We will be celebrating the best of the City in style again at Garden at Eden on Friday September 21

BEST OF THE CITY CATEGORIES

FOOD & DRINK Sponsored by Pioneer Foodservice

BEST RESTAURANT Sponsored by Pioneer Foodservice

The finalists for this category are.

Alexandros
Amatos
Assembly
Dutch Uncle
Foxborough
Lounge on the Green
Penny Blue


BEST CITY CAFE/COFFEE SHOP Sponsored by Pioneer Foodservice

The finalists for this category are.

Foxes, Abbey Street
Bobbin
I Love Café
Coffee Genius
John Watt & Son, Bank Street
Whytes Café


BEST VILLAGE/TOWN CAFE Sponsored by Pioneer Foodservice

The finalists for this category are.

Berry’s Tea Room, Brampton
Mr Brown’s, Brampton
Reading Rooms, Walton
Posting Pot, Wetheral
Laing’s Café, Harker.
Sally’s, Warwick Bridge


BEST CITY BAR Sponsored by Pioneer Foodservice

The finalists for this category are.

Hell Below
Yellowjacket
Lane Bar
Crescent Bar
Open Mind
Spider and Fly


BEST COUNTRY PUB Sponsored by Pioneer Foodservice

The finalists for this category are.

Black Lion, Durdar
Duke of Cumberland, Castle Carrock
Penton Bridge Inn, Penton
Plough Inn, Wreay
The Sally, Irthington
Wellington Inn, Great Orton


RETAIL & SERVICES

BEST RETAIL TEAM

The finalists for this category are.

Stormfront
Schuh
Celebrations
Lakeland Leather
Monsoon


BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER

The finalists for this category are.

DTeC Computers
Peter Tyson
Bookends/Bookcase
Much Love
Room 26


BEST HAIR SALON

The finalists for this category are.

Mungo Jaxx
Verve
Escape
Angel
Violet White
Lisa B


BEST BEAUTY BUSINESS

The finalists for this category are.

Rickerby Retreat
Rooftop Retreat
Dreamsday Spa
The Loft Beauty Rooms
VL Aesthetics
Changes
J’Adore Beautique


WORK & BUSINESS Sponsored by More Handles

BEST TEAM Sponsored by More Handles

The finalists for this category are.

StagedRight
Home from Home Nursery
Celebrations


BEST PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TEAM Sponsored by More Handles

The finalists for this category are.

Armstrong Watson payroll services
David Allen IT Solutions
York Place Dental


BEST PLACE TO WORK Sponsored by More Handles

The finalists for this category are.

Carlisle Youth Zone
Story Contracting
Eden Golf Club


EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Sponsored by More Handles

The finalists for this category are.

Natasha Coulter, The Old Bank City Pub and Chophouse
Lindsey Edmenson, EE, Carlisle
Anthony Connor, The Halston


CULTURE & LEISURE Sponsored by Stagecoach

BEST ARTS OR CULTURAL INITIATIVE Sponsored by Stagecoach

The finalists for this category are.

Old Fire Station, arts and events programme
Percy Kelly – Line of Beauty, Tullie House
Carlisle Youth Zone  arts programme
Cumbria Music Hub – music composition project


BEST COMMUNITY ARTS INITIATIVE Sponsored by Stagecoach

The finalists for this category are.

Carlisle Community Choir
Music on the Marr
Prism Arts theatre tour
The Source Collective


EVENT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Stagecoach

The finalists for this category are.

Carlisle Blues Festival
The Liverpool String Quartet and Hunter Davies, at Borderlines Book Festival
Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle
Cats, by StagedRight


BEST HEALTH & FITNESS INITIATIVE OR VENUE Sponsored by Stagecoach

The finalists for this category are.

Barrie Mark Fitness  & Nutrition Centre
Carlisle Clubbercise
Carlisle Reivers Cycling Club
DH Runners
Border Warrior
I Can Gym


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.


THE LEADERSHIP AWARD Sponsored by Carrs Group Plc

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


THE ONE TO WATCH AWARD

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


THE INNOVATION AWARD Sponsored by Logic Document Solutions

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


THE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Sponsored by Gretna Green Group

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


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?


THE CREATIVE CITY AWARD Sponsored by University of Cumbria

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


THE DIGITAL CITY AWARD Sponsored by David Allen IT Solutions

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


THE CULTURE CITY AWARD

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


THE SPORTS CITY AWARD Sponsored by Carlisle Racecourse

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


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?


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. Reader nominations for most of the Best of Carlisle awards close at midnight on Sunday July 8. The Work & Business awards need entry forms from owners, managers or staff and entries for these close at midnight on Sunday July 15. 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.