About Us

We are Life Publications (Nottinghamshire) Ltd, and we’re publishers of local community magazines. We’re not part of a large magazine corporation or newspaper group; we’re an independent local business and we’ve been established since December 2007.

We are Life Publications

Our five monthly publications are; Sherwood Life, Gainsborough Life, Retford Life, Worksop Life and Rotherham Life and they are delivered free to over 81,700 residential homes and businesses every single month. They are designed by our experienced graphic designers, so the businesses who advertise with us are proud to be associated with us!

Who are we for?

Each of our magazines contain something for everyone, serving the needs of their local communities. Every month, we feature interesting articles, profiles of local societies, along with community events, competitions, and restaurant reviews.

For Business

Grow your business by advertising it in our magazines. They all have a higher circulation than many other local publications. Our magazines are a trusted source for residents looking to source local products and services so let us help you to promote your business to thousands of potential new customers in a cost-effective way.

For the Community

We invite you to send us news and information about what is happening in and around the community, from your local group, club or society. We print as many of these as we can free of charge every month.

For Readers
We’re committed to bringing you a fantastic magazine each month packed full of lifestyle articles to read, a comprehensive selection of local group updates and details of local events. We aim to show you by working together we can all play our part in helping your local area to flourish.

Gainsborough URC

I'm pleased to say visitors to these are increasing, due in part to our advertising with you, so thanks again for your publicity.

Gillian

Our team

We are a small dedicated team working to provide out local community and local businesses with relevant information all hand delivered by our reliable and experienced distribution staff.

Paul Baxter

Owner

Paul works with the sales team and has over 20 years’ experience working in and managing print companies. He purchased the business together with wife Jo in May 2019. Paul is passionate about helping local business succeed and serving the local community. Paul and Jo have two children. Paul is an avid runner and completed the London Marathon two years ago. He also enjoys cooking BBQs in the summer and roasts in the winter.

Jo Baxter

Owner

Jo works with advertisers to get their advert copy, ensuring their adverts are up to date. She also manages the policies and governance of the company. Jo’s experience in project management is well suited to the demands of a local family business. In 2019 Jo completed her first half marathon and plans are afoot for a step up to the marathon distance soon.

Sue Holland

Sales Manager

Sue is one of our experienced sales advisors, talking to businesses about their marketing plans and booking their advertising campaigns in our magazines. She has lived in Retford all her life and has a good knowledge of the local area. With over 40 years’ experience in sales and marketing; she has a passion and drive to help businesses get the best from their advertising and marketing campaigns. Sue enjoys gardening, socialising, eating out and holidaying, be it in this country or abroad. Her philosophy is – ‘Work Hard and Play Hard’.

John O’Byrne

Sales Manager

John has been with the company almost from day one. His task is to market advertising space to local businesses across our five monthly magazines. He is a very keen follower of football, supporting Manchester United FC, and he also loves to watch test match cricket.

Chanel Hosfield

Editor

Chanel oversees the editorial content in the magazines and is responsible for ensuring they keep readers interested. She is also our community contact, liaising with hundreds of local groups and individuals to help publicise their meetings, events and stories, as well as looking after our website and social media feeds. She is passionate about making the magazines, and our digital presence, an essential guide to what’s happening locally, a directory to showcase local businesses and a monthly celebration of the local areas in which we live. Chanel is kept busy out of work spending time with her young family.

Michael Minard

Senior Designer

Michael works as part of our creative team as one of our senior designers. His key responsibilities include working closely with the sales team and local businesses to supply creative and innovative solutions for all aspects of design across Life Publications. Michael also takes a lead role in driving our design and print arm, Life Design and Print, and oversees the distribution of our magazines and leaflets.

He has over 30 years’ experience in design and print, having a breadth of knowledge through working in many sides of the industry from local newspapers to multinational printing concerns. Michael has lived locally all his life and loves nothing more than spending time with his family. He is also a keen DIY enthusiast and has the scars to prove it.

Richard Stevenson

Senior Designer

Richard is one of our graphic designers. He is responsible for producing the majority of the editorial pages each month, as well as designing eye-catching and responsive adverts for the businesses which advertise with us. He also helps to manage our website and is a key member of the Life Design and Print team. He has worked for the business for over 10 years.

Nancy Gompertz

Credit Control / Accounts

Nancy recently joined the team at Life Publications as our Credit Controller and is enjoying working with us and our advertisers. She has over 28 years’ experience within financial settings. She has worked for blue chip companies and international manufacturing industries as well as the transport industry in a variety of different roles from sales/purchase ledger to payroll/HR manager. Nancy has also previously worked in advertising where she was credit controller for four titles of a local newspaper. She enjoys spending family time with her husband and two children, socialising and gardening. She strongly believes you get out of life what you put into it.