The Family Business Network is a trusted community for collaboration and learning.
We provide a safe and encouraging peer to peer environment that facilitates and fosters positive change, growth and sustainability for family businesses; creating experiences of value and insight for family businesses and the generations working within them.
Founded by Sue Howorth in 2014, who now works alongside her Co- Director Dave Clarkson and an extended team, the network has developed an engaged community of family businesses and those that support the sector. The network is the voice for family businesses across many regions of the country, originating in Cumbria and evolving across the North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside and East Midlands.
Unlike many other similar organisations, the Family Business Network is not a membership model meaning that as family businesses, you have complete control over what events, support or help you need.
Sue Howorth & Dave Clarkson
Our Family Business Conferences
Cumbria 8th October 2020
Nottingham 2nd July 2020
All Upcoming Events
All of our bespoke events are designed with family business needs at their heart.
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, hear from family business experts and engage in topical discussions at one of our Family Business Conferences.
In our December column, Sue and Dave discuss the challenges of finding an effective decision-making structure that works for your family business. It’s the season of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. The only problem is, not everyone seems to get the memo. The...
We were intrigued to know more about the story behind our newest partners, who are one of Cumbria and the North's principal wealth management specialists. In doing so, the team from Rachael Bell Wealth Management also told us how much they gain from working with us...
At our conference events, we have always strived to offer something different and something valuable to everyone that attends. Over the years, we have refined the style of our conferences to encourage active learning – an instructional method of delivering information...
Our Network Partners
This February, the regional business team at Business Desk North West will be hosting a special BusinessDesk.com event designed to look at the issues and challenges facing family firms. Founder of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth was invited to be part of the...
Award-winning Cumbrian law firm, Cartmell Shepherd are expanding their team of law graduates, attracting talent from across the country. One of their latest recruits, Alice Whittome joined the business as a private client solicitor in Haltwhistle in 2019. Originally...
One of our network partners, RfM Accountants has recently highlighted to family businesses the potential impact of the The National Living Wage increase, which is set to rise by 6.2% from 1 April 2020. This means that almost three million UK workers are set to receive...
Images from the Open Business Day in Cumbria with Be the Business and The Family Business Network held on Thursday 28 November. Delegates were treated to behind-the-scenes tours of two inspiring Kendal-based family businesses, Kendal Nutricare and Low Sizergh...read more
Images from our fourth annual Family Business Conference - Cumbria, held this year at The Shepherds in Carlisle on Thursday 10th October 2019 . A truly inspirational and very informative day. Thanks to all our speakers, sponsors, supporters and of course delegates for...read more
Images from the 'Audience with Peter Hensman OBE' insight event that was held at the Percival Lecture Theatre at the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus, in partnership with Cartmell Shepherd and in support of the Cumbria Community Foundation and the Lake District...read more
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