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.

Event details


Insight Events


IoD North West | Family Business Roundtable – Planning for 2019

15th November
09:00 – 12:30
Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, Bolton


This is the first IoD North West Family Business Roundtable, where we aim to bring together leaders from family businesses of all shapes and sizes to benefit from each other’s expertise and that of specialists where appropriate.

The first meeting is timed to help you prepare and plan for 2019.

We will bring a business performance-based approach, covering:

  • How family businesses can compete and prosper against corporates
  • Attracting ambitious talent into family businesses
  • Capital investment and working capital options
  • Growth strategies for second and third generation family businesses (including structuring and tax efficiency)
  • Employing family members, and when to delegate control to non family members
  • R&D
  • Succession planning and selling your business
  • Future meetings – do we want them, where, when, etc.

The discussion will be facilitated to be flexible around the needs and preferences of attendees on the day.

In addition to peer support from each other, expert advice will be available from outside organisations (likely to include Kuits, KJG and Manchester Growth Hub)

The Family Business Conference 2018

Thursday 11th October 08:30 – 15:45
Castle Green Hotel, Kendal


The third annual conference for family businesses looking to learn from and network with successful peers in an open, safe and friendly environment. Contributions and speakers from over twelve highly-respected family business leaders of companies old, new, large and small. Truly the highlight in the family business calendar.

Speakers & Contributors confirmed to date:
Denys Shortt OBE – DCS Group UK
John Stevenson MP
David & Graham Jenkins – Pioneer Foodservices
Lynne Mallinson - Country Puddings
Professor Carole Howorth - Chair of Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, University of York
Sarah Dunning – Westmorland Family
Roger Smith – Thomas Graham & Sons
Hannah Barlow – Dunsters Farm Ltd
Ian & Janet Hartley – Out of Eden
Andrew, Joanne & Yasmine Hunter – Grasmere Gingerbread
Sue & Peter Jackson – Heart of the Lakes
Martin Rayner – Lakeland
Phil Wild – James Cropper PLC
Emma Porter & John Story – Story Homes and Story Contracting
Howard, Tim, Joe & Joan Heaton – Westmorland Sheepskins
Mark Sugden – John W. Laycock
The Hill Family – Roland Hill Ltd
Dan Scott – PHX Training
Jonathan & Caroline Kaye – Cedar Manor Hotel

Presenters to date:
Sue Howorth – The Family Business Network Ltd
Dave Clarkson – Langleys Solicitors
Paul Andrews – Family Business United
Grant Seaton – Cumberland Building Society
James Higgins – 32 West
Andy Beeforth OBE – Cumbria Community Foundation
Jacqui Jackson – Thomas Jardine & Co
Grahame Lamont – Lamont Pridmore
Steve Howard – Business Doctor Lakes & Dales

Thank you to our conference partners:
Cumberland Building Society
Cartmell Shepherd
Business Doctor Lakes & Dales
Lamont Pridmore
Wrapped Agency


07866 536050

The Family Business Network Ltd

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Beresford Road
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The Family Business Network Ltd

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