BEST OF THE CITY CATEGORIES

FOOD & DRINK

BEST RESTAURANT

Which is your favourite restaurant, casual dining venue or dining pub?
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BEST CAFE/COFFEE SHOP

Which is your favourite spot for tea, coffee, light meals and cakes?
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BEST CITY BAR

Which is your favourite venue for drinks and socialising – with or without food?
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BEST COUNTRY PUB

Which is your favourite country pub for a drink or a meal?
Make your reader nominations. No entry form is required from city bars.

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RETAIL & SERVICES

BEST RETAIL TEAM

Which is the best retail team? (Open to national or regional retail chains as well as local independent shops)
Owners/managers must submit a formal online entry. Readers may also nominate.

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BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER

Which is your favourite independently owned shop?
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BEST HAIR SALON

Which is your favourite hair salon or barbers?
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BEST BEAUTY BUSINESS

Which is your favourite beauty salon or aesthetics clinic?
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WORK & BUSINESS

Entries for this category will open shortly

BEST TEAM

Which is the best work team in the area?(Any sector including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, services, public sector, third sector)
Owners/managers must submit a formal online entry.


BEST PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TEAM

Which is the best Professional Services Team in the area? (Financial, legal, property, health, IT, design etc)
Owners/managers must submit a formal online entry.


BEST PLACE TO WORK

Which is the best place to work? Tell us why.
Owners/managers/staff must submit a formal online entry.


EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Who’s the most outstanding employee in the area?
Owners/managers must submit an online entry.


CULTURE & LEISURE

BEST ARTS OR CULTURAL INITIATIVE

Which is the best festival, exhibition or other cultural initiative delivered by an arts organisation or venue ? Make your reader nominations. No entry form required.

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BEST COMMUNITY ARTS INITIATIVE

Which is the best smaller independent or community arts event, festival or initiative? Make your reader nominations. No entry form required.

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EVENT OF THE YEAR

Which is the best one off event of the year? Make your reader nominations. No entry form required.

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BEST HEALTH & FITNESS INITIATIVE OR VENUE

Which is the best health & fitness programme or community initiative, or best gym or fitness centre? Make your reader nominations. No entry form required.

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10 special awards recognising the people, businesses or other institutions that are helping change the face of the city. Finalists and winners are debated and selected by our main panel of judges who keep a close eye throughout the year on who’s making a difference to life in the city and deserves special recognition. Reader nominations are welcome and will be considered by the judging panel.


THE LEADERSHIP AWARD

Who’s shown outstanding leadership and vision? Who’s being bold and ambitious for the city?

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THE ONE TO WATCH AWARD

Who are the real rising stars of the city? Who’s achieving great things at a young age?

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THE INNOVATION AWARD

Which creative people, teams or ideas are transforming businesses and other organisations?

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THE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Who’s been the entrepreneurial success story of the last year? Who’s taking risks and pulling it off?

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THE STYLE IN THE CITY AWARD

Who’s doing things with style, or great design? Who brings a confident visual appeal to all they do?

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THE CREATIVE CITY AWARD

Which creative businesses, creative professionals, and creative artists are making a big impact?

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THE DIGITAL CITY AWARD

Who are the social media leaders, digital gurus, geeks and creatives who lead the city’s digital sector?

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THE CULTURE CITY AWARD

Which individuals or institutions are making the city a more cultured place?

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THE SPORTS CITY AWARD

Which team or individual is achieving great things, pushing themselves to new levels, inspiring others?

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THE INSPIRATION AWARD

The last award of the night: who’s our biggest inspiration in the city this year – in schools, the community, in business, arts, sport, anywhere?

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HOW IT WORKS

THE 2018 AWARDS

Our fourth awards took place in September last year and were another resounding success. For 2018 there are 16 Best of Carlisle awards covering Food & Drink, Retail & Services, Work & Business, and Culture & Leisure, and our 10 special Citymakers awards for people and organisations who are changing the face of the city. The area covered by the awards is the wider Carlisle area including Wigton, Brampton and Longtown, but not Penrith.


HOW TO NOMINATE OR ENTER

Nominate or enter online at carlisleliving.co.uk from Friday June 1. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday July 1. Most of the Best of Carlisle awards require reader nominations, while some of them require entry forms from the businesses or managers concerned. The Citymakers special awards are proposed and decided by our judging panel – but reader suggestions are welcomed.


JUDGING

Our independent panel of judges plus some specialist judges decide the finalists and winners. Stepping up as chair of judges this year is awards judge and University of Cumbria development manager Karen Jones while chairman of judges from 2014 to 2017 John Myers continues his recovery from illness. The full judging panel for 2018 will be revealed in future issues.
Specialist judging takes place during July and the finalists will be announced at the beginning of August and showcased in the September edition of Carlisle Living published on August 28.


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Our sponsors and category sponsors will be revealed and showcased in the July issue of Carlisle Living and featured through to the October Winners’ Edition.
For sponsorship opportunities please call Caroline Dean on 01228 612627 or email caroline.dean@cnmedia.co.uk


THE AWARDS EVENT

The awards dinner and presentation for more than 400 guests will again be at the Garden at Eden, at Eden Golf Club. This year it is on Friday, September 21. Check future issues of Carlisle Living for more details.