Running a family business can be all consuming and The Family Business Network Ltd was created to help.

We are the go-to point for family businesses and our aim is to deliver a safe and trusted environment for peer to peer learning; creating experiences of value and insight for family businesses and the generations working within them. Tailored family business events include our insight events, topical discussions, our annual flagship family business conference and awards ceremonies. 

Founded by Sue Howorth in 2014, the network has developed an engaged community of family businesses and those that support the sector.  The network has also become the voice for family businesses across many regions of the country, originating in Cumbria and evolving to include Lancashire , Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and surrounding areas.

We offer a safe and encouraging peer to peer environment that facilitates and fosters positive change, growth and sustainability for family businesses.  Unlike many other similar organisations, the Family Business Network is not a membership model meaning that as a family business, you have complete control over what events, support or help you need.  We offer knowledgeable signposting and support to relevant assistance, advice, mentoring and investment channels, ensuring that the needs of family businesses remain at the heart of what we do. 

Sue Howorth

Dave Clarkson

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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, including some of the country’s finest at our Family Business Conference.


Innovative bulk annuity for family business

Network Partner, Western Pension Solutions talk about an innovative bulk annuity that they have put in place for family business, NG Bailey as they work to ensure the long term security of the company pension scheme. "NG Bailey are a fourth-generation, family-owned...

The only certainties in life: Death and Taxes

The latest thinking and sound financial advice from Family Business Network partner, Seven Investment Management... "Many of us, understandably, avoid talking about death. But our desire to avoid awkward conversations around death and inheritance may get in the way of...

Sue’s February Family Business page, In-Cumbria Magazine

Have you got your copy of the February In-Cumbria Magazine? This month the magazine is packed with interesting news and updates from around the county including Sue’s ‘Family Business’ page, where she shares her insight and advice for family-run businesses. In...

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%.  Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Cumbria.

God’s own country has it all, from seaside towns to spirited cities and everything in between. Yorkshire is home to a host of both traditional and progressive family businesses. Keep up to date with family business stories and events from Yorkshire.

From vibrant cities to rolling english countryside, the Red Rose county is made more colourful with its family businesses both old and new. Keep up to date with family business stories and events in Lancashire.

There is a real diverse range of family businesses in Lincolnshire situated across attractive hamlets, villages and market towns. Lincoln itself, as well as being steeped in history is recognised as world leader in engineering and aviation. Keep up to date with family business stories and events in Lincolnshire.


20th year milestone for Cumbria family business marked with Royal visit

HRH The Prince of Wales visited The Hawkshead Relish Company, at Esthwaite Old Hall Barn on Monday 08th April to mark their 20th year in business. His Royal Highness arrived at Hawkshead Relish’s production facility located at Esthwaite Old Hall, where he was greeted...



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