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Life Magazines is a group of premium quality monthly publications established 12 years ago by Clare Cartmell - in the form of Alkrington Life - providing local residents with a neat package of interesting editorial, local event listings, a directory of local businesses and plenty of other helpful information.

Delivered free to thousands of homes ten times a year, every issue provides a great value method of marketing for businesses of all sizes. A cheaper alternative to newspaper and leaflet advertising, the magazines proved a hit from the start, with businesses appearing in our very first issue continuing to this day.

As the Alkrington magazine grew in popularity and demand for advertising in nearby areas arose, Clare expanded into Chadderton, Middleton and Blackley & Moston with the help of Trevor and Chris Shaw. Thanks to the new publications and fresh blood, the magazines went from strength to strength, with improved designs, a new website and increased circulation. You can read a full history of the company and see of how the magazines have evolved below.

We provide a service above and beyond most other local papers and magazines, offering a free advert design service, a greater online presence and the most competitive prices. We believe to offer our advertisers the best value possible, it's crucial to source interesting and relevant features as well as enure the print quality is second to none. The results are publications that have good reason to live on the coffee table or by the phone for a whole month.

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First issue of Alkrington Life - October 2005
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The first issue of Alkrington went through doors back in 2005. The much more basic and mostly black and white issue gained popularity quickly amongst the people of Alkrington and in turn the advertisers.

First issue of Middleton Life - April 2009
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Shortly after the first issue of Chadderton Life, and a call from businesses to expand into the wider Middleton area, Clare established the Middleton Life in early 2009.

First online issues - November 2011
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With it being unfeasible to deliver to every home in Alkrington, Chadderton and Middleton, we decided to start posting digital copies of every issue online in late 2011. Following the increase in printed circulation, the new online issues meant Life Magazines now reached more people than ever before... at no extra cost!

New design for the magazines - February 2013
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We kicked off 2013 with a complete front to back update of the magazines, with a bigger and better front page heading and a modernised internal design.

New Website - April 2017
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Our brand new 2017 website was designed for the changing ways we use the internet, and works on desktops, tablets and mobiles. So you can now view the latest and previous issues of the magazines on any screen size.
Other clever feature of our site include:

  • subscribe to digital copies of the magazines via email
  • easy to use pricing calculator
  • next issue deadline countdown
  • delivery route maps
  • live chat

First issue of Chadderton Life - April 2008
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Following the success of the Alkrington magazine, it was only a matter of time before advertisers were asking Clare to reach out to other local areas, and so the Chadderton Life was created in the Spring of 2008.

New era of Life Mazgines - November 2010
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When expecting the birth of her second child, founder Clare Cartmell decided to sell the Chadderton Life and Middleton Life to reduce her workload. Little did she expect the buyer, Trevor Shaw, and son, Chris Shaw, would breath new life into all of the magazines, with a complete redesign, increased circulation and whole new set of skills.
Instead of the sale dividing the family of magazines, they continued to work together, offering the same great value to their customers, and still do.

New Facebook Pages - September 2012
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We launched our Facebook pages in 2012 as another platform to post the digital copies of the magazines, as well as a place to post puzzle answers and other content.

First issue of Blackley & Moston Life - April 2015
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When demand from advertisers for a magazine in the Blackley and Moston areas arose, the Blackley & Moston Life was published for the first time in 2015.
Along with the expansion into a new area came complete sleek redesign of all of the magazines and a new company branding.

The Future
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We've got plenty of ideas for the future of Life Magazines. Here are just a few:

  • Online business database
  • Increased printed circulation
  • Direct debit payment plans
  • Other design and print services
  • Premium website adverts and Facebook advertising

First issue of Alkrington Life - October 2005
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The first issue of Alkrington went through doors back in 2005. The much more basic and mostly black and white issue gained popularity quickly amongst the people of Alkrington and in turn the advertisers.

First issue of Chadderton Life - April 2008
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Following the success of the Alkrington magazine, it was only a matter of time before advertisers were asking Clare to reach out to other local areas, and so the Chadderton Life was created in the Spring of 2008.

First issue of Middleton Life - April 2009
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Shortly after the first issue of Chadderton Life, and a call from businesses to expand into the wider Middleton area, Clare established the Middleton Life in early 2009.

New era of Life Mazgines - November 2010
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When expecting the birth of her second child, founder Clare Cartmell decided to sell the Chadderton Life and Middleton Life to reduce her workload. Little did she expect the buyer, Trevor Shaw, and son, Chris Shaw, would breath new life into all of the magazines, with a complete redesign, increased circulation and whole new set of skills.
Instead of the sale dividing the family of magazines, they continued to work together, offering the same great value to their customers, and still do.

First online issues - November 2011
Image

With it being unfeasible to deliver to every home in Alkrington, Chadderton and Middleton, we decided to start posting digital copies of every issue online in late 2011. Following the increase in printed circulation, the new online issues meant Life Magazines now reached more people than ever before... at no extra cost!

New Facebook Pages - September 2012
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We launched our Facebook pages in 2012 as another platform to post the digital copies of the magazines, as well as a place to post puzzle answers and other content.

New design for the magazines - February 2013
Image

We kicked off 2013 with a complete front to back update of the magazines, with a bigger and better front page heading and a modernised internal design.

First issue of Blackley & Moston Life - April 2015
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When demand from advertisers for a magazine in the Blackley and Moston areas arose, the Blackley & Moston Life was published for the first time in 2015.
Along with the expansion into a new area came complete sleek redesign of all of the magazines and a new company branding.

New Website - April 2017
Image

Our brand new 2017 website was designed for the changing ways we use the internet, and works on desktops, tablets and mobiles. So you can now view the latest and previous issues of the magazines on any screen size.
Other clever feature of our site include:

  • subscribe to digital copies of the magazines via email
  • easy to use pricing calculator
  • next issue deadline countdown
  • delivery route maps
  • live chat

The Future
Image

We've got plenty of ideas for the future of Life Magazines. Here are just a few:

  • Online business database
  • Increased printed circulation
  • Direct debit payment plans
  • Other design and print services
  • Premium website adverts and Facebook advertising

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