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 six monthly publications are; Sherwood Life, Gainsborough Life, Retford Life, Worksop Life, Rother Life and Rotherham Life and they are delivered free to over 92,500 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.


Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall

Thanks, as ever, for your support. It does make a difference. We often get feedback to say that people saw it in Gainsborough Life.

Mary Hollingsworth

Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts

Once again people are approaching me at our concerts, saying they had attended as a result of seeing the advert in your magazine. Once again, thank you very much indeed.


Retford U3A

We had a committee meeting last night and the Membership Secretary told me we are still getting half a dozen or so new members each month through your magazine, so these little pieces really do work.


The Wednesday (Memory) Group

You're one of our major supports and I've been surprised how many people have said to me that they've read my bits in Retford Life.  It certainly brings in members and that's very much appreciated.


The Dukeries Community Workshop

Thanks for supporting us through your publication from which we have gained new users.


The Arts Society Dukeries

We have noticed an increase in visitors to our lectures and I am sure the details in your publication are a reason for this.


Ollerton St George’s Day

Thanks for giving us space, it really helps get people to the event.

Hannah Yeardley

Rotherham U3A

With your help, the U3A membership has almost doubled during the three and a half years since I sent in my first offering.  In fact almost 49% of the 71 new enrolments between Sept 2018 and March 2019 live in your distribution area.


Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts

As a result of people reading our advert in your magazine we had a fantastic response last month with 3 new members signing up for membership on their 1st visit!


Wickersley Forget-Me-Not Memory Café

thank you once again for including us in this month’s magazine, We had six new couples last month and 3 of them said they had found us via Rotherham life!


The Photo Den

The great thing about Life Publications is that it is ESTABLISHED and TRUSTED in the community, not just by advertisers, but by householders who receive the magazines too.

Di Fisher

Physio Pilates Retford

I started advertising with Retford Life around 7 years ago, and the number of enquiries and bookings I received in the following weeks was amazing. I have continued regularly advertising with them since, and it is still via Retford Life that several new clients first hear about my Physiotherapy & Pilates practice.


Home Instead

Home Instead Rotherham is committed to supporting local publications with interesting stories and information as well as advertising our home care services and job vacancies. We feel we have always had a good response from Rotherham Life readers over the last 10 years and intend to continue working with them during the next 10 years!


Blitz Table Tennis Club

The Bat and Chat table tennis sessions are going really well and I think it has a lot to do with the exposure that you are providing for us.


True Window and Glass Centre

Life Publications are great for advertising to a wide demographic. We would highly recommend any business to consider advertising with them.


Grosvenor Care Home

We have been using Life Publications to place adverts and newsletters for our home for many years now. In that time Life Publications have been so helpful and supportive in helping us to get the most out of our advertising space. Such a great magazine to share what we have been up to!


R&A Scott

We have used Life Publications for our advertising needs for many years and it has proved very successful. Many customers when asked where they have heard about our company say, 'We saw your advert in Gainsborough Life'. The rates are very reasonable and the team professional and friendly.


Truestyle Windows

We have featured in Life magazine for many years now. They have generated many sales for us within this time and have helped us push the business further, especially in the areas local to us. We hope we can continue to grow year on year with their help.


Wardrobes Online

We’ve used Sherwood Life for many years.  We think it works for us because It’s more than just an admag, Sherwood Life captures a real community spirit!  Readers know they’re getting genuine, bonafide, local businesses. Their value for money has helped us grow, and see a return on investment over the years.


Easy Living Landscaping

Worksop Life has been great for me and I’ve used throughout my business career over the last 5 plus years. I actually choose this advertising over the internet for local work and wouldn’t be without it. It has definitely made my businesses flourish - great service, 100% recommended.


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


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


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.

Tara Burman


Tara has over 30 years’ experience in sales, 17 of which were spent working at one of the UK’s leading banks. With a friendly, calming manner, customer service is at the heart of everything she does. Tara has lived locally most of her life and is a true believer in helping local businesses thrive. She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, travelling and walking her dog Erik. Life is for living!

Nancy Gompertz

Credit Control / Accounts

Nancy is our Credit Controller and enjoys 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.

Chanel Hosfield


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

Commercial Manager

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

Design Manager

Richard is one of our senior graphic designers. He is responsible for producing the editorial pages of our magazines each month, as well as designing eye-catching and responsive adverts for the businesses which advertise with us. He handles editorial design, advert design and magazine print production for customer publications, helps 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.

Huw Stratton

Business Development Manager

Huw has over 30 years’ worth of experience in the print industry in a variety of roles. He has brought his knowledge of customer service, sales and production to Life Publications where he enjoys the frequent interaction with his customers. Having been involved in magazine production for almost all his working life, he is well-used to the timescales and fast-paced environment the role he has brings. Away from work, Huw enjoys cooking (and passing on his skills to his daughter), DIY, spending time with his family and travelling.

Ben Wickham


Ben has recently graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in History and Politics. He has previous experience working in a local estate agency and has a passion for sales and telecommunications. Ben had his first experience of sales and marketing during his time at university when he managed a vintage clothing store in Brighton.

His youth, energy and enthusiasm results in a well-organised and attentive style of customer service for his clients. Ben’s hobbies include a variety of sports as well as keeping fit. He believes that hard work pays off and is very happy to be working in such a friendly and positive work environment.