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


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

Insight Events

Launch Event – Elton Business Support

Thu 4 October 2018
12:00 – 14:30 BST

AW Jenkinson Suite, PRUFC, Winters Park Carleton Avenue Penrith, CA11 8RQ

Samantha Gargett, Director of award winning Elton Finance and PA to the infamous Elton Elf, welcomes you to the official launch of her new business, Elton Business Support, part of Samantha Gargett Consultancy Ltd. This event is being supported by The Family Business Network Ltd.

Meet the Owner – Hawkshead Relish

Wed 10 October 2018
14:00 – 17:00 BST

Esthwaite Old Hall Barns, Esthwaite, Hawkshead, LA22 0QF


Join us for a family business meet the owner and behind the scenes tour at award-winning Hawkshead Relish in Cumbria.

Family Business United and The Family Business Network Ltd are delighted to invite you to join us for an insiders view of award-winning hawkshead Relish where Maria Whitehead will take us on a tour of production, share an insight into their family business journey and the values that underpin the brand before tasting some of their amazing products.

Spaces on the visit are limited so book early to join us – We look forward to seeing you there.



Next Generation Round Table with Lamont Pridmore

18th September 2018

9.30 am – Refreshments
10.00 am – 12.30 pm – Roundtable (finishing with lunch)

Venue: North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Penrith


Burning Issues Facing Family Businesses

Who should attend this session?

Senior family business members
Next generation family members
– those who are already actively involved in the family business and those who are still considering whether to join
This session will discuss some of the most important, burning issues facing family businesses and will be largely guided by the needs and questions of those attending:

Graham and Chris Lamont will guide you through some common challenges and issues for family businesses such as:

  • How to communicate effectively with all family members, including those not directly involved in the business
  • Balancing the skills in the board room
    When and how the business can benefit from external (non-family) expertise
  • How to manage recruitment both within and outside the family
  • Deciding on sale or succession
  • Succession planning and readying the next and older generations for change
  • Creating financial security for the business and the family

They will then lead discussions around what has worked for others in similar situations based on their vast experience of advising successful family businesses and working within their own family dynamic. Attendees will be encouraged to highlight their own burning issues and share their own experiences to help others in the room. The session always operates on a ‘Chatham House Rule’ basis.

Please book your place by contacting

Getting the right person for the right job – how to attract talent!

20th September 2018 9:00 AM

Venue: Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, Penrith, CA11 8RP


Recent surveys indicate that recruiting and attracting talented staff is one of the biggest concerns facing SMEs in Cumbria and further field. Cartmell Shepherd and the Family Business Network are delighted to announce that they have brought together a number of exciting speakers to give their views and share their experiences on how to get the right person for the right job.

We are pleased to confirm that the following speakers will be attending: Phil Wild, CEO and David Nicholson, Group HR Director both of James Cropper plc Mark Bowman, Chief Executive of Inspira Julia Cater, Owner of People Decisions   Zoe Pluckrose-Norman, People Director and Stephen McCullough, Marketing & Business Development Director both of Armstrong Watson  

You will hear from each of these fantastic speakers and there will then be a chance for you to put your questions to them in a Q & A session hosted by Sue Howorth of Family Business Network.

The event will run from 9:30am until 1.30pm and includes refreshments and a light buffet lunch. Registration is from 9am. Places are limited and so book your free place now. We look forward to seeing you on 20 September 2018.


07866 536050

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