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  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.

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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.


New Dispute Case Solicitor at Cartmell Shepherd

A legal expert who works to settle disputes in cases which involve wills, inheritance and negligence has joined the ranks of top Cumbrian law firm Cartmell Shepherd. David Tew has taken up a position at the company as a dispute resolution solicitor. The 32-year-old...

Protecting the Family Wealth by Sue Howorth

The scene was set for the latest in a series of topical family business themed workshops, this one was in partnership with Lamont Pridmore on the sometimes ‘thorny’ issue of wealth management planning. The room had a real diverse and interesting mix of businesses and...

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Armstrong Watson March Workshop

CFBA 2018

Cumbrian FamBiz Awards, Judging Day

NW Hospitality

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.


Record applications for Cumbria Family Business Awards

The Family Business Network are in the news, as Cumbria Crack report on a record number of family businesses have submitted applications for the second Cumbria Family Business Awards. Over one hundred were submitted as applications closed on Monday 22 January 2018....

Pointing the way to success

Family businesses are crucial to the Cumbrian and national economy and the Government needs to do more to help them thrive, a major conference has been told. John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, made the demand at the Family Business Conference, which attracted more than...



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