Nominations for the 2020 Carlisle Living Awards are open!

Due to the uncertain climate and close proximity of the event, it is with a heavy heart we have had to cancel this year’s Carlisle Living Awards. Thank you to all those who have entered and shown their support.

Carlisle Living Awards 2020

This annual event celebrates the best of the city, with last year’s awards drawing nearly 3,000 nominations for 1,600 different venues, bars, shops, restaurants, cafes, salons, gyms, individuals, groups and businesses.

Tell us about your favourites by filling out the online nomination form.
You can nominate individuals and businesses for awards. Your opinion matters to us and will inform the shortlisting and judging process. Do tell us about the lesser-known Carlisle people and places which you think deserve more recognition, as well as places that are already well-known. This is not an online poll – we want quality testimonials.

The area covered by the awards is the wider Carlisle area including Wigton, Brampton and Longtown, but not Penrith or the south of Scotland.

The seventh Carlisle Living Awards will take place at The Halston on Friday, September 4. This year’s event will include a new line-up of awards and an all-new judging panel made up of past Carlisle Living Awards winners. Nominations for the 2020 awards opened on Wednesday, January 29 and close on Monday, April 6 at 5 pm.
Sponsorship packages are available for the Carlisle Living Awards. Contact the commercial team on for details. Be a part of Carlisle’s best night out.


Independent Retailer of the Year

This award is open to independently-owned retailers in any sector that are not part of a national chain or franchise. Judges will be looking for store developments and improvements, unique approaches to better meeting the needs of shoppers, support for the local community and what makes you stand out from the competition.

Team of the Year

The winner of this award will be the team (to include professional services) that has a common focus and can clearly demonstrate that unique blend of effective communication skills, problem-solving and professional business acumen and supportive teamwork. Key areas of focus will be professional and personal development opportunities and positive impact on the community and local economy.

Hair Salon/Barbers of the Year

This award celebrates and acknowledges the most creative, dynamic and innovative hair salons, hairdressers and barbers across the city. Judges will commend those that demonstrate top-notch service and are outstanding in all areas of salon business including front-of-house, customer service, marketing and communication, education and training, employee opportunity, team structure and innovation.

Beauty Business of the Year

Whether you specialise in beauty practices and/or skin care this award recognises those innovators that make a real difference to the industry. Nominations from spas, beauty or nail salons, employers and beauty therapists who stand out from the crowd and deserve recognition will catch the eye of the judges. Key factors include the provision of quality practice and treatments combined with excellent customer service.

Health & Fitness Business of the Year

Nominations are welcome from businesses and individuals who support the industry through innovation and enhance their customers’ health and fitness. Do you work as a team or individual to provide excellent customer service to your members and clients? Judges will be keen to hear from those that have excelled in promoting physical activity, have raised standards, demonstrated best practice and shown leadership.

Sportsperson/Team of the Year

This award aims to recognise an individual or team in a sporting discipline, individual sport or sporting event that has achieved the most notable performance in recent months. Judges will be looking for examples of outstanding commitment, dedication and enthusiasm in connection with sport. The sportsperson or team must have significant Cumbrian or UK interest or involvement.

Community Champion

We all know someone or a group of people deeply involved in helping their community and making a big difference to that environment and to the people there. This award recognises a business, school, charity, community group or individual that has gone the extra mile to promote activities making a positive impact on the people around them and working to make things better for everyone.

Performer of the Year

This award recognises those individuals or groups that can entertain, astound and educate audiences. The judges will be looking for quality, uniqueness and consistency, as well as the wider impact and also appreciation from audiences.

Event of the Year

Whether it’s a small scale community event or larger festival this award is looking for events that demonstrate significant positive impact on people’s lives and those that have engaged new audiences and surpassed all expectations. Judges will take into account evidence of originality, creativity, theming, design, entertainment, overall innovation as well as client feedback.

Artist/Maker of the Year

The number of visual artists and craft makers in the city is growing all the time and this award aims to acknowledge quality of work in relation to contemporary practice and advanced skills within a creative discipline. Evidence of new ideas and experimentation will be key criteria along with exhibition profile, collaborative activity and projects.

Pub of the Year

This award aims to recognise those establishments driving the evolving and growing scene of dynamic city and country pubs in the local area. The winning venue could represent a particular theme, culture or experience, or may just be a perfect example of a typical boozer. Judges will assess the full experience, from the warmth of the welcome, the quality and selection of food/drink on offer right through to the atmosphere and environment.

Bar of the Year

This award will focus on the quality and range of drinks available in the city bars. The winning venue could provide a great range of local real ales, be cocktail/mocktail specialists, wine connoisseurs or offer an extensive range of spirits with flair and good judgement. Judges will be looking for quality, ambience, knowledge and service in this highly sought-after category.

Café of the Year

This award is open to all cafés, tea shops, coffee shops, café bars, shops, galleries and community cafes that serve hot and cold drinks, cakes, light bites and a more limited range of hot meals. Judging criteria will include home-cooked food, creative, inclusive menus, the art of making the perfect drink and the ability to deliver the warmest of welcomes.

Restaurant of the Year

This award looks to identify a venue that demonstrates the ability and vision to stand out from the rest. The judges will determine the winner based on a combination of criteria, which acknowledge all aspects of the journey from kitchen to the plate. This will be a restaurant at the height of its game, has a confident sense of identity and place and consistently delivers a flawless dining experience.

Casual Dining Venue of the Year

This award will go to the venue that offers moderately priced food yet does not hold back on conviviality, warmth, charm and individuality. Judges will be looking for incredible food and drink, delivered in a truly relaxed setting. Seamless service, product knowledge and menus that are able to adapt to all tastes/diets will be rewarded.

Street Food/Takeaway of the Year

Street food is the most important trend in British food for years and we are delighted to introduce this new award that acknowledges the growth in the street food/takeaway market. Places will be judged on their ability to provide food that doesn’t compromise on flavour while being a quick and easy option on the go, that’s accessible to everyone.

Environment Champion

At a time when climate change is at the top of the agenda, action to tackle our environmental crisis is a priority. Do you know of someone or an organisation that is doing all they can to help protect the natural world and boost environmental awareness? The winner of this category will be a bold champion who is looking to provide solutions for our social and environmental well-being.

Businessperson of the Year

The recipient of this award will be an individual with an outstanding reputation, who has demonstrated leadership and business acumen to bring about business growth. They may be a manager, CEO or equivalent or have an entrepreneurial spirit, with a commitment to the community at large.

Carlisle’s Person of the Year

It’s over to you for this one. Make it as subjective as you like. Tell us about the person who you believe should be recognised for everything they have done to make Carlisle what it is today. It can be someone that has made an important difference to you personally in recent months or someone who has benefited the whole city

PLEASE NOTE: Nominations close on Monday 6th April 2020 at 5 pm