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%. The network was orginally established in 2014, initially funded through the Cumbria Growth Hub.  In 2016, Sue Howorth then founded The Family Business Network Ltd which is now home to the Cumbria Family Business Awards, an annual Conference, Insight Events, workshops and topical discussions. We’re lucky that family businesses love to share knowledge and ideas, because of this the network is a true support system of relevant events, stories and information. Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Cumbria by signing up to receive our news below.

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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.



07866 536050

The Family Business Network Ltd

Windermere Road


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