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


Attend one of our popular events, be it an insight event, workshop, training session or ‘an audience with’ event. These events are perfect for getting a behind the scenes look at other family businesses, for networking and for delving into specific family business issues.


Learn from and network with family businesses large and small, including some of the country’s finest at our Family Business Conference.


Attend one of our Family Business Awards events to celebrate the best family businesses in your region.

Event details


The Launch of the Ladies Yomp – A Light in the Dark

Thursday 21 February 2019 – 6.30pm arrival, for a 7pm start – 9.30pm finish

J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7FP


Join former SAS Officer Major Ken Hames MBE, local farmer/former soldier Brian Capstick, and Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales Shepherdess Alison O’Neill at the launch event of the 80-mile Dales Way Ladies Yomp 2019.

The challenging five day Yomp will take place 8th to 12th June. Up to 200 veteran’s wives and partners will be taking part as they aim to raise awareness of the impact on families when soldiers return from war with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other psychological and social issues.

On the 21st February a special event will launch the Ladies’ Yomp and will welcome Ken Hames, Brian Capstick and Alison O’Neill. Attendees will hear first-hand about the challenges a number of our soldiers and modern-day war veterans face on their return to civilian life. Cumbrian businesswoman Sue Howorth, who will co-host the evening, said “I am honoured to be co-hosting the evening, the yomp is an incredible project which I hope will highlight the very real challenges that the families and returning soldiers face.”

For full details on the launch event, click here

‘Working With Me Dad’ – An Insight Event for Family Businesses

Tuesday 26 February 2019 at 10am – 12:30pm

Smithills Open Farm

Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 7NS


An event for family business owners. You will hear the family business story from father and son business owners – Anthony and Carl Grimshaw of Smithills Farm and experience behind the scenes life of one of the region’s best loved attractions and working dairy farm. The pair have worked together (and as in any family business not without their ups and downs) since Carl left school at 16, and as a family have invested and diversified, creating one of Lancashire’s real farming success stories.

Today Smithills Open Farm attracts around 140,000 visitors a year, and with modern technology and over 200 cows now produces its own-label milk and ice-cream. They now supply this to the surrounding area through a new and extremely popular milk round.

Join other family businesses in a relaxed peer to peer environment at the latest date in the popular Family Business Network calendar.

The North West Business and Hospitality Show 2019

Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February 2019 at 10am – 4pm

Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre

Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7FP.


After the success of the 2018 event and after liaising with Show Sponsors, Event Support Partners, Exhibitors and Visitors, the organisers of the North West Hospitality Show made the decision to expand the show, renaming it the North West Business & Hospitality Show for 2019. The show will still be focused on the hospitality element of businesses in Cumbria and Lancashire, but they are also welcoming non-hospitality related businesses. 

They are continuing to support and grow the hospitality element of the show, with the return of the hugely successful Market Street sponsored by North West Food & Drink Means Business as well as an action packed programme of workshops and seminars held over the two days. The timetable can be viewed here and includes a workshop on ‘Family Business: The Next Generation’ at 11am on Thursday 28th February. Join Sue Howorth and the “new” next generation to gain an insight into their family businesses. The panel will include Izzy Whitehead of Hawkshead Relish and Yasmine Hunter of Grasmere Gingerbread.


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The National Family Business Show

Thursday 9th May 2019 at 09:30am – 18:00pm

York Racecourse

Knavesmire Road, York, YO23 1EX


Register today for your free tickets to attend the inaugural National Family Business Show.

The National Family Business Show 2019 is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the diversity of the family business sector in the UK with numerous businesses showcasing their products and services at the event.

In addition, the Insights Stage within the exhibition hall will feature a number of speakers who will share their own personal journeys and the challenges that they have addressed along the way. A diverse range of speakers will be announced for the Insights Stage in due course to share their thoughts, on the hour, every hour throughout the event.

Furthermore, there will be plenty of space within the ‘Meeting Zone’ to have one-to-one meetings with the exhibitors and your own contacts who are welcome to meet you at the show too.

We will also be announcing a number of WorkshopsTraining Sessions and other Seminars associated with the event that will resonate with the sector which will be available for booking online in due course.

Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and we are looking forward to a vibrant and exciting day that showcases the sector and provides opportunities for networking, business development and more besides.



The Family Business Conference 2019

Thursday 10 October 2019 at 8:30am
The Shepherds
Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 2RW


For those looking to learn from and network with the best family business leaders; join us for the highlight of the family business calendar. This fantastic event is perfect for family business owners and is now in its fourth year. The event, held in Cumbria, will feature contributions and speakers from across the country with highly-respected family business leaders of companies old, new, large and small.

Organised by Sue Howorth founder of The Family Business Network Ltd.

The Great British Family Business Conference

Thursday 14 March 2019 at 8:30am -16:30pm
The Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR


Join organisers, Family Business United in  London for their flagship national family business conference that is now in its seventh year and not only does it bring the family business together, it provides a great opportunity to discuss some of the unique challenges facing family firms and to hear insights from other family business people and their advisers who have already dealt with some of these challenges too.

As well as some great speakers providing great insights there are a selection of workshops, a mini expo during the networking breaks where you can sample some great British family business products and there is plenty of time for networking too.



Cumbria Family Business Awards 2019 

Friday 8 March 2019 at 6:30pm – 01:00am
Low Wood Bay Resort 
Ambleside Rd, Windermere LA23 1LP

The annual Cumbria Family Business Awards are one of the highlights of the Cumbria family business calendar. Co-organised by Janett Walker and Sophia Newton of Flock PR and Events agency and Sue Howorth of The Family Business Network, the awards celebrate the best family businesses in Cumbria.
Who will be the next Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of the Year 2019? There’s only one way to find out…
At the star studded ceremony, hosted by The Hairy Bikers and held at Low Wood Bay Resort on 8th March. 


Lancashire Family Business Awards 2019 

Friday 20 September 2019 
Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel
Blackburn Rd, Clayton-le-Moors, Blackburn BB5 5JP


An exciting new awards ceremony which celebrates Lancashire family businesses is to be held in the county for the first time next year.

The Lancashire Family Business Awards, supported by Lancashire Life, will take place at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Accrington on September 20 2019.

Family businesses from a wide range of sectors will be able to enter when applications open on 18th March. 

The awards have been established by the creators of the nationally trending Cumbria Family Business Awards – Janett Walker and Sophia Newton of PR and Events company Flock, and Sue Howorth founder of The Family Business Network Ltd. 

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