The economic contribution made by Cumbrian family businesses is vital to the county and indeed the country’s future growth. Research has shown that family businesses are often more sustainable both financially and environmentally than their non-family counterparts. In Cumbria, the balancing act between economic, community and environmental issues is perhaps more important than anywhere else. With prospective changes ahead for the region such as World Heritage Status and of course the outcome of the snap General Election which will be decided in the next couple of months, who are the future family business guardians who will be managing the Cumbrian economy in years to come? Importantly, who is there outside of the family to support the next generation of family business leaders on their all-important journey?

As part of my role as Family Business Ambassador and as Founder of the Cumbria Family Business Network I am delighted to announce a new series of events designed specifically for the next generation of family business leaders in Cumbria. I am working in collaboration with Chris and Graham Lamont of Lamont Pridmore and John Stevenson MP for Carlisle and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Family Business. Together we have launched an ongoing system of dynamic support in the shape of Family Business Roundtable discussions, the first of these is to take place on 16th June this year.

A select group of future family business owners will meet on an ongoing basis to learn key business ownership skills but also work together to create alliances and a support network of their own.

I would like family businesses to contribute people to be considered for inclusion. This is a free offering but with very limited spaces. Please contact me directly here if you would like to be considered or would like to nominate someone. I hope to achieve representation from businesses which are part of the future Cumbrian economic landscape and look forward to hearing from you all with your suggestions.