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

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...

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...

Our Network Partners

News Articles

Funding now available for Clifton and Winscales community groups

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,...

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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