Submit your nominations for the 2020 Cheshire Life Keep Life Local Awards

PUBLISHED: 11:58 30 September 2020 | UPDATED: 13:03 30 September 2020

Cheshire Life - Keep Life Local

Cheshire Life - Keep Life Local


Cheshire Life is committed to doing all it can to get the county back where it belongs – here is the introduction to our 2020 campaign to support our many and varied wonderful independent businesses. *Scroll down for the nominations form*

To tie in with our campaign of support for the independent businesses of Cheshire, we are delighted to announce the launch of our 2020 Cheshire Life Keep Life Local Awards.

Open to independent businesses in the Cheshire Life circulation area, we want to know who is the cream of the crop in our county. Whether you are a consumer, business owner or employee, now is the time to have your say and nominate the businesses that you believe deserve this recognition.

Across our categories we are searching for the best eateries and drinking establishments, markets of any sort, retailers big and small, the venues to stay at and attractions to visit and those who have launched projects to support their community during the Covid-19 crisis.

Nominations can be made through our website and close on November 6, 2020, at midday. Our category winners will be announced in the January issue of Cheshire Life and winners will be invited to join us for a celebration once it is safe to do so. The winner of our coveted 2020 Independent Cheshire Business will be kept under wraps until our celebration event.

Follow the campaign at and on social media via #CLLocalAwards. Independent businesses can download the nomination graphics to promote on their own social channels.


Small Retail Business of the Year 

Open to independent retail businesses with 10 employees or fewer. We want to hear about the standout small retailers who are really making their mark. With customer service at the forefront, from corner shops to fashion boutiques, who is top of the teenies? 


Large Retail Business of the Year 

Open to independent retail businesses with 11 employees or more. We want to know what they are doing to deserve this accolade. Do they offer a personal approach even though they are a larger business? What are they doing to put Cheshire in the hearts of locals and visitors alike? 


Market of the Year 

This category is to praise our local markets and all the people who make them tick. They could be a makers’ market or farmers’ market and could be one that pops up each week or is a permanent fixture. What is it that sets your local market apart from the rest and makes it a pleasure to shop there? 


Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year 

Tea and coffee shops are an integral part of the local retail scene and we’d like to know your favourites. Is there a good selection of coffees and loose leaf teas to hand? Are the scones freshly baked and served with local jams? Why is it your go-to place to grab a coffee when you are out? 


Tourism & Hospitality Award 

This category is seeking our local tourism and hospitality outlets that deserve recognition. Is there a local hotel that you always recommend to your guests when visiting? Perhaps there is a local zoo, amusement park or other tourist attraction that is your favourite for a family day out? Who is standing out, for all of the right reasons, in this category?  


Bar/Pub of the Year 

This category winner could be a local pub or inn that serves family favourite meals or a lively bar that attracts visitors throughout the week. Do staff provide a friendly service and put customers at the forefront? As a well-known Cheshire establishment, this bar or pub will always be one to go to. 


Restaurant of the Year 

This category is on the hunt for restaurants of any style and price point. From gastro pubs right through to fine dining restaurants, we are seeking dining establishments that offer fantastic food and drink along with unrivalled service. Is it their use of locally sourced ingredients and a drinks menu from suppliers in the area that sets them apart? 


Community Initiative Award 

We are seeking projects that have come to fruition during the Covid-19 crisis to help support the local community. With so many Cheshire communities going the extra mile, coming together to move forward and showing great strength we want you to tell us about the businesses that have launched projects in your area that should be recognised.  


2020 Independent Cheshire Business 

This category is not open for nominations. Instead, the judges will pick a business to crown as our 2020 Independent Cheshire Business from the standout nominations made throughout the other categories.  


Use the form to submit your nominations

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Entries close on November 6, 2020, at midday

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