Video Library

A short video to introduce network partners Marsh Commercial as Matt Hodgson tells us about the insurance business, as well as a story of how they went above and beyond for a client to help them in a challenging situation.

Watch the recording of ‘The Family Business Network in partnership with Wakefield BID present An Audience with… John Donner, Graham Howarth and Barbara Paterson’.
This exclusive online interview will uncover the histories and stories behind each business and the lessons learnt along the way in two very different Yorkshire businesses. The event also hears about an innovative Entrepreneurs Funds which support the ‘Wakefield Businesses of Tomorrow’.

Central Group explain what it’s like to part in the Be the Business advisory boards and how it has helped the business.

Family-owned Dodgson Wood explain what it was like to get involved with our advisory board programmes, which are run in partnership with Be the Business.

Mantle Packaging’s Laura Sieczkowski and Stan Sherlock Associates’ Bobby Sherlock explain what it’s like to take part in the advisory boards and how it’s helped their family business.

Be the Business Advisory Boards provide free support from business leaders to family businesses around the UK.

Our advisory boards in partnership with Be the Business help small businesses support from experienced business people, made up of leaders, and senior managers from larger businesses.

The Family Business Network joined Yorkshire family business Packetts in their centenary year. Speaking to Directors, Andrew Packett and Wayne Cowley, we found out about their history, their people and the family values behind a business that has been protecting its clients for 100 years. 

Christian Mancier of Gorvins Solicitors in conversation with next generation successors, Tom Mathew and Hannah Barlow of Dunsters Farm, discussing their journey as the next generation – succession planning, external support & generational learnings.

David Howorth interviews Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson of the Family Business Network in a discussion around the creation of the organisation, its work to date, ethos and future plans.

Our FamBiz Stories are a series of short films that offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of our fascinating family businesses, through real-life accounts told by family members. Part 2 tells the stories of three family businesses in the UK; Dodgson Wood & Nibthwaite Farm, Stan Sherlock Associates and Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses. Watch the trailer here and find the link to purchase the full film here 

In conversation with Pippa Franklin of AGMA and Joanne Stronach of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors.

In this 40 minute conversation, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson of The Family Business Network uncover the family business story behind a rural Northumberland manufacturing firm, AGMA. Pippa Franklin, Director and next gen successor talks about her role and Joanne Stronach of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors adds her professional insight into the business.

Our FamBiz Stories are a series of short films that offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of our fascinating family businesses, through real-life accounts told by family members. Part 1 tells the stories of three family businesses in the UK; J-Flex, JJ Smith and Whitakers Chocolates. Watch the trailer here and find the link to purchase the full film here 

NXT Recruitment offer their specialist advice to The Family Business Network community: employees, employers and jobseekers on all matters of recruitment and the job market for after the Covid-19 lockdown.
Next Generation Ambassador for The Family Business Network, Abigail O’Brien talks about her role as an adviser for Rachael Bell Wealth Management, her experience and journey as a next generation and the value of attending family business events. Filmed by Sheenah Alcock.
The Family Business Network runs a number of fully-funded, online, facilitator-led ‘Be the Business’ Action Learning Peer Groups across the country for family businesses to benefit from shared learning. Find out more in this short film.
A short video about community foundation philanthropy and the work of community foundations in Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria. Video: Sheenah Alcock
Highlights from the spectacular inaugural North West Family Business Awards on 6 March at the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport, attended by over 400 family business guests, colleagues and friends. Organised by The Family Business Network. Film by Sheenah Alcock.
Grahame Latus of Enterprise Answers talk about the firms involvement in the North West Family Business Awards as sponsors (and his involvement as a judge) of the People’s Choice – Lancashire category. Video: Sheenah Alcock
An interview with James Radcliffe and Nina Matsunaga of the Black Bull, Sedbergh and Grahame Latus of Enterprise Answers – telling the story of James and Nina’s business venture and how support from Enterprise Answers has shaped their journey.

Video: Sheenah Alcock

A short video from the NWFBA ‘People’s Choice’ Finalists Judging Day with sponsors, Cartmell Shepherd, held at Enterprise Answers in Penrith. Video: Sheenah Alcock
NXT Recruitment talk about the NWFBA 2020 and why they choose to be involved each year as sponsors of the ‘Employee of the Year’ category.
An insight into the first North West Family Business Awards judging day, held on Thursday 23rd January. Chair of the Judges, Jacqui Jackson talks about the process of judging the family business entries.
In December 2019, Directors of the Family Business Network, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson talk to That’s TV Cumbria about the work of the Network and the plans for the future.
Highlights from the Open (to new ideas) Business Day run by The Family Business Network in partnership with Be the Business on 28 November. The event was held at two South Cumbrian family businesses, Low Sizergh Barn and Kendal Nutricare where delegates were taken on behind-the-scenes business tours with the owners.
The summary highlights from the fourth annual Family Business Conference – Cumbria 2019, held at The Shepherds in Carlisle on 10th October 2019.  The highlight in the family business calendar and featuring a number of guest speakers, topical discussions and interactive sessions.
A family business insight film on ‘Selling a Family Business’ – An interview with Ron Whitworth, former owner of Moduflow Fan Systems and Paul Newsham of RfM Accountants. Coordinated by The Family Business Network and filmed by Sheenah Alcock. To read the full story click here 
The highlights from ‘An Audience with Peter Hensman OBE’ – Family Business insight event, held at the University of Cumbria on 11th September 2019 in partnership with Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors and supporting Cumbria Community Foundation and the Lake District Foundation.
The highlights from our inaugural Family Business Conference – East Midlands, held in Lincoln on 4th July 2019 at the International Bomber Command Centre, in partnership with Streets Chartered Accountants and Langleys Solicitors.
When H.R.H Prince Charles discovered The Family Business Network at a royal visit to Hawkshead Relish on 8 April 2019
A snap shot from the first This is Cumbria event – Farm Shop & Deli Show 2019, supported by The Family Business Network, Thomas Jardine & Co, Cartmell Shepherd, Enterprise Answers & We are Eclectic
Highlights from the third Family Business Conference Cumbria, held at the Castle Green Hotel in October 2018.
A clip of Alison O’Neill, Barefoot Shepherdess from the ‘In conversation with’ evening hosted by Sue Howorth
A snap shot from Alison O’Neill, the Barefoot Shepherdess in conversation with Sue Howorth


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