The Family Business Conference, which takes place at The Halston, in Carlisle on Thursday, October 19 includes high profile speakers from across the UK in addition to familiar faces from the county.

Confirmed headline speakers include William Robinson of Stockport’s Robinson’s Brewer, while representatives from Yorkshire family business Wold Top Brewery and Manchester’s HMG Paints will take part in a special panel discussion on the “next generation” of family business.

Fred Story of Story Homes and Story Contracting will also headline, and there will be appearances from food producer Hawkshead Relish and Twoey, which manufactures educational resources from its base in Wigton.

Event organiser, Sue Howorth of The Family Business Network Ltd, said that attracting national speakers to along with high profile local figures showed there was a growing community of family businesses eager to share their learning and experience.