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.

Carefully designed family business events include our insight events, topical discussions, our family business conferences and awards ceremonies.

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


Conference 2020

Cumbria 8th October 2020

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

Decision-making for peace and harmony in family businesses

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...

The active-learning conference – a space for asking questions

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

News Articles

Family firms in the spotlight at February BusinessDesk.com seminar

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...

Cumbrian Law Firm proves attractive proposition to law graduates

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...

Coping with the rise of the National Living Wage

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...

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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