Running a family business can be all consuming and The Family Business Network Ltd was created to help.

We are the go-to point for family businesses and our aim is to deliver a safe and trusted environment for peer to peer learning; creating experiences of value and insight for family businesses and the generations working within them. Tailored family business events include our insight events, topical discussions, our annual flagship family business conference and awards ceremonies. 

Founded by Sue Howorth in 2014, the network has developed an engaged community of family businesses and those that support the sector.  The network has also become the voice for family businesses across many regions of the country, originating in Cumbria and evolving to include Lancashire , Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and surrounding areas.

We offer a safe and encouraging peer to peer environment that facilitates and fosters positive change, growth and sustainability for family businesses.  Unlike many other similar organisations, the Family Business Network is not a membership model meaning that as a family business, you have complete control over what events, support or help you need.  We offer knowledgeable signposting and support to relevant assistance, advice, mentoring and investment channels, ensuring that the needs of family businesses remain at the heart of what we do. 

Sue Howorth
Founder & Director

Dave Clarkson


Our Family Business Conferences


Conference 2019

Cumbria 10th October 2019

East Midlands

Conference 2020

Nottingham 2nd July 2020

All Upcoming Events

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, hear from family business experts and engage in topical discussions at one of our Family Business Conferences.

Partners Blog

What can I expect at a Family Business Conference?

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...

Is there something to be said for not keeping it in the family?

After hosting a panel discussion with some high profile family and non-family business leaders at our East Midlands Family Business Conference in July, James Pinchbeck, Marketing Partner at Streets Chartered Accountants talks about the pro's and con's of making...

What next after you’ve sold your business?

Over the past 4 weeks we have published two blogs from one of our network partners, Seven Investment Management, on the importance of family business owners having a sound exit strategy. The third article in their 'business exit' series talks about the things you need...

Our Network Partners

News Articles

Agenda announced in run-up to Family Business Conference in Carlisle

With just over two weeks to go until the annual Family Business Conference takes place in Carlisle, organisers ‘The Family Business Network’ have revealed the final speakers along with details of this years’ agenda.   Since its inception in 2016, the event has...

Photo galleries

The Family Business Conference – Cumbria 10 October 2019

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...

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Eva’s Organics Insight Event 11 July 2019

Images from the Eva's Organics family business insight event on 11th July 2019.  Guests were treated to a welcome talk from the family, tour of the farm and production facilities and then to sample some of the hand-made organic Apple juice that is produced on the...

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This cultural and ancient natural landscape is home to a buzzing family business community, with the majority of the county’s businesses being family run…nearly 90%.  Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Cumbria.

God’s own country has it all, from seaside towns to spirited cities and everything in between. Yorkshire is home to a host of both traditional and progressive family businesses. Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Yorkshire.

From vibrant cities to rolling english countryside, the Red Rose county is made more colourful with its family businesses both old and new. Keep up to date with family business stories and events in Lancashire.

There is a real diverse range of family businesses in Lincolnshire situated across attractive hamlets, villages and market towns. Lincoln itself, as well as being steeped in history is recognised as world leader in engineering and aviation. Keep up to date with family business stories and events in Lincolnshire.



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