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.
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...
Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson of The Family Business Network on the things that matter most to family businesses. October 2019 They do say that a conference is a formal meeting of people with a shared interest and a purpose to share innovative ideas, throw ideas...
Our Network Partners
Charitable organisation supported by The Family Business Network, Cumbria Community Foundation have announced that funding has become available for community organisations near the Winscales Moor Wind Farm. The Winscales Moor Community Benefit Fund supports community,...
ONE of the newest members of a top legal firm’s 100-strong team has spoken of his delight at joining the company. Nick Devlin, who along with wife Georgina has recently moved to Cumbria from East Anglia, says he had always hoped he would one day be a member of the...
Cumbria and Lancashire based Accountants (and Network partner), RfM Accountants have recently drawn our attention to an important chance affecting company car tax in 2020. Many of our family businesses will be affected by the changes coming into effect from April 2020...
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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