The Family Business Network is a trusted community for collaboration and learning.

We provide a safe and encouraging peer to peer environment that facilitates and fosters positive change, growth and sustainability for family businesses; creating experiences of value and insight for family businesses and the generations working within them.

Carefully designed family business events include our insight events, topical discussions, our family business conferences and awards ceremonies.

Founded by Sue Howorth in 2014, who now works alongside her Co- Director Dave Clarkson and an extended team, the network has developed an engaged community of family businesses and those that support the sector. The network is the voice for family businesses across many regions of the country, originating in Cumbria and evolving across the North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside and East Midlands.

Unlike many other similar organisations, the Family Business Network is not a membership model meaning that as family businesses, you have complete control over what events, support or help you need.

Sue Howorth & Dave Clarkson

Our Family Business Conferences


Conference 2020

Cumbria 8th October 2020

East Midlands

Conference 2020

Nottingham 2nd July 2020

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.

Partners Blog

Is there something to be said for not keeping it in the family?

After hosting a panel discussion with some high profile family and non-family business leaders at our East Midlands Family Business Conference in July, James Pinchbeck, Marketing Partner at Streets Chartered Accountants talks about the pro's and con's of making...

What next after you’ve sold your business?

Over the past 4 weeks we have published two blogs from one of our network partners, Seven Investment Management, on the importance of family business owners having a sound exit strategy. The third article in their 'business exit' series talks about the things you need...

Tomorrows customer: looking to the future with our next gen associate

Managing Director of Elton Business Support, Samantha Gargett, describes in her latest blog the importance of planning for the future of your business, particularly in terms of how you target and treat your next generation of customers... "Anyone who runs a successful...

Our Network Partners

News Articles

Be the business and be more productive…

Cumbrian food business Ginger Bakers is the latest participant in the Be The Business Northwest Family Business Advisory Boards programme. This programme is designed to help family businesses to look objectively at a number of key areas such as creating new products...

Photo galleries

Eva’s Organics Insight Event 11 July 2019

Images from the Eva's Organics family business insight event on 11th July 2019.  Guests were treated to a welcome talk from the family, tour of the farm and production facilities and then to sample some of the hand-made organic Apple juice that is produced on the...

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East Midlands Family Business Conference July 4th 2019

Images from our Inaugural East Midlands Family Business Conference, held at The iconic International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln on Thursday 4th July 2019 . A truly wonderful and memorable day, and we are already in the planning stages for next year!

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Family Business of the Year Awards 2019

Photos from the celebration of British family business that saw the winners of the 2019 Family Business of the Year Awards crowned at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London. Event run by Family Business United in partnership with The Family Business Network.

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