All events

All of our bespoke events are designed with family business needs at their heart. 

Our programme of tailored events include our flagship family business conferences, regional family business awards, exclusive family business insight events, live ‘An Audience With…’ events, educational workshops, topical debates and many more.

Held in various formats, both online and face to face, these events are designed to add value to our family businesses and those that support the sector.

Whether you are celebrating alongside peers at one of our Awards ceremonies, listening to respected leaders at one of our conferences, hearing the unique story behind a family business at one of our insight events or tackling specific family business topics at one of our learning events, you will always be benefiting from the shared experiences, knowledge and support of your peers in business, as well as making valuable contacts within a safe environment.

A list of all our upcoming events can be found below, along with further details on each event and how to book.

An Audience with… John Donner, Graham Howarth & Barbara Paterson

Friday 26 February 2021, 3-4:30pm


Wakefield BID in partnership with The Family Business Network present ‘An Audience with… John Donner, Managing Director of Double TWO, Graham Haworth, CEO of Sarcophagus & Barbara Paterson of Wakefield Community Foundation’.

Hosted by Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson of The Family Business Network, this exclusive online interview will uncover the histories and stories behind each business and the lessons learnt along the way in two very different Yorkshire businesses.

Double TWO is a 3rd generation family business which was established in 1940 in Wakefield in the midst of the Second World War. Originally set up as the Wakefield Shirt Company, Double TWO went on to revolutionise shirt making and in 2007 became proud winners of The Queen’s Award for International Trade. In 1995, John Donner joined his father and grandfather family business.

Graham Howarth is a technology entrepreneur from Wakefield who founded Sarcophagus, a construction software company in 1998 and which is now one of the UK`s most successful independent collaboration companies. Graham also Chairs the Wakefield BID and is passionate about delivering a strategic and collaborative approach that will see Wakefield build its reputation as a vibrant and thriving destination, and is keen to make Wakefield ‘smarter’ through the use of technology to tackle the disruption faced by our high streets head on.

Barbara Paterson is joining us from Wakefield Community Foundation to discuss the concept of a mini enterprise hub which is being developed in Wakefield. Barbara has been a Trustee of the Community Foundation for Wakefield District for 10 years and she been instrumental in conceptualising an Entrepreneurs Fund and activities for the ‘Wakefield Businesses of Tomorrow’. Barbara is also the MD of Paterson Consultancy Ltd which she set up 20 years ago, specialising in people and organisational change projects in the private and public sector. 

This live, online event is free to attend but booking is required. Event access details will be emailed to all ticket holders in advance.

North West Family Business Awards 2021

Date tbc
Venue tbc

The North West Family Business Awards are organised and run by The Family Business Network, and provide a fantastic opportunity for family businesses of all shapes and sizes to share and celebrate their success stories.

The inaugural North West Family Business Awards in 2020 took off in first class style, beneath the wings of the Concorde at Manchester Airport. 

We are fully committed to celebrating the North West’s amazing family businesses in 2021 with #NWFBA2021, however are currently unable to give a date for our awards ceremony due to covid-19.  

How we do this is still in the planning, as it is our intention to host a live Awards ceremony, rather than one online to protect the vibrant and special atmosphere of the NWFB Awards! With this in mind, we are holding off setting a definite date until things are a little clearer, all the while keeping the health and safety of our attendees and our team at the front of our minds. 

In the meantime, we would invite you to make an expression of interest so that when the time comes, you will be best placed to get that application form in and begin your #NWFBA2021 journey.

To register your interest, or find out more,  please visit the website here


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