Running a family business can be all consuming and The Family Business Network Ltd was created to help.
We are the pivot point for family businesses looking for a safe environment to learn from each other, find relevant news, relevant events and access innovative additional support when needed. Founded by Sue Howorth in 2014 the network originally started via support from the Cumbria Growth Hub. The network has since developed and as of June 2016 the network became it’s own company so Sue could continue her role as Family Business Ambassador and be the voice for family businesses across the region. Through Sue’s award winning work in Cumbria . The Family Business Network has now evolved to include Lancashire , Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and surrounding areas. We love signposting family businesses to relevant assistance, advice, or investment channels but equally thrive on our family business orientated events. Our Insight days, workshops and flagship Family Business Conference are all designed with family businesses’ needs at their heart. We also work in collaborative partnerships with family business specialists and other national family business associations and networks.
All of our bespoke events are designed with family business needs at their heart.
Get behind the scenes of some of the country’s best family businesses at one of our Insight events.
Dig deeper into specific family business issues at one of our Family Business Workshops.
Learn from and network with family businesses large and small, including some of the country’s finest at our Family Business Conference.
Peer to peer learning essentially refers to a method of learning without any implied authority to any individual. For us, here at The Family Business Network its right at the heart of what we do and why the network exists. The network enables the family businesses to...
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is the advice given by Jonathan Carroll, Head of Agriculture at top legal firm, Cartmell Shepherd. Yet again a farming family dispute has led to huge legal costs, when a decent partnership agreement would have prevented it for a tiny fraction of the sums lost. The...
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Family Business Awards 2018
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This cultural and ancient natural landscape is home to a buzzing family business community, with the majority of the county’s businesses being family run…nearly 90%. Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Cumbria.
God’s own country has it all, from seaside towns to spirited cities and everything in between. Yorkshire is home to a host of both traditional and progressive family businesses. Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Yorkshire.
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IT has topped the agenda in business discussions across the county for years. Recruiting - and retaining - talent is one of the enduring challenges faced by companies large and small. Now the issue is to be tackled head-on at a special event, which will...
The Family Business Conference 2018
Thursday 11th October 08:30 – 15:45
Castle Green Hotel, Kendal
The third annual conference for family businesses looking to learn from and network with successful peers in an open, safe and friendly environment. Contributions and speakers from over twelve highly-respected family business leaders of companies old, new, large and small. Truly the highlight in the family business calendar.
Speakers & Contributors confirmed to date:
Denys Shortt OBE – DCS Group UK
John Stevenson MP
David & Graham Jenkins – Pioneer Foodservices
Lynne Mallinson - Country Puddings
Professor Carole Howorth - Chair of Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, University of York
Sarah Dunning – Westmorland Family
Roger Smith – Thomas Graham & Sons
Hannah Barlow – Dunsters Farm Ltd
Ian & Janet Hartley – Out of Eden
Andrew, Joanne & Yasmine Hunter – Grasmere Gingerbread
Sue & Peter Jackson – Heart of the Lakes
Martin Rayner – Lakeland
Phil Wild – James Cropper PLC
Emma Porter & John Story – Story Homes and Story Contracting
Howard, Tim, Joe & Joan Heaton – Westmorland Sheepskins
Mark Sugden – John W. Laycock
The Hill Family – Roland Hill Ltd
Dan Scott – PHX Training
Jonathan & Caroline Kaye – Cedar Manor Hotel
Presenters to date:
Sue Howorth – The Family Business Network Ltd
Dave Clarkson – Langleys Solicitors
Paul Andrews – Family Business United
Grant Seaton – Cumberland Building Society
James Higgins – 32 West
Andy Beeforth OBE – Cumbria Community Foundation
Jacqui Jackson – Thomas Jardine & Co
Grahame Lamont – Lamont Pridmore
Steve Howard – Business Doctor Lakes & Dales
Thank you to our conference partners:
Cumberland Building Society
Business Doctor Lakes & Dales
The Family Business Network Ltd
The Family Business Network Ltd
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