Upcoming Events

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


An audience with Peter Hensman OBE

Wednesday 11 September 2019 17:30 – 20:30

Percival Lecture Theatre, Ambleside Campus

The Barn, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria,  LA22 9BB

This unique event is set to take place at the Percival Lecture Theatre at the Ambleside Campus on Wednesday 11th September.

Peter Hensman OBE is widely known and respected throughout Cumbria and beyond for his role as Chairman of prominent family-owned business, Lake District Estates, as well as for his other business and personal interests.  These have included holding several non–executive roles in both the private and public sectors, his current role as a trustee of the Lake District Foundation and being awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to the rural economy in Cumbria.

In an exclusive live interview hosted by Cumbrian businesswoman, Sue Howorth of The Family Business Network, Peter will share his story for the first time.  Never having talked openly about his family business before, Peter will give an insight into the triumphs, challenges and key defining moments of his life and career.

The event takes place at a historic moment for Peter, following the 80th birthday milestone of his family’s property and tourism business last year and following recent celebrations to mark 160 years of Ullswater Steamers, a business acquired by his grandfather, Lord Wakefield in 1954.

The event will commence at 5:30pm with drinks and canapes for a 6.30pm start, concluding at approximately 8.30pm.

Hosted by The Family Business Network, the event takes place in partnership with Cartmell Shepherd and supported by Enterprise Answers and RfM Accountants. The event supports the work of both the Lake District Foundation and the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Not to be missed, strictly limited tickets for the event are available at £15 each.


The Family Business Conference 2019 – Cumbria

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.

Tickets £55 each inc lunch.

The Family Business Conference 2020 – East Midlands

Thursday 02 July 2020 


The Family Business Conference – East Midlands is a great opportunity for family business owners looking to learn from and network with like-minded individuals and the best family business leaders in their region.  This flagship event, organised and run by The Family Business Network Ltd, was held in the East Midlands for the first time in 2019 at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.

Featuring contributions from highly-respected leaders of family businesses both old and new, large and small, in addition to family business experts and professionals that support the sector, this event forms a true highlight of the family business calendar and is perfect for family business owners and senior leadership.

The conference is co-hosted by Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson of The Family Business Network.


North West Family Business Awards 2020

Friday 6th March 2020
Concorde Hangar, Runway Visitor Park
Manchester Airport


An exciting new awards ceremony which celebrates family businesses from across the North West is to be held for the first time next year.

The North West Family Business Awards is organised by The Family Business Network and will take place on Friday 6th March 2020 at the Cordorde Hangar at Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport. The evening will be hosted by television and radio presenter Nigel Barden.

The awards ceremony will be held in a purpose-built hangar that is home to the iconic G-BOAC British Airways Concorde, the famous flagship of the British Airways fleet and guests will be seated underneath the wings of Concorde no less!

The awards will champion and represent family businesses from all sectors, shapes, sizes and ages.

Entries open at midnight on the 10 October 2019 and will close on the 16 January 2020. Finalists will be chosen through a judging process ahead of the ceremony on March 6 2020.

For more details, general information or sponsorship enquiries, please contact info@northwestfamilybusinessawards.co.uk




07866 536050

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