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%. The network was orginally established in 2014, initially funded through the Cumbria Growth Hub.  In 2016, Sue Howorth then founded The Family Business Network Ltd which is now home to the Cumbria Family Business Awards, an annual Conference, Insight Events, workshops and topical discussions. We’re lucky that family businesses love to share knowledge and ideas, because of this the network is a true support system of relevant events, stories and information. Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Cumbria by signing up to receive our news below.


The Cumbria Family Business Network are supporting THIS IS CUMBRIA, a collective of Cumbrian businesses who represent the very best of Cumbria’s food, drink & produce both nationally and internationally.

The initiative will launch with a brand new stand at their inaugural event, the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 8-10th April 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC.

This is Cumbria was set up in 2018 by a group of volunteers made up of Cumbrian producers and business people, including Sue Howorth from The Family Business Network Ltd, Maria Whitehead from Hawkshead Relish, Lisa Smith from Gingerbakers and Jacqui and Keith Jackson at Thomas Jardine & Co. The collective has received some great support from other Cumbria-based businesses, including Cartmell Shepherd, Enterprise Answers, We are Eclectic & 32 West.

If you would like to know more or are interested in becoming a part of This is Cumbria, either as a sponsor or as an exhibitor/ trader, please contact sue@fambiznet.co.uk

This is Cumbria Events

  • A Masterclass for Exhibitors:

On Wed 27th February, 3pm at J36 Auction Centre – North West Business & Hospitality Show

On 8-10th April, NEC Birmingham


Follow the latest updates on This is Cumbria on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Dig deeper into specific family business issues at one of our Family Business Workshops.


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