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.

Helping Business Owning Families Through the Great Wealth Transfer –  A symposium with CREME at Aston University in partnership with The Family Business Network 

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 9-12:30
FREE, Online event


This symposium event with The Centre For Research In Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Aston university will discuss family businesses approach to ownership and wealth transfer across family generations.

It is predicted that in the next 30 years around £5.5 trillion of wealth will be transferred in the UK, peaking in 2035, and has been termed ‘The Great Wealth Transfer’. Many business-owning families find it difficult to transfer ownership and wealth across family generations. PWC estimate that each year a 100,000 family businesses transfer ownership and that around a third fail during this period. When it goes wrong it can result in the loss of viable family businesses, and break-up families.

The event will aim to share an understanding of ownership and wealth transfer within family businesses, how perceptions of intergenerational justice informs transfer decisions and how the UK’s tax and inheritance laws shape this process. It will also consider the common issues that these families face and how they can be better supported to ensure successful transfers of ownership and wealth into the next generation.


  • Introduction to Symposium – Prof George Feiger
  • Outline of Symposium Programme & Purpose – Dr Susan Lanz
  • Real Life Examples of Ownership Transfer Issues in Business-Owning Families with The Family Business Network – Sue Howorth & Dave Clarkson
  • UK Tax System and Its Impact on Ownership and Wealth Transfer Choices in Business-Owning Families & Justice Construction Tensions – Prof Andrew Lymer & Dr Susan Lanz
  • Break Out Session
  • Coffee Break
  • Ownership & Wealth Transfer within Ethnic Minority Business-Owning Families – Prof Monder Ram & Dr Susan Lanz
  • Panel Discussion: The Great Wealth Transfer, Challenges for Advisors and Policymakers
  • Closing Remarks
  • Summary of Symposium, Next Steps and Way Forward – Dr Susan Lanz
  • Opportunity to Informally Network Virtually

Register your free place now to join this insightful symposium!

Joining instructions will be sent on 24th May and on the morning of the symposium by email.

An Audience with… family business event in partnership with Wakefield BID

Thursday 1 July 2021
Live family business interview, Wakefield

The second in a series of ‘Audience with’ events hosted by our Directors, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson, in partnership with Wakefield BID.
This event will take place live in Wakefield on Thursday 1 July 2020.
Our hosts will meet a family business and through an exclusive interview, will uncover their unique story.

You will need to book a ticket to attend this event. Further details to be confirmed soon.

This is Cumbria at Farm Shop & Deli Show, NEC

July 2021

Farm Shop & Deli Show, NEC


The ‘This is Cumbria’ group are preparing to attend the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC with their branded destination stand, following the success of their first trade event in April 2019.

The initiative was formed in 2018 when a group of Cumbrian producers set out to create a ‘big impact’ trade stand that would position the very best of the county’s food, drink and produce in front of thousands of key buyers. The initiative was supported and coordinated by The Family Business Network and Thomas Jardine & Co, alongside sponsors Cartmell Shepherd and Enterprise Answers. Many other local businesses that work with the sector also pledged their support for the initiative, assisting with branding, design and printing.

This year, with eleven confirmed Cumbrian producers on board and the continued support pledged by sponsors, the group aims to build upon  developing national awareness and championing Cumbrian brands.

The Family Business Network will be supporting This is Cumbria.  Further details of This is Cumbria can be found HERE and further information about the Farm Shop & Deli can be found here.

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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