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 and our aim is to deliver a safe and trusted environment for peer to peer learning; creating experiences of value and insight for family businesses and the generations working within them. Tailored family business events include our insight events, topical discussions, our annual flagship family business conference and awards ceremonies. 

Founded by Sue Howorth in 2014, the network has developed an engaged community of family businesses and those that support the sector.  The network has also become the voice for family businesses across many regions of the country, originating in Cumbria and evolving to include Lancashire , Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and surrounding areas.  

We offer a safe and encouraging peer to peer environment that facilitates and fosters positive change, growth and sustainability for family businesses.  Unlike many other similar organisations, the Family Business Network is not a membership model meaning that as a family business, you have complete control over what events, support or help you need.  We offer knowledgeable signposting and support to relevant assistance, advice, mentoring and investment channels, ensuring that the needs of family businesses remain at the heart of what we do. 

Sue Howorth

Dave Clarkson

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All of our bespoke events are designed with family business needs at their heart.

Insight Events

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.


Pension consolidation – the arguments for and against

Modern life can be complicated. We 'suffer' from an overflowing abundance of all kinds of things. And it's not just about a cupboard full of 3-for-2 vitamins or mismatched socks. We're talking about something much more important – pensions. The job-for-life concept...

Sue’s Family Business Column – In Cumbria Magazine

If you've not already got a copy of January's In-Cumbria Magazine, don't despair. We have Sue's 'Family Business' column right here. In her new, fuller column, Sue will be sharing her insight and advice for family run businesses.  In her first January Issue "Family...

Beware the retirement planning pitfalls

We recently published an insightful blog on the golden rules of retirement planning from Family Business Network partner, Seven Investment Management. This follow-up blog explores the three pitfalls in retirement planning and proves an interesting read, particularly...

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.

From vibrant cities to rolling english countryside, the Red Rose county is made more colourful with its family businesses both old and new. Keep up to date with family business stories and events in Lancashire.

There is a real diverse range of family businesses in Lincolnshire situated across attractive hamlets, villages and market towns. Lincoln itself, as well as being steeped in history is recognised as world leader in engineering and aviation. Keep up to date with family business stories and events in Lincolnshire.


The Launch of the Ladies Yomp – A Light in the Dark

Join former SAS Officer Major Ken Hames MBE, local farmer/former soldier Brian Capstick, and Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales Shepherdess Alison O’Neill at the launch event of the 80-mile Dales Way Ladies Yomp 2019. The challenging five day Yomp will take place 8th to 12th...

Splashing out for Cumbrian causes

It was a cold and wet start to the year for the team at Cumbria Community Foundation who have so far raised more than £4,500 for charitable causes right across the county. Staff and trustees kick-started a year-long fundraising campaign to celebrate the charity’s 20th...



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