, SWNS remains at heart a local company with a vast ‘family’ of former-staff working around the world.


SWNS - the largest and most successful independent press agency in the UK

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  • Vicki Hooper,

    Being able to rely on a SWNS photographer to take great shots and keep our clients happy is priceless. Working across a range of industries, often with tight deadlines, the flexibility and responsiveness of SWNS is paramount to keeping our projects moving. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending SWNS – friendly, approachable and very easy to work with.

  • James Davis,

    From visits by Government Ministers, to charity events at any one of our 276 stations, it is important I can rely on an agency I know can get the pictures I need from any event, often at very short notice

  • Paul Bennett,
    Picture Editor, Daily Mail

    SWNS is, by a distance, the best news agency in Britain. Its track record over the past 20 years is beyond compare. Its ability to deliver high quality stories day after day is simply remarkable.

  • Oliver McAninch,
    Famous Features

    We are an independent press agency and have been working with SWNS Images for two years now.  They take care of all images and syndication for our news and magazine stories.  Not only are they a great bunch to work with, the level of professionalism and expertise is second to none.  I hope to work with SWNS long into the future.

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