Newsagent Careers

How to become a Newsagent

What does a Newsagent do?

A newsagent sells newspapers and magazines but may also hire out videos or take in dry-cleaning. Most newsagents sell sweets and cigarettes and are called CTNs (confectioner, tobacconist and newsagent).

They will handle cash and serve customers. Stock handling will mean trips to a cash and carry for merchandise. It may be necessary to use a computer for paperwork such as record keeping. Newsagents may employ staff, and will need to understand and comply with employment, health and safety, and selling laws.

Newsagents offering newspaper delivery will have to get the papers ready and supervise the delivery boys and girls when they arrive.

Newsagents might own the shop or manage one of a chain.

What's the working environment like working as a Newsagent?

Newsagents usually work more than 45 hours a week, between 6am and 6pm. Most shops open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

The work involves long periods of standing, and having to lift and carry stock.

What does it take to become a Newsagent?

As a newsagent you should:

  • be able to run a business and cope with the pressures
  • be prepared to expand the business with new lines or services
  • be numerate and able to handle money
  • be able to deal with paperwork and accounts
  • have customer service skills
  • be able to organise and supervise staff
  • have reasonable health and fitness.
A driving licence could be important.

Newsagent Career Opportunities

There are around 53,000 newspaper and magazine outlets in the UK snd Ireland, approximately 20,000 of these are independent newsagents. Many are run by couples and they often live on the premises.

Newsagents have been hard hit by the growth of supermarkets. Many move into other areas - perhaps opening a sub post-office or a convenience store. The National Lottery is improving profits.

It may be possible to take on extra shops, or expand the business into new areas. Newsagents in chains may move to larger shops or into senior or regional management.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Newsagent that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

National Federation of Retail Newsagents
Yeoman House
Sekforde Street
Tel: 020 7253 4225

Skillsmart Retail
40 Duke Street
Tel: 0800 093 5001

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