About – Chester Handbooks

What We Do

Chester Handbooks is an independent publisher which produces eight A5 magazines each month and delivers to 38,500 homes and businesses across Chester and Ellesmere Port.

We are a close team of six people and all our magazines are produced in-house meaning your business is in the best hands with experienced professionals with years of experience in sales, design and marketing. We pride ourselves on enabling local businesses to grow through effective advertising that’s targeted to the key demographic, meaning the RIGHT people see the adverts and are most likely to act on them. 

Our in-house team can do the creative for you, designing the advert and even creating a brand if your business doesn’t yet have one. We also offer print and distribution services from £40 per 1,000 leaflets (minimum order 3,500).

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How We Started

Back in 2005, the Layder family launched a local community based handbook, the first issue, ‘Huntington Handbook’ which was published in April 2005 and was delivered to 1,400 residents by David Layder personally.

Fast forward 18 years to 2023 we are proud to have eight local handbooks with 38,500 copies dropping through letterboxes in and around Chester each and every month.

No gimmicks, just straightforward, honest and reliable advice. Continue to grow YOUR business with the Chester Handbooks – if it works for 400 advertisers each month it can work for you!

Where We Deliver

Chester Handbooks deliver to all homes and businesses in Upton, Curzon Park, Westminster Park, The Bache, Moston, Newton, Vicars Cross, Mollington, Saughall, Backford, Parkgate Road, Little Saughall, Huntington, Saighton, Caldy Valley, Boughton, Northgate Village, Liverpool Road, Newtown, City Road, Brook Street, Canal Wharf, the outskirts of Chester, Great Sutton and Stanney Oaks and most recently launched in Little Sutton and Ledsham.

There isn’t much we don’t know about advertising and marketing, and between us we have nigh on 40 years experience of working with companies and traders, large and small, with a genuine interest in the individual journey to develop and sustain your place in the particular business sector – as we have. We’re always on the lookout for brilliant new personalities to represent our business so if you’re passionate about local business and love talking to new people, email your CV to us.


Monthly Competitions


Each month we run monthly competitions with some amazing prizes donated by our lovely businesses! It’s free to enter – just make sure you include your contact details so we can contact you if you win.

There are some great benefits if your business donates a prize to our competition. Your brand name and logo will be seen by a potential 38,500 homes and businesses across Chester and Ellesmere Port if you offer a prize to our readers.

Tag us @chesterhandbooks on Facebook and @chesterhandbookscheshire on Instagram with you enjoying your prize!


Click here to go to the competition page