The Value of Peer to Peer Learning

Peer to peer learning essentially refers to a method of learning without any implied authority to any individual. For us, here at The Family Business Network its right at the heart of what we do and why the network exists. The network enables the family businesses to...

Cartmel Peninsula Continues To Boast Big Business Success

says David Hamer of Cark-in-Cartmel based, digital marketing company Make us Visible. "The Cartmel peninsula is largely thought of as something of a ‘small, quiet, picturesque, and rural area ’ and this would not be far wrong. However, our local businesses are far...

Farming Partnerships – please, please put it in writing!

is the advice given by Jonathan Carroll, Head of Agriculture at top legal firm, Cartmell Shepherd. Yet again a farming family dispute has led to huge legal costs, when a decent partnership agreement would have prevented it for a tiny fraction of the sums lost. The...

Jam-packed Family Business Conference Agenda Announced

The Family Business Conference 2018 will welcome family business owners and experts from across the country on Thursday 11th October. Nineteen family businesses are contributing to the line up on the day, sharing insight, personal stories and more with the delegates....

Why having a succession plan in place is vital for your business…

writes managing director of Cartmell Shepherd, Peter Stafford. It is probably the one thing you continue to put at the bottom of your increasingly big to-do list. In fact you may not even be entirely sure what one is. Setting aside a little time to get things sorted...

A stitch in time…

By Nick Heath, Head of Business Development, Seven Investment Management …saves nine is a proverb that I learned as a child. While those of you hoping for a lesson in sewing from me will be disappointed, I’m confident that the phrase’s theoretical point will be...

What makes family businesses unique?

Sue Howorth, founder of The Family Business Network has been speaking topically about the make-up of family businesses and what makes them unique. "Recently there have been many discussions focused around family versus commercial culture and how to create a lasting...

Is your business growth suffering due to the tight job market?

Peter Fleming of Business Doctors offers 3 solutions to deal with the productivity conundrum. The national unemployment rate of 4% is the lowest since 1975. Cumbria’s unemployment is 1.9% based on 5,665 claimants out of work. Unemployment across the  region; Barrow,...

Cartmell Shepherd proud to make prestigious business awards shortlist

Cartmell Shepherd, key partner of The Family Business Network have been shortlisted for a prestigious award and have spoken of their delight after learning they were among more than 200 businesses to enter. As one of the county’s leading law firms, Cartmell Shepherd...

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


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